Cozy & Comfortable Crocheted Slippers to Ward off Winter's Chill

Toasty Tootsies With Pretty-in-Pink Slippers

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These slippers are worked with a super thick neon sole material and multiple strands on toppers.
These slippers are worked with a super thick neon sole material and multiple strands on toppers.
These slippers are worked with a super thick neon sole material and multiple strands on toppers. | Source

Nothing Beats the Warmth of Crocheted Slippers

Crochet is a good medium for making slippers because generally speaking, crocheted fabric tends to have a stiffer texture, whereas knitted fabric is usually softer. Because you use a larger hook, stitches are bulkier which makes for durability + these slippers work up quickly.

These slippers come up around the ankle and with their cuff, they do not slip off. This is a distinct advantage because as slippers are worn, they loosen, and they can start to slide off.

I find in winter, I sleep in them. And most of the people I've made them for have said the same thing. They love having warm feet at night.

In this article, I will share some tips and share ideas about different color combinations and thicknesses, all using the one pattern. If you've always wanted to make a sturdy, warm, boot-style slippers, read on. This pattern is one of my "go-to" favorites.

Slippers That Make the Grade

For slippers to truly "work" and be both practical and usable, they have to keep your feet warm, last more than one winter, and not keep sliding off. Acrylic yarn has a tendency to stretch out over time, so the higher height of these slippers + the cuff and the tie, prevent this from happening.

Toes Are Toasty in Boot-style Slippers & Ankles Are Warm Too

Sturdy slippers that wrap around ankles and stay on.
Sturdy slippers that wrap around ankles and stay on. | Source

One Color or Contrast?

While you can crochet these slippers using one yarn color, using one color for the cuffs and soles, and another for the toppers creates definition, as well as being a great way to use up left-over yarn.

Crocheted Slippers Worked in Cream and Purple Variegated

Bone-Colored Cuff and Purple Variegated for Toppers
Bone-Colored Cuff and Purple Variegated for Toppers | Source
Blue and Cream Men's Slippers
Blue and Cream Men's Slippers | Source

A Look at Color and Number of Strands

Using More Than One Yarn Strand

I use extra yarn for these, using 4 strands on the soles so that the slippers are cushioned and wear longer. I also work my toppers in 2-3 strands.This adds warmth and durability, and in fact, many folks have found that these slippers have lasted winter after winter, instead of wearing out quickly, as is seen with thin one-stranded slippers.

Slipper Pattern--Rhelena, Crochet 'N' Crafts

This crochet slipper pattern is offered courtesy of Rhelena at Crochet 'N' Crafts. I've adjusted the pattern, as I touched on above.

Because this is not my pattern, I cannot include it on this page but if you click the link above, you can visit her site and print off the pattern, which is offered for free.

Ends Tip

Why have to weave in ends later? This is one task that most crocheters consider "grunt work." As I work a row, I carry the yarn end along the back of the work, working my stitches around it, so that it is woven in as I go.

Tips for Working With Multiple Yarn Strands

Do not attempt to work with yarn balls without placing them in separate containers. I cannot stress this enough. If they aren't separated, they will become twisted and tangled.

In my hub, How to Make Your Own Yarn Dispenser, I discuss different ways to keep your yarn balls separate via homemade containers.

If you are tempted to not do this, be forewarned, you will spend your crochet time untangling a mess of yarn instead of crocheting.

Or...

Wind your strands into one working ball.

Sole of Crocheted Slipper

Slipper Soles
Slipper Soles | Source

Tips for Slipper Soles

If you've printed out the pattern and are ready to begin, the first three rows form the slipper soles:

  • Draw out foot on a piece of paper. You want your finished sole to be approximately 2" larger than your drawing to allow for "take-up" when slipper is put on.
  • Two-tone slippers: I would suggest using the same color for both sole and cuff.
  • Size adjustment: For smaller to medium slippers, use a size 5 crochet hook, for larger slipper use a size 6-7 hook.
  • Work tightly to add to the sturdiness factor of your finished sole. Because you use more than one strand for working your soles, you may have to use a smaller crochet hook to achieve the desired width and size. You don't want your sole to become too wide
  • Make one sole to check size and then make adjustments for each set of slippers you make. (The soles are only three rows, so you may choose to experiment for size and thickness.)
  • Type of yarn: I use Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Red Heart offers so many colors to choose from and it wears well.

