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Sneaker Botties

Make your own crochet sneakers with the innovative Botties® soles. Whether you prefer bold, vibrant hues or earthy tones, make shoes that stand out! This pattern is available in sizes 5 – 14.5 (US women) / 36 – 46 (EU). Scroll down for my free pattern + video tutorial.

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About the pattern

Crocheting your own sneakers is easy and fun with this pattern that works up quickly. The shoes are completely made with single crochet stitches.

We start with two rounds around the sole and then work on the toe cap and tongue. Next, we reattach the yarn to work on the upper. After adding the eyestay, we finish it off with a row of single crochet along the shoe.

You can add real shoelaces or crochet your own using the instructions below.

Botties® DIY soles

The Botties® DIY soles, designed by Isabelle and her startup team in Germany, have been on my radar for a while. We crossed paths at an event in 2023 and decided to collaborate. The results are here: the Hugg Botties and Sneaker Botties which you can find below.

Botties® are currently offered in two options: Original soles, ideal for outdoor use, and Basic soles, perfect for making indoor slippers. The soles are available in sizes ranging from kids 24 (EU) / 8 (US) up to adult size 46 (EU) / 13 (US). Botties Soles can be purchased on lionbrand.com.

The yarn

I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton® Yarn, which is an ideal choice for summer shoes. The sneakers are made using two strands at the same time for extra sturdiness.

Kits containing all the yarn, soles, and a PDF version of this pattern are available for the Sneaker Botties!

★ Kit on lionbrand.com (USA)

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Sneaker Botties

Free crochet pattern


What you’ll need

Yarn

  • Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton® Yarn
  • (weight 4/Medium/Worsted, 186yds/170m, 3.5oz/100g)
  • 2 balls in color Red [761-113B]
  • or 170 (175, 178, 184) (189, 190, 196) grams of similar yarn
  • (85 (87, 89, 92) (95, 95, 98) grams per shoe)

A kit is available on lionbrand.com including all yarn you need and a PDF version of this pattern.

Crochet hook

Botties kit, including:

  • 2 Botties® soles
  • 2 foam insoles
  • Thread for round 0
  • Botties® labels

Tools

  • Extra small tapestry needle for round 0
  • Normal tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker
  • Needle & thread for the labels (optional)

Laces

  • Shoe laces 39” / 100 cm (optional)

Sizes & Measurements

SizeUS womenUS menEU
XXS5 – 6.54 – 536 – 37
XS7 – 7.55.5 – 638
S8 – 8.56.5 – 739
S+9 – 107.5 – 8.540 – 41
M10.5 – 11.59 – 1042
L12 – 12.510.5 – 1144
XL13 – 14.511.5 – 1345 – 46

Gauge

With a 4mm hook:
13 sc x 13 rows =
4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm


Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sl st flo: slip stitch worked in the front loop only
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • fptr: front post treble crochet
  • ** repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
  • [ ]: repeat what is between the brackets as many times as directed
  • ( ): Stitches in parentheses are to be worked into the same stitch.
  • < > amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terminology.
  • Pattern contains instructions for sizes XXS with size (XS, S, S+) (M, L, XL) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Use a tight tension.
  • These Botties® are designed to be used with 10mm foam insoles. This raises the foot slightly and provides good support.
  • The shoes are worked with two strands 24/7 Cotton held together for extra sturdiness.

Video

I’m a few days behind on editing my videos due to Christmas festivities. I’ll upload the video tutorial as soon as possible, probably in the days following Christmas. Wishing all of you who are reading this happy holidays and a joyful 2024! X Wilma

Written pattern

This pattern is also available as a PDF on Etsy and Ravelry.
It’s designed for printing and this way you can support me.

Round 0


Notes

  • Use a small tapestry needle that fits through the holes and the special thread that comes with the kit.
  • The thread’s length should be approximately 10 times the circumference of the sole.
  • Fold the thread in half and work double stranded for extra firmness.
  • Be cautious not to make round 0 too tight; otherwise, it will be more challenging to insert a hook in round 1.
  • Watch my video tutorial for round 0.

Round 0

Use the special thread for round 0 and tie a knot at one end.

1. Hold the sole with the heel facing you and start in the top middle hole. Insert the needle from the back to front.

2. Move to the next lowest hole on the left. Insert the needle from the front to the back.

3. Move to the hole above and insert needle from the back to the front.

4. Draw the needle through the yarn loop and pull tight (but not too tight, you’ll need to be able to insert a crochet hook in round 1).

Repeat step 2, 3 and 4 until you reach the section with just one hole. Here you’ll continue as follows:

5. Insert needle from the back to the front.

6. Draw the needle through the yarn loop and pull tight.

Repeat step 5 and 6 until you’re back at the right side of the heel. Here you’ll repeat step 2, 3 and 4 again until you reach the center.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

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First two rounds


Hold the sole in front of you with the toe section facing you. Locate the center front stitch, then move 2 stitches to the right and attach yarn. Use a 4mm crochet hook and 2 strands of 24/7 Cotton.

