Friday, March 18, 2005

Free Slipper Pattern

Simple Slippers

Note: When I first started knitting, I found this pattern that someone had written up long ago on a type writer. There was no name on it, so I have no idea of the source of this pattern. I did not write it, but I fell in love with this pattern because it perfect for beginners.

1 4 ounce skein of worsted weight yarn (You can make about 2 pairs from one skein)
US Size 7 Knitting Needles
Darning Needle

Gauge: 9 stitches = 2 inches; 6 rows=1 inch

Be sure to check your gauge!

Cast on 31 stitches

Work In Garter Stitch for 5 inches.

After reaching the 5 inch mark, start ribbing.

Ribbing Row 1: K1 * P1, K1; repeat from * to end.
Ribbing Row 2: P1 * K1, P1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat these two rows until piece measures one inch less than length of your foot.

Last row: *K2 tog; repeat form * across row, ending K1.

Finishing: Cut yarn leaving 20 inch tail. Thread yarn needle with the yarn end and pass through the stitches on the knitting needle. Pull stitches up tightly and fasten yarn end securely. Using cast off tail sew up the slipper until you get to the end of the ribbing. Secure end. Using cast on tail sew up heel seam, be sure to leave opening for foot :)

Make 2. If you wish create a pom pom to attach to each slipper at edge of ribbing.


34 comments:

Shelly (tink1944@yahoo.com) said...

Sarah, can you tell me what size slipper your pattern makes?

Sarah said...

Dear Shelly,
My slipper pattern makes whatever size slipper you need. What you do is measure your foot. Then, knit the slipper one less inch than the length of your foot.

If you need any more help please feel free to ask!

Sarah

edith said...

Oi Sarah, obrigada pelo slipper. Continue. Que D-us a abençoe.Edith, SPaulo, Brasil

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the slipper pattern been
awhile since I made these forgot how lol.

Sparklynne said...

Thank you for posting such a great pattern. I am a beginning knitter and love finding new patterns. I am so sorry that people have abused your site by posting their own links. That's really inconsiderate. I envy your patience on the matter. Happy knitting! :)

pat matthews said...

Thank-you very much for your pattern. I am a beginner {like 3 days} your pattern was the only one I could understand and I just finished a pair.I don't know how to post pics yet but i think they came out just fine.again thank you pat matthews

megan said...

i really enjoyed your pattern, it was much easier to understand than other patterns. I am in the process of making a pair and i hope they turn out :)

Deborah said...

Thank you for this pattern! I used to make slippers like these out of rug yarn as a kid but lost the pattern. This is perfect for a little girl I am helping to knit. She's tired of scarves & dish cloths.

Anonymous said...

hi I am very new to knitting and have started a pair. Silly question should the amount of stitches you have on your needle increase as you go??

thanks

Sarah said...

To the person who asked about the number of stitches increasing, the answer is no. There should be 31 stitches on your needle the entire time. If you're finding extra stitches on your needle, you could be accidentally doing a yarn over. Whenever you purl, make sure you bring your yarn from the front. Whenever you knit, make sure you bring your yarn from the back.

Hope that helps!

Sarah

jenni said...

greetings sarah.i was looking through your comments, and in case you dont know portuguese, (im only 10, but i do know a bit of it) Edith said the following:Oi, sarah, debtor for slipper. she continues. That she blesses to us.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sarah

I realize that you said this pattern would make any size slipper, does that also include childrens slippers?? Or perhaps you have another pattern for childrens slippers. I am a beginner and I love this pattern.

Thank you
Sherry

Sarah said...

This pattern can be easily adapted for children's slippers. First, measure your child's foot. The whole slipper is going to be one inch less than the length of the child's foot.

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Decide how many inches you want to cover the child's toes. This is the amount that will be done in ribbing. Thus, you will have to work garter stitch for (Length of Child's Foot minus one inch) minus (length required to cover child's toes.)

Hope this helps. You don't have to be real precise--the slippers will look fine!

Anonymous said...

Hi

I love that your patterns are so easy can you tell me if you have anymore. Like aftgans or something like that. Have made so many slippers and have shown your pattern to many people they like it also. Any help would be great.

Thank you
Sherry

Anonymous said...

what is work in your garter stitch for 5 imches...don't know what that is...Sharon

Sarah said...

Hey Sharon,

Garter stitch means that you knit every stitch. Don't worry about purling.

Happy knitting!

Sarah

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sarah,
I new at following a pattern and there is lots of things I don't understand. I'm trying first to make some slippers...I'll let ya know if I need some more help. This is so cool to have someone to chat with about this...Sharon

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah - I have taken a copy of your slipper pattern solely to knit to donate to an "Aged Care Facility" in Far North Queensland, Australia. thank you for your creation....Ailsa 15.2.09

Naomi said...

My friend's foot is five inches, what should I do?

Anonymous said...

Sarah,
My friend's feet are five inches long, what should I do?
Naomi

Sarah said...

Naomi,

I would suggest that you try to alter the pattern. Figure out how big the opening for the ankle needs to be. This is how much you will do in the ribbing. Call this number x. Then the garter stitch will be for 5-x inches.

I've never made slippers for that small of a foot. The slipper may still be too big. You may want to cast on fewer stitches.

Sorry I can't be that much help.

Good luck!

Sarah

P.S. If you have success, please tell us in the comments what your solution was. I'm sure others may have that same problem.

Anonymous said...

what if I am using thinner yarn how many stitches shuold I cast?

Sarah said...

If you're using a thinner yarn, you will probably want to also use smaller needles--this will make a tighter weave which will result in warmer slippers.

You will need to cast on enough stitches so that your knitting will be approx 7 inches across.

The number of stitches cast on will vary depending on how thin your yarn is and how small your needles are. I'd just have to play around with it. But, you'll definitely need more than 31.

You'll also want to have an odd number.

Julie said...

I just found your pattern. Thank you very much for posting it. I have yarn that I'd like to use --- I will make slippers for children that are in foster homes. CPS provides Christmas stockings for each child in Tucson that is in their care. This will work very well.

Sarah said...

Julie,

What a wonderful idea! I'm sure the slippers will mean a lot to the foster children as they are going through such a rough time during their life.

Good luck! I'd love to know how they turn out!

Sarah

Anonymous said...

i love it!!!
thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for a simple slipper pattern that didn't require double point needles and complicated turns. This is PERFECT and I can't wait to make a pair. Thanks!

Judie said...

Hi,

I'm looking for a pattern similar to this one, except the heel is ribbed just like the toe. Has anyone seen this pattern?

Noel Wright said...

That is so weird. I too have a slipper pattern that was typewritten. With no name or source. It is similar to this one. Nice blog by the way!

Anonymous said...

What stitch is the gauge swatch in? Is it garter or rib? Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

I don't get how u sew up the slipper at the end when done knitting the slipper ?????

Sarah said...

Sew the two edges of the ribbing together. Do not sew the garter stitching together. This is where you put in your foot.

helen39on said...

This is absolutely brilliant! I've been looking for a simple pattern for some time now and this one fits the bill. Thanks a million.

Cheers, Helen

Charlie said...

Thank you for a pattern which doesn't include knitting in the round or using double ended needles! :-)