I am a serious crochet addict. You will likely find me surrounded by my favourite yarn and with a few hooks in my hair.
How to Crochet Slippers/Socks
Why not make these fabulous sock booties that are perfect for kids and adults? This is an easy basic pattern that can be adapted to suit anyone, and it's excellent for beginners and more advanced crocheters alike. I cannot believe how many times people have asked me for this style, and this year my hubby requested a new pair. I have included step-by-step photos to keep you on the right track.
I must admit, I love making these because they are quick to make, and they're also popular as handmade gifts for family and friends. They make excellent last-minute projects.
Booties for the Whole Family
When my niece comes to visit, she begs me to make her a pair of cozy slippers in a color matching her outfit. Our whole family has cozy long-legged sock-style booties for wearing in the house. As the temperatures drop this year, we keep our feet cozy and warm in our matching slipper socks.
My Original Pattern
This is an original pattern and belongs solely to me. If you wish to share this pattern, please do so with a link to this article.
Warm Wooly Socks or Slippers for Kids
Winter socks never go wrong, and I also love mine tucked into my big winter boots or worn around the house as slippers. Using this same pattern, you can make kid-size slippers, too!
Special Notes, Stitches and Terms Used
This pattern is a basic slipper and is the very same one I use when I make my niece's little red slippers pictured above. I just finish off and do not work the ankle length.
For a smaller size, I use one strand of double-knit yarn and a size 3.50 mm hook.
I used size 4.00mm (UK) hook and double-knit thick Aran wool. This made a perfect size 6 (UK), European 39 or US 8.5.
Special Terms Used
HDC = Half Double Crochet
How to Create the Half Double Crochet Stitch
Make a chain, beginning with the second chain from hook into the chain stitch, catch the yarn and draw it through the stitch. You will now have 3 hooks on your hook. Put the yarn over the hook and draw through all loops at the same time. Leaving 1 loop on the hook.
This is a half double crochet.
Take note: Always work into the BASE of your chain 3 at the start of every round.
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Always finish with a half double crochet into the join slip stitch of previous row (this helps to give the increased shape required for a snug fit (one extra stitch being created in each round).
About the HDC
This crochet stitch gives warmth and has a fair amount of elasticity. Also, it is best to make your slippers on the smaller side rather than the larger side.
The Basic Pattern
Rnd 1 chain 3, slip into first and HDC for 6 in ring created)
Rnd 2: Ch 2. 2 HDC in each stitch around, slip to join
Rnd3: ch2. *HDC, 2HDC* repeat around, slip to join
Ch2. HDC in every stitch around (21sts)
Continue working like this (remembering to create the extra HDC in the previous slip to join space). This adds one extra stitch per round.
Continue until you can place the length of the slipper over your foot, to the base of your ankle.
Here you will work the heel By working back and forth in ROWS.
Ch 2. (continue adding 1st HDC in base of chain) HDC until you have 12 stitches remaining; stop here. Turn and chain 2 HDC across, continue this until foot area is the length you want.
Finishing Option 1
You want the slipper to be a snug fit, so when you get to the heel, put right sides together and slip stitch together.
This is the basic slipper. You can finish off here by completing 1 round of single crochet around the top of the slipper, and you'll have a lovely pair of slip-on slippers. My niece loves these!
Carry on to continue creating the ankle and boot length.
For Ankle/Boot Length
Working in the round HDC pick up stitches along the top of the slipper.
Working in HDC: chain2 HDC around slip into 1st stitch (do not add in the extra stitches here, unless making for a man who has wider calves). I find 1 HDC in each base of chains is enough increase to give a snug fit for a woman.
Continue working in HDC until the desired length of sock boot is achieved.
The Booties Are Finished!
You can make matching his n' hers crochet booties. My husband and I are shown here modeling our cozy booties!
Pattern for Experienced Crocheters
This is for the more experienced crocheter who does not need the images to help.
