Athlyn Green is an avid crocheter and knitter. She designs and sells handcrafted goods.
Make Your Own Crocheted Slippers for Adults
Crochet is a good medium for making slippers because, generally speaking, crocheted fabric tends to have a stiffer texture, whereas knitted fabric is usually softer. With crochet, you use a larger hook. The stitches are bulkier, which makes for durability—and these slippers work up quickly, too.
These slippers come up around the ankle, and with their cuff, they do not slip off. (This is a distinct advantage, because otherwise slippers loosen as they are worn and they can start to slide off.) I find that in winter, I tend to sleep in them, and most of the people I've made them for have said the same thing. They love having warm feet at night.
In this article, I will share some tips and share ideas about different color combinations and thicknesses, all using the one pattern. If you've always wanted to make sturdy, warm, boot-style slippers, read on. This pattern is one of my "go-to" favorites.
In This Article
- About the Free Pattern
- How to Adjust the Pattern for Warmth and Durability (Step-by-Step)
- More Tips and Tricks
- Quick Stitch Guide
About the Free Pattern
Because this is not my pattern, I cannot include it on this page, but if you click the link above, you can visit her site and print off the pattern (which is offered for free). This slipper pattern may be used to create your own slippers, but the pattern cannot copied for commercial purposes.
These slippers rock because:
- they are thicker and thus warmer
- they are high enough to stay on
- the cuff also ensures they stay on
- they don't slide off and can be worn in bed on those chilly winter nights
- they will last a long time (on carpeting)
Thanks to Rhelena for this great crocheted slipper pattern!
How to Adjust the Pattern for Warmth and Durability (Step-by-Step)
Many people have told me they love wearing these slippers to bed to keep their tootsies warm on cold winter nights. Homemade slippers are so much warmer than regular socks, so if you have cold feet, you will notice a big difference to your comfort levels.
Step 1: Work With Multiple Yarn Strands
I use extra yarn for these, using four strands on the soles so that the slippers are cushioned and wear longer. I also work my toppers in two or three strands.
This adds warmth and durability, and in fact, many folks have found that these slippers have lasted winter after winter instead of wearing out quickly (as is seen with thin, one-stranded slippers).
How Do I Work With More Than One Yarn Strand at a Time?
Do not attempt to work with yarn balls without placing them in separate containers. I cannot stress this enough. If they aren't separated, they will become twisted and tangled.
In my article "How to Make Your Own Yarn Dispenser," I discuss different ways to keep your yarn balls separate via homemade containers. If you are tempted to not do this, be forewarned: You will spend your crochet time untangling a mess of yarn instead of crocheting.
Alternately, you could wind your strands into one working ball.
Step 2: Create Thick Soles
When I work this pattern, I either use multiple strands for the soles or I use a super bulky yarn. Thicker soles mean greater warmth, more cushioning, and soles that stand up to wear.
If you've printed out the pattern and are ready to begin, the first three rows form the slipper soles. Here's some tips for making them:
- Draw out a foot-shape on a piece of paper. You want your finished sole to be approximately 2" larger than your drawing to allow for "take-up" when slipper is put on.
- Make two-tone slippers. I would suggest using the same color for both sole and cuff.
- Adjust the size. For smaller to medium slippers, use a size 5 crochet hook. For larger slippers, use a size 6–7 hook.
- Work tightly to add to the sturdiness factor of your finished sole. Because you use more than one strand for working your soles, you may have to use a smaller crochet hook to achieve the desired width and size. You don't want your sole to become too wide.
- Make one sole to check the size and then make adjustments for each set of slippers you make. (The soles are only three rows, so you may choose to experiment for size and thickness.)
- Try Red Heart Super Saver. I use this type of yarn. Red Heart offers so many colors to choose from and it wears well.
Step 3: Create Slipper Toppers
Using 2 strands (3 for a wider foot), work the next 10 rows of the pattern. I find the toppers look better if you don't use the same number of strands as you do for the sole. Use a smaller hook so that toppers fit snugly around foot—I recommend a size 4 or 5 hook.
- If I'm making these for adults, I use 2–3 strands for the sides for durability and warmth, and a size 5 crochet hook.
- For children, use 2–3 strands for the soles and 2 strands for the toppers.
Step 4: Make Cuffs
Work 5 more rows (as indicted in Rhelena's pattern), single crocheting in each stitch around row to form the cuff.
More Tips and Tricks
Here's some more helpful ideas.
Try Different Colors for Different Sections
While you can crochet these slippers using one yarn color, using one color for the cuffs and soles, and another for the toppers creates definition, as well as being a great way to use up leftover yarn.
