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Easy Crochet Slippers Made To Exactly Custom Fit!

Updated on December 10, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

This Is The Easiest Way You'll Find To Make Slippers That FIT!

For as long as I have been crocheting, it's always been a goal to give wonderful hand-crocheted slippers to people I love for Christmas. My late mother-in-law, Betty, was a pro at this! She was a knitter extraordinaire. She would crank out literally dozens of pairs at the holidays. They were warm and toasty and we all adored them! Since they were made out of that old scratchy 4-ply $1 a skein yarn that wears like iron, they lasted through many years and washings. When my husband's beloved pair finally hit the trash (after over 15 years!) I knew it was time for me to step up and replace them! I made a pair last year and they didn't fit. This year, I was determined!

With the pattern I am going to give you here, you can choose ANY yarn you want, from the thinnest sock yarn to the biggest bulky yarn. For my husband's slippers I chose Lion's "Hometown." I will admit I found it a bit frustrating to work with because of its tendency for the strands to separate, but I was pleased with the look and feel of the final result.

For my own pair of slippers, I used some scrap yarn I had on hand, a baby yarn called "Buttercup." There is no yarn I have ever found that feels softer and "cushier!" Unfortunately I ran out halfway thru the second slipper. I went out to pick up another skein, found my color and brought it home - only to find that the dye lot was different and made a really huge difference! Well, since they're just for me I don't care, and I'm wearing them happily right now!

The keys to success are the initial measurement you take, and the final measurement across the top you'll take near the end. But whether you're making them for a toddler or a great big man, the same pattern will work!

PS: If you think one slipper looks larger than the other in the photo, it IS! That's because I made them to fit my goofy feet exactly!

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What You Will Need

Yarn of your choice - if you're using the Buttercup or the Hometown I used, you'll need two skeins.

Crochet hook in corresponding size – I used a J.

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You may use different yarns such as scrap yarns or threads with good results! Just make sure to keep them similar in weight and thickness so as not to throw off the pattern.

The Work In Progress...

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His slipper working across the top front closure sectionWorking the top front closure section of my slipperSee what a difference dye lot can make? Wow!
His slipper working across the top front closure section
His slipper working across the top front closure section
Working the top front closure section of my slipper
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See what a difference dye lot can make? Wow!
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Let's Make The Magic!

Here's How To Do It!

Make a starting chain the exact length of your foot (or the person's foot for whom you are making them). Now take out 1 chain. SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. In the last chain work (SC, ch 1, SC). Now turn the work and SC in each chain across (working along the underside of the chain). SC in the last chain and then join with a slip stitch to the first SC. Now, you need to make a decision!

For "faux stockinette stitch" - imitation knitting - continue the pattern in what I call "Prong Single Crochet." You insert your hook into the "V" of the single crochet, rather than under the top 2 loops as usual. With this method you do NOT turn your work, you just continue round and round in the same direction.

Or, you can just single crochet along normally as usual. I love the look of the "faux stockinette" and it creates a more dense stitch pattern, so sometimes I like that.

On with the pattern... You've just joined to your first single crochet. Ch 1, work single crochets in each SC across. When you get to the ch-1 space at the toe end, work (SC-ch 1-SC) in that space. Continue working SC in each SC around, joining with sl st to first SC.

Continue in this pattern until the slipper has curled into shape and there is about an inch or so of toe covered. At this point, you need to try on the shoe to check for proper length fit. If it is too long, make SC decreases on each SIDE of the slipper until it fits properly. If it is too short, take out your work until the piece stops curling. Add SC increases at each side and at both sides of the toe point. Once your adjustments are made, continue on with the pattern.

Now it's time to create the top side! Stop your pattern at the point where you want the top of the slipper to stop (nearest your leg). Make a chain that will reach across the top of your foot (make your best guess as to how many chains you need) and loosely slip stitch to the coordinating point on the opposite side of the top. Now you will need to try on the slipper and check your fit. If the top chain is too tight or too loose, add or subtract chains until you have it just right.

Once you have your exact fit, slip stitch to that coordinating point on the opposite side. Turn, work a SC in each chain across. *Slip stitch to opposite side. Slip stitch one row up on that same side. Ch 1, turn. SC in each SC across. Repeat from * until you have entirely enclosed the top part of the slipper. When you run out of space, slip stitch the last row to the front edge of the slipper.

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A Note From Your Designer...

Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at Craftsy.com to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.

Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.

I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?

So glad you found my patterns! I hope you really enjoy making whatever it is you're making! Crochet hugs, -Sheila

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