R1: work a sc in each loop until end of round, sl st in 1st st, turn <68 (70, 72, 74) (76, 78, 80) sc>

R2: work a sc in each stitch until end of round, sl st in 1st st, turn <68 (70, 72, 74) (76, 78, 80) sc>

Toe cap


Starting now, we will work in rows instead of rounds.

R3: 1 sc in next 5 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, turn <5 sc>

Important: Weave in the ends, it will be challenging to do so later.

R4: ch 1, skip 2 sl st, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sl st in next 2 st, turn <5 sc>

R5: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, turn <7 sc>

R6: same as R4 <7 sc>

R7: same as R4 <7 sc>

R8: same as R4 <7 sc>

R9: same as R4 <7 sc>

R10: same as R5 <9 sc>

Sizes XXS, XS, S, S+, M: continue with R11.

Sizes L & XL: repeat R4 two more times <9 sc>. Continue with R11.

Tongue


R11: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st, sl st in next st, turn <11 sc>

R12: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sc in each st across, turn <11 sc>

R13: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, turn <11 sc>

Repeat row 13 thirteen more times until row 26.

R27: ch 1, 1 sc in next 5 st, fptr in sc row 24, 1 sc in next 5 st, turn <11 sc>

Fasten off.

Hold the sole in front of you with the toe section facing you, and attach yarn on the right bottom of the tongue.

Work 16 sc evenly across the side of the rows.

Along the top, work the following: ch 1, 2 sl st, 2 sc, 3 dc (skip the fptr), 2 sc, 2 sl st (totaling 11 stitches).

Ch 1 and continue working on the other side of the tongue: work 16 sc evenly across the side of the rows. Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Upper


Hold the sole in front of you with the toe section facing you and attach yarn on the left, in the same stitch as the last slip stitch of the toe cap.

R3: 1 sc in same sl st as the toe cap, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sc in same sl st as the toe cap, turn <48 (50, 52, 54) (56, 54, 56) sc>

R4: ch 1, 1 sl st in first st, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sl st in last st, turn <46 (48, 50, 52) (54, 52, 54) sc>

R5: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in first sc, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st, turn <44 (46, 48, 50) (52, 50, 52) sc>

R6: same as R5 <42 (44, 46, 48) (50, 48, 50) sc>

R7: same as R5 <40 (42, 44, 46) (48, 46, 48) sc>

R8: same as R5 <38 (40, 42, 44) (46, 44, 46) sc>

R9: same as R5 <36 (38, 40, 42) (44, 42, 44) sc>

Left upper


R10: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 (5, 5, 6) (7, 6, 7) st, 1 sl st in last sc, turn <5 (5, 5, 6) (7, 6, 7) sc>

R11: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 (3, 3, 4) (5, 4, 5) st, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st, turn <3 (3, 3, 4) (5, 4, 5) sc>

R12: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in first sc, 1 sc in next 1 (1, 1, 2) (3, 2, 3) st, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st <1 (1, 1, 2) (3, 2, 3) sc>

Do not fasten off; we will pick up the yarn later to continue with the lace section.

Heel


Skip 4 (5, 6, 6) (6, 6, 6) stitches from the left upper, and attach yarn in the next stitch.

R10: 1 sl st in next st, 1 sc in next 12 st, 1 sl st in next st, turn <12 sc>

R11: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, 1 sc in next 8 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, skip sl st, turn <8 sc>

R12: ch 1, skip 2 sl st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, 1 sc in next 4 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, skip 2 sl st, turn <4 sc>

R13: ch 1, skip 2 sl st, 1 sc in next 4 st, 1 sl st flo in next 2 st <4 sc>

Fasten off.

RIGHT UPPER


Skip 4 (5, 6, 6) (6, 6, 6) stitches from the heel, and attach yarn in the next stitch.

R10: 1 sl st in next st, 1 sc in next 5 (5, 5, 6) (7, 6, 7) st, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st, turn <5 (5, 5, 6) (7, 6, 7) sc>

R11: ch 1, skip sl st, 1 sl st in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 (3, 3, 4) (5, 4, 5) st, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st, turn <3 (3, 3, 4) (5, 4, 5) sc>

R12: ch 1, skip sl st, sl st in first sc, 1 sc in next 1 (1, 1, 2) (3, 2, 3) st, 1 sl st in last sc, skip sl st, turn <1 (1, 1, 2) (3, 2, 3) sc>

Fasten off.

EYESTAY


Pick up the yarn on the left side of the shoe. Ch 1 and turn; we are going to work along the sides of the rows where the laces will go.

R1: ch 1, 13 sc evenly across side of rows, turn <13 sc> 

R2: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, turn <13 sc>

R3: ch 1, 1 sl st in first st, [ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st in next st] 6 times.

Fasten off. Join yarn on the other side of the shoe in the sc of row 13. Repeat the steps above.

SC AROUND UPPER


Join yarn in the ch 1 of the right upper and work a sc around the upper part of the shoe. End with a sl st in the last st.

LACES


Ch 60, sl st in the lowest eyelet on the left side of the shoe, ch 4, sl st in the eyelet on the opposite side, ch 60. Fasten off and tie the laces.

Botties® labels


Finally, sew on the Botties labels wherever you want.


End of pattern.

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