There's nothing quite so comfy as a soft pair of boots. They can go out, but also double as slippers around the house, and keep you warm and toasty when there's a chill in the air. They are the very embodiment of hygge, and now you can make your own pair with flip-flop soles.
Jess over at Make and Do Crew has already established herself as the queen of crocheted footwear. This unique set of designs has already gone viral on more than one occasion, and her newest pattern, the Breckenridge Boots, is another fantastic addition to the family.
To make the Breckenridge Boots, you will use a pair of flip-flops for the sole. Crochet the foot and shaft in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick© Bonus Bundle. The trim is made from Homespun®, so it has a great texture to emulate the sheepskin of Ugg boots. You also need a small amount of Vanna's Choice® to match your flip-flop soles for attaching them to the body of the boot.
Working with Flip-Flop Soles
You start off the boots by removing the flip-flop straps, then poking holes around the sole to attach the foot. This is done by crocheting around with the Vanna's Choice®. Then you switch to the Thick & Quick®. Jess provides detailed instructions in the pattern. If you want to wear the boots outside, you can glue the plastic plugs from the straps in place after the boots are finished. If you will be using this solely (pun intended) as slippers, that particular step is optional.
Crocheting into holes on flip-flops is likely a new technique for you, unless you've made one of Jess's previous patterns. However, if you use the image above as a visual cue, it's not as hard as it might seem. If you're worried about messing up, buy more than one pair of flip-flops. They aren't too expensive. Jess also recommends buying your sandals a size smaller than you normally would, to help with the fit of the boots. You should also be crocheting at an extremely tight gauge during the foot portion, so keep an eye on tension as you go.
Crocheting the Boot
You'll work the foot in the round, using a slip stitch to join them. The shaft of the boot is done in a couple of pieces. The side seams are where the white "sheepskin" trim will go. You'll sew the buttons on the outside of each boot.
Once the feet and shafts are complete, move onto the trim and finishing. Jess covers this in detail in the pattern as well. While the effect of Homespun makes it look like these boots are fully lined with fur, they are actually just trimmed. You get the look without the dangers of your feet overheating. You will also attach the buttons, make loops, and, if you wish to, glue the plugs in place within the soles.
Once you finish, it's time to curl up and get cozy. Put on some comfy leggings and a tee or sweatshirt and sit on the couch on a chilly day. Netflix, tea, pets, and a window overlooking a snowstorm are all optional, but highly recommended.