Introduction: Easy Knitted Gramma Slippers

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This instructable was handed down to me from my husband's Gramma, and now I am handing it down to you. They are called "Gramma Slippers" becuase Gramma was the one to always make them. But anyone can make or wear them. The pattern makes a pair of slippers in a women's size 5-10 shoe, but on the last step I included tips for scaling up or down for larger on smaller sizes.

Warning- These slippers keep your feet magically warm and should be worn with caution during the summer.

I love making these slippers for multiple reason:

#1- So easy to make that even a beginner knitter like me can whiz through them. These are knit flat so you don't have to be able to knit in the round.

#2- You make 2 slippers at the same time (no more lonely slippers without their finished partner)

#3- They are magical in the amount of warmness they provide your feet

#4- They make great winter time gifts!

Hope you make a pair too!

Step 1: Gather and Prepare Supplies

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#9 Long Knitting Needles (14" or longer work best)

Large Eyed Needle (plastic or metal)

Yarn- You need a total of about 300 yards either in one color or two colors (150 yards of each color)

Before you begin you need to prepare the yarn into balls. You two balls of yarn because you will be knitting two slippers at the same time, one ball of yarn per slipper. The slippers are also knitted with the yarn doubled so you need to pre-make your yarn ball. You can either use two strands of one color to make your slippers monotone, or two different colors like I have shown. If you are a beginning knitter, I would suggest using two different colors. Take two ends of yarn and just start wrapping them into a ball together. In the end you need two balls like this, each about the size of a softball.

Step 2: Cast On

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Cast on 29 stitches onto one needle using one ball of yarn, and another 29 stitches onto the SAME needle using the OTHER ball of yarn. Remember that you are using the yarn doubled, so each stitch has two strands of yarn.

Tip: Leave about a foot of yarn at the end when you are casting on, this will be used at the very end of the project.

One set of stitches will be one slipper, and the other set of stitches is the other slipper. Everything you do to one, you will do to the other. I think that making them this way insures that they are more uniform and match. Plus, never end up with only one finished slipper if you make them together.

Step 3: Start Knitting

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So you should have 2 sets of 29 stitches on the needle. Now we can start knitting. I have attached the pattern here for a quick reference, but I will also go step by step.

Start with the first set of stitches (slipper 1)

Knit 9 , Purl 1, Knit 9, Purl 1, Knit 9

Now you should have the set of stitches for slipper 1 on one needle and the stitches for slipper 2 on the other needle.

Repeat the above stitch pattern with slipper 2 and now both slippers should be on the same needle again

Now Knit all the way across slipper 2 and then repeat for slipper 1

Get the idea- whatever you do to one set of stitches, you will do to the next.

Step 4: Repeat 23 More Times

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Now you are going to repeat these two lines of stitches, 23 more times

Knit 9, Purl 1, Knit 9, Purl 1 Knit 9


Knit the next Row all the way across

If you start to see a row of "V's" forming, you are doing in right. The middle section of stitches in between the "V's" is the bottom of the slipper

You will be forming ridges. If you loose count, you can count the ridges. 24 ridges means you are done and ready for the next step.

A few tricks with this step.

The Purl stitches will be forming a "V" pattern onto the front side of your work. Instead of counting stitches, just remember to Purl when you see the "V" stitch come up on line.

If you can't remember if you are suppose to be knitting all the way across or doing the purl stitches mixed in: Look for the indent or line of "V's". If you see the "V"'s on left facing up while you needle is facing up, then you need to purl every in this row. If on your work you just see an indented line, then knit all the way across.

Now the main part of the slipper is complete. It should be about 7" long.

Step 5: Forming the Toe

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The next 8 rows of stitches form the toe

For the next row alternate knit, purl, knit, purl, (starting with a knit) the whole 29 stitches down for both slippers

Then alternate purl, knit, purl, knit (starting with a purl) all the way down. This means you will be knitting the knit stitches, and purling the purl stitches. This with make stripes of the "V" stitch.

Step 6: Finishing the Toe

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You're almost done!

