Last Saturday was World Wide Knit In Public Day (us crafters do like our acronyms)  so I tootled down to Dalgarven Mill in Kilwinning to catch up with some very lovely ladies I haven’t seen in far too long. (It meant I missed the Wool Haven’s first birthday and their WWKIP event – so it would be appreciated if someone could invent either a time machine or cloning device)

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All the Yarn

All yarn for knitting or crocheting is made from natural or synthetic fibers. Different types have different qualities – some good, some not so good.

These can also be blended by manufacturers to offset an undesirable characteristic – such as itchiness – as much as I love pure wool I can’t wear it.

I’ve tried to put together some of the most common.

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Crocheted Elf Shoes


I’ve tried a knitted version of these and thought there had to be a way to do them in crochet, this is my first attempt. Should fit a size 6/7

I used James C Brett Marble Chunky (used colours 43 & 46) with a 5 mm hook.

Unlike the knitted pair these are made with only 1 strand of yarn as I found 2 even on a larger hook was too thick.

Stitches used

  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
  • dc3tog – double crochet 3 together


Foundation chain 19

1. dc to end (19sts)

2. dc 8, inc, dc, inc, dc 8 (21sts)

3. dc 9, inc, dc, inc, dc 9 (23sts)

4. dc to end (23 sts)

5. dc 11, inc, dc, dc 11 (24 sts)

6 – 16 dc to end – add row marker – this is end of cuff

17 – 24 dc to end

start toe shaping

25. dc 4, dc2tog dc 5, dc2tog dc 5, dc2tog, dc 4 (21sts)

26 – 28: dc to end

29. dc 4, dc2tog dc 4, dc2tog dc 4, dc2tog, dc 3 (18sts)

30 – 32: dc to end

33: dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3, dc2tog dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3 (15sts)

34 – 36: dc to end

37: dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 3 (12sts)

38 – 40: dc to end

41: dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1, dc2tog (8sts)

42 – 44: dc to end

45: dc 1, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc2tog, dc 1 (5sts)

41- 42: dc to end

43: dc2tog, dc, dc2tog

44 – 45: dc to end

46: dc3tog

Adding sole:

I found it easier to add sole to shoe before sewing it together.

I cut the sole shapes from felt, then initially stuck them on with Fast Tack Glue before stitching round edges. I slightly stretched the shoe as I added the felt.

To make shoe.

Butt together two sides and sew using blanket stitch from toe towards marker at end of row 16. Pull stitching tightly at toe to form curve.

Do the same blanket stitch up back seam of shoe.

Boot cuff

Pick up 38 stitches along boot opening.

Dc working in rounds – I did 18 rounds.

Cast off & weave in ends.

To get horizontal rib:

  • Odd rows work in back loop only
  • Even rows work in front loop only