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Sandworm Slipper Socks – Part 1

One of my all-time favourite movies is Beetlejuice. It was my first Tim Burton movie and I knew then, at the age of 10, that it would leave a life-long impression. I also knew that sandworms were creatures to avoid. No trips to Titan for me!

Photo from Beetlejuice Wikia
Photo from Beetlejuice Wikia

For this year’s Halloween season (I say season because, really, I start watching scary movies way before October 31) I wanted to lounge around in slippers with a spooky theme. After a creative brainstorming session with Little Sister Sue we came up with Sandworm Slipper Socks. In this post you’ll find the first part of the pattern.Sandworm Slipper Socks Pt1 - Pops de Milk

Sandworm Slipper Socks

Size: fits women’s size 8-9. To adjust the length of the sock, add or remove the number of “work” even rounds. To adjust the width, add or remove the number of stitches in the beginning rounds. In this case my foot length is 9″ and the width (at widest point) is 9″ around. The sock pictured has a total length of 9″ (44 rounds) and width of 10″ (36 stitches) around.

Gauge: 16 rows and 15 sc = 4″ x 4″
Materials
-Worsted weight yarn such as Bernat Super Value – White and Black
-Size 5.00mm
-Yarn needle

Stitch Guide (US)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
inc – increase (2 sts in same st)
dec – decrease (sc2tog)

Notes: Foot and Ankle are worked in Rounds joined with slip stitch, do not turn at end of round. Starting chain does not count as stitch and first stitch is worked into same space as slip stitch. Heel and Mouth are worked in Rows. Starting chain does not count as stitch.

Foot
With 5.00mm and Black yarn
Round 1: in magic ring make 6sc
Round 2: ch 1, [sc, inc] x 3 (9sts)
Round 3: inc x 9 (18sts)
Rounds 4-5: work even
Switch to White
Round 6: [sc in next 2 sts, inc] x 6 (24sts)
Rounds 7-8: work even
Switch to Black
Round 9: [sc in next 3 sts, inc] x 6 (30sts)
Rounds 10-11: work even
Switch to White
Round 12: [sc in next 4 sts, inc] x 6 (36sts)
Rounds 13-14: work even
Switch to Black
Rounds 15-17: work even
Switch to White
Rounds 18-21: work even
Switch to Black
Rounds 22-26: work even
Switch to White
Rounds 27-32: work even
Switch to Black
Round 33: work even
Do not fasten off Black. Fasten off White.

Heel
Row 1: ch 1, sc in next 24 sts, turn
Rows 2-7: ch 1, work even, turn
Row 8: ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, dec, [sc in next 5 sts, dec] x 2, sc in next 4 sts, turn
Row 9: ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next 4 sts, dec x 2, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, turn
Row 10: ch 1, sc in next 8 sts, dec, sc in next 7 sts, turn
Row 11: ch 1, work even, join with sl st to first st
Do not fasten off

Ankle
Round 1: ch 1, evenly sc 36 sts in rows
Switch to White
Rounds 2-6: ch 1, work even, sl st to join
Switch to Black
Round 7: [sc in next 5 sts, inc] x 6 (42sts)
Rounds 8-9: ch 1, work even
Fasten off and weave ends.Sandworm Slipper Socks Pt1 - Pops de MilkSandworm Slipper Socks Pt1 - Pops de Milk

Mouth
Flatten piece to make mouth and place marker one on each side.
With 5.00mm and Black yarn.
Row 1: in stitch with marker pick up sc and sc in 21 sts, turn
Row 2: ch 1, work even, turn
Switch to White
Rows 3-7: ch 1, dec, sc across, dec, turn
Switch to Black
Rows 8-11: ch 1, dec, sc across, dec, turn
Fasten off and weave ends.
Repeat with other side.

Sandworm Slipper Socks Pt1 - Pops de Milk

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6 thoughts on “Sandworm Slipper Socks – Part 1

  1. Trying to make this for a christmas gift. Im super excited to be able to gift this to a fellow Tim Burton junkie. But I’m having trouble understanding the heel to ankle transition. Starting with the last 1/2 of row 11 on the heel. What do you mean by join with a slip stitch to the first stitch (sounds like how you’re finishing your rounds) And then in the first round for the ankle am I suppose to crochet a sc around the whole piece? Including the unworked round of the foot, the edges and flap of the heel? I hope you understand what I’m asking. I know it’s a little funky.

    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for your comment and feedback – this helps a lot in writing patterns. By Row 11, after all the decreases, the heel portion should be closing in on itself bringing the first and last stitches of the row closer together. You’ll then slip stitch into the first stitch of the row (if there is a small gap you can sew that shut later). I didn’t take a photo of the joining step but I did for my banana slippers, here:
      http://popsdemilk.com/banana-slippers-part-2/
      You’re correct, for first round of the ankle you’ll sc around all stitches (also shown in the link above). I hope that helps and if you get stuck please let me know 🙂

      1. Perfect, thank you! Possible pattern writing tip: I noticed with the increases you included the number of stitches each round/row should end with. But it wasn’t included when the pattern decreased. I know that including this would really help me as a crazy OCD crocheter. Instead of counting all the decreases and the subtracting from the original total about 100 times just to make sure I keep ending with the right amount of stitches. Can we tell I’ve messed up big time before? I would rather go crazy and spend 20 minutes making sure I got it right the first time then ha in to go back and fix it. But just telling me how many stitches I’m suppose to have would save me all that crazy. This is just something I would appreciate. Take it, leave it, you just do your rock star pattern making thang.

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