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How to Knit Adult Slippers – FREE Knitting Pattern

How to knit adult slippers

I’ve decided to share one of my most favourite things to knit…slippers just like my mom used to make. I’ve given the pattern so anyone can create them for adults from a woman’s size 7-12 or a man’s 6-11. This is by far my most popular pattern I have ever written and has been dowloaded and viewed thousands of times through various online channels. 

If you’re not a fan of being online, you can also download the PDF version of the pattern directly from the download section of this website – How to Knit Adult Slippers. Once there, it’s a straight forward process. You need to register to be able to access downloads.

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As my latest addition, I’ve also converted this pattern to children’s sizes. You can use this link to see my FREE children’s knitted slippers pattern. Both of these patterns are great to practice if you are a new knitter. Make sure you maintain the correct gauge! The sizing for the slippers is based on it. If you match your gauge to mine then the sizing should work out correctly.

I’ve also added all of the the videos for the necessary knitting stitches you’ll need to make these slippers.You can watch them right on this site by clicking this link –  Basic Knitting Stitches. I’ve also embedded the complete step-by-step video showing how to make these. Scroll down to the end of the page to watch it right here. FYI – all the links on this page open in a new page so you won’t lose this one.

How to Knit Slippers - Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve also added links to the specific stitches that you need within the pattern itself.  For example, if you forget how to gather stitches to form the toe, there’s a link right there to go to the video.

Don’t think you can make these yourself?  Or maybe you would like some examples.  Either way you can check them out in my online shop

Things you will need:

200 gr of worsted weight yarn (this is an estimate. One large ball from any retailer will do.)

Set of 2 size 5 (US size 8) knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.

Darning needle to dew the seams.

Gauge: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 7-8 (9-10, 11-12) or a man’s sizes 6-7 (8-9, 10-11). The foot lengths of a man’s size 6-7 are about the same as that of a woman’s size 7-8 and so on.

Cast on 40 sts

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: K13 P1 K12 P1 K13

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 36 (42, 48) more times.

Shape toe:

Next Row: With right side of work facing you P1 *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 5 more times K14  *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 5 more times. P1 {This is K1 P1 Ribbing.}

Next Row:  With wrong side facing you *(K1 P1) Repeat from * 6 more times K12 *(P1 K1) Repeat from * 6 more times.

Repeat these 2 rows for 22 (26, 30) more rows. 24 (28, 32) rows ribbed TOTAL.

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 12 times.  K1. K2tog 7 times P1.  21 stitches remaining.

Next Row: P8 K6 P7

Next Row: K2tog 10 times. K1. 11 stitches.

Next Row: P5 K3 P3.

Last Row: Draw yarn through loops (AKA gather stitches) and pull together to form toe.  Sew seam up to start of ribbed stitches.


To form back flap of heel:

With right side of work facing you pick up 14 stitches between the fold lines that mark the sole of the slipper. A lot of people have messaged me over the years not knowing how to do this. I made a video! It’s actually for another pattern but is exactly the same as this. Here’s the link to the video – Picking up Stitches for the Heel 

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K2tog K10 K2tog.  12 stitches

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: Knit across.

Row 6: K2tog K8 K2tog. 10 stitches.

Row 7: Knit across.

Row 8: Knit across.

Row 9: K2tog K6 K2tog.  8 stitches

Row 10: Knit across.

Row 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K4 K2tog. 6 stitches.

Row 13: Knit across.

Row 14: Knit across.

Row 15: K2tog K2 K2tog.  4 stitches

Row 16: Knit across.

Row 17: Knit across.

Row 18: K2tog twice. 2 stitches.

Row 19: Knit across.

Bind off

Sew up seems for heel flap. Work in ends. Make another to match.

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7 thoughts on “How to Knit Adult Slippers – FREE Knitting Pattern

  1. where do find the directions????

    1. ??? What do you mean? If you’re posting this comment you scrolled past the pattern…

  2. HI I cast on 40 stitches & knit the two rows for 36 time, when I do next row I’m left with four stitches on the end & the next row when I work it out in my head it’s for 36 stitches, what am I doing wrong??

    1. I can’t be sure but I would think it’s because you’re missing one of (K1 P1) repeats on each side of the 14 stitches. It sounds like your doing it 5 times total; not once and then repeating it 5 times more as it’s written.

      1. Ah makes total sense now thanks!!

  3. Hello, first I love your tutorials I’ve knitted quite few of your bootie slippers. I’m now knitting these adult slippers and I’m starting to shape the toe but the stitches don’t match I have 40 on my needle but the start of the shaping the toe only total 36, can you clarify? Thanks Monica

    1. I have no idea why you’d be short 4 stitches. You may have dropped stitches??? But what I can recommend is that you knit 2 together for how ever many stitches you have. Always K2tog by putting your needle through the knit stitch first and then the Purl stitch. It will maintain the ribbing.

      Are you misreading the pattern again? Make the (k1 p1) once and then repeat it again 5 more times. (K1 p1) 6 times total. Since it’s where you ran into trouble the first time it seems to be the most likely cause.

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