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Monday, November 16, 2015

Shark Slippers

If you knit and/or crochet, chances are your facebook looks a lot like mine...Every friend, relative, acquaintance sends you viral photos of adorable little pouty faced blond girls wearing cutesy hoods....stupid slippers that look really cute, and lord knows what other crazy item will go viral in the time it takes me to write this..Let's get one thing straight once and for all:  I can make anything I put my mind to....AND I LOVE yarn and stalk Ravelry like a ninja-so chances are there is not a pattern out there that I have not seen....But I still love when people think of me when they see these things.  It really warms my heart!

I really like to toss designers money, so a lot of times, even if I CAN make something on my own without a pattern, I will buy the pattern anyhow to give them some business (after all, creativity counts) and also to make my life easier....But...one thing I won't do is drop cash for patterns that don't include all the sizes of something or that has a lot of really bad ratings-I did that once and learned my lesson the hard way...

Long story short...I was asked if I can make these slippers...what she said, "Can you make these?"  What I HEARD was, "I triple dog dare you."

And so it began...my quest to make these and to do it as painlessly as possible.  I didn't have much slipper experience-I'd only made baby booties really and two pairs of badly fitting slippers....So I searched for a free pattern I could modify...I found this great little doosie that looked like it would do the trick:  Quick and Easy Crocheted Slippers

So...using that pattern in the above link:  follow as written until you get to the 'back' section using grey...Please do keep in mind that this has not been tested by anyone other than myself and that I really rushed through it...if you find any confusing areas or have any questions-message me on Ravelry-I don't always see my comments on this blog right away.

For the back of the shark style slipper (keep in mind I did the men's women's variation and that I was speeding through typing this sucker out as I am late for an appointment):
1.  ch  16, sc in 2nd chain and next 14 chains, sc in next 25 sc, sc in 15 opposite chains from starting chain (55)
2.  ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across and then finish off in grey
3-7.  ch 1, turn, dec, sc to last 2 sc then dec
(you will then end with a stitch count of 47)
8.  with white, ch 11, skip 11 stitches from the grey portion and sc in 25 sc, ch 12, turn
9.  2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 10 chains, sc in next 25 sc, and sc in next 10 chains, 2 sc in last chain.
10.  ch1, turn, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 21 sc, dec, sc, dec, sc in 21 sc 2 sc in last sc
11.-12 repeat 10
13.  ch 1, turn, sc in 22 sc, dec, sc, dec, sc in 22 sc and finish off and sew closed the center seam of white portion (with right sides together)

with a single strand, sc around the edge of the mouth (use grey for grey and white for white)-when you get to angled decrease portion of the snout-make a 9 sc cluster to give it that nice 3-d look.

With single strand of white, join in any sc on mouth and cg 1, sc in same sc, (ch 2, sc in 2nd chain from hook and next 2 sc) repeat (-) around but in the corners of the mouth put a dec.


with 2 strands of grey, 6 sc across the tip of the toe(you are crocheting right to the slipper here-this avoids having to sew it on later)
1.  ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc
2.  ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in 6 sc, 2 sc in last sc.
3. ch 1, turn, 2 c in same sc, sc in 3 sc, sl in next stitch leave lest of the stitches unworked.
4.  ch 1, turn, dec, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc
5. ch 1, turn, 2 sc in same sc, sc in next sc, dec
6.  ch 1, turn, dec, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc and finish off
7.  join with sl in next stitch from row 3, sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc
8.  ch 1, turn, 2 sc in same sc, sc in 2 sc, dec
9. ch 1, dec, sc, 2 sc in last sc
finish off and with one strand sc around putting (2 sc, ch, 2 sc in each corner and a dec in the valley of tail).

Dorsal fin (just work in round-don't join after each round) using double strand and grey

1.  ch 14 make ring
2. sc around
3.  dec, sc in 10 sc, dec
4.  sc around (12)
5.  dec, sc in 8, dec (10)
6.  sc around
7.  dec, sc in 6 sc, dec (8)
8.  sc round
9.  dec around (4) finish off and sew tip closed...

pectoral fins
1.  using double strand and grey, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 chains. (5)
ch 1, turn, dec, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc
3.  ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc, dec
4.  ch 1, turn, dec, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc
5-6-repeat 3-4
7.  ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc sl in next sc, finish off and sc around, putting 2 sc in some places along the long curved edge and a (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in the tip).


with single strand of black
make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join with sl st to first sc and finish off-that's it...Do NOT put a catch light...because like Quint says, "Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white."

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