These darling crochet gladiator barefoot sandals for baby are easy, stretchy and stylish! They use very little yarn and are a super cute accessory for summer. Pair them with leggings or a cute little summer dress. 
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Designing cute little baby accessories has always had a piece of my heart. This baby gladiator crochet barefoot sandals design was first published about 6 years ago. I had a few people express concern that the buttons are unsafe for infants. I meant to redesign them without buttons much sooner, but with Cubbie being the perfect age to model them it seemed like the perfect time to get them done. 

I decided to go with cotton yarn for these cute little things, although soft Brava Worsted Acrylic would be a good choice as well. WeCrochet, one of my favorite online yarn shops,  has lovely cottons, two of which I used to design this pattern;  one is a beechwood blend called Shine, the other is a cotton/acrylic blend called Comfy.  I just adore that blush color! (Comfy in Flamingo.) 

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Check out a few of my other projects using Shine and Comfy

One of my favorite things about the new pattern is the use of knitting-in elastic thread. I stumbled on it several years ago and I love the finished, stretchy effect. It takes a bit of practice to master, But you can certainly do it!

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BABY CROCHET GLADIATOR BAREFOOT SANDALS – FREE CROCHET PATTERN 

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Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch


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CROCHET GLADIATOR BAREFOOT SANDALS – ELASTIC STYLE

Gauge:  (Gauge Pattern)
Large Hook: 14 sc = 4″
Small Hook: 10 sc = 2″

What you need: (affiliate links)
– 6mm, 3.75mm hooks
Shine Worsted Yarn in Willow / Comfy Worsted Yarn in Flamingo 
– Knitting-In Elastic (get from Amazon or direct for Prym.com)
Darning Needle


Prefer the button detail? Scroll down to get the older version of the pattern! 

TIPS FOR USING ELASTIC YARN THREAD:
– The hook will be larger than you would normally use with this weight of yarn. This allows your stitches to be larger, and looser, so the elastic has farther to stretch.
– Keep your yarn loose and your thread tight. If you let the thread become loose, it will not provide any stretch in your finished item
– Your finished chains will look scrunched up when not in use, this is normal! They will look nicer when worn and will have a lovely stretch to them. The more scrunched up it is, the more stretch it will have. 

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Notes: Use your larger hook to work the chains. Always switch back to smaller hook to work the dc and sc stitches. Give yourself slack on your elastic while working the sc and dc stitches.

Watch a video demonstrating how to use elastic thread here. 

6- 12 MONTHS

SANDALS: (Begin with 6mm Hook)

Worked from the toe up:
1. Ch 20. Sl st into first ch (going through both loops( forming loop (being careful not to twist it).
2. (switch to 3.75mm hook) Ch 2. Make sure you are working through both loops on the chain. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. (Switch to 6mm hook) Ch 17. Being careful not the twist the chain, sl st with first st, forming a loop, going across the back.
3. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. Turn. (3 sts)
4. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. Turn. Ch 22. Being careful not to twist the chain, join with the first st, making sure the loop comes across the front.
5.Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. Turn. (3 sts)
6. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next 2 sts. Ch 22. Join with a sl st with the first sc, making sure the loop goes across the back.
7. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. Turn. (3 sts)
8. Sc in same st. Sc in next 2 sts. Ch 22. Join with a sl st with the first sc, making sure the loop goes across the front.
9. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next 2 sts. Turn. (3 sts)
10. Sc in same st. Sc in next 2 sts. Ch 22. Join with a sl st with the first sc, making sure the loop goes across the back. 
Tie off.

FRONT PIECE:
(Use 3.75mm Hook)
1. Ch 3. Work a Dc foundation of 15 sts. Turn. (15 sts)
2. Ch 1. Sc in each st across. (13 sts) 
Tie off, leave a long tail.

CONSTRUCTION:
Be sure to weave in all ends of the sandal before sewing on the front piece. 

On the front piece, weave in the beginning tail. 
Place the front piece on the front of the sandal. Using the long tail, sew all around the outside of the front piece, sewing it to the sandal Be sure you sew it as close to the edge of the front piece as possible.

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SANDALS  – BUTTON STYLE

 easy barefoot gladiator sandals for baby free crochet pattern

What you need:
– F hook
Brava Worsted in Dove Heather 
– 10 Small Buttons
-Super glue or clear nail polish (to seal the button threads)

Gauge: 9 sc = 2″   (Gauge Pattern)

Click here for a video tutorial


6 MONTHS

This piece is all one round, but I have divided it into 6 STEPS for ease of use: The middle foundation, and 5 straps. 
 
 1. Ch 15. Hdc into 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 13 down the ch. (this is the foundation middle part, where you will sew your buttons when you are done)

2. Ch 25. Sl st into 5th ch from hook. Sl st all the way down the chain. Work 3 sc into the top st on the other side. Sc in next 2 sts. (this will form an L shape)

3. Ch 23. Sl st into 5th ch from hook. Sl st all the way down the chain. Sc into next st on the foundation strip. Sc in next 2 sts.

4. Ch 21. Sl st into 5th ch from hook. Sl st all the way down the chain. Sc into next st on foundation. Sc in next 2 sts.

5.Ch 21. Sl st into 5th ch from hook. Sl st all the way down the chain. Sc into next st on foundation. Sc in next 2 sts.

6. Ch 21. Sl st into 5th ch from hook. Sl st all the way down the chain. Sc into next st on foundation. Sc in next st. Sl st into the middle st on the foundation strip. 

CONSTRUCTION: 
With all your straps dangling, you must sew on your buttons to make it look like a sandal. Your top strap will go off to the right, and the rest of your straps will go off to the left. Sew all 5 buttons so the straps can wrap around baby’s foot and line up evenly. Take extra care to make sure the buttons are sewn on very well, and don’t leave baby unattended while wearing these shoes. Seal the threads of each of the buttons with super glue or clear nail polish. 
 Push each button through the end of each strap, where you created a button hole by skipping stitches before sc back into the chain. I like to leave the bottom two buttons done up to for quicker on and off of the sandals. 

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What’s on your hook for baby? 

xoxo,

Originally posted on One Artsy Mama 

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  1. Adorable…I would L♡VE a pair of these for my New Great Niece that was born Yesterday. 4/15/21 👶

  2. Congrats on baby girl! And can I just say that you always have the most *adorable* patterns for baby things?! Love!!! :)

  3. Is there a way you’d suggest to make these with soles? I’m going to attempt to use your sole pattern and add this style to them.

  4. Bethany, These gladiator sandals are adorable, but being the safety nut that I am, I’d be very cautious about placing ANYTHING on infant’s garments. Buttons are or can be a choking hazard. Babies play with their feet and can pull the buttons off and they go directly to their mouths. Just wanted to add a little caution on adding decoration to infants wear.

    1. Thanks for your concern! As indicated in the post, the button threads are sealed with clear polish. If an adult can’t pull the buttons off, a baby can’t either ;)