24 June 2013

Crochet Slippers - A Tutorial

Winter is well and truly upon us and what better time than to craft up a pair of hand-made warm slippers?

I've been crocheting SO much lately (who would have thought it?) and a little of that has been making these Cosy Slippers.  They seriously don't take very long at all.

Now, before you go sorting through your stash for the perfect slipper-yarn, don't forget to hop on over to Juliet's space today, and especially visit her tomorrow for the chance to win some freebies!

NOW... here I have for you:

Crochet Slippers - A Tutorial by Hollymayb

Experience Level:  Just beyond Beginner. Intermediate and beyond will find this a piece of cake.

You'll need to know how to (in order of appearance and in US terms):
ch (chain)
ss (slip stitch)
dc (double crochet)
sc (single crochet)
sc decrease (sc two spaces as one sc)

Wool used: DK 8ply, 100% wool
Hook:  4mm

Begin:  Ch 4, join with ss to form a ring.

Row 1:  Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc 15 more inside the ring to make 16 dc.  Join with ss.  The 3rd pic below shows where to put the ss to finish the row.

Row 2:  Ch3, *1dc in next dc space, 2dc in next dc space.  Repeat from * all around to end.  1dc at base of first 3ch (acts like 2dc in one loop - you can do this at the start or at the end of each row).  Join with ss.

Row 3:  Ch3, *1dc, 1dc, 2dc all around.  Repeat from * all around.  1dc at base of first 3ch.  Join with ss.  Note, to make slipper wider, add more '2dcs' evenly around in spaces you would usually only put '1dc' in.

Row 4 to 13:  Ch3, 1 dc all around.  Join with ss.

Row 14 to 22:  Ch3.  1dc in each dc space for 3/4 of way around (x24 dc in this pattern, but will be more if you have made slipper wider in Row 3).  *Begin next row: ch3 and turn, 1dc in each dc to end.  Repeat from * to reach desired length.  Note, this is where you would lengthen or shorten to make it fit the required size.

End Body of Slipper:  Turn inside out and fold in half so that the beginning 3-ch and the last dc are together.  Ss down the seam to form the heel.  Tie off and sew in ends.

Pic above is the same as pic below.

Finishing top edge:
Row 1:  Turn slipper back out the right way.  Begin with a ss into the left of the heel-seam.  Ch1, 2sc into each side of dc all around to front, then 1sc in each dc space, then 2sc in each side of dc to beginning of row.  Ss to join.

Row 2:  Ch1, 1sc in ea sc space all the way around.  Join with ss.

Row 3:  Ch 1, 1 sc in ea sc space - except at the two corners at front of slipper, instead do 1 sc decrease at places marked with an arrow, see pic below.  Continue with 1sc in ea sc space to end.  Join with ss, tie off and sew in ends.

Now, go back and do it all again to make a pair.

TIP:  To make these cuties last, you'll need to cover the bottom with a piece of felt or leather.  Simply cut a foot-sized piece and hand stitch it to the bottom.  OR, I hear there is a latex spray you can buy and spray a few coats on the base of each slipper.  This will not only lengthen the life of your lovingly-made slippers, but it will make them non-slip too.

I would LOVE some feedback if you have a go at making these.  Please let me know if the tutorial is understandable and if there is anything that I might be able to improve on.

AND, send me a photo or a link in the comments to your photos/blog-post of what you've made so others can have a look too.

Thank you!

Slipper design and tutorial by Hollymayb.  Please contact me if you wish to use this pattern commercially.  lovecraftsleep (at) gmail.com


  1. Wow Holly! These are awesome! If I was a crocheter I'd be doing a happy dance right now!!!

  2. Great tutorial, very clear and the construction is so simple :) Also the background set up worked really well....looks great!

  3. What a fantastic post and tutorial
    I really admire and thank ALL you girls who have done tutorials and Juliet for hosting this blog hop
    So inspirational
    I will give these a go sometime soon
    *looks at pile of projects in the corner*

    1. I reckon. Juliet has done a fantastic job organising all of this!
      *nods completely understandingly*

  4. Love this!! Will add this to my wishlist for when my skills are little more than total beginner :)

  5. Yay go you! Tutorials are hard work so whoop for sticking to it! I have to make a few pairs in time so will definitely try it out. :)

    1. Thanks Leonie. Yeah, it was hard work, but I kept calm and carried on, so to speak, haha. I enjoyed making the whole thing so maybe I'l do some more in the future (not-so-near future that is).

  6. if I could crochet I would totally makes these - they are awesome x


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