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Cable Knit Slippers for Children and Adults

cable knit slippers

Learn to knit comfy, cozy cabled slippers. This pattern shows you how to make slippers for children from a small size 3 to large 3, and a woman’s and man’s size 4 to 12. This makes it a great project for a knitter with some experience but wanting to make something that is a little more challenging.


Even if you have never knit a cable before, have no fear! This pattern includes detailed instructions and numerous photos on how to create the cable. And if you need to brush up on some of the more basic stitches, you can learn how to knit with my YouTube videos.

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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 4.5 (US size 7) single pointed knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.

Cable knitting needle

Darning needle to sew the seams and work in the ends.


Gauge: 

14 rows stockinette = 2″

9 stitches stockinette = 2″

Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!

Children’s Sizes 3 – 3

Cable Knit Slippers

Numbers in parenthesis are written for sizes as such 3-4 (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-1, 2-3)

Cast on 29 (29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37)

Row 1: K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) P1 K3 P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 K3 P1 K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4)

Row 2: K4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) P3 K3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5) P1 K7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) P1 K3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5) P3 K4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)

Row 3: K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) P1 C1F K1 P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 C1F K1 P1 K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4)

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) P1 K1 C1B P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 K1 C1B P1 K3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4)

Repeat rows 2–5 3 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) times more.

Next row: Repeat row 2.

Shape Toe

Next row: K2tog once (once, once, once, twice, twice, twice) K 1 (1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0) P1 C1F K1 P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17,19) P1 C1F K1 P1 K 1 (1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0) K2tog once (once, once, once, twice, twice, twice)  Click here for an explanation.

🌺 Next row (and all remaining even rows): K3 P3 K3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5) P1 K7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) P1 K3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5) P3 K3 

Next row: K2 P1 K1 C1B P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 K1 C1B P1 K2

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌺 (All rows when wrong side of the work is facing you.)

🐿 Next row: K2 P1 C1F K1 P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 C1F K1 P1 K2

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌺

Next row: K2 P1 K1 C1B P1 K13 (13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19) P1 K1 C1B P1 K2

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌺 🐿

Repeat from 🐿 to 🐿 3 (3,3,3,4,4,4) times more.

End Toe

Next row: K2tog P1 SL1 K2tog PSSO P1 K1 K2tog 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9) times P1 SL1 K2tog PSSO P1 K2tog.

Next row: Knit

Next row: K 1 (1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0) K2tog to the end of the row.

Next row: Knit

Pull yarn through.


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 – 3 : Knit across.

Row 4: K2tog K6 K2tog. (8 sts)

Row 5 – 7: Knit across.

Row 8: K2tog K4 K2tog. (6 sts)

Row 9 – 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K2 K2tog. (4 sts)

Row 13 – 15 : Knit across.

Row 16: K1 K2tog K1. (3 sts)

Row 17 – 19: Knit across.

Bind off.

When shaping the toe, once completed the row, you should have 2 knit stitches before the purl of the cable at the beginning of the row and 2 stitches after the last purl after the cable at the end of the row regardless of the size. Depending on the size you either knit 2 stitches together twice or knit two stitches together once and knit the one remaining stitch. Regardless of size this gives the two stitches.

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Adult Sizes: 

Cable Knit Slippers

Numbers in parenthesis are written for sizes as such:

Women’s 4-5 (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12) 

Men’s 4 (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12)

A woman’s size 6-7 is the same as a man’s size 5-6. A woman’s size 8-9 is the same as a man’s size 7-8. etc.

Cast on 40 (44, 46, 48, 50)

Row 1: K3 (4, 4, 5, 5) P1 K6 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 K6 P1 K3 (4, 4, 5, 5)

Row 2: K4 (5, 5, 6, 6) P6 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P1 K10 (10, 12, 12, 12) P1 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P6 K4 (5, 5, 6, 6) 

🦋 Row 3: K3 (4, 4, 5, 5) P1 C2F K2 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 C2F K2 P1 K3 (4, 4, 5, 5)

Row 4: Repeat row 2. 