Plan on Making Lots of Slippers? Make Your Soles First
I've found that the easiest way to make a number of these slippers is to simply make all your soles first. With that out of the way, you can add your toppers when you are in the mood to crochet.
Weave in Your Ends as You Go
Why have to weave in ends later? This is one task that most crocheters consider grunt work. As I work a row, I carry the yarn end along the back of the work, working my stitches around it, so that it is woven in as I go.
Worried About Slipping?
- Add puff paint to soles.
- If you have a tube of latex acrylic handy, wet your fingers and spread a thick layer over slipper soles and cure for a few days. This will also extend the life of the sole.
Finish Your Slippers
Turn slippers inside out to check for any missed yarn ends. Use a tapestry needle or a crochet hook to weave in any loose ends.
Quick Stitch Guide for Printing Off and Keeping With the Pattern
This pattern uses a couple of stitches that you may have worked in the past but might not clearly remember.
I hunted down all of these and jotted instructions right on my pattern. This way, each time I make another pair of slippers, I can refer to my notes, which saves me having to look up the instructions for these stitches each time.
- Single Crochet 2 Together (sc 2 tog)—thr first st, yo, pb, thr 2nd st, yo, pb, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
- Single Crochet 3 Together (sc 3 tog)—thr 1st st, yo, pb, thr 2nd st , yo, pb, thr 3rd st, yo, pb, yo, pull through 4 loops on hook.
- Double Crochet 3 Together (dc 3 tog)—yo, thr, yo, pb yo, pull thr 2 loops, repeat for next 2 st, yo, pull through loops on hook.
- Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc 2 tog)—yo, thr, yo, pb (2 times) yo, pull through 5 loops on hook.
- Half Double Crochet 3 Together (hdc 3 tog)—yo, thr, yo, pb (3 times) yo, pull through 7 loops on hook.
pull back through stitch
half double crochet
Enjoy Warm Feet for the Winter Months in Your Boot-Style Crocheted Slippers!
As you can see, you can use this one pattern to make any number of slippers and each pair looks different. It can be fun to experiment with different colors and different thicknesses. I hope you've enjoyed this article and if you decide to make a pair of these slippers, please leave your comments. ♥
© 2010 Athlyn Green
email@example.com on July 30, 2020:
I love the tips you gave for making slippers. Thax a lot
Lucille Naber on October 27, 2019:
I use my left over scraps of yarn to make slippers. Kids and grandkids say "oh Grandma I have see several kinds of yarn you made things from.
Alida on August 25, 2019:
Beautiful slippers looking forward to making a few pairs for myself.
Cindy on March 29, 2019:
What were your changes to the pattern?
RTalloni on October 02, 2015:
Still have not tried making these but am glad to find this useful hub again, both for its info and for its inspiration.
Georgina Crawford from Dartmoor on December 21, 2014:
What a lovely article. I'm a big fan of natural wool slippers and I've been paying a small fortune for felt ones (around £60 is not unusual, so that' somewhere around $80+), but these are gorgeous. I especially like the rainbow ones you show here, and your tutorial is so well written. Thank you. Rating, sharing and following.
Veenoo from India on May 04, 2014:
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on November 05, 2013:
You wrote: "I love this and I've made a nice pair for my son. My question is how to get it exactly right, because "the middle stitches" in the front won't get rigth in the middle, so the slippers pattern don't look symmetric. I count very careful, but it seems that in some rounds the last stitch has to be made in the same stitch as the chain to get the right number of stitches in each round. Maybe you can help me out... There are changes in the pattern (4 inst. of 3 extra stiches in 1st round), have you made more changes?"
I was worried about this, too, when I first starting making these slippers because there doesn't seem to be right and left foot. While it looks off-centered, by the time you are done, everything works fine and the slippers don't twist when you wear them, which is what I was concerned about. I think it is just the vagaries of the pattern. I still make these each year using this pattern because I've found these slippers stay on and are the best slippers I've found so far.
Here are my pattern notes, which you may find helpful:
Rnd 1: ch 14, 3 sc in sec ch from hook, 1 sc in 11 st, 3 sc in last ch, sc in back loops of next 11 st, 3 sc in last ch. Ss in top of first sc.
Rnd 4&5: 47 st
Rnd 6: 41 st.
Rnd 7: 37 st
I've also added stitch notes for all the harder stitches to guide me as I work the slippers each time, which makes it easier.
I like using 4-5 strands for the soul and 3 for the topper, which gives these slippers warmth and durability.
work the topper up to and including rnd. 13, then work another five rows for the cuff, usually in a dif color.
You could try contacting Rhelena at Crochet 'N' Crafts.
