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Grandma's Simple Knit Slippers

When it comes to knit slippers for beginners, this quick and easy pattern tops our list.

Grandmas Simple Knit Slippers
Grandmas Simple Knit Slippers
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There are few things in life that feel as cozy as a pair of knit slippers. If you've never knit slippers before, Grandma's Simple Knit Slippers is a great pattern to start with. Who said easy knitting patterns had to be boring?

These cute and simple knit slippers are perfect for any skill set. Knit mostly with the garter stitch, these slippers are a great quick knit and scrap buster pattern. Have fun dressing up this pattern with your own embellishments such as buttons and bows as you knit a pair for your whole family.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Video Tutorial

Be sure to check out this step-by-step video tutorial to learn how to knit an easy pair of slippers in no time!

Fun Facts About Slippers

Knit slippers are a common (and practical) homemade gift for anyone because they're incredibly cozy and easy to make. They're typically indoor shoes, although now it's considered "high fashion" to wear slippers outdoors. When slippers were first invented, however, they were designed with the thin, slick soles so prisoners could not run away. 

It is also a custom in Asian countries like Japan to always remove shoes and put on slippers when entering a home. They also have special slippers for the bathroom, so they change from their "house" slippers to their "bathroom" slippers when nature calls. Imagine the embarrassment of forgetting to change back!

Today, the most expensive slippers in the world were actually a pair of slippers that are coated with white gold and over 14,000 hand-placed diamonds. Slippers come in many styles, with these Grandma's Simple Knit Slippers being a "slip-on" style. Moccasin and boot style slippers are also popular. 

What do you love most about knitting slippers?

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This was a very accessible pattern. The instructions come up right away and so did the option to print the instructions. You can't ask for more. They look fairly simple to make and they are a great stash buster. I like to make slippers. It pays to make your own slippers. Most of us crafters already have the materials, the instructions are not hard and the slippers usually fit better. Thank you.

This is my favorite slipper pattern to work up and has been the go to pattern for my family for as long as I can remember. They are easy enough for a beginner to make too. I make several pair of these every year for my family. They love how comfortable they are, and I love how quick they are to make.

When I first learned to knit as a girl I made several things including slippers, and these look a lot like those. I like the little embellishments to dress them up. It's a great scrap yarn project, too. To reduce shrinkage, try using rug yarn or a cotton blend yarn and wash in cold water.

I have been meaning to knit a few new pairs of slippers because a couple of mine shrunk - no doubt I used the wrong yarn. These look cozy and I like the little pompoms on top.

I have made several of these and they are amazing ,to make them non slip I used the non slip mat fabric and stitched it to the bottom of the slippers to act as a sole.

I have been looking for a pair of slippers to make. My toes get so cold on winter mornings!

If you use a cotton yarn to make the easy knit slippers or adult knit slippers,they dont seem to make you slide an slip.

I agree that that may cut down on the slippage, but cotton shrinks 20-30% when washed and dried and if you are using cotton you may want to keep that in mind.

HI I am looking for a slipper pattern that I knitted when I first learned how to knit. It was almost like these but it had a fold over cuff around the ankle top. I have been looking all over for that pattern...can anyone help out??

I have that pattern with cuff. sizesmall Child age 3-5 size 5mm needles using two layers of a soft chunky yarn cast on 30 knit 20 rows cast of 8 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows rib knit (k1P1) on remaining for 10 rows. knit two together across. leave a good length of yarn thread back through remaining stitches and pull tightly to secure the toe fold and stitch up the top of foot and up the cuff. Sew up the back seam turn rightside out and fold the cuff over. for foot size 4-6 cast on 36 knit 24 rows then cast off 8 at beginning of each of next two rows. rib knit 14 rows then knit two together and stitch together as above for foot size 7-8 cast on 42 then knit 28 rows cast off 10 at beginning of next 2 rows, rib stitch 18 rows and complete as smaller sizes. I used a soft fuzzy boa type of yarn with a chunky for my second ball. kids love these!

How would u make these for a man with cuff. Needle size. ? How many stitches ? Please send me pattern thank. You

thank you SO much for that! I have grandbabies and these are just the right size -)

Beehive Bazaar Novelties and Gifts booklet has the pattern you're looking for in children's, women's and men's sizes. I'm actually knitting a pair right now. It's an old booklet, but hopefully, still available. Good luck with your slippers.

