Family Slippers Using Berroco Ultra Wool
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 pompoms, tassels, or buttons—or try our split cuff for a preppy, Oxford shirt look!
We chose to knit our slippers in worsted-weight Berroco Ultra Wool held double throughout. This means double the durability, double the cushy comfort! Ultra Wool—a 100% superwash wool—has a nice, 4-ply twist that’s sturdy and machine washable without compromising a bouncy softness.
Small: 6 1/2"/16.5cm length, fits up to 8 1/2"/22cm foot.
Medium: 8"/20cm length, fits up to 10"/25cm foot.
Large: 9 1/2"/24 cm length, fits up to 11 1/2"/29cm foot.
1 (1, 2) skeins Berroco Ultra Wool (219 yds/200m each) or approx 150 (200, 300) yds/137 (183, 274)m of a medium or heavy worsted-weight yarn.
Note: Yarn is used double throughout.
Sample color is 33147 Stonewashed.
Needles & Notions
US 8 (5mm) or 9 (5.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Darning needle to finish.
3/4" pom pom maker (optional).
Approx. 16 sts = 4"/10cm in garter stitch.
The Free Pattern
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.
Free digital Family Slippers pattern (Download).
COLOR: 33145 Sour Cherry. Dark, heathered red.
COLOR: 3350 Chili. Red hot solid.
COLOR: 3310 Alyssum. Pretty, creamy pink.
COLOR: 33147 Stonewashed. Worn gray denim.
COLOR: 33154 Denim. New blue jeans.
COLOR: 33156 Cobalt. Bright, solid blue.
COLOR: 33158 Rosemary. Heathered forest green.
COLOR: 3312 Butter. Light, buttery yellow.
COLOR: 3344 Fox. Warm russet brown.
COLOR: 33104 Driftwood. Soft brown with touches of grey.
COLOR: 3301 Cream. Soft cream.
COLOR: 3300 Snow. Clean, fresh white.
COLOR: 33108 Frost. Cool, light gray.
COLOR: 33109 Fog. Murky, heathered gray.
COLOR: 33113 Black Pepper. Dark charcoal gray.
COLOR: 3334 Cast Iron. Deep, solid black.
COLOR: 3316 Thyme. Spruce blue.
COLOR: 33170 Granite. Medium soot grey.
COLOR: 33152 Ocean. Rich sapphire blue.
COLOR: 33118 Marjoram. Evergreen foliage.