Knitted slippers pattern

A super simple pattern for knitted slippers using chunky yarn and straight needles – felted for extra warmth and durability

Do you always have cold feet? Or do you often get guests at your house? Well, then I’m sure you will love this simple pattern for knitted slippers. I developed a simple pattern that works on straight needles – perfect for beginners! After some super simple seaming, you toss them into the washing machine to felt them.

knitted slippers in various sizes seen from above

Felting adds a lot of durability and strength to the fabric. Plus, it’s also a lot warmer and allows you to knit with much chunkier yarn. After all, you won’t be able to see any stitches later on. And if you made a little mistake here and there, don’t worry, they won’t be visible after the felting process either.

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The pattern pdf comes with 12 illustrated pages and detailed line-by-line instructions for beginners. There is even a video tutorial available so you can knit along. Of course, it has been thoroughly tech-edited and test-knitted for your convenience.

knitted slippers after felting in different sizes

While there are size recommendations included (S, M, L, and small kids), the focus lies rather on showing you how to calculate the size yourself. Why? Felting is very difficult to predict. Depending on your yarn, your knitting tension, and your washing machine, your fabric might shrink between 20 and 40 percent.

the knitted slippers right before felting on a table with chunky yarn scraps in the back

Since even the most sophisticated pattern won’t be able to factor in these variables, a recipe is the only way to knit slippers that really fit. And don’t be scared, I guide you through this process step-by-step and you only have to do it once! You’ll be rewarded with one-of-a-kind slippers in the size and color of your choice. How cool is that?

Materials you need for this slipper pattern

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materials needed this knitted slippers pattern spread out on a table

The pattern includes step-by-step instructions to calculate the cast-on for your size – no matter which yarn you intend to use. As a result, you can basically use any non-superwash pure sheep wool yarn that hasn’t been spun too much (so rather a single yarn than a 6-ply).

Knitting techniques

someone knitting slippers in blue and yellow chunky yarn

Difficulty: Adventurous beginner
Time: ~6 hours for a pair

With this slipper pattern, I tried to find a balance between easy access for beginners and a smart design that will still satisfy more advanced knitters. Everything is knitted flat and seamed later on. However, it’s impossible to shape the instep and the heel attractively without more complex increases and decreases. That being said, there are slow-motion tutorials available for all of these techniques.

knitted slippers hot of the needles before seaming

Again, there is a video tutorial you can use to knit along. The video is one hour long and guides you through all the important steps of knitting these slippers.

Personally, I need around 2.5 hours to finish one slipper using this chunky yarn. So, it’s a rather fast project I can easily finish on a weekend. Felting does take some additional time, and of course, the finished project needs to dry for around a day but those tasks barely need your attention.

two blue felted slippers with a red cuff

Knitted slippers can be a great gift – especially if you use some embroidery to add the name of the recipient or their favorite motif. While developing this pattern, I knitted quite some spares for guests to enjoy during their stay. I do feel it adds such a personal touch and makes people not only instantly at home but also valued.

Errata:

  • (Fixed with v1.5) There was a possibly confusing mistake on page 10. Row 35 should read:
    “Row 35: knit across to marker, sm, k12, sm, SSK (59 stitches)”

Please comment below if you have any questions regarding this knitted slipper pattern.

8 thoughts on “Knitted slippers pattern”

  1. Hi Norman, I love your work and how clear your patterns and tutorials are!
    I’ll soon be making a pair of felted slippers, and I was wondering if you had any tried-and-tested method to add an anti-slip “something” to the sole. I have laminate flooring and anything even remotely slippery is sure to be a bit of an issue..
    Many thanks!!
    Stef

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  2. Hi,
    I purchased the pattern but can not access the tutorial. I am confused by the instructions, for instance when making the sole, do I just keep repeating row 2 until the end of the stitches?
    Thanks
    Never a good sign when your pattern says it is simple and I feel stupid because I cant even figure out the first part.
    Oh well
    Thanks

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    • The video is literally linked on the second page of the pattern. I get the impression you did not read the full pattern. Kindly do so.

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  3. Hello Norman, I came across your videos because I wanted to learn how to knit in continental style, I am an intermediate knitter and the slipper pattern caught my eye, your instructions are clear, now the time has come to get to work, I have my needles, my wool, my cat and Norman not too far away, thank you very much ☺️

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  4. Hi Norman,

    Your video tutorial is very clear and you explain the steps so well that I decided to make this project. I have a hard time finding the Grundl Filzwolle Funky, but I found the Grundl Filzwolle uni, which uses size 8-9mm needles. Would the larger yarn and needles work for this felting project? I assume I have to do a swatch to see the size difference, but I am not sure if it would felt to a comfortable slipper. Thank you!

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    • Well, I went down one or two needle size myself. So I guess it will depend on your gauge. But all things considered, I don’t think it should matter. I mean, your swatch will speak to you

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