Thicker Soles

As touched on, when I work this pattern I either use multiple strands for the soles or I use a super bulky yarn as seen in the photo below. Thicker soles mean greater warmth, more cushioning, and soles that stand up to wear.

Slippers With Super Thick Soles

A super bulky yarn was used for the soles.
A super bulky yarn was used for the soles. | Source

Plan on Making Lots of Slippers?

Make Your Soles First: I've found that the easiest way to make a number of these slippers is to simply make all your soles first. With that out of the way, you can add your toppers when you are in the mood to crochet.

Sole Options

If you want a longer-wearing sole, you can also attach the toppers and cuffs to pre-made soles.

  • Buy Dollar Store slippers and use the foam soles (sew between layers if soles have them or use a hole punch and crochet into these.
  • Buy perforated felt soles and attach the toppers.
  • Buy leather soles and attach toppers.

Topper Tip

I find the toppers look better if you don't use the same number of strands as you do for the sole.

  • Use 2-3 strands for the topper
  • Use a smaller hook so that toppers fit snugly around foot.

Recommendation:

Sole: size 5-7 hook

Topper: size 4-5 hook

Slipper Toppers

Using 2 strands (3 for a wider foot), work the next 10 rows of the pattern.

If I'm making these for adults, I use 2-3 strands for the sides for durability & warmth & a size 5 crochet hook.

For children, use 2-3 strands for the soles and 2 strands for the toppers.

Experimenting with Different Colors

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Pink Slippers Made With Yarn and WoolBlue and Cream SlippersOrange Variegated
Pink Slippers Made With Yarn and Wool
Pink Slippers Made With Yarn and Wool | Source
Blue and Cream Slippers
Blue and Cream Slippers | Source
Orange Variegated
Orange Variegated | Source

So Warm and Toasty That...

Many people have told me they love wearing these slippers to bed to keep their tootsies warm on cold winter nights. Homemade slippers are so much warmer than regular socks, so if you have cold feet, you will notice a big difference to your comfort levels.

Making Crocheted Slipper Cuffs

Work 5 more rows, as indicted in Rhelena's pattern, single crocheting in each stitch around row to form the cuff.

Finishing Your Slippers

Turn slippers inside out to check for any missed yarn ends. Use a tapestry needle or a crochet hook to weave in any loose ends.

Worried About Slipping?

• Add puff paint to soles.

• If you have a tube of latex acrylic handy, wet your fingers and spread a thick layer over slipper soles and cure for a few days. This will also extend the life of the sole.

Stitches Used in This Pattern

The following videos demonstrate the stitches used in this pattern. Sometimes seeing is easier than interpreting written instructions.

Single Crochet Two Together

Single Crochet Three Together

Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Two Together

Half Double Crochet Three Together

Quick Reference

Yo = Yarn over

Thr = through stitch

Pb = pull back through stitch

St = stitch

Sc = single crochet

Dc = double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Tog = together

Quick Stitch Guide for Printing Off and Keeping With Pattern

This pattern uses a couple of stitches that you may have worked in the past but don't clearly remember.

I hunted up all of these and jotted instructions right on my pattern. This way, each time I make another pair of slippers, I can refer to my notes, which saves me having to look up the instructions for these stitches each time.