The last two rows of stitches need to take the total number of stitches per row from 29, down to 8.

Knit every two stitches together, the whole row down. Because there are an odd number of stitches, knit the last stitch on it's own. You should now have 15 stitches per slipper on your needle.

Now repeat, but Purl every twp stitches together all the way down. After you do this you should have 8 stitches per slipper on your needle.

Make sure to have your cat inspect this last step

Step 7: Sew 'em Up (Front)

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This is basically the last step, and you are finished with the knitting part.

Trim the yarn coming off both slippers to about 2 feet.

Thread your large eyed needle onto the this yarn.

Very carefully pull off one of the slippers from your knitting needle. starting with the loops closest to where your excess yarn comes from, pull the yarn through all of the loops and pull tight. It will form a circle shape. While you are doing this, make sure the "V" ridges are on the outside, and the indented line is on the inside. Now do the whip stitch up your slipper bringing the two outside edges together. Stitch a length of about 5 inches from the start of the toe. Knot this and trim. Sometime I leave enough to make a little bow here.

Step 8: Sew 'em Up (Back)

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Now sew up the back of the slipper using the extra yarn hanging off the slipper at the back (this was from when you first cast on)

Thread your needle onto this yarn

Whip stitch the back edge of the slipper. You can fold your work in half, matching up the two lines of "V's", and sew all the way down. Tie a knot at the base and trim.

Repeat to the other slipper

You should have two ready to wear slippers!

Step 9: Adapting the Pattern to Larger and Smaller Sizes

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This pattern and set of instructions works best for a woman's size 5-10. But is easy to scale up to down depending on who will be wearing them.

For larger sizes try Knit 11, Purl 1, Knit 11, Purl 1, Knit 11 for 28 rows. And then finish off the toe with 10 rows

For kids sizes try Knit 7, Purl 1, Knit 7, Purl 1, Knit 7 for 18 rows, and then finish off the toe with 6 rows

These stretch a lot, so you don't have to be precise for them to still fit well.


Grandma Alaska (author)2017-08-27

I have use to make these slippers, started as a I was a little girl (but one at a time so I look forward to trying it this way). My mom use to make them for all the kids and grandkids for Christmas every year with new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.

So glad to have this pattern again.

sparkydog13 (author)2017-08-25

I just starting knitting I have been looking for a pattern these slippers are the first thing I made very proud of myself and thanks for the great pattern slippers for all Christmas

MirandaM44 (author)2017-01-20

i made them and found they were waaay too big for me (im size 10 womens) so keep that in mind when making these

WarmMachine (author)2016-11-27

If I'm using only one color, do I still cast on 29 stitches? or is it 58?

CraftyRex (author)WarmMachine2016-12-12

You do the same as if you had 2 colors, you just double up the yarn as you cast on the 29 stitches.

WarmMachine made it! (author)2016-12-12

At last!

pidgeon1973 (author)2016-10-21

Bit tricky for first time but I made them successfully

pidgeon1973 made it! (author)pidgeon19732016-10-21

here they are

LauraC14 (author)2015-07-03

How can I get a pdf of this pattern? I don't want to join go pro! I tried to copy and paste it but it won't copy! So sad!


Yo Yo Sullivan (author)LauraC142016-02-26

I just emailed this post to myself by clicking on the Share button on top right corner of page, just select email and send it to yourself. When you get the mail then create a folder for Knitting and put all those emails there and you can always go refer to it when needed by simply clicking on the link and it takes you right back to website!

Yo Yo Sullivan (author)LauraC142016-02-26

I just emailed this post to myself by clicking on the Share button on top right corner of page, just select email and send it to yourself. When you get the mail then create a folder for Knitting and put all those emails there and you can always go refer to it when needed by simply clicking on the link and it takes you right back to website!

MaureenG8 (author)2016-01-20

My Grandchildren love these slippers. But one of them wore out the bottom where the ball of the foot is. Is there something that can give the sole of the slipper more surability?

KrishnaS38 (author)2015-12-22

Very novel to make 2 !!

Zabby21 made it! (author)2015-12-13

This is a great pattern.

