Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pattern Review: Baby Strap Flip Flops

I love new patterns and when I see one, plus get several requests to make the item in the pattern, I'm off to the races, so to speak! The pattern I'm reviewing this week has both a written and video format.

Written Pattern:
3 out of 5 stars

Video Pattern:
4 out of 5 stars

This adorable pattern made the rounds more than once after being posted and I can't tell you how many people tagged me or sent it to my personal Facebook page! I ended up making several pair. Needless to say there was a chorus of "Ohhh's" and "Ahhhh's"!

I liked it pretty well but I did have some issues with the PDF being unreadable. After reading the comments section on her page I discovered I wasn't the only one. A few other crafters had the same issue where the watermark was a solid black instead of gray, thus making the pattern illegible. Not to worry though since the pattern was perfectly fine as long as I was reading it straight from the website instead of from the downloaded PDF file.

After being frustrated with step 5 of the pattern
this is what I ended up doing. Cute but no where near
as cute as the intended finished project.

The second issue I had was in Step 5 of the pattern. The images posted weren't close enough for me to tell how that part was worked. Fortunately, soon after the pattern was released she made a YouTube video showing how she made these sandals. If you read along and follow that video you'll most likely notice the same difference I did, which was one side of the foot had 3 single crochet stitches and the other side (according to the written pattern) had only 2 single crochet stitches. In the video she has 3 single crochet stitches on each side which balances out that section of the project much better than the written pattern does.

I believe this is a fantastic pattern to use for infants this summer and you should have no problems following along with the video instructions. If you're going to rely on the written instructions only then some less experienced crocheters may have difficulty.

I encourage you to visit Whistle & Ivy and give her pattern a try. By the way, she's not only talented in the realm of fiber crafts. She has recipes, DIY crafts appropriate for little ones, and tips and tricks for the home!

You can't go wrong with stopping by to take a look around!

Peace and blessings,

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