Marja on November 05, 2013:
I love this and I've made a nice pair for my son. My question is how to get it exactly right, because "the middle stitches" in the front won't get rigth in the middle, so the slippers pattern don't look symmetric. I count very careful, but it seems that in some rounds the last stitch has to be made in the same stitch as the chain to get the right number of stitches in each round. Maybe you can help me out... There are changes in the pattern (4 inst. of 3 extra stiches in 1st round), have you made more changes?
Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on May 12, 2013:
This is an awesome hub, voted up and shared, I love crocheting, I will definitely have to give these comfy looking, booties a try.
Mel Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on May 12, 2013:
I can't wait to make these! They look so warm and soft!! Voted up and shared!
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on September 04, 2012:
If you look in the first Hub section, I've included a link to the site where you can access the free pattern.
maureen on September 03, 2012:
I love these, but where is the pattern printed? I want to make a pair right now?
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 27, 2011:
I've started making the soles of these slippers with 5-6 strands of yarn and the toppers with 3 strands. This makes these crocheted slippers durable, warm and cushy.
Audrey Surma from Virginia on December 27, 2011:
Just what I was looking for. Thanks!
A.CreativeThinker on November 12, 2011:
These slippers are so cute and they look quite warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing. Take Care. :)
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on October 22, 2011:
Hi Donna, I switched to a smaller hook and used wool for the bottom part of the slipper for my grandson, so the crocheted slippers would stand up the wear an active child would put them to.
The sole doesn't take long to make so you can try one to gauge size.
Donna Cosmato from USA on October 22, 2011:
These look warm and cozy! Is it possible to switch to a sport yarn and use a smaller hook to make them smaller for children? I'm out of practice so I thought I'd ask for your advice before I made a mess of things:)
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on April 17, 2011:
These crochet slippers can be made in one or two sessions and they keep the feet nice and warm--especially appreciated in colder climates or in houses with cold floors.
RTalloni on December 28, 2010:
These are great! Can't wait to try them! Thanks much!
maya on December 27, 2010:
Hi, these bring back memories. My great aunt used to make these for my kids when they were little. Its necessary for winter.
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 26, 2010:
Yes, these crochet slippers are great. I'm going to make them each year. Thanks for stopping by!
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on December 26, 2010:
Great pattern, wonderful instructions. These slipper look invitinly warm, just right for a cold winter's day. Voted up, useful and bookmarked. I have to try the pattern.
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 24, 2010:
I find the vids. are so much easier to follow over written instructions.
Let me know how the turn out, Amy.
Hi Miragi, thank you!
Miragi from Ohio on December 23, 2010:
Great pattern, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!
Amie Warren on December 23, 2010:
I love these! I'm moving next year to a colder place, so I'm bookmarking this so I can make some.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 23, 2010:
Thanks for the videos – and the videos on your other crocheting hubs - as well as the instructions. Knitting is no problem for me since as I learned how to knit as a child and have continued to knit - on and off – as an adult. I’ve only recently tried crocheting, though, and I don’t find it so easy. I’m going to try some of your patterns.
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 23, 2010:
I want to teach my granddaughter how to crochet. It's such a practical craft.
SandwichINK from USA on December 23, 2010:
What cute slippers! One of the activities for grandparents and grandchildren that I just started with my grandkids is crocheting. We're not quite here yet, but soon. I'm bookmarking and tweeting this :)
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 23, 2010:
Thank you for your kind remarks! Merry Christmas back at you.
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on December 23, 2010:
This hub is so well put together - I've rated it 'awesome'. You really deserve your feature place!
Hope you have a good Christmas - and your feet stay warm.
GracePhillips from Hawaii on December 21, 2010:
Cool! I love crocheting, this is one of many fun slipper patterns out there! :)
jenny on December 20, 2010:
Looks really nice, but seem hard to do! :P
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 20, 2010:
These slippers make up quickly, in just an evening or two. They sure keep one warm.
Rosemary Amrhein on December 20, 2010:
What a super nice gift for Winter!
gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on December 20, 2010:
Hi, these bring back memories. My great aunt used to make these for my kids when they were little. Wish I could crochet!
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 20, 2010:
Yes, it helps to see how to execute some of the crochet stitches. This is a great crochet slipper pattern from Rhelena.
chspublish from Ireland on December 20, 2010:
A great idea for a gift. I love crochet, but I've never thought about making these cute items. Will definitely give it a go. The tutorials are good too. Thanks for sharing your information.
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on December 12, 2010:
I've made a number of these for gifts this year.
Fiddleman on December 12, 2010:
A great gift and crafting idea.