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Cozy & Comfortable Crocheted Slippers to Ward off Winter's Chill
Toasty Tootsies With Pretty-in-Pink SlippersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Toes Are Toasty in Boot-Style Slippers & Ankles Are Warm Too
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.
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
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.
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.
Wind your strands into one working ball.
Sole of Crocheted Slipper
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sole: size 5-7 hook
Topper: size 4-5 hook
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
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 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.
pull back through stitch
half double crochet
A Pair of Large Men's Slippers
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?
This slipper pattern belongs to Rhelena & is referenced in this article 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!
Have You Ever Made Crochet Slippers?
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