Here an American Girl Knit pattern for a set of beach sandals. The soles of the sandals are made from foam craft sheets.
I purchased a package of assorted colors from The Dollar Tree for $1.00. One 4 inch by 6 inch sheet will make one pair of sandals.
Here are the steps to making the sole of the shoes:
1) Trace the feet of your doll on a piece of paper.
2) Cut out the paper patterns.
3) Cut two pieces of foam for each foot.
Here is a picture of the 4 pieces that I made. The length is 2 3/4 inches, and the width at the widest part is 1 1/2 inches.
Set these aside and knit the upper band.
Here are the instructions to knit the American Girl sandals
You will need to know the following abbreviations:
YO Yarn Over (Wrap the yarn around the right needle from back to front)
sl 1 Slip the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle
K2tog Knit 2 together (put the right needle through 2 stitches from the left needle and K them together)
PSSO Pass the slipped stitch over the last stitch (in this pattern, the K2tog stitch)
Upper Band Instructions
Gauge: 9 stitches = 2 inches using worsted weight yarn and Size 3 Needles.
Make two, one for each foot.
Cast on 13 stitches.
Row 1: K4, YO, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K4.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2. .
Bind off 13 stitches.
Cut both ends of yarn to about 1/2 inch in length.
Here is what you should have so far:
The next step is to glue the 1/2 inch yarn lengths and the edges of the knitted bands to the bottom of the top soles.
Place one of the cut soles against the bottom of your American Girl's foot. Lay the knitted band across her foot, and keep it in place with double sided tape or pins. Repeat for the other foot.
The next step is to glue the soles to the sandals. Glue the plain pieces of foam to the upper soles, matching the shapes of the soles.
I tried using a white glue and also Super Glue. If you use white glue, you will have to hold the pieces together longer, or put them under heavy books or other weights. If they get wet, they will come apart. I prefer Super Glue because it is permanent, and you only have to press the pieces together for a few seconds.
Here is another pattern to knit the upper bands, using larger needles and a plain garter stitch:
Needle Size: 9
Cast on 2 stitches.
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: Knit, increasing 1 stitch into both stitches (total of 4 stitches).
Rows 4-12: K
Row 13: K2tog, K2tog (2 sts).
Bind off 2 sts.
Cut yarn ends to 1/2 inches long and finish same as sandals above.
Your American Girl doll will love going to the beach with her new sandals!