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How to Knit Ribbed Bootie Slippers for Adults

Knitted adult ribbed bootie slippers

I designed these knitted adult bootie slippers to be as easy to knit as possible. They are knit flat with no extra needles or special techniques required. If you know how toย cast on,ย purl,ย knit and cast offย you will be more than capable of finishing these for yourself or someone else! If you’re not sure or need a little practice, clicking on any of the links below will show you how with a how-to knitting video demonstrating the technique ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if you’re looking for an ad free pattern you can download to your computer, tablet or phone you can get that here –ย How to Knit Ribbed Adult Booties or my Etsy shop or Ravelry for a small fee.

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The pattern is written to fit feet from a ladies size 6 โ€“ 12 and a man’s 5 โ€“ 12. I’m still on the fence as whether to design these to fit children. The sizing involves a lot of math and knitting sample sizes and I’m really not too excited about taking on either of those tasks. Let me know if you want it for kids. If there’s enough of you out there, I’ll do it.

Knitted adult ribbed bootie slippers

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Things You Need

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Size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles (or whatever size you need to get the correct gauge.)

Darning Needle to sew in ends

Yarn – any standard ball of 200+ yards (220 m) of worsted weight yarn will do.

Use this to stop slippers from sliding

You can also try this link if the product above are sold out – Sock Stop.

Gauge is in stockinette (Be sure to check to obtain correct sizing!)

18 sts = 4 inches

26 rows = 4 inches

Sizes are written for women’s size 6-7 (8-9, 10-11, 12)

and for a men’s 5-6 (7-8, 9-10, 11-12)

Knitted Adult Ribbed Bootie Slippers Pattern

Heel Flap

Cast on 3

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K, inc in next stitch, K (4 sts)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Inc in first stitch, K2, inc in last stitch (6 sts)

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Inc in first stitch, K4, inc in last stitch (8 sts)

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Inc in first stitch, K6, inc in last stitch (10 sts)

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Inc in first stitch, K8, inc in last stitch (12 sts)

Starting the Ankle and Foot

Row 11: K12. Cast on 23 (26, 26, 29). You now have 35 (38, 38, 41 sts total)

Row 12: Knit across. Cast on 23 (26, 26, 29). You now have 58 (64, 64, 70 sts)

Row 13: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

Row 14: Knit

Row 15: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

Row 16: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

*Row 17: Knit

Row 18: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

Row 19: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

Row 20: Knit

Row 21: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)

Row 22: K10 (12, 12, 14), P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14)*

Repeat from * to * 2 (3, 4, 5more times.

Please note: Repeat rows 17 and 18 for every size.

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Decreasing for the Foot

Next row: Cast off K10 (12, 12, 14), P12 (13, 13, 14), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15), K10 (12, 12, 14). You now have 48 (52, 52, 56 sts total).

Next row: Cast off K10 (12, 12, 14). Knit remaining stitches. You now have 38 (40, 40, 42 sts total).

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).

โœช Next row: Knit

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).

Next row: Knit

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).

Next row: P13 (14, 14, 15), K12, P13 (14, 14, 15).โœช

Repeat from โœช to โœช 3 more times for every size.

End of Toe

Next row: K2tog across. 19 (20, 20, 21 sts)

Next row: P7 (7, 7, 8) K6 P6 (7, 7, 7)

Next row: K2tog across. Knit the last stitch for ladies’ size 6-7 and 12 or men’s size 5-6 and 11-12.

Break yarn and pull through.

Make another slipper to match.

Sew seams and work in ends.

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

Hints and Tips

When starting the slipper, leave a long length of yarn when casting on. You can use this length to sew up the back seam of the slipper and will give less ends to sew in when done.

Work in the ends and don’t just knot them off. The knots will rub on the wearer’s foot and make them decidedly uncomfortable.

When sewing the seams, be sure to yank on them a bit before working in the ends. You want as much yarn securing the seams so that the seam will stretch the length of the foot and the ankle.

When casting off for the ankle, be sure to do so loosely. It will allow the seam to stretch.

In case you’re not sure what part of the slipper you are making and how it goes together, I’ve added some pictures that will help.

Knitted Ribbed Adult Booties Slipper Pattern

How it goes together. Fold it in half and sew the seams for the toe and ankle.

Knitted Ribbed Adult Booties Slipper Pattern

There has been a bit of confusion on how to sew the seams along the back of the slippers, so I knit another pair and took a few photos to show what the back of the slipper should look like. 

Below are two photos showing how to flip up the heel flap triangle and fit it into the back of the slipper. Sew the back seam down to where the top of the heel flap triangle reaches without stretching it. Sew each side of the triangle to the remaining rows along each side as shown.

How to sew the back seam of ribbed adult slippers.
Sew the seam of ribbed adult slippers.

Happy knitting!

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20 thoughts on “How to Knit Ribbed Bootie Slippers for Adults

  1. I am going to try knitting these slippers in DK on 4mm needles(UK sizing) and see if they come out a child size. Just as an experiment

    1. How did they work out? I want to make a pair for my Mum who is a UK4. Was planning to go down to a 4.5mm needle.

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