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Summer is wasting away. Next week The Boy will trot into school, his too-big-for-a-kindergartener backpack bouncing as he runs. I am happy for him. I remember all my first days and the excitement of making new friends, learning new things and playing new games. Despite summer coming quickly to a close, it’s still sandal season for a couple more months and I am going to squeeze in a review (and giveaway!) of these cute Copacabana Espadrilles Kit. The Crochet Espadrilles Sandals Kit includes a written pattern for both styles, one ball of yarn, two soles, a yarn needle and twine.
I got two kits so I could try out both of the included styles. I went in thinking the gladiator-style would be my favorite, but I actually ended up preferring the simplicity of the pink ones. I mostly worked the pattern as written, however I worked two extra rows on the front strap of the pink sandals.
The patterns included in the kits are well-written and easy to understand. The kit comes with one ball of Mixtape Yarn, which is a soft t-shirt yarn made from recycled t-shirts. I absolutely love it. You only use about half the skein provided, so the pattern booklet includes a pattern for a small tote. I think I am going to use my extra yarn to make a small clutch instead. Make sure you make a gauge swatch. It’s very important that your gauge is correct so the finished pieces are nice and snug. I neglected to do this for my first shoe and having the fabric pieces too large is a total deal-breaker: I had to redo it.
The Crochet Gladiator Espadrilles were only slightly more challenging that the pink ones because it was a new type of project for me. Once I decided to follow the directions (instead of assuming what it meant), they worked up very easily.
The shoes are made by crocheting the pieces first and then sewing them onto the shoe using a blanket stitch. Oh my! I am not a very neat at hand sewing. I might just unpick my gladiators and redo them.
My one and only complaint about the kit is that the soles are rather narrow. I am not sure if they would even work if you have a wider foot. My foot is average in width and they did hang over the sides a bit (can you tell from the photos?). However, I can’t say for sure that the sole design isn’t done on porpose so the finished shoes are snug. They are still very comfortable to wear. I wore mine around the house all-day so I could tell so I could give an honest review. I really do like them.
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