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Monday, 26 September 2011

How to Knit a Pair of Slippers

Learn to knit these slippersI've decided to share one of my most favourite things to knit...slippers just like Grandma used to make.  I've given the pattern so any one can create them for adults from a woman's size 7-12 or a man's 6-11.  You can also download the pattern for FREE from all my distributors here: How to Knit Slippers.  You can download it for any device such as a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony, or your computer.

You can also download the PDF version of the pattern directly from my website. Download from Once there, click "Add to Basket", register for the site, checkout and I'll send you a link to the download the pattern.

A PDF file will work on any device (iPad, tablet, smartphone, computer, etc,) however you will need Adobe Reader to open and view the file. This is a free program which can be downloaded here:

As my latest addition, I've also converted this pattern to children's sizes.  You can use this link to see my FREE children's knitted slippers pattern. Both of these patterns are great to practice if you are a new knitter.  Make sure you maintain the correct gauge!  The sizing for the slippers is based on it.  If you match your gauge to mine then the sizing should work out correctly.

Don't forget to check out my latest FREE knitting pattern for these slippers.  You can view the pattern on my blog here Adult Bootie Slippers.  Right now I only have adult sizes but hopefully will have the time in the near future to write the pattern to accommodate children's sizes also.  I will make it available as a download on my website once I complete the children sizes.

I've also created a video playlist for all the knitting stitches you need to make these slippers.  You can view it at my How to Knit Slippers playlist on YouTube.  Make sure you allow for pop-ups on your computer!  All the links on this page open in a new page so you won't lose this one.

How to knit slippers
I've also added links to the specific stitches that you need within the pattern itself.  For example, if you forget how to gather stitches to form the toe, there's a link right there to go to the video.

Looking for even more patterns? Here's where I list all of my slipper patterns: Learn to Knit Slippers With These Patterns.

Don't think you can make these yourself?  Or maybe you would like some examples.  Either way you can check them out in my Etsy shop

Things you will need:
200 gr of worsted weight yarn
Set of 2 size 5 ( US size 8) knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.

Hand knit slippers
Gauge: 12 rows stockinette  = 2"
            9 stitches stockinette = 2"
Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!

Slippers are given for a woman's size 7-8 (9-10, 11-12)
or man's sizes 6-7 (8-9, 10-11).  The foot lengths of a man's size 6-7 are about the same as that of a woman's size 7-8 and so on.

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Knitted slippers
Cast on 40 sts

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: K13 P1 K12 P1 K13

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 36 (42, 48) more times.

Shape toe:

Next Row: With right side of work facing you P1 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 5 more times K14  *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 5 more times. P1 {This is K1 P1 Ribbing.}

Next Row:  With wrong side facing you *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times K12 *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 6 more times.

Repeat these 2 rows for 22 (26, 30) more rows. 24 (28, 32) rows ribbed TOTAL.

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 12 times.  K1. K2tog 7 times P1.  21 stitches remaining.

Next Row: P8 K6 P7

Next Row: K2tog 10 times. K1. 11 stitches.

Next Row: P5 K3 P3.

Last Row: Draw yarn through loops and pull together to form toe.  Sew seam up to start of ribbed stitches.

To form back flap of heel:

With right side of work facing you pick up 14 stitches between the fold lines that mark the sole of the slipper.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K2tog K10 K2tog.  12 stitches

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: Knit across.

Row 6: K2tog K8 K2tog. 10 stitches.

Row 7: Knit across.

Row 8: Knit across.

Row 9: K2tog K6 K2tog.  8 stitches

Row 10: Knit across.

Row 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K4 K2tog. 6 stitches.

Row 13: Knit across.

Row 14: Knit across.

Row 15: K2tog K2 K2tog.  4 stitches

Row 16: Knit across.

Row 17: Knit across.

Row 18: K2tog twice. 2 stitches.

Row 19: Knit across.

Bind off

Sew up seems for heel flap.  Work in ends.  Make another to match.

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And now you can watch evey step showing you how to make these slippers from start to finish with my video on YouTube!

I've also made this pattern available through Smashwords for FREE!  Smashwords offers this in a variety of formats and can be used on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad, your computer, etc.  In other words, on every device that's out there.  You can follow this link to learn How to Knit Slippers.  The link will open in a new window so you won't lose this page.  Be sure to allow pop-ups on your computer!

Easy to Knit SlippersI also have two other versions of slippers available on Etsy.  The first is Easy to Knit Slippers.  This is a great pattern if you are a novice knitter and uses the same basic stitches as the slipper pattern shown here.  The pattern gives instructions to make slippers from a woman's size 6 to a man's size 14. 

Hand knit slippers just like Granny used to make
The second slipper pattern is How to Make Slippers Just Like Granny Made also available through my shop on Etsy.  It also includes instructions to make up to a men's size 13 slipper.  Both of these versions are a bit quicker to make, take a bit less yarn and aren't as thick on the sole of the foot.

Like all of my patterns you have my permission to sell and/or give away the slippers that you make using this pattern.  You are NOT permitted to reprint this pattern in any form unless you have obtained my written permission to do so.  If you would like to link back, that always awesome and feel free to do so.  Happy knitting!!


  1. Cute slippers! How nice of you share your pattern.

  2. These are adorable ~ wish I knew how to knit ):

  3. Hi,
    thanks for the pattern. It looks great. Any chance it can be modified to fit a toddler? I'd love to knit a pair for my son.