Grandmas pattern but for a man with a cuff. Please give me pattern

Did u get that pattern for a man.?

HI, I am confused about the size of needles to use, it says 10 or 6 mm ? are those US or UK sizes?

Hi Chloe, You can use size 10 knitting needles. That is the US size. 6mm is the UK size.

thank you so much for your prompt reply, as now UK has also adopted the metric size so it does get confusing .

Made these years ago, does anyone know what can be put on the soles so they are not slippery?

A lady I worked with put the none slip weaved material you put under the throw rugs. She just traced the bottom of the slipper, cut it out and sewed it on. It worked on the ones she made for my kids.

Hi Terry, there's a product called sock stop. If you can't find it, puffy paint works also! Just dot designs on the bottoms or do little circles or swirls. Find that in with tee shirt and fabric paint supplies at AC Moore, comes in a squeeze tube. Hope this helps! Let me know what you end up doing. michelle

There are products you can put on the bottom of the sole to stop the slip problem or you can use 3 lines of clear school glue on the soles-been doing it for years and it works well. Any school glue that dries clear will work. hope this helps.

I, too, am wondering what size foot fits the S, M and L. Anxious to get started. Judi

The pattern I have always used gave the sizes as Kids, Teenagers and Adult if that helps any.

i just love this pattern ,am making them for all the girls in my family ,for stoking fillers .thank you very much for the pattern sue

I love these!

I would like to find a pattern for toe hugs flip flop

I'm not sure what you are looking for. Are you looking got socks to wear with flip flops?

We call these "Aunt Noni Slippers" because our Aunt Noni has been making these for the family for as long as any of us can remember. She's 91 now - and still makes these from her scraps.

I remember knitting these when I was about 10-12 years old. I am going to do these again. Thank you for bringing back memories to me.

Somewhere I read or heard of a product to squeeze onto the bottom of knit slippers to prevent slipping--thought it was called "slipper/slip stop". Anyone know where to find it?

do you have a hobby lobbys or micheals and ii think that walmart has it to i made a rug and bought some there you just spray it on

I have just bought some on eBay. none slip glue

Great pattern, so easy and quick. Thanks for posting the pattern

Thank you so much for reposting this. Like many oters on here, my grandmother made these for everyone iin the family and I had not been able to find the pattern. You are the BEST!!!

What weight yarn is used for Grandma's slippers?

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for Grandma's Slippers! My Great-Grandma made these for everyone in the family - all of the time when I was young and I'm in my late 50's. Since she had the pattern in her head and never wrote it down - it was lost with her. Thank You! I'm am thrilled that I will be able to recreate my dear Gramma Louise's slippers for those in my life!

I am a very new knitter and I don't know what "fold cast one edge in half and sew inside seam for center back" means! Can you help? I am making these for my Mother. Thanks Martha

Hi Martha, It should say:"fold cast on edge in half....." let me know if it makes sense read that way

Hi Ethel, Questions are both asked and answered in the comments section of each project page, so if another knitter has answered someone else's question, you would just be able to see the answer on the page. Hope this helps! -The Editors of AllFreeKnitting

i do so enjoy reading the comments - i have a problem trying to find the answers to the questions that are asked what do i do thanks ethel

i am so anxious to knit these slippers - i have a great deal of plymouth yarn encore chunky bulking knitting weight i would so much to use 75%acrylic 25% wool can i use this if so what would my guage be how many stitches to an inch thanks so much anxiously await your reply ethel egozcue ps my granddaughter is 11 would i make her medium size

Does anyone know if the sizes on these Grandma's Knitted Slippers are adult sizes or children? Jacquita

They look like ones I used to make called cuddlemocs.

I agree these look like and work up as the cuddlemocs I made as a young girl. I still have that beginner pattern and still use it to make slippers which are my favorites to knit. Another favorite pattern is the Pocketbook Slipper Pattern which look like a Mary Jane style. Both are beginner patterns and work up fast.

I made these slippers as a young girl (I am now 66) and I have recently been looking for the pattern. Thanks for publishing it!


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