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Grandma's Simple Knit Slippers

Check out this free knit slippers for beginners pattern and discover how easy it is to knit your own pair.

Updated January 02, 2018
Grandmas Simple Knit Slippers
Grandmas Simple Knit Slippers
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Check out Grandma's Simple Knit Slippers to learn how to create a pair of comfy, cozy slippers for your loved ones. This pattern is very beginner friendly as it utilizes basic stitches such as the garter stitch and purling method. Furthermore, these slippers can be made in a variety of sizes ranging from children's sizes to adult sizes.

This is the perfect knitting pattern to make as a gift, since the color can be changed and customized to match the person you are making them for. Plus, if you are more experienced with knitting, you can add embellishments such as pom poms to personalize the gift even more.


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Materials List

  • US 13 needles
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn



Cast on 23 (29-35-41) sts using 2 strands of yarn.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: K7 (9-11-13), *P1, K7 (9-11-13), repeat from *once more.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 10 (15-17-19) ridges on right side, ending with Row 2.

Shape Toe

Row 1: P1, *K1,P1, repeat from *across row
Row 2: K1 *P1,K1, repeat from *across row
Repeat these 2 rows until you have {8} 12 rows (14-16) then work row 1 once more, cut off yarn leaving an 8” end.


Draw 8” end through remaining sts and pull up tightly, then sew with large plastic needle from beginning of ribbing to form toe. Fold cast on edge in half and sew inside seam for center back.
Make 2 pom-poms and tie to each front side tightly and knot to inside of slipper. You will notice that the pom-poms on the brown pair of slippers were not cut but just folded and tied in the center. The pom-poms on the pink pair were cut and laid down in a half circle and then the heart button was sewn on. Get creative with the buttons and pom-poms and make each more unique.

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Instructions say to use two strands but video show only one strand as long tails. Cant see getting 2 strands on tapestry needle anyway. How do you get just one strand to finish off slipper?

I'm trying to do this pattern, but there is something wrong. For the first size the cast on is 23 sts, knit the first row and have 23 sts, on the second row it says to K9, P1, K9 and to repeat the P1, K9, but that requires 29 stitches and the cast on is 23 sts? The pattern can't possibly work out the way it is written.

I am not sure what happened, but it looks like the pattern was copied from somewhere else wrong. The numbers are right but they are in the wrong place, or rather the parentheses are wrong. Anyway, this is the way it should read. Cast on 23 (29-35-41) sts using 2 strands of yarn. Row 1 Knit across. Row 2 K7 (9-11-13), P1, K7 (9-11-13), repeat from once more.

Thank you so much.

Can anyone explain the instructions? For example "Cast on 23 29 (35-41) sts using 2 strands of yarn.". Does that mean I should cast on 23? Or 29? Or 35? Or some number between 35 and 41?

The different number on cast on stitches indicates how many stitches to cast on for each size, the slippers require you to use 2 strands of yarn at the same time, this is referred to as double stranded knitting.

Casting on 23, what size foot is that? Also if I use a size 10 needle do I need to cast on more and how many?

You can use any size needles so long as you make sure to have the required gauge to make finished slipper the size you wish.

I just made these yesterday with the 23 sts cast on and they are very small, I'm a size 3 in shoes and they just fit me.

Is it necessary to use 2 strands of yarn when casting on?

If you wish the slippers to last longer, be warmer, and more comfy, using 2 strands is best.

Yes, in order for the pattern to work out as specified it requires 2 strands of yarn.


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?

2 strands of super bulky #6 weight yarn.

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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