4 balls of yarn. 34 rows of stitches. That’s all you’ll need to knit a pair of children’s slippers fast!
Children’s slippers are a highly sought-after knitting project for charity. Homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and service organizations on the Pine Ridge Reservation all love receiving slippers.
But you may have heard that slippers are too difficult for a beginning knitter to make. Or, you might be a more advanced knitter who believes that you can’t make a bunch of slippers in a short amount of time.
Or you might be eager to knit for children, but you want to be able to zone out with your knitting. Surely you can’t do that with slippers.
…or can you?
I’m here to tell you that you can!
Yes, Knitting Children’s Slippers Really Can Be Easy
Here’s a brief list of what you don’t need to knit slippers for children.
- A lot of yarn
- Circular needles or DPNs
- Knitting in the round
Yes, you read that last one right. You don’t even need to purl to create these slippers!
Now here’s a list of what you will need to knit slippers for children.
- 8 oz worsted weight yarn. This is for both slippers. And it does not have to be all the same color!
- US size 15 knitting needles – these can be straight or circular, whichever you have.
- Knowledge of how to cast on, create knit stitches, knit two together, and bind off.
- Yarn/tapestry needle
(Note that the cast-on can be any method. So can the bind-off.)
Directions for the Easiest Children’s Slippers Ever
Excited yet? I hope so! Gather up your yarn and your needles, and let’s get knitting! (You may want to grab either a row counter or a notebook and pen or pencil to keep track of your rows.)
1. Gather 4 balls of yarn. Hold together 4 strands of yarn as if it was one strand. You’ll knit collection of yarn as if it was one big bulky strand of yarn. Cast on 30 stitches.
2. Rows 1 – 13: Knit all stitches.
3. R14 and 15: Bind off 5 stitches, knit to end.
4. R16 and 17: Bind off 1 stitch, Knit to end.
5. R18 – 25: Knit all stitches.
6. R26: Knit 5, K2tog, Knit 4, K2tog, Knit 5.
7. R27 – 32: Knit all stitches.
8. R33: K2tog across.
9. R34: Bind off all stitches. This is the toe area.
10.Fold slipper in half, bringing the back seam (your cast-on stitches) together. With your yarn/tapestry needle, seam together the top of the foot and up the front of the leg. Then seam the back of slipper.
Repeat this process for the second slipper.
If you’re an experienced knitter, you’ll find that a set of children’s slippers might take a few hours. In a couple of weeks, you could have several pairs of slippers to donate!
As you gain experience with this incredibly simple pattern, you can make adjustments. You could, for instance, cast on more stitches to create a broader slipper. You could repeat steps 2 and/or 5 for more rows to create a higher cuff and/or a longer foot.
To make smaller slippers, you could do the opposite. Or you could use wool yarn and felt the slippers.
I hope you’ll agree that this slipper pattern is perfect in so many ways. It’s perfect for the beginning knitter. It’s perfect for the more experienced knitter. And it’s perfect for anyone who wants to knit children’s slippers for charity!