How to Make Slippers Out of a Knitted Square

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein of worsted-weight yarn

  • U.S. 9 knitting needles

  • Measuring tape

  • Tapestry needle

If you're looking for a quick and easy project, then try a pair of knitted slippers. Made from knitting a square, slippers are an ideal starting point for beginners or as a way of using up leftover yarn or tension squares from previous knitting projects. Make a pair to keep your feet warm in winter or as a last-minute gift for a friend.


Step 1

Cast on 36 stitches for a small-to-medium adult slipper or 40 stitches for a large slipper.

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Step 2

Knit every row until your work measures eight inches for the small-to-medium size or nine inches for the larger size.

Step 3

Cut the yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail. Thread the tail through the tapestry needle and pass the yarn through all the stitches on the knitting needle. Pull tightly on the yarn to create the toe.

Step 4

Sew the two edges of the slipper together by guiding the tapestry needle and remaining yarn under and over. Sew until you reach about halfway along the edge. Cut the yarn and weave the tail into the slipper so that it becomes invisible to the eye.


Step 5

Fold the cast-on edge of the slipper in half. With a new piece of yarn (measuring approximately 10 inches) and the tapestry needle, sew this edge together to form the back of the slipper. Cut the yarn and weave in the end.

Step 6

Repeat steps 1 through 5 to make a second slipper.


Adapt the slippers to fit children by casting on 24 stitches and knitted until the piece measures six inches. Knit in stockinette stitch (alternating rows of knit and purl) for a different look.


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