Monday, June 15, 2015

Crochet Shark Booties

Shark Week on The Discovery Channel will be here soon, so I thought it would be fun to get into the spirit with these crochet shark booties! I made these in newborn size as a baby shower gift for a good friend who loves sharks. This crochet pattern is very creative and unique. The mouth and nose are so perfectly proportioned that these really look like baby great whites! I love the fact that the sharks' mouths are designed to nibble a baby's toes (although they actually nibble the baby's leg).

crochet shark booties


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shark bootie



crochet shark teethThis pattern is very easy to follow. It is not crocheted in the round so it requires some assembly, but I found the assembly instructions to be straightforward. I made one tiny modification, which was crocheting only in the back loops of the stitches around the mouth while adding the teeth. This resulted in a subtle "gum line" that separates the teeth from the grey skin  (shown in closeup photo on the right). I used single crochet for the seams, but the next time I make these, I plan to sew the seam using a whip stitch because I think it will look cleaner and eliminate a bulky seam on the inside that might be uncomfortable, especially if these are made for someone who is walking (not an issue with the 0-3 months size that I made). I sewed the buttons on as securely as possible, but they were still not as snug as I'd like. I think this is due partly to the fact that the shank did not fit into the hole between the stitches, as I intended. Embroidered or safety eyes might be a nice alternative to the buttons. I contemplated adding a tail to make these anatomically correct, but decided that the absence of a tail is just enough to keep these sharks looking more like booties than wearable amigurumi. 

shark booties with blocks

Will these great white shark booties be 
nibbling  your baby's toes during Shark Week?

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