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Knitty didn't want it.

So that means I get to share my pattern with you!

And Now.....

Be-Bop Beaded Beach Flip Flops

Difficulty [Tangy]
The cold Minnesota winters made me long for days in the sun. What could be more summery than a pair of flip flops with beads for added whimsy. Up north, as soon as the snow starts to melt, people pull out their flip flops. Who cares if your toes are turning blue? The important thing is that you are ready for summer.

I like to put knitting where it is unexpected but still functional. These whimsical flip flops are the perfect evening project. They don't take long to knit and the beaded cable gives it just enough variety to be interesting. I like the random bead colors but it would be just as easy to create a pattern or stick with one color. I was stymied for a while about how to attach the knitting to the sole until I was inspired, buttons! Buttons with shanks so the hemp doesn't wear itself out rubbing the pavement.

S [M, L] (shown in size M)

from cast on to cast off, 7 inches, 17.75 cm, [8 inches, 20.5 cm, 9 inches, 23 cm]

[MC] 20# Hemp cord. I used some from a left over jewelry project. A good substitute is Hippe Hemp 20#, 300 feet. White; 1 ball

1 set US #3/3.25 mm double-point needles
1 US #3 cable needle
Stitch holder

Notions required [beads, assorted colors, one pair of flip-flops, small yarn needle, 6 flat shank buttons nine sixteenths inches]

24 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Make sure that the flip flops have the type of thong that goes through the sole and is attached by the little vinyl buttons on the bottom of the sole.
Thread all the beads onto the yarn before knitting.
To make the Beaded Cable Cross:
Slip two stitches onto the cable needle as if to knit. Hold needle to the front of work. Knit two stitches from the double-pointed needle. Pull bead right up to the last stitch knitted. Knit first stitch from cable needle and pull bead through loop so that bead is now on the right side of the work. Knit next stitch off cable needle. Continue in pattern.


Cut off the plastic thong of your flip-flops. You should have two soles with three holes in each.

Right thong leg
Cast on 4 stitches leaving a 8 inch, 20 cm tail.
Knit an I cord one-half inch, 1.25 cm [1 inch, 2.5 cm, 1 inch, 2.5 cm] long.
Note: The rest of the pattern is knit back and forth.
Row 1: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, turn.
Row 2: K1, P4, K1, turn.
Row 3: K1 M1, K4, M1, K1, turn.
Row 4: K2, P4, K2, turn.
Row 5: K8, turn.
Row 7: K2, Beaded Cable Cross (see note), K2, turn.
*Work rows 4 and 5 three times
Work row 7*
Repeat between *s until thong leg has 4[4,5] beaded cable crosses.
Repeat Row 4.
Put Right thong leg onto stitch holder.

Left Thong Leg
Work as for Right thong leg.

Toe Thong
Put left thong leg and right thong leg onto one double point needle. Make sure the working yarn is the edge, not in the middle.
Row 1: K, turn 16 stitches.
Row 2: K2, P4, K2 tog, K2 tog, P4, K2 turn 14 stitches.
Row 3: K, turn.
Row 4 K2 P3, P2 tog, P2 tog, P3, K2, turn. 12 stitches.
Row 5: K2, Beaded Cable Cross, Beaded Cable Cross, K2, turn.
Row 6: K2, P2, P2 tog, P2 tog, P2, K2 turn 10 stitches.
Row 7: K, turn.
Row 8 K2 P1, P2tog, P2 tog, P1, K1, turn 8 stitches..
Row 9: K, turn.
Row 10 K2, P4, K1, turn.
Row 11: K2, slip one stitch onto cable needle, slip 1 stitch onto a holder, K stitch from cable needle and next stitch off working needle tog pulling a bead through the stitch, slip stitch from holder back onto working needle, K2 tog, K2. turn. 6 stitches.
Row 12: K2, P2, K2, turn.
Row 13: K1, P2tog, P2tog, K1 4 stitches.
Work an I cord for 1 one-quarter inches 3.25 cm [1 thee-quarters inches 4.5 cm, 1 and three-quarters inches 4.5 cm]. Bind off leaving an 8 inch, 20 cm tail.

Repeat Right Thong Leg, Left Thong Leg and Toe Thong for the other Flip Flop.

Weave in the end where the right and left thong leg come together.
Thread the I cords into the holes in the soles. Thread the buttons onto the tail ends. Attach them firmly and weave in the tail ends. Trim all tails.
Head for the beach!


( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 12th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
knitty's loss! those are cute -- and hi to a fellow minnesotan.
May. 12th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Hi minnesotan. And Thanks!
(no subject) - chibi_pink - May. 12th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
AWESOME!! I'm totally going to make this!
May. 12th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see yours. Please post a picture.
May. 12th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Those are awesome! Now if only flip-flops didn't drive me crazy to wear... but I just can't stand the feeling of that little thingie between my toes!
May. 12th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
You know, I can't stand that thing between my toes either. But these don't bother me for some reason. I think the hemp is more forgiving than the plastic.
May. 12th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
I agree, sucks to be Knitty! They are awesome, I've bookmarked them. Down in my hemisphere we're heading into winter, but I'm sure that by October I'll want to knit something to remind me of summer, also, they would make excellent Christmas presents! I have trouble knitting things for Christmas as it's usually about 28C here, so people aren't exactly in the mood for jumpers and scarves. Thank you!!!
May. 12th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
That is so cool. Australians wearing my designs for Christmas.
May. 12th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
That is a really great pattern!
May. 12th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you. I had a lot of fun with it.
May. 12th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
These are cute! And they really look knitted, unlike fun fur flip-flops. I'll definantly be making these. Thanks for the pattern!
May. 12th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Your welcome. Please let me know what you think.
May. 12th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
those are so freakin' cute.

and totally a billion times better than those ugly sandal-sock thingies that knitty had, those are FUGLY.
May. 12th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
Aw shucks. Thanks. Do you mean the pedicure socks? I haven't seen any other socky-sandaly things on knitty.
(no subject) - _fortheocean_ - May. 13th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - chibi_pink - May. 12th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC) - Expand
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May. 12th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
To tell you the truth. After I had sent the pattern in and the deadline had passed I realized I hadn't sent a diagram. That and they just had a ton of entries. They did express hope that I would send future entries. And I plan to.
May. 12th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
they are really cute! Maybe I'll make some with something like cascade fixation...I have elastic flipflops that are falling apart after a couple of years, and I can't wear anything else between my toes. Seems the shank buttons are the key!
May. 12th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
It was funny, the first one I put together upside down. So the buttons didn't fit into the holes snugly. When I walked they clicked. I had made tap dancing flip flops.
(no subject) - _quietude_ - May. 12th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - _quietude_ - May. 12th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
I like these better than some things I've seen in Knitty. They are very nice! I may make a pair... someday... when I have time to knit.
May. 12th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Once I got the pattern down, took me three tries. I knit a pair in an evening. You've got time, I spent most of my class time knitting. Just remember to multitask.
(no subject) - princess_vernie - May. 15th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
Screw knitty, those are great. =)
May. 12th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Thanks. [blush] You guys are awesome.
May. 12th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Those are GREAT... and as luck would have it, I have a pair of flipflops whose tops have definitely seen better days, so guess what I'm making this weekend? I agree with everyone else - screw knitty, I like 'em!
May. 12th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Ooh! post pictures when you are done.

I see an army of Be Bop Flip Flops taking over the world. One pair of feet at a time.
May. 12th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Knitty was really fugly this Spring. I don't know what happened.

Your pattern is great.
May. 12th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)

I'm still looking forward to their summer issue. I plan on ordering a lot of sock yarn to play with.
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