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 on my website here: How to Knit Slippers.  You can download it for any device such as a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony, or your computer.

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.

Don't think you can make these yourself?  Or maybe you would like some examples.  Either way you can either go this this page where I sell my slippers at a discount, or 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.


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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me your questions at kweenbee_crafts@hotmail.ca.

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 as eBooks for Kindle.  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. 

Due to digital copyright laws, I'm not at liberty to sell any other type of digital copies of this pattern other than through Amazon.  If you don't have a Kindle or would prefer to have it on your computer, you can always download the free  Kindle for PC App.  With this handy little item, you can read any Kindle book that is out there! 

Hand knit slippers just like Granny used to make
The second slipper pattern on Kindle is How to Make Slippers Just Like Granny Made and also as a downloadable PDF.  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!!

26 comments:

aquariann said...

Cute slippers! How nice of you share your pattern.

Patricia said...

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

Jennifer said...

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.

J Websdale (KweenBee) said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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."

J Websdale said...

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.

Mrs.Cynthia Spilman said...

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!

J Websdale said...

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

Anita said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

J Websdale said...

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

Samantha said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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

J Websdale said...

Awesome and good luck!

Anonymous said...

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?

J Websdale said...
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Anonymous said...

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

J Websdale said...

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!!

Unknown said...

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!

J Websdale said...

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).

Anonymous said...

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!

J Websdale said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

J Websdale said...

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.

Betty said...

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

Ashley D said...

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?
Thanks!

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