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Adult & Child Knitted Slippers…With BOWS!!

Bow Slippers Knitting Pattern

Hand knit slippers are wonderful, but it’s always nice to be able to make a fancier pair, especially if you are making them as a gift. This pattern shows you how to make slippers for girls from size 9 up to a woman’s size 12. You can keep scrolling or click here to read the child pattern.

The stitches used to make the slippers are very basic and this pattern includes detailed instructions and step by step photos that show how to create the bows. This makes it a great project for a knitter with some experience but wanting to make something that is a little more challenging.


If you are just learning how to knit or need to brush up on your knitting skills, I’ve also included links in the pattern to videos that show you how to do all the basic stitches including: casting onknit stitchpurlbind offknit 2 togetherdraw through, and how to pick up stitches to make the heel. 


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Things you will need:

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200 gr of worsted weight yarn (usually this is less but better to have too much).

Size 5 mm (US size 8) single pointed knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.

Darning needle to sew seams and work in the ends


Gauge: 

12 rows stockinette = 2″

9 stitches stockinette = 2″

Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!

Woman’s size 6 – 12

Numbers in parenthesis are written for sizes as such 5-6 (7-8, 9-10, 11-12)

Cast on 44

Row 1: K5 P1 K3 P1 K24 P1 K3 P1 K5

Row 2: K6 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K6

Row 3: K5 *P1 hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made).

Purl the next stitch*

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

K24 Repeat from * to * K5.

(Row 3 rewritten without photos: K5 *P1 hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). Purl the next stitch* K24 Repeat from * to * K5.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 3.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Repeat row 3.

Row 8: Repeat row 2. The bow portion will look like this.

 How to knit a bow

Row 9: K5 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up.

How to knit a bow

Knit the next stitch.

How to knit a bow

Pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed).

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

K1 P1* K24. Repeat from * to * K5.

(Row 9 rewritten without photos: K5 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K24. Repeat from * to * K5.

The bow portion will look like this.

How to knit a bow

Row 10: Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 3 to 10 3(3, 4, 4) more times.

Next row: K2tog K3 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to *K3 K2tog. (42 sts)

Next row: K5 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K5.

Next row: K2tog K2 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to * K2 K2tog. (40 sts)

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

Next row: K3 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to * K3. (40 sts)

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

Next row: K3 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K24. Repeat from * to * K3.

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

🍄 Next row: K3 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to * K3. 

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

Next row: K3 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to * K3. 

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

Next row: K3 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K24 Repeat from * to * K3. 

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4.

Next row: K3 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K24. Repeat from * to * K3.

Next row: K4 P3 K6 P1 K12 P1 K6 P3 K4. 🍄

Repeat from 🍄 to 🍄 1(1, 2, 2) times more.


Form Toe:

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: K13 P1 K12 P1 K13.

Repeat these two rows 0 (1, 0, 3) times more.

Next row: K2tog K36 K2tog. (38 sts)

Next row: K12 P1 K12 P1 K12.

Next row: K2tog K34 K2tog. (36 sts)

Next row: K11 P1 K12 P1 K11.

Next row: K2tog across. (18 sts)

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: K2tog across (9 sts).

Next row: Knit across.

Break yarn and draw yarn through stitches to gather together to finish the toe.

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Form Heel:

With the right side of the slipper facing you, pick up 14 sts along the back of the sole between the purl stitches. 

Row 1 – 4 : Knit across.

Row 5: K2tog K10 K2tog. (12 sts)

Row 6 -7 Knit across.

Row 8: K2tog K8 K2tog. (10 sts)

Row 9 – 10: Knit across.

Row 11: K2tog K6 K2tog. (8 sts)

Row 12 – 13: Knit across.

Row 14: K2tog K4 K2tog. (6 sts)

Row 15 – 16: Knit across.

Row 17: K2tog K2 K2tog. (4 sts)

Row 18: K1 K2tog K1. (3 sts)

Row 19 – 20: Knit across.

Bind off

Make another slipper to match. Sew up seams, work in the ends and enjoy!


Child Slippers size 9 – 3

Knitting pattern for kids - Slippers

Numbers in parenthesis are written for sizes as such 9-10 (11-12, 13-1, 2-3)

Cast on 34

Row 1: K3 P1 K3 P1 K18 P1 K3 P1 K3

Row 2: K4 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K4

Row 3: K3 *P1 hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K3 

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 3.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Repeat row 3.

Row 8: Repeat row 2.

Row 9: K3 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K18. Repeat from * to * K3.

Row 10: Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 3 to 10 1(1, 2, 2) more times.

Next row: K2tog K1 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to *K1 K2tog. (32 sts)

Next row: K3 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K3.

Next row: K2tog *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K2tog. (30 sts)

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

Next row: K1 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K1. 

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

Next row: K1 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K18. Repeat from * to * K1.

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

🍔 Next row: K1 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K1. 

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

Next row: K1 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K1. 

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

Next row: K1 *P1 Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (strand made). P1* K18 Repeat from * to * K1. 

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2.

Next row: K1 *P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1* K18. Repeat from * to * K1.

Next row: K2 P3 K4 P1 K10 P1 K4 P3 K2. 🍔

Repeat from  🍔 to 🍔 0 (0, 1, 1) times more.

Form Toe:

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: K9 P1 K10 P1 K9.

Repeat these two rows 0 (3, 0, 2) times more.

Next row: K2tog K26 K2tog. (28 sts)

Next row: K8 P1 K10 P1 K8.

Next row: K2tog K24 K2tog. (26 sts)

Next row: K7 P1 K10 P1 K7.

Next row: K2tog across. (13 sts)

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: K2tog 3 times K1 K2tog 3 times (7 sts).

Next row: Knit across.

Break yarn and draw yarn through stitches to gather together to finish the toe.

Form Heel:

With the right side of the slipper facing you, pick up 10 sts along the back of the sole between the purl stitches.

Row 1 – 2 : Knit across.

Row 3: K2tog K8 K2tog. (10 sts)

Row 4 – 5: Knit across.

Row 6: K2tog K6 K2tog. (8 sts)

Row 7 – 8: Knit across.

Row 9: K2tog K4 K2tog. (6 sts)

Row 10 – 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K2 K2tog. (4 sts)

Row 13 – 14: Knit across.

Row 15: K1 K2tog K1. (3 sts)

Row 16: Knit across.

Bind off.

Make another slipper to match. Sew up seams and work in ends.


Hints and tips:

When creating the strands, pull apart the 3 stitches passed over to the other needle. This allows for some additional slack in the strand across the 3 unworked stitches.

Sometimes the bows will appear lopsided. If you put your knitting needle under the 3 strands and pull gently on one side and then the other, you can easily even them out.

This pattern doesn’t contain a child’s size 4-5. Based on the foot measurements I used to develop the pattern there isn’t a need. A woman’s size 5 measures 8 11/16 inches long, while a girl’s size 3 measures 8 9/16 inches long. Knitting is very forgiving with small differences in measurments such as this. But when in doubt, I recommend making the larger size.

Abbreviations:

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – knit 2 together

sts – stitches

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