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How to Knit Children’s Slippers – Free Knitting Pattern

How to Knit Children's Slippers - Free Knitting Pattern

Because it seemed wrong to not have the children’s version of this knitting pattern, I did all the math and here it is!  I’ve made the pattern fit children’s feet from a small size 5 up to a teen size 5. That means you can make a slipper to fit feet that measure 5 1/4″ to 9″ long. Anything larger than that can be made with my other free pattern entitled How to Knit a Pair of Adult Slippers. And just like that pattern, I’ve included links to all the knitting stitches you need to make the slippers. By clicking the links you’ll go to my YouTube channel and I will show you how to do the required stitch or technique. The ad free download for this pattern is available here for a very small fee – How to Knit Children’s Slippers.


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A couple of quick notes before you get started…be sure to use the correct size when ending the toe. The number of stitches knitted together differ depending on the size. Be sure to find the one that is for the size of slipper you are making. Scroll down the page to find the size you need. The same holds true for forming the heel flap. Be sure you pick up the right number of stitches or the heel flap won’t be the right length.

Without further ado, let’s get knitting! And in case you need a little extra help, there’s a complete step-by-step instructional video at the bottom of this page. 

Things you will need:

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200 gr of worsted weight yarn (usually this is a lot less but better to have too much. I like to use Red Heart because of price, wearability, ease of maintenance, and it’s easy to find online and IRL).

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

Darning needle to sew up 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!

How to Knit Children's Slippers - Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve also provided a basic size guide for the slippers.

Child shoe size         Foot length

5-6                                5 1/4”

7-8                                6”

9-10                              6 9/16”

11-12                            7 1/4”

13-1                              8”

2-3                                8 9/16”

4-5                                9”

Sizes are listed for children’s sizes as follows:

5-6 (7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-1, 2-3, 4-5)

Cast on 23 (23, 28, 28, 33, 33, 36)

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit 7 (7, 9, 9, 11, 11, 11) P1 Knit 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 12) P1 Knit 7 (7, 9, 9, 11, 11, 11). Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34) rows TOTAL.

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Shape toe:

Next Row: With right side of work facing you P1 *(K1 P1) Repeat from *2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) more times K9 (K9, K10, K10, K11, K11, K14) *(P1 K1) Repeat from *2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) more times. P1 {This is K1 P1 Ribbing.}

Next Row: With wrong side facing you *(K1 P1) Repeat from *3(3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times K7 (K7, K8, K8, K9, K9, K12) *(P1 K1) Repeat from *3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times.

Repeat these 2 rows for 12 (12, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20) more rows. 14 (14, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22) rows ribbed TOTAL.

End toe for size 5-6 and 7-8

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 11 times. K1. (12 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P5 K3 P4

Next Row: K2tog 6 times. (6 stitches. remaining)

Next Row: P3 K1 P2

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

End toe for sizes 9-10, and 11-12

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 7 times. K1. K2tog 6 times. K1. (15 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P6 K4 P5

Next Row: K2tog 7 times K1. (8 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P4 K2 P2

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

End toe for size 13-1 and 2-3

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 16 times. K1. (17 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P7 K4 P6

Next Row: K2tog 8 times K1. (9 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P4 K2 P3

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

End toe for sizes 4-5

Next Row: With right side facing K2tog 9 times. K1. K2tog 8 times K1. (19 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P7 K6 P6

Next Row: K2tog 9 times K1. (10 stitches remaining)

Next Row: P4 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:

For sizes 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12

With right side of work facing you pick up 10 sts between the fold lines that mark the sole of the slipper.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K2tog K6 K2tog.

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: Knit across.

Row 6: K2tog K4 K2tog.

Row 7: Knit across.

Row 8: Knit across.

Row 9: K2tog K2 K2tog.

Row 10: Knit across.

Row 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog 2 times

Row 13: Knit.

Row 14: Knit

Bind off

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

Heel flap for slippers size 13-1, 2-3, 4-5

With right side of work facing you pick up 12 sts between the fold lines that mark the sole of the slipper

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K2tog K8 K2tog.

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: Knit across.

Row 6: K2tog K6 K2tog.

Row 7: Knit across.

Row 8: Knit across.

Row 9: K2tog K4 K2tog.

Row 10: Knit across.

Row 11: Knit across.

Row 12: K2tog K2 K2tog.

Row 13: Knit across.

Row 14: Knit across.

Row 15: K2tog 2 times.

Row 16: Knit across.

Row 17: Knit across.

Bind off.

Sew up seems for heel flap. Work in ends. Make another slipper to match. Or take a break and go do something else that’s awesome! 😁


1 thought on “How to Knit Children’s Slippers – Free Knitting Pattern

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