Fancy giving an old pair of sandals a new lease of life? With just a few clever tricks and some overlapping crochet chains you can transform some old footwear into some fab embellished crochet sandals - perfect for the festival season! This crochet sandals free pattern will give you some fun ideas on how to embellish your sandals with a bit of creative crochet, but if your sandals are of a different style or size you can still use this free pattern as inspiration to customise your crochet sandals in your own way! Once you've finished off your crochet sandals, you can also pair them with this matching Free festival earrings crochet pattern!


You will need

Knit Picks Mighty Stitch, (20% superwash wool, 80% acrylic, 190m/100g) or alternative Aran yarn, 1 ball of each:

  • Yarn A Pomegranate (26834)
  • Yarn B Pucker (26809)
  • Yarn C Orange (26817)
  • Yarn D Alfalfa (26814)
  • Yarn E Canary (26810)
  • Yarn F Gulfstream (26827)

A 1.5mm (US 8 steel) hook

A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

A pair of sandals with plastic or leather upper foot straps of approx 4cm (1½in) in width across the foot - see below for links!

Leather punch pliers

50cm (20in) bobble trimming

We'd much rather you reuse an old pair of sandals for this free crochet sandals pattern, but if you can't find any then here's a few pairs that would be suitable for this embellishment project.

Womens faux leather slip-on sandals

Womens platform cross-strap lether sandals

Womens faux-leather platform espadrilles

Mens cross strap leather sandals


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet sandals free pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

Free Embellished Crochet Sandals Pattern



When you have decided which upper straps on the sandals you wish to decorate, use a leather punch to make holes on one of the smaller settings at 1cm (½in) intervals on each edge of the strap approx 0.5cm (¼in) from the edge. Add 6 holes close tog into each side of the ankle straps at the front using the image as a guide.

First Colour

With Yarn B and using the 1.5mm hook (or the largest hook which fits through the punched hole), pull yarn through the first hole on one side of the upper strap, change to 3.5mm hook and secure with a ss. Ch5, skip the hole on the other edge of the strap that is directly opposite the one just worked and dc in the adjacent hole, swapping to the smaller hook to secure the yarn through the hole if required. Using the 3.5mm hook, ch5, skip one hole on the opposite side and dc in the adjacent hole, swapping to the smaller hook to secure the yarn through the hole if required. Cont until you have worked all alternate holes on both sides of the strap. Fasten off.

Second Colour

Attach Yarn F to the first unused hole on one edge of the strap, work as for first colour into all available alternate holes. Fasten off. If the upper straps on your sandals are not 4cm (1½in) you can adapt the pattern by increasing or decreasing the number of chains worked as required.

Front Ankle Strap

Secure the first of your colours into the lowest hole and work a chain that is long enough to cross the front of your ankle. Secure into the lowest hole on the opposite side.

Using each of the other 5 colours work dc rows across, securing every row into holes on each side of the ankle strap.

To Finish

Embellish your sandal straps by adding a trimming of your choice sewn in position to underside of the strap.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free sandals crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Sara HuntingtonEditor, Simply Crochet magazine

Crochet designer, teacher and Editor of Simply Crochet magazine, Sara Huntington is a legend in the crochet community. Sara started as a crochet designer for Simply Crochet before becoming the editor in 2015. She still regularly designs for the magazine as well as teaching crochet in her spare time. You can keep up to date with Sara on Instagram at @crochetdeli

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