Pattern of the Week: Daybreak Espadrilles
Ever since I first learned to crochet, it has been my dream to create my own crochet espadrilles. Whenever I see a pair in the store, I pick them up and examine how they’re made, trying to work up the courage to get going on my dream project. Imagine my joy when I opened Interweave Crochet Summer 2018 to find the Daybreak Espadrilles right there in the pages.
The pattern is just what I’ve been looking for: nautical, summery, and simple, calling to mind the possibility of a beach vacation somewhere exotic. Wooden beads and fringe give these free-spirited shoes a summer-festival vibe that I find totally irresistible, but you could customize your version with whatever embellishments you prefer.
Brenda K. B. Anderson’s design uses crocheted hemp twine paired with purchased espadrille soles to serve as a sturdy, durable foundation. The espadrille soles that Brenda chose are made from braided jute and rubber and have a small heel, but the same manufacturer makes a variety of soles if you want a higher or lower heel.
Have you ever crocheted with hemp yarn? This smooth hemp twine has no elasticity. It’s a great choice for these crochet espadrilles because your hard work won’t stretch out over time. The secret to making comfortable crochet shoes with an inelastic yarn is all in the stitch pattern. The V-stitch pattern Brenda chose is just stretchy enough so that the espadrilles will hug your feet.
Whip up the Daybreak Espadrilles in time for your summer adventures, and then be prepared to bask in the incoming compliments!
DESIGNER Brenda K. B. Anderson
FINISHED SIZE EU women’s sizes 35–37 (38–39, 40–42); U.S. women’s sizes 5–7 (71/2–9, 91/2–11).
YARN Hemp Traders Hemp Twine 1 mm (100% hemp fiber; 143 yd [130 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): natural, 2 balls.
HOOK Size C/2 (2.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS St marker (m); metal tapestry needle; quilter’s pins; ½” metal buckle with center bar, 2; (click for sample used); espadrille jute soles, 1 pair (click for sample used); 6″ piece of cardboard; large wooden beads with 5 mm center hole, 14 (click for sample used).
GAUGE 8 sts and 6 rows = 1½” in hdc; 8 V-sts and 12 rows = 3″ in V-st patt.