A basket near the front door heaped with these Family Slippers makes for the warmest of welcomes. Our version of these nostalgic slippers evolved from several versions of the pattern found in every auntie’s knitting bag. We finessed the toe a little but left the heel in its simplest form. Embellish your slippers with pom-poms, tassels or buttons—or try our split cuff for a preppy Oxford shirt look. It’s so easy!
We chose to knit our slippers in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, doubled. A sleeper favorite, we love the hardy durability and cushy comfort of this worsted weight, single spun yarn. And using two strands together means even more sturdy squish! Take a look at the Lamb’s Pride color palette—you’ll find a range of rich classics, heathers and fun accents.
We’ve provided the measurements for three finished sizes; small, medium and large. You’ll need one skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted for the small size, and two skeins for the medium and large sizes.
Click on "The Free Pattern" tab to see the slipper pattern. Then pick a charming color of Lamb's Pride Worsted below. For a full selection of colors, go to the Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted page.
Small: 6½"/16.5cm length, fits up to 8½"/22cm foot.
Medium: 8"/20cm length, fits up to 10"/25cm foot.
Large: 9½"/24cm length, fits up to 11½"/29cm foot.
Note: These slippers actually fit a wide range of sizes but the more they stretch to fit, the better they stay on! If you’d like to adjust the length, the heel should be about two-thirds of the total length and the toe about one-third.
Directions given for small size; medium and large sizes in parentheses ( ).
1 (2, 2) skeins Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (190 yds/174m each). Samples shown: size small in color M180 Ruby Red with ¾" pom-poms in color M196 Teal Haze; size large in color M196 Teal Haze with 1⅜" pom-poms in Manos Maxima color Spirulina.
Or approximately 150 (200, 300)yds / 137 (183, 274)m of a medium or heavy worsted-weight yarn. If you opt for the split cuff (not shown), remember to purchase more yarn; the cuff requires 25% more yardage.
Note: yarn is held double throughout, so you can mix colors and yarns.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 8 (5mm) or US 9 (5.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
2 stitch markers.
Pom-pom maker (optional).
Approx. 16 sts = 4"/10cm in garter stitch.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: Dec = decrease; K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 together; KFB = knit into front then into back of same stitch; P = purl; PM = place marker; RS = right side; St(s) = stitch(es); WS = wrong side.
Cast on: With yarn held double, using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 27 (33, 39) sts, leaving a 12" tail for sewing up later.
Garter heel: Row 1 (WS): K8 (10, 12), PM, P1, K9 (11, 13), PM, P1, K8 (10, 12). Note: Markers will remind you when to purl on WS rows; on subsequent WS rows, slip marker then purl next stitch.
Row 2 (RS): Knit.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 4 (5, 6)"/10 (13, 15)cm, ending with a WS row.
Ribbed toe: Row 1 (RS): (K1, P1) to last st, K1. Note: Remove markers on first ribbed row.
Row 2 (WS): (P1, K1) to last st, P1.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 6 (7½, 9)"/15 (19, 23)cm, ending with a WS row.
Toe shaping: Row 1 (RS): K1, then K2Tog 13 (16, 19) times. [14 (17, 20) sts remain]
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3 (RS): K2Tog across row; for medium size only, knit last st. [7 (9, 10) sts remain]
Finishing: With a darning needle, thread tail (both strands if using yarn doubled) through all remaining stitches and draw up tightly. Run the ends through these same stitches again for strength. Use one of the ends to sew edges of ribbed toe together using mattress stitch and taking a half-stitch seam, so one full K1 rib remains. Take a couple of small stitches at the end to secure.
Using one of the cast-on tails and mattress stitch, sew heel seam all the way down to the end. Don’t worry—the little heel ‘corner’ will flatten nicely and disappear as you wear the slippers.
Weave in all ends on the inside.
Blocking: Wet- or steam-block if desired. To wet-block, soak for 20 minutes in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll in towels and squeeze out more moisture; or run through spin-only cycle in washing machine in lingerie bag or zippered pillow case. Dry flat or stuff with crumpled newspaper and shape slippers. To shorten drying time, place on a baker’s cooling rack.
Embellishments: Embellish with two small pom-poms, tassels, or crocheted flowers, if desired. Or add buttons or bows to the toes.
Split cuff: For a handsome cuff, turn your slipper wrong side out. Pick up and knit into each garter ridge around ankle edge.
Rows 1-3: Knit.
Row 4 (increase): KFB, knit to second to last st, KFB, K1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 twice more.
Repeat Rows 1-3 once more.
Bind off loosely.
Turn slipper right side out and fold cuff over.
Tack down corners with buttons if desired.
These slippers actually fit a wide range of sizes but the more they stretch to fit, the better they stay on. If you’d like to adjust the length, the heel should be about two-thirds of the total length and the toe about one third.
When knitting the smallest sized slipper, you’ll want to prepare your yarn beforehand. You can either hand wind your single skein into two equally sized balls (weigh the grams on your kitchen scale!) or pull from both ends of the wound ball.
COLOR: M151 Chocolate Souffle. Deep, rich espresso bean.
COLOR: M07 Sable. A warm, mid-brown heathered mix.
COLOR: M06 Deep Charcoal. Lustrous, heathered, handsome.
COLOR: M180 Ruby Red. A warm, cozy red.
COLOR: M41 Turkish Olive. We think more spruce than olive.
COLOR: M27 Navy Sailor. Classic, but not too dark.
COLOR: M196 Teal Haze. Luminous green-blue.
COLOR: M178 Warm Carmel. Coppery butterscotch.
Pom-Pom Maker - Extra Small (¾" & 1" / 20 & 25mm)
Pom-Pom Maker - Small (1⅜" & 1⅝" / 33mm & 45mm)