Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Croc-a-doodle-doo

Almost every Friday I get together and knit with my pals Beth and Sue. We have the best time and sometimes even manage to knit while we are together. A couple of weeks ago Beth glanced down at my ginormous black Crocs and said: 'You know Pam, I think that there is a pattern for knitted Crocs liners out there somewhere'. Prior to this announcement, I'm pretty sure that I was whining that the fleece liners that the Crocs came with were all squished and linty and flat.
Anyway, the rumor of this pattern immediately intrigued me as I am always looking for a completely frivolous project to squander my time on. So I did a bit of searching on the Wide Wide World of Web and found not only a knitting pattern, but also a crochet pattern as well. I settled on the knit pattern even though it was for a pair of size 8 liners and my lined winter Crocs are a size 11. I figured that I could adapt the pattern to fit and what the hey, the pattern was only a buck anyway.The pattern was quite easy. You knit a garter stitch sole, pick up the stitches around the sole, knit a few rows, shape the top of the sock and finish with some rows of k2 p2 rib. It reminded me a lot of knitting those stay-on baby booties that I think everyone has knit before. I tweaked the pattern a bit to get a better fitting liner with more room in the instep and to avoid some pesky short rows in the ribbing that the pattern called for. I also made my liners left and right foot specific, something that the pattern did not do. It was a great pattern to use as a jumping off point for customization. Or you could not be an obsessive compulsive wench like myself and just knit the damn things exactly like the pattern instructs. But where's the fun in that, right?
So I knit up a pair of robin's egg blue liners first. I knit them with Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn. It's a cotton/acrylic blend that I thought would wash well (and it does!).
After completing the first pair and dancing about the house in them for a few days, I decided to test out my revamped pattern to make sure that everything was written down correctly. So I knit another pair in the same yarn, different color. This time in a lovely key lime green.I have to say that these liners are the absolute bees knees. They are super thick and squishy because you knit with two strands of yarn held together. They keep my feet toasty warm whether I am wearing socks with them or not. This is a really wonderful thing because the wooden floors in my house are absolutely frigid in the winter. In fact, my ice rink floors were the reason for me buying Crocs in the first place.I am quite happy with this little knitting project. I am happy, my feet are toasty, and now its time to move on to the next completely frivolous project to squander my time on....

8 comments:

Plays with Needles said...

Pam!!!! I LOVE these! I'm off to buy the pattern and join your club!!!

Lulu said...

Pammie,
I am not a Croc wearer but if I were, I would be begging you for a pair of these cute, cute liners. Leave it to you to re-design the pattern and make it your own! I am still amazed at the Little Hearts, I absolutely want some of those!!!

SharonK said...

Did you also customize them with a button hole for the Crocs logo buttons to attach? I think you should share that and your right left customizing! I would pay for your version - they look great ;-)

Yamini R said...

ohmygod, please post your pattern on Ravelry! It's perfection. I just got my first pair of clogs and already don't like the lining as it gets too warm. A knitted pair would be much better and a complete necessity here in Norway ;) Googled a knitting pattern and your's look the best! I'm a total newbie at knitting and cannot yet adapt patterns to make them work this well. Did I say PLEASE? :D

Sue Thomas said...

How did I miss this post!! They are fantastic, Pam!!!!!!

childrens clothing said...

Crocs were then proven to be loved by people. Everywhere my daughter hung around wearing her Crocs, she got eyes on her feet!

jacqsierae said...

I'm new to your blog...and love it!
Not a blogger myself...but an avid crafter.
Will be keeping in touch...I'm sure.

Barbara Kleinwaks said...

I would love to buy these! You should sell them. They look so much nicer than the ones that come with the crocs. I can't knit or crochet but if I could I sure would make these. I'm sure there would be a market for them.