Nothing says summer like the perfect pair of flip flops. Though they often lack pizazz on their own, flip flops can easily be faniced up by knitting a really basic thong cover onto the shoes.
Knit in eyelash yarn with an I-cord-style pattern, this fuzzy flip flop is the perfect shoe for puttering around the house and beyond. And when the yarn gets dirty or you want to change the look, just snip it off and knit a new cover.
- one pair flip flops
- 20 yards eyelash yarn, 10 yards for each shoe (I used Yarn Bee Haute Fur in color 36, Cypress) divided into two balls
- two size 8 US double-pointed needles
- yarn needle
As described, project will cover a medium-sized woman's flip flop with a thong about half an inch wide. Use more yarn for a larger size shoe or a wider thong, or less yarn (and a stitch or two fewer) for a skinnier thong or child's flip flop. Gauge is not critical in this project.
- Cast on six stitches.
- Knit one row.
- Slide stitches to the other end of the needle, without turning the work.
- Slide your ball of yarn under the thong of the flip flop and knit the next row.
- Continue in this manner until you reach the loop for the toe. On the next row, when you slide the yarn under, make sure you go on the other side of the toe loop.
- Continue until you reach the end of the thong.
- Cut thread and weave in ends.
- Complete the second flip flop in the same manner.
- Use a new pair of flip flops for a more pleasant crafting experience.
- Use yarn that coordinates with or that contrasts the flip flop.
- For ease of knitting and to put less strain on your body, work with the flip flop in your lap, rather than trying to hold it up with the needles.
- Don't worry about trying to pull the yarn tight enough that the tube of knitting closes up entirely on the back side. No one will ever see the ladders.
- Fluff the yarn if necessary when finished knitting to make the eyelashes pop. If your shoe is looking a little too hairy, trim the lashes, especially those that would drag on the ground.