I used a size 4.50mm (UK) hook and double-knit thick Aran wool. This made a perfect size 6 (UK), European 39 and US 8.5. Or, use two strands of double-knit wool together.
For a smaller size (the little red slippers for my niece), I used one strand of double-knit yarn and a size 3.50mm hook.
Special Terms of Note and Stitches Used
HDC = Half Double chain (this crochet stitch gives warmth and has a lot of elasticity).
Always start your 1st stitch(es) into the BASE of your chain start
Always finish with a half double crochet into the join slip stitch of previous row (this helps to give the increased shape required for a snug fit; 1 extra stitch being created at end of round)
Rnd 1: work 6HDC into magic circle slip stitch to join (6) ch 2
Rnd 2: (1st HDC in the base of chain and here on in) 2 HDC in each stitch around, slip to join, ch2 (13)
Rnd 3: 1 HDC in next st. 2 HDC in next st. repeat around. join. ch2 (20)
Rnd 4: HDC around, join, chain 2
Continue working Round 4 (remembering to create the extra HDC in the previous slip to join and the base of chain st), until you can place the length of the slipper over your foot, from toes to the base of the front of your ankle.
Here you will work the heel. You SPLIT your piece of work and work in ROWS now. This is the heel area.
Ch 2. (Continue adding 1st HDC in base of chain) HDC until you have 12 stitches remaining stop here. Turn and Chain 2
HDC across, continue this until heel area is length you want.
I had 20 rows in total from the toe.
You want the slipper to fit snug, so when you get to the heel, put the right sides together and slip stitch together.
This is the basic pattern. You can finish off here by completing a round of single crochet around the top of the slipper , and have a lovely pair of slip on slippers (my niece loves these).
How to Continue to Create Boot-Length Socks
Working in the round HDC pick up stitches along the top of slipper.
Working in HDC around (do NOT join)
Ch 2, HDC around slip into 1st stitch (do not add in the extra stitches here, unless for making for a man who has wider calves) I find 1 HDC in each base of chain on beginning of each round is enough increase to give a snug fit for a woman.
Continue working in HDC until desired length is achieved.
© 2012 Lisa Auch
Will you be trying my Crochet Slipper Sock Pattern?
NWIGWE COLLINS on August 19, 2020:
I LOVE THE SHOW
Trish on May 13, 2020:
I would love to but I don't know how to crochet I was looking for a knitting pattern. However they are exactly what I want grrrrrrrrrr
Pauline Nicholas on May 06, 2020:
Is a PDF version of this pattern available
petro on March 20, 2020:
I will definately try this pattern
Karen on February 13, 2020:
I’m just learning to chrochet. Live in Maine. Slippers should be great. How do you know what size you’re making? Are specific patterns available?
Paula Villarreal on December 29, 2019:
I am making these for my granddaughter who is going to college in a snowy part of Washington State. Her shoe size is a women's 8 - 81/2. Do you have a pattern for that? I am also using a kind of bulky yarn.
Thank you so much.
Paula A Villarreal
Kim on December 09, 2019:
Cannot print pattern
Please send the pattern to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmela on November 26, 2019:
I need to make a couple pairs of men size 12. Can you send me that pattern
Deborah L. on October 27, 2019:
Looking forward to trying this pattern for winter house slippers. Do you think blanket yarn would also work?
Donna on October 03, 2019:
How to enlarge to a size 13
Victoria Sanchez-Ricks on September 20, 2019:
Im excited to make these for my honey and me. When the cold comes best thing to wear around house. Thank you.
Peggy Shinkle on June 15, 2019:
Just starting, so far, so good. Ive never made socks before, so I'm interested in learning on this pattern... stay tuned! I have 14 grandchildren, including 'mergers and acquisitions', so I have to start early, and I desperately need a stash buster! Thank you!
Sandra on June 10, 2019:
Yes, I will be trying your pattern. I want to make socks for my friends, for Christmas gifts.
Sylviarosehall58@gmail.com on June 05, 2019:
Love to crochet your socks.
