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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! The complete how-to starts after the AWESOME trailer ;-)

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!!

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