Zabby21 (author)2015-11-21

Awesome that you can knit both at once!

SarahP56 (author)2015-11-16

OK I followed the pattern exactly, had the right number of ridges etc but my slippers are half the size they should be :/ Did I use too narrow needles or something?!

oneangelonly (author)2015-10-16

I love this pattern! My mom usually makes these for all the grandkids but my 23 yo son loves them so much he keeps wearing them out so I thought I would make him a few extra pairs. He has size 11 feet so I start with 41 stitches and work about 27-28 rows then start the ribbing. Works great!! Thanks for sharing!!

roddas (author)2015-09-10

Can someone post a picture of the back of the slipper? I'm a little bit confused how to sew it up

Tray-Cee (author)2015-07-09

What size needles please

DellW (author)2015-06-28

wow neat thanks a lot

PrincessJ1 made it! (author)2015-06-25

My first attempt wasnt so bad.....

samantha.loop made it! (author)2015-04-12

Thank you so much for this slipper pattern. My great grandfather used to make all the great grandchildren a new pair of these slippers and a tin of homemade fudge and devinity for Christmas. I have never found it doing two at once. What a great idea, I always end up not finishing the second slipper. Not this time. This pair is for my husband. The grandkids are next. Thank you again.

lisalonglegsstjohn50 (author)2015-03-09

Thank u for sharing this paterns my mom use to make sleeper just like this and she taught me but i since forgot n then i found this and it has brought back great memories of my mom knitting them thank u so much now i can continue the tradition that once was. Awesome.....

0lmm10 (author)2014-12-13

Just finished a pair! Very easy pattern to follow and i am very happy with the end result!

CraftyRex (author)0lmm102014-12-14

Love them- And glad to hear the making went well! I am actually working on an orange pair right now too!

cumba89 (author)2014-11-05

This is probably a silly question, but you mentioned 300 yards per color (150 if using two)... is that per slipper or totaled for both slippers? Does one slipper require 300 yards if using one color? Or is the 300 yards for both slippers and then you have to divide it into equal parts?

CraftyRex (author)cumba892014-11-05

You knit both slippers at the same time. So if you want only one color you will need 600 yards total. I would still suggest knitting with two strands. So each ball will be doubled-up yarn. Starting out, each yarn ball should be about softball sized, of course if you are making extra large slippers i'd maybe go with more.

cumba89 (author)CraftyRex2014-11-12

Hah ok thank you! I am currently making one... if all goes well I'll make a few for christmas presents. Thank you for this instructable!

molly.totoro (author)2014-10-12

I just started knitting this weekend - started with simple dishcloths. I was desperately hoping to find a simple pattern for the booties my grandmother used to make each Christmas for our stockings, and I do believe this is it!!

Thank you so very much for sharing such easy to follow instructions. I look forward to passing on this Christmas tradition with my own children and grandchildren.

jmyers1 (author)2014-09-08

We use the exact same pattern in my family! Right down to the alternate knit/purl ribbing. I wonder where it came from?

KarenMarkwell (author)2014-08-13

Great to make thank you. A very happy husband now has warm feet and both of my kids want a pair too!

CraftyRex (author)KarenMarkwell2014-08-17

Yay! Glad to hear! :)

4everbagelz21 (author)2014-07-31

I love the project, I started knitting awhile ago. Really easy to follow directions

CraftyRex (author)4everbagelz212014-08-03

Thanks :)

4everbagelz21 (author)2014-07-31

Is the yarn bulky? Or not...

CraftyRex (author)4everbagelz212014-08-03

I used just a standard, medium weight yarn. This works well in different synthetic or natural yarns- I tend to use "leftover" yarns from past projects.

DeandrasCrafts (author)2014-07-29

Great job with the directions! I don't knit but you make the project look so easy. I'm also glad you shared additional directions to make them larger.

watchmeflyy (author)2014-07-29

Love the style and yarn colors!

These look so cozy! Thanks for posting, this is a very well put together instructable!

Thanks :) They are super cozy- they never leave my feet in the winter!

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