Whitecloudx5 @aol.com on May 07, 2019:
Yes I am going to make me a pair or two jo
Marlene Van Eyck on April 25, 2019:
I have been trying to print this pattern, for these noot slippers for a long time. Could you please send it to me.
Patsy Johnson on April 24, 2019:
I have made a pair of your slippers socks and I just love them Thank you for sharing your pattern.
Imogene on March 06, 2019:
Thank you for the easiest pattern. Love my socks!
Diana Rosbeck on January 30, 2019:
can't wait to try this look so warm...................
Kris on January 21, 2019:
Thank you for the free pattern I just got one slipper made nowfor the second one
Eva Walters on January 03, 2019:
Yes I am thinking about it thank you so much
Lynn on July 12, 2018:
Last year for Christmas I crocheted 36 hats and scarves for family and friends. i’m looking forward to crocheting these toasty socks for them this year. What a find and just in time for Santa’s Elf!
Ann McCollim on June 18, 2018:
Looks just what I need
Malana on June 02, 2018:
Going to crochet them now. Love the look.
Lynn Meeks on February 02, 2018:
Yes I'm going to try I'm excited
Marlene Schamber on January 16, 2018:
I plan on crocheting these slippers tonight.
Helga Duke on January 07, 2018:
Love to crochet slipper socks pattern in grany style
Gail Dunkleberger on November 11, 2017:
I would love to crochet your pattern of slipper socks.
Where can I sign up for the link to the pattern, please?
Tammy Pettifer on July 11, 2017:
I have gotten to the end of the heel length and I just cannot figure out from your pattern what to do next. Please, please, help me.
Avid crochet nutt on January 08, 2017:
Not a very good pattern when the whole pattern isn't there.
Riana on December 14, 2016:
At the heal, will there be a hole when we connect he two sides together? I'm confused on how that part of the pattern works exactly.
christine on December 14, 2016:
How do I make these in larger size? I have someone with COPD and has a lot of water retention and I need a much bigger size in the width. do I just make the ring larger? Thank you for your help.
Shauna on November 16, 2016:
How many balls of yarn do you need for this project?
Karen Clark on November 14, 2016:
Love these. However, I'm allergic to wool. What size acrylic yarn would you use for this? 6 bulky? or smaller... Thank you!
Emilia on October 16, 2016:
Just made them! They are amazing!
Kaisha on October 16, 2016:
This pattern is so confusing for "the basic pattern" i can never get 12 in the beginning. always 11
Donna Bolton on September 16, 2016:
Yes I will try. Just learning to crochet.
Thank you for the pictures and instructions.
email@example.com on March 24, 2016:
As soon as I can download this , I will make for myself and for my grand daughter.
Patricia on February 28, 2016:
Thank you so much for the free pattern I will definitely make them!!
Cheryl wright on February 26, 2016:
Looking forward to trying these - many thanks!
Stephnie on January 21, 2016:
Lisa, I'm working on the slipper but I don't understand this part:
(You want the slipper to fit snug, so when you get to the heel, put the right sides together and slip stitch together.)
What do you slip stich together?
Cristina on January 13, 2016:
I don't understand the part where it says to put the right sides together and slip stitch together. Do I fasten off and go to the top of the slipper? If I do that, the slipper ends up with a point on the heel
LisaM on November 25, 2015:
I'm a bigger woman with thicker calves. What can I do to accomidate this?
Martha on November 06, 2015:
These look so cozy! I'm excited to start working on them. How much yarn do you need for this? In meters or yards is fine!
Cherilynne on October 19, 2015:
I used your instructions to make slippers from my kids. I'd love to show you a picture. I used a much larger "yarn" so had to come up with my own stitch count. I also continued with the expanding on the cuff so it would fold over like slouch boots. Kids love them.
chloe on August 21, 2015:
I tried this pattern but it didnt turn out anything like the pictures. Some of the steps were confusing to read. Otherwise your boots look great!!
