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How to Knit Adult Bootie Slippers

Knitted Adult Bootie Slippers Pattern

I’ve been asked by a number of people to knit them slippers that are a little more snug. A surprising number of people like to sleep with slippers on and have a difficult time finding ones the don’t keep coming off. Now, I can’t guarantee that these will stay on your feet all night but with the extended cuff, these knitted adult bootie slippers will stay on much better than any of the other knitted slippers that I make. This particular knitted slipper design fits feet that are a woman’s size 6 – 11 and a man’s size 5 – 10. I was going to make them for larger and smaller sizes, but there was no demand for it 😕

This is also a great pattern to practice your knitting stitches. In particular, picking up stitches and working on double pointed needles, AKA working in the round. Double pointed needles seems very intimidating but really it’s the same as regular knitting needles; you just don’t flip your work back and forth. If you’ve never done it before, don’t worry! In the tutorial below I show every single step including how to pick up the stitches for the heel and cuff. Once you watch how it’s done you’ll wonder why you never did it before.

If you need a more detailed video that shows you each step from casting on to sewing in the ends, scroll to the bottom of the page. You can watch the video without leaving this page. You can also download the pattern here from the download section of my website – How to Knit Adult Booties.

Things you will need:

 250 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.

– Set of four size 5 mm (US size 8) double pointed needles or same size as the single pointed needles.

Knitted Adult Bootie Slippers Pattern


12 rows stockinette = 2″

9 stitches stockinette = 2″

Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!

Slippers are given for a woman’s size 6-7 (8-9, 10-11) or a man’s 5-6 (7-8, 9-10).

Cast on 42 (42, 42) sts

Row 1: K3 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K3.

Row 2: P3 *K2 P2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K12 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P3.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 26 (30, 34) rows total.

Next row: K2tog K1 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K1 K2tog. (40 sts)

Next row: *P2 K2* Repeat from * to* 2 more times. P2 K12 *P2 K2* Repeat from * to* 2 more times. P2.

Next row: K2 *P2 K2* Repeat From *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K2. ☺

Repeat from ☺ to ☺ for 20 (22, 24) rows total.

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Shape Toe:

Row 1: *K2tog P2tog* Repeat From *to* 2 more times. K2tog 8 times. *P2tog K2tog* Repeat from * to* 1 more time. P2tog K2tog. (20 sts)

Row 2: *P1 K1* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P1 K6 *P1 K1* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P1.

Row 3: K1 K2tog 4 times K1 K2tog 5 times. (11 sts)

Row 4: P4 K3 P4.

Break yarn and draw yarn through the stitches to form the toe.

Knitted Adult Bootie Slippers Pattern

Form Heel: 

Need a bit of extra help with the heel and cuff? Scroll to the top of the page for a shorter video demonstrating where and how to do it. 

With right side of the slipper facing you, pick up 14 sts on one of your double pointed needles along the sole of the slipper. Work the stitches with another of your double pointed needles. 

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 18-19: Knit across.

Row 20: K2tog twice. (2 sts)

Row 21-22: Knit across.

Keeping the two stitches on your double pointed needle, pick up 36(36, 36) stitches to form the cuff. Pick up 17 stitches down one side, evenly spaced, along the length to where you knitted two together. Starting at where you knitted two together along the other edge, pick up another 17 stitches, evenly spaced. There will be 36 stitches total.

Row 1-10: *K2 P2* Repeat from *to* 7 more times. 8 times total for matching ribbed effect.

Row 11-13: Knit around.

Cast off loosely.

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

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