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I first had the idea for these summer sandals while vacationing in Lacanau on the French "Gold Coast". Think sand dunes, pine cones, surfboards on the ocean and sunset...that was Lacanau.

Though obviously not made for long walks, these sandals are knit with pure silk to be both beautiful and cool enough to wear on the beach. And they provide a nice barrier between tender soles and sun-baked sand. The half-woven stitch ('point de demi-toile" in french) was chosen for its non-stretching structure, and to add visual interest.

Due to their i-cord construction they should fit most women's feet sizes.

photos: Sylvie Damey

To fit woman's foot
Length: custom
Plassard Bourette [100% silk; 104yd/95m per 50g skein]
[MC] #38 Brown, 1 skein
[CC] #17 Green, 1 skein

1 set US #7/4.5mm double-point needles
1 set US #7/4.5mm straight needles
1 size G/4mm crochet hook
Safety pins
Tapestry needle
Leather, suede or synthetic equivalent, for making soles
Sharp, strong sewing needle
Strong sewing thread

16 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

Sl1f: Slip 1 st purlwise, with yarn held to front of work.


Sandal [make 2]
Note: Sole is worked from Toe to Heel.

Using straight needles and MC, CO 6 sts.

K 1 row.

Next Row [RS]: P1, m1, k to last st, m1, p1. 2 sts increased.

Next Row [WS]: K1, p to last st, k1.

Repeat these 2 rows 4 times more. 16 sts.

Cont in patt as set, working in stockinette st and keeping edge sts in reverse stockinette st, until work measures 5 inches, ending with a WS row.

Next Row [RS]: P1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, p1. 14 sts.

Cont in patt as set until work measures 2 inches less than desired length, ending with a WS row.

Shape Heel:
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k12. Turn work.
Row 2 [WS]: P12.
Turn work.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k10. Turn work.
Row 4 [WS]: P10. Turn work.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k8. Turn work.
Row 6 [WS]: P8. Turn work.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k6. Turn work.
Row 8 [WS]: P6. Turn work.
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k4. Turn work.
Row 10 [WS]: P4. Turn work.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k2. Turn work.
Row 12 [WS]: P to end.
Row 13: K all sts. From this point to end of heel flap, this will be the WS of the work.
Row 14 [RS]: P1, k to last st, p1.
Row 15 [WS]: K1, p to last st, k1.
Row 16-21: Work as for Rows 14 & 15.Row 22 [RS]: P1, ssk, k8, k2tog, p1. 12 sts.
Odd-numbered Rows 23-31 [WS]: K1, p to last st, k1.
Row 24 [RS]: P1, ssk, k6, k2tog, p1. 10 sts.
Row 26 [RS]: P1, [ssk, yo, k2tog] twice, p1. 8 sts.
Row 28 [RS]: P1, ssk, k2, k2tog, p1. 6 sts.
Row 30 [RS]: P1, ssk, k2tog, p1. 4 sts.
Row 32 [RS]: Ssk, k2tog. 2 sts.
Row 33 [WS]: P2tog. Break yarn, draw through last st and pull tight.

Sandal Uppers:
The toe portions of the sandal uppers are worked in two pieces, which are sewn together during finishing. After the first few inches, the toe pieces are joined, and the sandal uppers are worked in one piece, until they are divided again and the ties are worked.

Left Toe Piece:
Using straight needles and CC, CO 1 st.
Row 1 [WS]: Kfb. 2 sts.
Row 2 [RS]: K1, kfb. 3 sts.
Odd-numbered Rows 3-13 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 4 [RS]: [K1, m1] twice, k1. 5 sts.
Row 6 [RS]: K1, m1, k1, sl1f, k1, m1. 7 sts.
Row 8 [RS]:K1, [k1, sl1f] twice, k2.
Row 10 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 3 times, k1.
Row 12 [RS]: K1, [k1, sl1f] twice, k1, m1, k1. 8 sts.
Row 14 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 3 times, k1, m1, k1. 9 sts.
Row 15 [WS]: P all sts. Break yarn. Place all sts on hold on double-point needle.

