Marvelous Mary Janes!


This isn't so much a pattern as it is a tutorial or guideline! If you follow the guidelines below you will create a mary jane that fits my foot. That may not be what you want to do! So adjust as needed to fit your own foot. This was a trial and error project, and one that I frogged a few times before I found the perfect fit. Don't be discouraged if you need to do the same.

Marvelous Mary Janes

This pattern works perfectly with my very wide 7 ½ size feet. If your feet are larger or smaller, wider or more narrow, it is very simple to adjust this pattern to fit your own feet. You will simply need to try the Mary Jane on a few times while making it to determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made. Adjustments will mean increasing or decreasing the number of rounds and rows used to create the shoe.

Materials Needed:

K hook

Lion Wool Ease Chunky, or any bulky weight yarn.

Gauge is not important, but if your feet are especially wide you may wish to add an additional round after the [2 hdc in each hdc round] in order to create a wider Mary Jane. To do this, ch 2 and hdc in same st. *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st. Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st and ch 2. OR you may wish to increase a hook size and keep the pattern the same. This pattern can be altered in many different ways to increase or decrease the size of the Mary Jane.

The Mary Janes are stitched in one piece, with a strap added afterwards.

Toe Section:

ch 3 and join with sl st.

6 hdc in center of ring; join with sl st; ch 2

2 hdc in each hdc around; join with sl st. ch 2

hdc in each hdc; join with sl st. ch 2*

*repeat for a total of 6 rounds, or the number of rounds needed to achieve desired toe length. 6 rounds works well for my size 7 ½ feet. You may find that you need more rounds or fewer rounds to comfortably (and aesthetically) fit your own foot. I've been told I have short, stubby toes, so perhaps the average gal will need more rounds!

Sole Section:

hdc in next 14 hdcs. Ch 2 and turn.
Note: 14 hdc = the number of hdcs needed to fit the width of my feet. I have wide feet. If your feet are narrow to average, you will need fewer stitches. If your feet are very wide, you will need to increase the number of hdc stitches beyond 14. It is important at this point to slip the Mary Jane onto your foot and see how you like it with 14 hdc across. Adjust accordingly.

Repeat across, back and forth, to create the sole. Repeat until desired length is achieved.
Note that you want it to be very snug since the yarn will stretch a great deal once worn, so make sure that the sole just barely reaches your heel.

With right sides facing, sl st sole together, or sew with a whip stitch. Fasten off.

Attach yarn at heel (same color). Sc around top of shoe to finish off. If you want to make the Mary Jane a little more snug, hdc2tog at each corner where the side sections meet the toe section. Sl st to join last sc with first sc. Fasten off.

Decide where you would like your strap to go. I prefer it to be in the second or third sc from the corner. Attach yarn in desired st. Chain 10 (or number of chains needed to snugly cross the top of your foot). Attach with a sl st on opposite side, being careful not to twist the chain.

sl st into next sc on side of Mary Jane. Turn.

sc across chain. Attach with a sl st on opposite side. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Turn Mary Jane right side out. Add a decorative button if desired.

Variations:
1. After you sc around the top of the Mary Jane, attach a second color yarn at the heel and sc in each sc around. Join with sl st and fasten off. Make strap in either main or second color yarn.
2. When you start to crochet the sole, hold two strands of yarn together for added strength.
3. Instead of using a chunky/bulky weight yarn, hold two strands of worsted weight yarn together and either a K or L hook (just be sure to measure as you go to determine number of rounds, rows, etc. to get the proper size)
4. Using the basic principles outlined in this tutorial, substitute yarns of different weights, and different hook sizes. With a worsted weight yarn and, say, an H hook, crochet a small round, and then create a sole in the very same manner as outlined in this pattern.
5. Hold a strand of Eyelash yarn with the Wool-Ease Chunky to create funky Mary Janes.

The possibilities are endless!





Last night I set out to make a second pair using Paton's Rumor, which is an Alpaca blend. I love this yarn, it's so soft and lovely. Also using a K hook, I made sure to increase my toe round by one row (so that there were 3 increase rounds, not 2), and then I had to do 7 hdc rows to complete the toe section. I made the sole section just a teensy bit more snug anticipating that this yarn would stretch a lot. Once you understand the basic Mary Jane shape, it's super easy to adjust the guidelines to fit with various yarns and hook sizes.

Enjoy!


10 comments:

Deneen said...
Tuesday, 12 June, 2007

I love em! Submit them to the CPAD Calendar!

Sheila said...
Tuesday, 12 June, 2007

I love your mary janes... definite add to my to do list. Thanks.

Theresa said...
Tuesday, 12 June, 2007

Can't wait to get these started! Thanks for the guidelines! I agree with Deneen...submit to cpad!

HobbyZu said...
Wednesday, 13 June, 2007

Those are sooo cute!!

Lucy said...
Wednesday, 13 June, 2007

Thanks....definately going to do those!!

Linda said...
Wednesday, 13 June, 2007

Those are so cute! I agree with Deneen and Theresa; you definitely need to submit the pattern.

Hjerterdame said...
Saturday, 10 January, 2009

I have made a pair of these tonight!
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aphelia/marvelous-mary-janes

:) Thanks for sharing the pattern!

shennie said...
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009

Love love love I'm definitly making these:D

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