Mimie’s Big Bow Sandals (Free Crochet Pattern)

I first made a pair of these little sandals when my middle child was a newborn, so 9 years ago! Since then, I have made hundreds of these little sandals. They are very well received as a new baby or baby shower present.

This pattern should be suitable for beginners. If you do not yet know how to crochet, you can find a basic how to crochet video here.

Big Bow Baby Sandals (Free Crochet Pattern)

I have included instructions for preemie, newborn, 0-3months and 3-6months. The sandals are not suitable for babies who are cruising or walking.

I tend to crochet quite tightly so you may need to adjust your crochet hook size or yarn thickness to achieve the correct sole size. Try with the recommended crochet hook size and DK yarn first, then scale up or down from there.

The sole on the finished sandal should be 3.75″ long for preemie, 4.25″ long for newborn, 4.5″ long for 0-3months or 4.75″ long for 3-6months.

For this free crochet pattern, you will need double knit yarn in the colours of your choice. You will also need a 4mm crochet hook, a tape measure, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.

Preemie (3.75″ to fit up to 3″ foot length)

Sole:

  1. ch12, 4hdcs in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 8sts, 4hdcs in last st, (turn to work along opposite side of the ch) hdc in next 8sts, join with slst in 1st hdc (24)
  2. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, hdc in next 7sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 5sts, hdc in next 7sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 4sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (34)
  3. ch1, turn, 2scs in same st as ch, work 2scs in each of the next 6sts, sc in 10sts, work 2scs in each of the next 7sts, sc in 10sts, join with slst in top of 1st sc, bind off (48)

Front Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 8th st, counting left from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 3sts (4)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (4)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 8 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to other side of sandal

Back Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, ignore the st at the base of bind off st then join yarn in 8th st, counting right from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 4sts (5)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (5)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 6 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to sole

Bow:

  1. ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 17 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail
  5. fold the bow in half to make a 2″ rectangle then stitch together with the tail, gather the centre of the bow tightly with yarn, then secure and weave in ends

Finishing:

  1. use the tail to attach the front strap to the opposite side of the sandal
  2. fold the back strap down backwards and stitch last row of strap to first row of strap to create a channel for the ribbon
  3. weave in all ends
  4. stitch bow to front strap
  5. cut a piece of thin ribbon, long enough to go around baby’s ankle with spare to tie a bow, heat seal the edges
  6. insert ribbon into back strap channel and stitch in place for safety

Newborn (4.25″ to fit up to 3.5″ foot length)

Sole:

  1. ch12, 4hdcs in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 8sts, 4hdcs in last st, (turn to work along opposite side of the ch) hdc in next 8sts, join with slst in 1st hdc (24)
  2. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, hdc in next 7sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 5sts, hdc in next 7sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 4sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (34)
  3. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, work 2hdcs in each of the next 6sts, hdc in 10sts, work 2hdcs in each of the next 7sts, hdc in 10sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc, bind off (48)

Front Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 8th st, counting left from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 3sts (4)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (4)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 8 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to other side of sandal

Back Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, ignore the st at the base of bind off st then join yarn in 9th st, counting right from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 5sts (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 6 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to sole

Bow:

  1. ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 17 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail
  5. fold the bow in half to make a 2″ rectangle then stitch together with the tail, gather the centre of the bow tightly with yarn, then secure and weave in ends

Finishing:

  1. use the tail to attach the front strap to the opposite side of the sandal
  2. fold the back strap down backwards and stitch last row of strap to first row of strap to create a channel for the ribbon
  3. weave in all ends
  4. stitch bow to front strap
  5. cut a piece of thin ribbon, long enough to go around baby’s ankle with spare to tie a bow, heat seal the edges
  6. insert ribbon into back strap channel and stitch in place for safety

0-3m (4.5″ to fit up to 3.75″ foot length)

Sole:

  1. ch14, 4hdcs in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 10sts, 4hdcs in last st, (turn to work along opposite side of the ch) hdc in next 10sts, join with slst in 1st hdc (28)
  2. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, hdc in next 9sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 5sts, hdc in next 9sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 4sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (38)
  3. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, work 2hdcs in each of the next 6sts, hdc in 12sts, work 2hdcs in each of the next 7sts, hdc in 12sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc, bind off (52)

Front Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 9th st, counting left from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 3sts (4)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (4)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 9 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to other side of sandal

Back Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, ignore the st at the base of bind off st then join yarn in 9th st, counting right from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 5sts (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 6 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to sole

Bow:

  1. ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 17 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail
  5. fold the bow in half to make a 2″ rectangle then stitch together with the tail, gather the centre of the bow tightly with yarn, then secure and weave in ends

Finishing:

  1. use the tail to attach the front strap to the opposite side of the sandal
  2. fold the back strap down backwards and stitch last row of strap to first row of strap to create a channel for the ribbon
  3. weave in all ends
  4. stitch bow to front strap
  5. cut a piece of thin ribbon, long enough to go around baby’s ankle with spare to tie a bow, heat seal the edges
  6. insert ribbon into back strap channel and stitch in place for safety

3-6m (4.75″ to fit up to 4″ foot length)

Sole:

  1. ch16, 4hdcs in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 12sts, 4hdcs in last st, (turn to work along opposite side of the ch) hdc in next 12sts, join with slst in 1st hdc (32)
  2. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, hdc in next 11sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 5sts, hdc in next 11sts, work 2hdcs in each of next 4sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (42)
  3. ch2, turn, 2hdcs in same st as ch, work 2hdcs in each of the next 6sts, hdc in 14sts, work 2hdcs in each of the next 7sts, hdc in 14sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc, bind off (56)

Front Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 11th st, counting left from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 3sts (4)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (4)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 9 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to other side of sandal

Back Strap:

  1. with wrong side facing, ignore the st at the base of bind off st then join yarn in 9th st, counting right from bind off st, ch1, sc in same st and next 5sts (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 6 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail to stitch strap to sole

Bow:

  1. ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)
  2. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
  3. repeat row 2 a further 17 times
  4. bind off, leaving a long tail
  5. fold the bow in half to make a 2″ rectangle then stitch together with the tail, gather the centre of the bow tightly with yarn, then secure and weave in ends

Finishing:

  1. use the tail to attach the front strap to the opposite side of the sandal
  2. fold the back strap down backwards and stitch last row of strap to first row of strap to create a channel for the ribbon
  3. weave in all ends
  4. stitch bow to front strap
  5. cut a piece of thin ribbon, long enough to go around baby’s ankle with spare to tie a bow, heat seal the edges
  6. insert ribbon into back strap channel and stitch in place for safety

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern and make many pairs of little baby sandals. Feel free to tag me on social media (@adeleuyancrochet) with any of your makes from my patterns. I always love to see your work. Or why not join our Facebook group to show off your creations. Happy crocheting!

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