Easiest Knit Slippers Pattern Anyone Can Make

This easy to knit slippers pattern is a fun knitting project for everyone, even beginners.  Everyone loves slippers!  

This cozy slipper pattern has been around for decades and the nice thing is they're fast, simple and knit flat on straight knitting needles. 

And if you're a beginner knitter I'm sure you'll be able to tackle these cozy slippers too.

I'm sure you'll notice pattern variations as you search for the perfect pair of knitted slippers to make. This is the version I like to use. 

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The nice thing is there's no need to buy slippers when you can whip these up in no time. 

Some finer points about these cozy knit slippers:

  • They're so easy to make, even beginners can tackle these and have some fun knitting
  • They're knit flat.
  • All you need to know is how to knit and purl and use the K2tog decrease which means knit 2 stitches together as one. 
  • You can knit these two at a time if you're comfortable enough knitting. 
  • Slipper knitting is a lot like sock knitting which means they're a nice portable knitting project.
  • These knitted slippers make wonderful gifts.  In fact it's one of my favorite gifts to knit.

Yarns For Knitting Slippers

There are many different yarns you can use for knitting slippers.  In fact years and years ago I think everyone used worsted weight yarn and held two strands together as one for thickness.  

You can still do that if you'd like. This pattern has been around for ages and it's great for using up your scraps of yarn. It' a great stash buster.

I'd use worsted weight yarn and hold two strands together as one. Or if you'd like a thinner pair you can use DK weight yarn as well.

The nice thing with this way is you can buy two different color yarns for a colorful pair of knitted slippers.  

Some worsted weight yarns to try would be:

  • Red Heart Super Saver 
  • Patons Canadiana
  • Bernat Super Value Yarn
  • KnitPicks Brava 

If you enjoy using wool some of my favorites are:

  • Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Berocco Vintage
  • Lion Brand Wool Ease
  • KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Superwash 

The Cascade yarn is 100% washable wool while the others are part wool and part acrylic and machine washable too.

What are some of your favorite worsted weight yarns? Give them a try too! 

Just remember to buy enough because you'll be using 2 strands as one.

If you'd like try a thicker yarn and avoid holding two strands together I really like Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick.  

It's a great thickness to use for these knit slippers. 

Of course you can try other (6-Super Bulky) yarns too.  Have fun with it.

These knit slippers are knit with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick.

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Knitting Tip Before You Start To Knit Slippers

Important to keep in mind:  Whatever yarn you use for knitting slippers, make sure the needle size you use is at least two to three sizes smaller than the suggested size on the yarn label.  Why?

If you use a really thick yarn and really fat needles the stitches will become very loose quite quickly and will create holes a lot sooner than you'd like.  

If you knit slippers on a smaller needle the stitches will be tighter and will help your slippers last longer.  

So lets knit slippers shall we....

Click on the link to download my knit slippers pattern 

Knit Slippers Pattern Details

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Skills Required:  Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit 2 together (k2tog),  seaming

Abbreviations:  K, k = knit, P, p = purl, K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

Yarn:  There are many variations for yarn and you'll need about 200 - 300 yards. So for worsted weight yarn you'll need to hold 2 strands together as one.  

For super thick yarn you'll only knit with one strand and the thickness again should be (6-Super Bulky) 

Needles:  For worsted weight yarn holding two strands together use Size 9 (5.5mm), for Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick use size US 11 (8mm)

Sizes:  Small - child, medium - women, large – men and extra large for wider feet. Pattern is written in small size with other sizes are in parenthesis.

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Slipper Knitting Pattern

Cast on 27 (29, 35, 41) sts with your preferred cast on.  I used the long tail. 

Row 1:  Knit

Row 2:  K9 (9, 11, 13), purl 1, k7 (9, 11, 13), p1, k9 (9, 11, 13)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 13 (15, 17, 19) garter ridges on the right side of your work or until your desired length.  

If you need more or less rows by all means work the slipper according to your size. It's very easily adjusted.

Please note:  Keep in mind that you're knitting the length of your slipper so you will want the length to be approximately 2 (2.5, 2.5, 2.5) inches less than your actual foot size.  

This gives you 2 - 2.5 inches to knit the toe portion of your slipper.

End on a 2nd row.

Shape Toe

Row 1:  P1, *K1, P1, repeat from * across row

Row 2:  K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * across row

Repeat these 2 rows for 1.5 (2, 2, 2) inches ending on 2nd row

Decrease Row

K2tog across.  If you have one extra stitch left just knit it. It will still work out just fine. Stitches remaining:  14 (15, 18, 21)

Next Row:  Knit

2nd Decrease Row  

K2tog across row.  If you have an extra stitch simply knit it.  You should have 7 (8, 9, 11) sts remaining.  Break yarn leaving about 12 inches of yarn.

When you're finished with your knitted slipper, this is what it will look like.  This is the right side.

What knit slippers look like on your knitting needles

There's three sections and the middle one is the bottom of your slipper and then the two sides.

This is the wrong side with the little indents going along the sides. Pay no attention to the extra yarn there, I had to add a new ball of yarn.  

What knit slippers look like on your knitting needles


Thread yarn tail through tapestry needle and carefully push through the remaining stitches on your needle. 

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What I like to do is put the tapestry needle in my right hand and slip each stitch as if to purl, off the knitting needle and onto the tapestry needle and slide onto yarn tail.  

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Please note that you'll have much less stitches than in the picture.  This is simply an example to show you.

When you've got all the stitches, pull as tightly as you can being careful not to break yarn.  

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I like to work the needle through the stitches a second time just to reinforce the toe and close it more tightly.  

It's not necessary if you don't want too. It's your choice. :) 

Once you've got the toe tightly secured, continue seaming up the toe portion using the whip stitch 

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You'll want to seam up the toe portion enough so that the slipper doesn't keep sliding off so it's your decision how far to go. Usually a half to one inch beyond ribbing works.

Then go to the heel and seam the bottom of your slipper and you're done.  

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Weave in ends and add buttons or pom poms or just leave them plain, it's up to you.

My knitted slippers and very warm feet

I hope you enjoy your knit slippers as much as I'm enjoying mine. 

Happy Knitting!

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