Row 5: Repeat row 1.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: K3 (4, 4, 5, 5) P1 K2 C2B P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 K2 C2B P1 K3 (4, 4, 5, 5)

Row 8: Repeat row 2.

Row 9: Repeat row 1.

Row 10: Repeat row 2. 🦋

Repeat from 🦋 to 🦋 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) times more.

Shape Toe:

Next row: K2tog 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) times K1 (2, 2, 1, 1) P1 C2F K2 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 C2F K2 P1 K1 (2, 2, 1, 1) K2tog 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) times. 38 (42, 44, 44, 46) sts.

Next row: K3 (4, 4, 4, 4) P6 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P1 K10 (10, 12, 12, 12) P1 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P6 K3 (4, 4, 4, 4) 

Next row: K2tog K 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) P1 K6 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 K6 P1 K 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) K2tog. 36 (40, 42, 42, 44) sts. 

🌝 Next row: K2 (3, 3, 3, 3) P6 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P1 K10 (10, 12, 12, 12) P1 K4 (5, 5, 5, 6) P6 K2 (3, 3, 3, 3) 

💖 Next row: K1 (2, 2, 2, 2) P1 K2 C2B P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 K2 C2B P1 K1 (2, 2, 2, 2)

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

⭐️ Next row: K1 (2, 2, 2, 2) P1 K6 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 K6 P1 K1 (2, 2, 2, 2)

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

🍀 Next row: K1 (2, 2, 2, 2) P1 C2F K2 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 C2F K2 P1 K1 (2, 2, 2, 2)

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

Next row: Repeat row marked with ⭐️

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

Next row: Repeat row marked with 💖

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

Next row: Repeat row marked with ⭐️

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝 🍀

Repeat from 🍀 to 🍀 0(1, 1, 2, 3) times more.

End Toe:

Next row: K1 (2, 2, 2, 2) P1 C2F K2 P1 K18 (20, 22, 22, 24) P1 C2F K2 P1 K1 (2, 2, 2, 2)

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

Next row: Repeat row marked with ⭐️

Next row: Repeat row marked with 🌝

Next row: K2tog across.

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: K2tog 9 (10, 10, 10, 11) times.

Knit the last stitch for women’s sizes 8-9 and 10-11 and the men’s sizes 7-8 and 9-10 only.

Next row: Knit across.

Pull yarn through.


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 – 3 : Knit across.

Row 4: K2tog K10 K2tog. (12 sts)

Row 5 – 7: Knit across.

Row 8: K2tog K8 K2tog. (10 sts)

Row 9 – 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K6 K2tog. (8 sts)

Row 13 – 15 : Knit across.

Row 16: K2tog K4 K2tog. (6 sts)

Row 17 – 19 : Knit across.

Row 20: K2tog K2 K2tog. (4 sts)

Row 21 – 23 : Knit across.

Row 24: K1 K2tog K1. (3 sts)

Row 25 – 27: Knit across.

Bind off.

Hints and tips:

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 measurements such as this. But when in doubt, I recommend making the larger size.

The children’s slipper is made with a smaller cable than the adult sizes. It uses C1F and C1B to allow for the smaller foot size.

C1F (Cable 1 forward) is done the same way as the C2F, but instead of knitting and pulling forward 2 stitches, only knit and pull one stitch forward.

C1B – (Cable 1 backward) is done the same way as the C2B, but instead of knitting and pulling of 2 stitches to the back of your work, only knit and pull one stitch back.


How to Make the Cable:

C2F – Cable 2 Forward. 

You can also watch this helpful video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PrCjIC3fhxk


With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle

Cable 2 forward knitting

Pull the stitches towards the front of your work.

Cable 2 forward knitting

Knit the next 2 stitches.

Cable 2 forward knitting

Cable 2 forward knitting

Knit the stitches from the cable needle.

Cable 2 forward knitting

Cable 2 forward knitting

Knit the last 2 stitches of the cable (accounted for in the pattern with the K2).

Cable 2 forward knitting

C2B – Cable 2 backward. 

