How to Knit Slippers Easy

Updated April 17, 2017

An understanding of basic knitting stitches is all that is needed to follow this simple pattern for knitting slippers. Knitted all in one piece, these slippers are easily made by knitting a combination of a garter stitch and ribbing, with the toe shaped at the end. The pattern can be adapted to any foot size simply by knitting more rows to add length. With a few adjustments, the same pattern can be used to make slippers for the entire family. This is a good opportunity for beginners to use basic stitches and learn ribbing.

Cast on 10 stitches to check gauge. Knit six rows. Measure across. If gauge is correct, nine stitches across should measure 2 inches; and six rows in length should measure 1 inch. Adjust needles or tightness of knitting, if necessary.

Cast on 35 stitches. Knit in a garter stitch (knit every row) for 4 to 5 inches.

Knit these two rows to begin forming the ribbing pattern. K1 means knit one stitch and P1 means purl one stitch.

Row 1: K1, P1, K1; repeat P1, K1 to end of row.

Row 2: P1, K1, P1; repeat K1, P1 to end of row.

Repeat these two rows until the piece measures about 6 to 10 inches depending upon the length of the foot. The piece should measure about 1 inch less than the foot length.

K2 stitches together to form the toe. Continue to k2 stitches together across the row. End with K1.

Cut off the yarn, leaving a strand about 30 inches in length. Thread a tapestry needle, then pass it through all stitches on the needle. Pull the stitches and fasten off. Be careful not to pull too hard or the thread may break or stretch. Sew the slipper and heel to fit the foot.


Count frequently to make sure you have 35 stitches on the needles. Otherwise, the piece will be uneven. Check the gauge frequently.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein-worsted yarn (any colour)
  • Size 6 U.S. knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
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Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Carolyn Turner is an educator who has been a freelance educational writer since 2008. She operates a writing service that caters to various sectors of the educational market. Her recent biography, "Sam Houston," was published by Weigl Publishers. Turner received a doctorate in education from Commonwealth Open University in 2003.