  4. Great idea! Right now I don't have time because I'm trying to fill all my Christmas orders, but it's definitely on the top of my to do list for the new year.

  5. What does the second half of this mean? Does the repeat of the 2 rows include 30 in total? "Repeat these 2 rows for 22 (26, 30) more rows. 24 (28, 32) rows ribbed."

  6. The last part is the TOTAL row count. Sorry, I guess I should be more specific. The good thing about making slippers is that if you make a mistake the pattern is very forgiving. Slippers that have this much stretch will automatically adjust to fit correctly. Even if you made an extra 2 rows or were short 2 rows, it's only at most 1/4 of an inch. You wouldn't even be able to tell once they are on.

  7. LOVE the Grandma slippers! My great grandmother gave me a yellow pair many years ago. I am learning to knit: scarf, baby booties, hat in the round. Here is my problem... I don't know how to read the patterns. Do you have any resources via the web to learn? Thank you!

  8. I don't know of anything off hand to help read knitting patterns. Anyone have any recommendations?

  9. One of the greatest tips I got for reading patterns was to take it one step at a time and try not to read ahead. Whenever I ran/run into a problem I look for a video of it on youtube or google it.

  10. Hi!
    I was wondering... for the first two rows, when it says to repeat the two rows 36 more times, does it mean that after you finish rows 1 and 2, it counts as repeating it once? I hope this makes sense.

  11. Yes. Rows 1 and 2 count as one. Now I hope that makes sense :-/

  12. Next Row: With right side of work facing you P1 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 5 more times K1 P12 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times. {This is K1 P1 Ribbing.}

    Next Row: With wrong side facing you (K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times K12 *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 6 more times.

    These two steps are confusing me so much XD Can you please explain?

  13. I want to make these and felt them. I'll modify pattern thank you for being kind enough to share your lovely pattern from pa

  14. Next Row: With right side of work facing you P1 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 5 more times K1 P12 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times. {This is K1 P1 Ribbing.}

    Next Row: With wrong side facing you (K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times K12 *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 6 more times.

    These two steps are confusing me so much XD Can you please explain?

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  16. Thank you so much. This does explain it much better. Just finished one slipper, turned out great.

  17. I've been working on recalculating this pattern to fit children sizes. I realised when I was doing this that I have one of the rows wrong and had given the wrong instructions. The sole should always be knitted for these slippers and no purls at all. I've changed the pattern but need to change my correction too. It should read:

    I could also write row 1 out as P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 (half of the ribbing on the top of the foot) K1(the K1 is the stitch that's making the bend) K12 (this is the sole of the slipper) K1(the other bend) P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 (the other half of the ribbing) (40 stitches total)

    The next row would be:
    K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1(this P1 is the bend stitch) K12 (the sole of the slipper) P1 (other bend) K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 (40 stitches total)

    That's is the most literal way I can write it out. As you make the slipper you will be able to see which stitches are forming the bends, which are making the sole, and which are the ribbing.

    I deleted the previous correction from the comments to eliminate any confusion. That's why they seem out of order!!

  18. Thank you for the free pattern! I've been scouring the web for a slipper recipe that is easy AND good-lookin', and I have FINALLY found the perfect one! :) Question: I am making these in the largest size, and I want to make sure I am reading you correctly. The numbers of rows in parentheses are for the larger sizes, yes? Thanks again!

  19. Yes you are absolutely correct! And just as a word of encouragement, if you are short a couple of rows, or do a couple of rows too many, don't worry! It only adds up to a little over 1/4 of an inch. Slippers tend to conform to the wearer. In reality there is only about a 1/2 inch difference between sizes anyways (ie between a 10-11 and a 12-13).

  20. I really liked the toe shaping with the gather stitch as seen on the video
    I was reading your pattern and I do not understand why the gauge is given in stockinette stitch when the stitch used to knit them is garter and ribbing. Would you be so kind to clarify this?
    Thank you.
    Gauge: 12 rows stockinette = 2"
    9 stitches stockinette = 2"
    Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!

  21. It's easier to count the number of individual stitches and rows with the stockinette stitch. It's the standard that most patterns use to calculate the gauge. Besides, you're just making a swatch, maybe 20 rows by 20 stitches, not the entire piece. It's pretty quick to do.

  22. What you mean is: knit a swatch in stockinette. If the number of stitches and rows match the author gauge, you can go ahead and throw away the swatch and start knitting in garter stitch.
    As a matter of fact, I would be more comfortable counting each ridge or garter that equals 2 rows. It may be the standard, but garter is not that complicated to use as a gauge, in particular when the work is done basically in that stitch. Uhmmmm!

  23. You're more than welcome to build upon this pattern if you feel you could improve it. I've released it to the Creative Commons for other knitters to build on my work and develop their own slipper patterns. All I ask is that you give me credit for the original pattern. A link back to me would be great too ;-)

    Let me know when your done your final version. I'd love to see it.

  24. How and where do I go to get the Free pattern for these slippers.

  25. Hi there,
    I'm trying to find the pattern for the slippers as shown in the photo above, they are (from L to R) purple, beige, navy blue. They look like a different pattern/stitch than what is listed. Is the pattern for these ones available?

  26. Do you HAVE to find gauge for this pattern?

  27. What does m1 mean when your knitting

  28. I need the converse boogie pattern in size twelve. My grandson wants me to make him some. Will you email me and let me know how I can get the right stitches for that size. He does have big feet. So please help me. Thank you so much. I will be looking for a pattern hopefully on my email. Have a great day from women slippers


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