  • Single Crochet 2 Together (sc 2 tog)--thr first st, yo, pb, thr 2nd st, yo, pb, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
  • Single Crochet 3 Together (sc 3 tog)--thr 1st st, yo, pb, thr 2nd st , yo, pb, thr 3rd st, yo, pb, yo, pull through 4 loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet 3 Together (dc 3 tog)-- yo, thr, yo, pb yo, pull thr 2 loops, repeat for next 2 st, yo, pull through loops on hook.
  • Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc 2 tog)--yo, thr, yo, pb (2 times) yo, pull through 5 loops on hook.
  • Half Double Crochet 3 Together (hdc 3 tog)--yo, thr, yo, pb (3 times) yo, pull through 7 loops on hook.

A Pair of Large Men's Slippers

Worked in Willow Wash Yarn
Worked in Willow Wash Yarn | Source

Why These Boot-Style Slippers Rock

  • These slippers are thicker and thus are warmer
  • They are high enough to stay on
  • The cuff also ensures they stay on
  • Because they don't slide off, they can be worn in bed on those chilly winter nights
  • On carpeting, they will last a long time

What do you Think of These Slippers?

  • Great
  • They Look Warm
  • I Like the Variegated Ones
  • I Like the Solid Colored Toppers
  • Those Bone-Colored Soles Look Great!
  • I Want a Pair!
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Have You Ever Made Crochet Slippers?

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  • No
  • I Want To
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Pattern Info

This slipper pattern belongs to Rhelena & is referenced in this Hub via her site permission to link to it.

This slipper pattern may be used to create your own slippers but the pattern cannot copied for commercial purposes.

Thanks to Rhelena for this great crocheted slipper pattern!

Crocheted Slippers--Warm Feet for the Winter Months

As can be seen, you can use this one pattern to make any number of slippers and each pair looks different. It can be fun to experiment with different colors and different thicknesses. I hope you've enjoyed this page and if you decide to make a pair of these slippers, please leave your comments. ♥

© 2010 Athlyn Green

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RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

Still have not tried making these but am glad to find this useful hub again, both for its info and for its inspiration.


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Georgina_writes 21 months ago from Dartmoor

What a lovely article. I'm a big fan of natural wool slippers and I've been paying a small fortune for felt ones (around £60 is not unusual, so that' somewhere around $80+), but these are gorgeous. I especially like the rainbow ones you show here, and your tutorial is so well written. Thank you. Rating, sharing and following.


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rudra007 2 years ago from India

Wow, lovely.


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Athlyn Green 2 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Marja,

You wrote: "I love this and I've made a nice pair for my son. My question is how to get it exactly right, because "the middle stitches" in the front won't get rigth in the middle, so the slippers pattern don't look symmetric. I count very careful, but it seems that in some rounds the last stitch has to be made in the same stitch as the chain to get the right number of stitches in each round. Maybe you can help me out... There are changes in the pattern (4 inst. of 3 extra stiches in 1st round), have you made more changes?"

I was worried about this, too, when I first starting making these slippers because there doesn't seem to be right and left foot. While it looks off-centered, by the time you are done, everything works fine and the slippers don't twist when you wear them, which is what I was concerned about. I think it is just the vagaries of the pattern. I still make these each year using this pattern because I've found these slippers stay on and are the best slippers I've found so far.

Here are my pattern notes, which you may find helpful:

Rnd 1: ch 14, 3 sc in sec ch from hook, 1 sc in 11 st, 3 sc in last ch, sc in back loops of next 11 st, 3 sc in last ch. Ss in top of first sc.

Rnd 4&5: 47 st

Rnd 6: 41 st.

Rnd 7: 37 st

I've also added stitch notes for all the harder stitches to guide me as I work the slippers each time, which makes it easier.

I like using 4-5 strands for the soul and 3 for the topper, which gives these slippers warmth and durability.

work the topper up to and including rnd. 13, then work another five rows for the cuff, usually in a dif color.

You could try contacting Rhelena at Crochet 'N' Crafts.


