Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

So I made a pair of boots!
These are my custom boots!

Custom Sweater Boots!
Aren’t they cute? Don’t you want to make some? Here’s what you do:

  • Find a pair of shoes with good soles. (In my case, they were originally a pair of sneaker flats that I absolutely detested…but the insides were SUPER comfy.)
  • Remove the uppers from the soles. (ALL the shoe, pretty much, except for the bottom, and the edges of the bottom. When I did this part, I felt a definite sense of “someone’s going to tell on me”, because I was taking a pair of scissors and destroying my shoes… it was so fun! Moving on…)
  • VERY CAREFULLY, sew a blanket stitch around the edge of your sole with the yarn you’ve chosen (I used Vanna’s Choice. One of the 3.5 oz skeins made one boot plus a bit left over for sewing on buttons or playing with the cat. Go nuts, haha! ^_^) ANYWAY: I say very carefully, because it’s a thick thing you’re running a needle through, so pay attention to your fingers. O_O Seriously folks. Also, don’t do this part by machine. If you can figure out a way that you can, without seriously damaging your sewing machine, kudos to you, but I can’t think of any scenario where a machine would come out ok. Make sure your stitches are about 1/4″ apart, from the outer edges of the yarn.
  • Once you’ve sewn all the way around your sole, use a G hook (or an appropriate size, whatever will get a nice tight product with the yarn you’re using while still letting it be a bit stretchy and nice) to sc all around in the loops at the top of the blanket stitch, joining the round with a slip stitch.
  • Begin making sc in each stitch around the second row. As you sc, your boot may start to flare outwards (like a flying saucer is sprouting from your sole instead of a boot! You don’t want that) so at the curved places of the sole (like the toe area and the heel, but also around the instep, it just depends on the soles you use) decrease one or two in a row until the “wall” of your boot is pointing straight up instead of out.
  • Sc around without increasing or decreasing until you get to a height where you want to bring the toe area in. (You can try these on as you go. In fact, please do so that you don’t find out at the end whether it fits or not.)
  • To start forming the top of the foot area (and again, you’ll want to be trying it on as you go) crochet around until you’re ready to begin working around the toe. Decrease every other stitch up the side, sc 3 or 4 across the tip of the toe, then decrease every other stitch down the other side. Turn.
  • Continue decreasing every other stitch up the side, sc 3 or 4 across the tip of the toe, and decreasing every other stitch every row just in the toe area until top of shoe is finished. Be sure to try it on frequently in this stage.
  • Sc from the toe area on to the side of the shoe. Sc all the way around for 2 rounds, joining each with a sl st.
  • Sc around to a spot an inch before the middle of the outer ball of your ankle, then sc in the front loops another inch. Ch 1, turn.
  • Sc around to right before the spot you turned, and sc in the back loops (of the inch you made sc in the front loops. This will form an overlap). Turn.
  • Sc back and forth 6 more rows.
  • To form the first buttonhole, ch 6, sc in the 6th sc from the base of the ch, sc around, turn.
  • Sc across. When you’re sc’ing over the buttonhole ch, sc 5 AROUND the ch.
  • Make 7 rows of sc between each buttonhole (3 total) and sc 7 rows after the 3rd.
  • Granite stitch (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) around the top once, and down the sides twice.
  • Sew on three buttons to match the positions of your buttonholes. Do you like mine? I made them myself. You can buy some of my handmade buttons from my Etsy shop!
  • Repeat directions for second boot.
  • Handmade and beautiful!

 So, enjoy! Mine are nice and warm. 😀

38 Replies to “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”

  1. Super cute!!! I’ve been needing a pair of boots; I just hope I have a pair of nice, crappy shoes to lend to the cause!

  2. This is my project for the weekend. I have a skein of gray yarn just waiting to be crocheted into something and the local store has canvas shoes for $3.

  3. This is a ingenious idea, you have no idea how inpressed I am with this idea. I am a crafty person too, but this is awesome can’t wait to make them..

