Easy Instructions for Knitting Slipper Socks


Handmade slipper socks make a welcome gift, particularly when knitted in the recipient's favorite color. Remember to make a pair for yourself, too. It's an easy project that you can complete in an evening. Many people have a "shoes off" policy in their homes to protect hardwood floors and keep carpets cleaner. A basket of hand-knit slippers for family and friends to change into keeps the chill off stockinged feet.

Things You'll Need

  • US 10 knitting needles (or size needed to obtain desired gauge)
  • Approx. 130 (140, 150) yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Knit a gauge swatch. The gauge should equal 16 stitches and 20 rows over 4 inches of pattern stitch. Follow the pattern to make slipper socks for a child aged 10-12. The directions in parentheses are for an adult woman or man.

  • Cast on 52 (56, 60) stitches.

  • Knit the first row (right side).

  • Knit the second row in a rib pattern of knit two, purl two, ending with knit two.

  • Repeat the first two rows until the piece measures 4 (4.5, 5) inches.

  • Bind off four stitches at the beginning of each of the next six rows.

  • Continue in a two-row pattern until the piece measures 6 (6.5, 7) inches.

  • Work in knit one, purl one ribbing for 10 more rows, or until the piece measures an additional 2 inches. Do not bind off.

  • Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail through the stitches still on the needle and pull them tightly together.

  • Fold it in half. Sew seams at the top, toe and back. Weave in the end on the wrong side.

  • Repeat the same steps for the second slipper. Embellish as desired with yarn pompoms, ribbon or novelty buttons.

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