Crochet Adult Slippers

This is a good example of how the same project, made by the same person, with the same hook and same brand yarn(different color) can create a different size. Both slippers were made with 4-ply Redheart yarn. The only difference is the color. The gray slipper turned out to be larger than the white slipper.
Crochet Adult Slippers
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial: Crochet Adult Slippers
SC = Single Crochet
EA = Each
SL ST = Slip Stitch
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
ST = Stitch
DEC = Decrease
Size “H” Crochet Hook
4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - 300 yards 
3 yarn markers – Contrasting scrap yarn is all that is needed for this.
Gauge: 14 Stitches = 4” , 17 =Rows 4”
If your 14 stitches are less than 4”, then you crochet tighter than I do. You will need to adjust your hook size to a larger hook or more stitches per 4” to adjust the total stitch outcome, or your slipper may be to tight. If your stitches are more than 4” then you crochet looser than I do. You may need to adjust to a smaller hook or less stitches per 4”. Try it on after about 6 rows or so. You will have a good idea if you need to make it larger or smaller for your foot size. You will not have a lot of rows invested so ripping out will not be as painful.
Slipper Foundation
I am providing two ways to start the slipper. I have found that I like the foundation stitches as opposed to the chain which leaves gaps and holes. I know some of you are more comfortable with the chain so I have included instructions for both starting methods. This is not meant to confuse anyone. It is meant to offer two methods to start the slipper.
Starting Foundation 1: 8 Foundation Single Crochet
Starting Foundation 2: Chain 9, 8 SC in chain.
The first row will be worked around both sides of the foundation.
Round 1: CH 1, 3 SC in the same SC, 1 SC in each of the next 6, 3 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in ea of the next 6 SC, join with SL ST to beg SC. (18 SC total in this row)
Round 2: CH 1, *2 SC in same st, 1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST, 1 SC in ea of the next 6 ST’s, do two times total from *, join with SL ST in beg SC. (22 SC total in this round)
Round 3-17: 1 SC in each stitch around. We will be working in a continual round so get a yarn marker to mark your first stitch. When you complete round 3, you will crochet in the top of the first single crochet instead of joining. This creates the continual round. (22 SC total)
Note: If you find that you need a longer or shorter slipper, this is the first place where length can be adjusted in the slipper. You can do additional rows or less rows to fit your foot.
Round 18: Continue working in the continual round; *2 SC, 1 SC, 6 times total from *. This is forming the top section across the top of the foot. 1 SC in ea of the next 10 SC. (28 SC total)
Round 19-24: Continue working in the continual round; SC in ea SC around. (28 SC total for each round)
Heel Bottom and Sides: This section will be worked in rows. Leave the top 9 SC open. Mark the stitches that should remain open with a yarn marker.
Row 25: From the marker, SC over 19 SC to the other marker. Turn. I am turning and doing the single crochet without the chain 1 for the remaining rows of this project. Turn. (19 SC total)
Row 26-35: SC in each stitch across. Turn. (19 SC total)
Note: If you find that you need a longer or shorter slipper, this is the second place where length can be adjusted in the slipper. You can do additional rows or less rows to fit your foot.
Row 36: 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, * 1 single crochet decrease over the next 2 stitches, 4 times total from *. You are turning 8 stitches in to 4 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 6. Even though the last set of single crochet is 1 stitch more, it will still turn out even.
Row 37: 1 SC in ea of the next 4 SC, * 1 single crochet decrease over the next 2 stitches, 3 times total from *. You are turning 8 stitches in to 4 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 5. Even though the last set of single crochet is 1 stitch more, it will still turn out even.
From the inside of the slipper, slip stitch the remaining stitches together, closing the heel end of the slipper.
Slipper Opening: Do 2 rounds of single crochet round the opening. Cut yarn and sew in tail.
The cuff is created with the Tunisian Knit Stitch in the video tutorial. You can use another cuff for your slipper.
Chain 40 – Adjust the length for a larger or smaller cuff. The cuff is eased on when sewn to the slipper so a few more or less stitches will not make that big of a difference.
Rows 1-8: Do 8 rows of the knit stitch. Secure and cut off about an 18” tail.
Sew the back of the cuff together. Turn the cuff inside out and place it over and outside of the opening edge of the slipper. Sew the cuff to the opening. Turn the remaining edge of the cuff to the inside of the slipper and sew it shut.


  1. Do you happen to know how much bigger I would need to make the slippers to felt them and have them come out the size I need? I know how to felt, but never something where I have to figure the size before myself

  2. Hello I want to make a slipper kind of like the white one on the top left, with roll around the edge. But I want to felt it. I have have felted things before so I know how to do that part, and know I have to use wool, but I dont understan how much bigger to make it and how to know it will come out to the exact size I need?? Any suggestions? The information that you provide for us here is so valuable and I come here to learn all the time

  3. Junie, All you would need to do is add more chains to make the cuff larger. I am not familiar with felting so I would not be able to advise on how to achieve an exact size with felting. All the slippers in the picture are from the same pattern. The images are just from various stages.