Right Toe Piece:
Work Rows 1-5 as for Left Toe Piece.
Row 6 [RS]: K1, m1, sl1f, k1, sl1f, m1, k1. 7 sts.
Row 8 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 3 times, k1.
Row 10 [RS]: K1, [k1, sl1f] twice, k2.
Row 12 [RS]: K1, m1, [sl1f, k1] 3 times. 8 sts.
Row 14 [RS]: K1, m1, [sl1f, k1] 3 times, k1. 9 sts.
Row 15 [WS]: P all sts.

Join Toe Pieces:
Row 16 [RS]: K1, [sl1f, k1] 4 times; working across held sts of Left Toe piece, [[sl1f, k1] 4 times, k1. 18 sts on needle.
Odd-numbered Rows 17-31 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 18 [RS]: K2, [sl1f, k1] 8 times.
Row 20 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 8 times, k2.
Row 22 [RS]: K1, m1, [k1, sl1f] 8 times, m1, k1. 20 sts.
Row 24 [RS]: K2, [sl1f, k1] 9 times.
Row 26 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 9 times, k2.
Row 28 [RS]: K2, [sl1f, k1] 9 times.
Row 30 [RS]: K1, m1, [sl1f, k1] 9 times, m1, k1. 22 sts.
Row 32 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 10 times, k2.
Row 33 [WS]: P all sts.

Divide For Ties:
Row 34 [RS]: K2, [sl1f, k1] 4 times, place 10 sts just worked on hold on double-point needle; BO 2 sts (1 st remains on right needle), [k1, sl1f] 4 times, k1. 10 sts on needle.
Odd-numbered Rows 35-47 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 36 [RS]: Ssk, [k1 sl1f] 3 times, k2. 9 sts.
Row 38 [RS]: Ssk, [k1 sl1f] 3 times, k1. 8 sts.
Row 40 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 3 times, k2.
Row 42 [RS]: Ssk, [sl1f, k1] 3 times. 7 sts.
Row 44 [RS]: K1, [k1, sl1f] twice, k2tog. 6 sts. Place safety pin in last st of this row.
Row 46 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] twice, k2.
Row 48 [RS]: K2, sl1f, k1, k2tog. 5 sts.
Row 49 [WS]: P2tog, p3. 4 sts.
Row 50 [RS]: K2, k2tog. 3 sts. Using double-point needles, work 8 inches in I-Cord. BO rem sts.

Rejoin yarn to held sts with WS facing, and begin working from Row 35, below:

Odd-numbered Rows 35-47 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 36 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 4 times, k2tog. 9 sts.
Row 38 [RS]: K1, [k1, sl1f] 3 times, k2tog. 8 sts.
Row 40 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] 3 times, k2.
Row 42 [RS]: K2, [sl1f, k1] twice, k2tog. 7 sts.
Row 44 [RS]: Ssk, [k1, sl1f] twice, k1. 6 sts. Place safety pin in first st of this row.
Row 46 [RS]: [K1, sl1f] twice, k2.
Row 48 [RS]: Ssk, [sl1f, k1] twice. 5 sts.
Row 49 [WS]: P3, p2tog. 4 sts.
Row 50 [RS]: K2tog, k2. 3 sts. Using double-point needles, work 8 inches in I-Cord. BO rem sts.


Using MC, sew together the inner edges of the toe pieces, using photos as guides.

Pin sandal upper to sole, so that WS of upper faces RS of sole. Using MC, work a row of single crochet through both layers, beginning and ending this crocheted seam at the safety pin on each side of the sandal upper.

Embroider sandals as desired. The sandals shown incorporate small flower-shaped beads; add whatever embellishment takes your fancy!

Weave in ends and block sandals as desired.

Trace each foot onto sole material and cut out soles, making each sole slightly smaller than the foot outline. (Use pinking shears to cut out the soles, if you have them.) Sew soles to bottoms of sandals. You're set for the beach!



Sylvie Damey is a french designer living in the french Alps and about to give birth to her second daughter. She's knit for decades and recently learned to crochet, but her actual passion is to create and design new things!

See her other designs at or read her blog at