  4. these look great i have patterns to make these all the way through via knitting but never thought of crocheting on the sole of another shoe.. brill idea.. thankyou.x

  5. Hi Bonnie,

    I absolutely love this pattern! I’m working on a pair right now. I couldn’t bring myself to cut up any of my all stars or flats, but I also couldn’t wait to go buy a pair of shoes before starting so the sole of my boots are an old pair of crocs lol.

  6. Can you show some more pix from around the soles? This is a super cute project! Does the yarn seem to hold to the soles and feel secure?

    1. Well, on the subject of sole, was puprosely ambiguous, because not all shoes are created equal. Which is to say that there’s different ways to do it. If you’re using canvas sneakers, for instance, my advice would be to leave a strip of the canvas sides to sew through, because I wouldn’t dream of trying to sew through the edges of that rubber sole. O_O I forsee a lot of finger casualties on that route. It depeds on the shoe you use, but if you just leave a strip of the original shoe to sew onto, it should work out great.

  7. I used a leather hole punch to create the holes on the rubber sides of my old all-star sneakers. It saves the fingers and then all you have to do is crochet into the holes! It saves some time too!

  8. I saw a site in which they used a drill to make holes.you’d have to clamp it Maybe use a small piece of wood inside the sole to hold it.

  9. Great idea! I’m making a pair right now that is based on this. I actually used a pair of fIip flops, crocheted a chain to fit around the shoe and glued it on. I used tacky glue, but shoe glue might be better. I also used sc clusters to decrease. It makes a nice clean and very effective decrease, and the decrease is very big.

    1. I had that idea, originally, but I actually really liked the pair I was considering. But that’s a good way to get a cheap pair of boots, even if you buy the flip-flops brand new.

    1. I recently did a kind of revisit to this pattern, and the pattern is posted here:

      The Divine Beret is identical in most of its construction, except for these things:
      1) The divine beret is in double crochet, and the angel beret is in half double crochet.
      2) in the divine beret, you offset the front post double crochet to the left one stitch from the previous front post stitch, so that the ridges curve into a spiral.
      3) The divine beret ends in a ribbed cuff sort of thing, and the angel beret ends in a shell-y edging that really looks best with a ribbon woven in.
      Other than those 3 things, the Angel Beret pattern should be clearer, if you need clarification for the Divine Beret.

  10. I absolutely love this idea! There are a pair of sweater boots made by UGG that I’ve been coveting and now I can just make something very similar myself without having to spend $160 😛
    I love Jane’s idea of using croc (or croc like) shoe soles instead. I see a new project for me in about a week 😀

  11. Is it possible to use a pair of canvas shoes, and then not cut all the way down to the leather; but cut an inch or so above the leather and put the blanket stitch into the cloth rather than the rubber? Seems like it would be easier on the fingers. What do you think?

    1. That’s pretty much what I did on the next pair I made. (apologies on the lack of posting…) It works out great. If you’re worried about the look of the soles against your crocheting, you might pick a complementing color of yarn to go with the specific soles you’re looking at, but full steam ahead, I say. In my experience, it’s much easier on the fingers.

  12. I am loving this idea. But I need more info. I’m not sure I understood the cutting off of the top part of the sneaker. Are you leaving some fabric above the rubber sole? And if so how much. I can see endless ideas for this. But also woundering if maybe cotton yarn, which has less streatch might work a bit better. Courious what you think.

    1. Wow, this was a while ago. Yes, absolutely, I did leave some of the fabric around the circumference of the soles. less than a centimeter, in order to keep it looking aesthetically nice. Cotton yarn has not too much stretch, but what matters the most is the stitch you use, when it comes to planning out a project like this. Definitely make sure to give some wiggle room, because these are shoes, so you want to make sure if you have a long walk in them especially if you have thick socks on or if your feet swell or anything. You might do a few test squares of different stitches if you really want to execute it with exactness. I tend to just jump right in, so those are a few things I’d do if I did this again.

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