  4. Have felted, took a class in fabrics at Univ...1/3 bigger is usually safe, BUT the BEST advice is to HAND felt them WITH frequent try-ons to make sure they do not get too small. With things as small as slippers you can felt them in a gal jar (shake rattle and or roll the jar to agitate) with VERY hot water (do use tongs or something similar to fish them out)and just a drop or two of soap (dishwashing or Olive oil soap work well). Once the size is right, rinse until clear in very COLD water to set the size.

  5. Teresa,

    Because I am subscribed to your site on YouTube I get to see the many stitches, techniques and patterns you teach.

    Please know that I truly appreciate the resource you are creating online. I can't convey my gratitude sufficiently in words.

    I have been looking for a pattern for adult slippers for a while and am so happy that you have posted one now.

    Your chain less foundation is an inspiration as well. I feel they lend an extra dimension to the finish of any pattern I use them in. I actually use that to make ties for my hair:)

    Thank you once again for your generosity. I believe that you are the epitome of a "superior and inspiring teacher" because, to quote William A. Ward

    "The mediocre teacher tells.
    The good teacher explains.
    The superior teacher demonstrates.
    The great teacher inspires. "

    And you do greatly inspire with your demonstrations and succinct explanations.

  6. Thank you Lalitha for writing such a wonderful comment. I really appreciate it.

  7. Hello Teresa, I check your vids everyday now, for your new inspirations. You are an angel. You have inspired me the day that I found you, since last year. I have created many of your projects.
    Recently I have completed the adult slippers and they are a jem. Now to add a bit of my own, I have made the slippers into socks, just by continuing the sc around the opening and decreasing a bit to make the sock stay up. They are so cool your slippers. I thank you so much for sharing your designs. Now i do not have vid to show you, but i have a blog that i have talked about you and the slippers and socks. I have included some pictures, please i would be grateful for you to check them out, this is my way of showing gratitude and appriciation for your designs and teachings. Thank you so much Teresa, you inspire us all. Have a great day :) MonikaRose
    blog :-

  8. I just want to thank you for taking the time to show the proper techniques on crocheting. Crocheting is something I have always loved but was always fearful because I did not understand the techniques. I was discouraged to try and attempt to make something but your videos have given me some helpful insight. Thank once again. Its about time someone did this.

  9. Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern. Also thanks for doing it with white yarn and a black backdrop as it makes it so easy to see what you are doing. I made my first slipper and it fits wonderfully. Now on to the matching one. Thanks again for my new christmas presents to my family. Tam

  10. Teresa,

    I made a pair of the Adult slippers for my son and it was a great hit:)

    Thank you.

    I came across a desighn that requires "long dc and long sc" at:

    I really would appreciate a video on those stitches. Can you let me know if you make a video on these stitches.

    Thank you once again. Wish you and your loved ones a memorable yuletide and a wonderful year ahead.

  11. Lalitha,
    I have added the long stitches to my list of projects. I should be able to get it done soon.

  12. Hi Teresa,
    I just found your vids, wow thank you I can't wait to start crocheting. How many skens of yarn does it take to make your slippers?
    Thank you

  13. woolsiewoman,
    You can do these with one skein of yarn.

  14. What size slippers is that for? Because I am a size 6-7.

  15. Anonymous,
    They are for a size 9-10. I did find size variations with the yarn color I used. The white was actually smaller on my foot but the gray fit fine. You can easily alter the size by using a smaller crochet hook.

  16. Thank You for the video tutorial. I now have a complete slipper!! (that's minus one from the incomplete yarn project pile...
    woo hoo!)

  17. thank you so much for posting your videos! I just found that you had written instructions!
    I think you make it so easy to follow along!
    I have made, a baby beanie, blankets, booties, following your videos! Now I am going to make these Adult slippers!
    Thanks again!

  18. Hi Teresa,
    Thank you very much for the instructions, I'm a beginner and don't know much English.
    I made the slippers for my husband, he´s wearing it now!

  19. How would I go about adding an extra layer to the sole of the slipper?

  20. Thankyou Teresa! You have been so helpful!!

  21. i'm trying to print out the written also but it's not letting

  22. Hello Teresa,

    Your videos are wonderful - you have taught me how to crochet!

    I have made one pair of slippers which fit my size 8 foot perfectly. I am having trouble making a wider pair for my sister. Other than using a larger hook, how might I modify the pattern to get a wider slipper?

    Thank you so much for your help and for your fantastic tutorials.


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