Marja 2 years ago

I love this and I've made a nice pair for my son. My question is how to get it exactly right, because "the middle stitches" in the front won't get rigth in the middle, so the slippers pattern don't look symmetric. I count very careful, but it seems that in some rounds the last stitch has to be made in the same stitch as the chain to get the right number of stitches in each round. Maybe you can help me out... There are changes in the pattern (4 inst. of 3 extra stiches in 1st round), have you made more changes?


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

This is an awesome hub, voted up and shared, I love crocheting, I will definitely have to give these comfy looking, booties a try.


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Daughter Of Maat 3 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I can't wait to make these! They look so warm and soft!! Voted up and shared!


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Maureen,

If you look in the first Hub section, I've included a link to the site where you can access the free pattern.


maureen 4 years ago

I love these, but where is the pattern printed? I want to make a pair right now?

Thanks


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

I've started making the soles of these slippers with 5-6 strands of yarn and the toppers with 3 strands. This makes these crocheted slippers durable, warm and cushy.


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Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

Just what I was looking for. Thanks!


A.CreativeThinker 4 years ago

These slippers are so cute and they look quite warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing. Take Care. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Donna, I switched to a smaller hook and used wool for the bottom part of the slipper for my grandson, so the crocheted slippers would stand up the wear an active child would put them to.

The sole doesn't take long to make so you can try one to gauge size.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

These look warm and cozy! Is it possible to switch to a sport yarn and use a smaller hook to make them smaller for children? I'm out of practice so I thought I'd ask for your advice before I made a mess of things:)


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

These crochet slippers can be made in one or two sessions and they keep the feet nice and warm--especially appreciated in colder climates or in houses with cold floors.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

These are great! Can't wait to try them! Thanks much!


maya 5 years ago

Hi, these bring back memories. My great aunt used to make these for my kids when they were little. Its necessary for winter.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch,

Yes, these crochet slippers are great. I'm going to make them each year. Thanks for stopping by!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great pattern, wonderful instructions. These slipper look invitinly warm, just right for a cold winter's day. Voted up, useful and bookmarked. I have to try the pattern.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Alicia,

I find the vids. are so much easier to follow over written instructions.

Let me know how the turn out, Amy.

Hi Miragi, thank you!


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Miragi 5 years ago from Ohio

Great pattern, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!


Amie Warren 5 years ago

I love these! I'm moving next year to a colder place, so I'm bookmarking this so I can make some.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the videos – and the videos on your other crocheting hubs - as well as the instructions. Knitting is no problem for me since as I learned how to knit as a child and have continued to knit - on and off – as an adult. I’ve only recently tried crocheting, though, and I don’t find it so easy. I’m going to try some of your patterns.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

I want to teach my granddaughter how to crochet. It's such a practical craft.


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SandwichINK 5 years ago from USA

What cute slippers! One of the activities for grandparents and grandchildren that I just started with my grandkids is crocheting. We're not quite here yet, but soon. I'm bookmarking and tweeting this :)


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Wow! Patricias,

Thank you for your kind remarks! Merry Christmas back at you.


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This hub is so well put together - I've rated it 'awesome'. You really deserve your feature place!

Hope you have a good Christmas - and your feet stay warm.


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GracePhillips 5 years ago from Hawaii

Cool! I love crocheting, this is one of many fun slipper patterns out there! :)


jenny  5 years ago

Looks really nice, but seem hard to do! :P


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

These slippers make up quickly, in just an evening or two. They sure keep one warm.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

What a super nice gift for Winter!


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gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Hi, these bring back memories. My great aunt used to make these for my kids when they were little. Wish I could crochet!


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi,

Yes, it helps to see how to execute some of the crochet stitches. This is a great crochet slipper pattern from Rhelena.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

A great idea for a gift. I love crochet, but I've never thought about making these cute items. Will definitely give it a go. The tutorials are good too. Thanks for sharing your information.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

I've made a number of these for gifts this year.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

A great gift and crafting idea.

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