You can also watch how to do this with my helpful video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/u8GrJIJseKQ

Knit the first 2 stitches of the cable (accounted for in the pattern with the K2.)

Cable 2 back knitting

With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle.

Cable 2 back knitting

Pull the stitches towards the back of your work.

Cable 2 back knitting

Knit the next 2 stitches.

Knit the stitches from the cable needle.

Cable 2 back knitting

Cable 2 back knitting

Cabling described without photos:

C2F – Cable 2 forward

With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle and pull the stitches towards the front of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

C2B – Cable 2 backward

With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle and pull the stitches towards the back of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me your questions here.

Abbreviations:

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – knit 2 together

sts – stitches

C1F – Cable 1 forward (this is done the same way as the C2F, but instead of knitting and pulling forward 2 stitches, only knit and pull one stitch forward). With your cable needle, slip 1 stitch off the needle and pull the stitch towards the front of your work. Knit the next stitch. Knit the stitch from the cable needle. 

C1B – Cable 1 backward (this is done the same way as the C2B, but instead of knitting and pulling of 2 stitches to the back of your work, only knit and pull one stitch back). With your cable needle, slip 1 stitch off the needle and pull the stitch towards the back of your work. Knit the next stitch. Knit the stitch from the cable needle.

C2F – Cable 2 forward. With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle and pull the stitches towards the front of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle. 

C2B – Cable 2 backward. With your cable needle, slip 2 stitches off the needle and pull the stitches towards the back of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches. Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

SL 1 – Slip 1 stitch off knit ways

PSSO – Pass the slipped stitch over

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me your questions at kweenbee_crafts@hotmail.ca or through my contact form.

Copyright 2020

Janis Frank

This pattern gives you permission to sell or give away anything that you make with this pattern. It does NOT give you permission to give away, reproduce in any form or sell this pattern.


14 thoughts on “Cable Knit Slippers for Children and Adults

  1. I AM UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN FOR CABLE KNIT SLIPPERS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

    1. Sorry to hear that you are having difficulties. Can you be more specific where you are experiencing a problem?

  2. I am not sure if I am missing something. I just finished the toe and am about to start to p/u stitches on the heel but I am not seeing any finishing directions. Do I just sew up the top? Is there sewing required to finish the heel? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This pattern is really nice and I’m sure I’ll love them.

    1. Yes and yes! Sew up the seams on the top and the heel. Thanks for letting everyone know how to finish them 😊

  3. Please advise how to close the heel, do I just start at the top of the slipper and join down each side , never done this before. Really like this pattern

    1. Yes. Flip up the triangle you made for the heel and sew along the edges.

  4. Can I start at the heel then add sts to each side and continue knitting the slippers, this would save picking up the stiches

    1. Absolutely! I do this exact same thing with this pattern – https://kweenbee.com/how-to-knit-ribbed-bootie-slippers-for-adults/

      Just make sure that it’s long enough to equal the length of the sides. I find that increasing every third row on both ends should be about right.

  5. Im doing the adult 4-5 slipper ive got to row 3 and have 4 stitches left. adding up the stitches on the row pattern they only add up to 36 stitches? its probably something im doing wrong but any advice would be great thank you x

    1. Has anyone else run into this problem? Is my math off? It happens with typos and such sometimes and I updated all my patterns so it is very possible it happened.

      As far as being able to help from a brief description, I can’t really offer much by way of support. One thing that I know I do sometimes is read the pattern size wrong (I’ll cast on for one size, then follow the wrong stitch counts for a different size) maybe it was this 🤷🏼‍♀️

      1. Thank you it was my fault not your pattern i was counting the 2 knit stitch as part of the cable, Thank you for your response,I am just starting reading patterns and im really enjoying this one.

  6. Can I use circular needles for this pattern? If so, is it possible to use two circular needles to knit two slippers at the same time?

    1. Anything that’s made without seams would look more like a sock. I can’t envision how this could be made slipper like and not be made flat. Are you looking for something more like a sock but with a cable pattern?

  7. My other half has really gigantic feet, a men’s size 16. How would i increase this pattern to accommodate these behemoths?

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