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on March 01, 2015:
I am considering it for the future
cheryl on February 11, 2015:
this looks great do you offer a video tutorial?
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on November 26, 2014:
This is actually a VERY easy project (If you can crochet the basics and in the round) I love making these socks
RTalloni on November 25, 2014:
Am very interested in taking a much closer look at this… Thanks! :)
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on February 03, 2014:
@katybeth-underwood: (MAGIC CIRLE) work 5 HDC into magic circle slip stitch to join (6) ch 2
If you do not know how to make a magic circle, chain3, slip to join and work 5hdc into the circle to start.
katybeth-underwood on February 02, 2014:
you mention a magic chain but don't give any specifics as to what type of stitches are used to make the magic chain nor how many.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 26, 2014:
Love those boot warmers. You have some excellent models. :-) Congrats on your home page feature!
SimonJay on January 25, 2014:
My mum is getting into crochet and the first thing i said to her was she could do me a pair of cloves now i know what her next project will be haha.
nonya222 on January 14, 2014:
I had a pattern for boot slippers ages ago and lost it. My brother wanted new slippers like the old pattern and this lens solved the issue. Thank you!
aredey on December 17, 2013:
Love the boot warmers.
nonya222 on November 14, 2013:
Thank you for a great pattern.
rhondalynnjohnson on November 08, 2013:
Love the boot warmers. I love looking for new crochet ideas.
Kimberly Milani on October 25, 2013:
Thanks for posting this! i have been at it a while, but still can only crochet things in straight lines (so basically blankets and scarves lol). Deff need to try this sometime!
RussnJo on October 21, 2013:
Definitely going to try this pattern. And, I have a feeling, my hubby will be first in line. Thank you!
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on September 30, 2013:
@anonymous: cannot wait to see your finished socks! find us over at FB where you can post the pic easily https://www.facebook.com/CrochetPatternsFree
anonymous on September 12, 2013:
Hi Lisa, I have been looking for a pattern like this for ages. Can't wait to start this pattern. My daughter's birthday is 9/16 and I hope to have them done by then! (LOL) I'll try to send a photo of them when they are done. Thank you for sharing and God bless you and yours:)
DecoratingMom411 on March 25, 2013:
Would love to try making slipper and sock crochet. Looks really cute. Thank you for sharing!
DecoratingMom411 on March 25, 2013:
Would love to try making slipper and sock crochet. Looks really cute. Thank you for sharing!
Ben Reed from Redcar on March 12, 2013:
An interesting selection - thank you.
Linda Pogue from Missouri on March 05, 2013:
I look forward to crocheting these slipper boots by your pattern. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.
anonymous on February 11, 2013:
Thank you so much for sharing these patterns. They are adorable. I can't wait to crochet those socks.
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 31, 2013:
@anonymous: Learn how to croche there! https://discover.hubpages.com/art/how-do-you-croch
anonymous on January 30, 2013:
Those are cool patterns in making boot slippers for women. Surely Iâll copy that and start to make my own. But I guess I will find it hard because I donât have any practice now. Do you have some techniques please share to me? Thanks.
anonymous on January 20, 2013:
These are looking cozy as we are facing below zero temperatures....when your feet are warm, the rest of you is warm too!
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on December 26, 2012:
@jcalbon lm: Sounds really easy! i will need to try this thanks for sharing
jcalbon lm on December 26, 2012:
Cute patterns! I made a pair of (knitted) felted slippers a few years ago and was delighted by how easy they were. Plus, the felting process was so much fun--you make a gigantic slipper, put it in the washing machine, and it comes out just the right size. I bet you could do the same thing with one of these patterns--just making it oversized to begin with.
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 24, 2012:
I remember making very simple slippers in knitting when I first learned, but since I concentrate on crochet today I'm going to have to try these slipper patterns. The 'boot' style looks really warm and cozy -- perfect for all us who like to take our shoes off in the house, but need something to keep our feet warm!
ohcaroline on December 18, 2012:
I just never mastered crocheting. They look like fun to make.