On a chilly morning, or by the dying hours of a chilly evening, there are few things quite as cozy as a warm pair of slippers. Most handknitted gifts are received with pleasure, but trust me: if you really want to make someone’s eyes light up, give them a pair of slippers!
(I used to knit my father a pair of slippers every year for Christmas. He loved them.)
Children are no different from adults in this aspect. In fact, if you have uncarpeted floors in your home, you’ll probably find children will love slippers all the more. I’m sure you know what I mean… watch as your floors turn into sheets of ice and their slippers become ice skates!
In parts of the world with cold climates, and even impoverished parts of the world where nights get quite chilly, slippers are as much necessity as luxury, which makes knitted slippers a terrific charity project.
What follows is a collection of slippers just for children. Some of them are whimsical, others mostly practical, but all will be greatly appreciated by any child!
Free Knitting Patterns for Children’s Slippers
Bunny, Piggy, Ladybug and Froggy Slippers: I had to start with these. I found the Piggy slippers on Ravelry, then discovered that a wonderful yarn company called Polarknit hosts all these other adorable slipper critters as well. Can you imagine a young child who wouldn’t love one of these? I certainly can’t. (Just scroll down the page until you arrive at the heading “Free Chunky Yarn Patterns,” and you’ll find links to all four patterns.)
Family of Slippers: This makes both a great gift idea for a family and a great idea for charity knitting, perhaps for homeless shelters. This pattern has options for every size from toddler to adult.
Tuula: The DROPS yarn website has an amazing selection of free knitting patterns from its Garn Studio, starting with this lovely striped felted boot design.
Felted Easter Slippers: Another DROPS special, this lovely pattern produces just-below-ankle length slippers, felted and adorned with adorable little flowers.
DROPS Slippers in Rib: These Mary Jane-styled slippers have an interesting ribbed texture to make them stand out from the ordinary.
Bernat Slippers: From Bernat yarns comes these adorable elf-like knitted slippers in two colors. Click the “Free Pattern” button to access the pattern.
Spot Shots: How’s this for a terrific idea: slippers as floor-cleaning devices! This clever pattern was the brainchild of a group of knitting designers who recognized an ingenious brainstorm following a spilled drink during a retreat. These are designed both for anyone who’d rather dance around a room to clean the floor than mop it, as well as children who would enjoy helping with chores by doing the same! This pattern offers both child and adult sizes for just this reason. Also, the pattern offers two varieties: dust mop and wet mop.
Felted Slippers for Christmas: The final DROPS pattern here offers felted elf-like boots. Make them for Christmas in red or green, or use any color you desire.
Now you’re ready to make some children smile with knitted slippers!