Sunday, September 11, 2016

Better Dorm Boots - Free Knitting Pattern!

I see so many projects on Ravelry where the knitter has used my Crocodilly Mocs pattern and changed it up a bit with a ribbed cuff instead of the crocodile stitch.  I'd thought I'd go ahead and write it up as a pattern for those not interested in a croc stitch cuff.  
This really is, in my opinion, a better "dorm boot".  Made the same way as the traditional dorm boot, knit flat and seamed at the end.  These knit up fairly fast - I can knit one slipper in 2 hours. 

To download, view or print this pattern, scroll down past the last picture and click on the link.

Worsted weight yarn (use 2 strands of worsted held tog.)
Sole:  92(100, 114) yds
Slipper body: 92(110, 124) yds

U.S. Size 9 (5.5mm) needles

Wms Sizes: Sm (6-7.5), M/L (8-9), XL (9.5-10.5)

Gauge: 14 sts = 4” in Stockinette (w yarn held double)

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • yo = yarn over
  • sl-1 = slip one
  •  PSSO = pass slipped stitch over
  • p2tog = purl 2 together
  • k2tog = knit 2 together
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit (see how to perform one of these descreases if you don't know, google it)
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side
  • PM = place marker

Starting with Sole:

Using sole color, Cast on 47(50,52) sts using a long-tail method and with 2 strands held together.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K1, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k1(2,2), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k1. [51(54,56) sts]

Row 3 and all odd rows: Knit.  *knit the yo’s through the back of the loop. 
Row 4: K2, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k3(4,4), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k2.  [55(58,60)sts]

Row 6: K3, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k5(6,6), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k3.  [59(62,64)sts]
Row 8: K4, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k7(8,8), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k4. [63(66,68) sts]

Row 10: K5, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k9(10,10), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k5.  [67(70,72)sts]
Row 12: Size Sm ONLY: k6, yo, k22, yo, k11, yo, k22, yo, k6. [71sts]

Row 12: Sizes M/L & XL ONLY: K6, yo, k(23,24), yo, k6, yo, k6, yo, (k23,24), yo, k6. [75,77 sts]
Row 13: Sizes Sm & M/L proceed to #1 of foot.
Row 13: Size XL: Knit  (knit the yo's through the back of the loop)

Change color now if making foot different color than sole.
Row 1: Size Sm ONLY:  (RS)  k34, k2tog, k35. (knit the yo's through the back of the loop)   [70 sts]

Row 1: Size M/L ONLY: (RS) Knit (knit the yo’s through the back of the loop)
Row 1: Size XL ONLY: (RS) Knit

Row 2: (WS) P31(33,34), PM, p8(9,9), PM, p31(33,34).

Row 3: K24(26,27), ssk 2x, k3tog, k8(9,9), sl-1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k24(26,27). [62(67,69)sts) 
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K20(22,23), ssk 2x, k3tog, k8(9,9), sl-1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k20(22,23). 54(59,61)sts]
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K31(34,35),  ssk, turn.  [53(58,60) sts]

Row 8: Sl-1, p8(9,9), p2tog,
 turn.   [52(57,59) sts]
Row 9: Sl-1, k8(9,9), ssk, turn.
  [51(56,58) sts] 
Row 10: Sl-1, p8(9,9), p2tog, turn.  [50(55,57) sts]
Rows 11-26: Repeat rows 9 and 10.   [34(39,41)sts]

Row 27: (RS) Sl-1, k8(9,9), ssk, DON’T TURN, k11(13,14).   [33(38,40)sts]
Row 28: P20(23,24), p2tog, p11(13,14).  [32(37,39) sts]

Row 29: Removing markers as you come to them, knit one row.

Row 30: Size Sm ONLY: P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.    [30 sts].
Row 30: Sizes M/L and XL ONLY:  P1, p2tog, p2tog, p across to last 5 sts, p2tog, p2tog, p1           [33, 35sts]

Row 31:  Knit

Row 32:  Purl


Ribbed Cuff (change color here if you want cuff to be a different color)

Row 33: Size Sm ONLY: k1, p1 to end.  Now go to row 36-42.  

Row 33: Size M/L ONLY: [k1, p1] 8x, k2tog, p1, [k1, p1] to end.  Now go to row 36-42.            (32,34 sts)
Row 33&34: Size XL ONLY: Repeat rows 31 & 32 once more.  
Row 35: Size XL ONLY: [k1, p1] 8x, k2tog, p1, [k1, p1] to end. (32,34 sts) 
Rows 36-42: 1x1 rib. 
Bind off loosely.
Sew seam using single strand of matching color(s).  I turn the slipper inside out and seam using a simple whipstitch.  Take care to make your stitches small and close together for best results. 
Weave in any loose ends. 
Wear and enjoy!

P.S. I lightly spray the bottoms of my slippers with the spray version of "Plasti-Dip" for a non-skip sole.  


skumitomum said...

Thanks as always for your inspiration and cool patterns. Signed, a huge fan

Kismatt said...

Thank you! :D

Mindi said...

Time for a stupid question, or maybe it's been a tough weekend and my brain isn't back to "normal" yet. Are these boots knit with double strand the entire way through, or just the sole? Sorry if it's dumb.

kriskrafter said...

HI Mindi,
Not a dumb question at all - yes it is knit with double strands for the whole slipper.

Jean Booth said...

I printed the pattern and now I've completed row 8 and the next page starts on row 10, am I missing something ?

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jean Booth,
See Row 3 - it tells you what to do for all odd rows. How did you do 5 and 7?

Lizza said...

Thanks so much! I new knitter...I'm loving it...I have crocheted for a very long time. Finding the perfect knitting pattern is amazing!

Linda said...

Thank you for such a lovely pattern. I don't usually like to knit slippers but I love this pattern. Thank you again this will be my go to pattern.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for a brilliant pattern. Not only do they look fab on but they fit perfect! So many patterns fail to fit the foot well but these are fail proof & so quick to knit up.
I'm on my second pair after finding you yesterday & know I will knit more.
I'm in the UK so used 2 strands of Aran held together & knit the second size for a UK size 6 foot on 5.5mm needles.

Ruth said...

I have been looking for a pattern like this one for a long time and every time I think that I have the right one is doesn't workout. Thank you so very much for this pattern I have saved this one to my favorites. Do you have any patterns that I can knit like baby booties but they look like sneakers for adults they lace up the front if you have a pattern like that would you please put it on your free patterns. I can't say thank you enough for your beautiful patterns. I can't wait to get started on this pattern that I chose

Angie said...

silly question is the boot the same for both feet x

kriskrafter said...

Hi Angie,
Not silly at all - yes they are the same for each foot. :)

Jeanne said...

What type needle did you use to knit these? Thanks

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jeanne,
Doesn't really matter what type of needle(s) you use. I've used straight, circular, wooden, plastic, metal, etc. Again it doesn't matter. :)

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I am having problem with row 7! It says to Knit 34,ssk, turn can you explain what do you do with the other 23 stitches VERY CONFUSED!!!! Than-you

kriskrafter said...

Hi Kathy,
When you turn, you leave the rest of the stitches unworked. This is called short rowing. If you haven't ever done it, don't worry, it's easy. Go look at youtube and perhaps watch a couple videos on short rowing so you'll see.

Anonymous said...

Are these made the judy's cast on method or are you using straight knitting needles???
?Trying to help a new knitter out and I have no idea?

Pattern makers forget something like this if they are new to knitting: Enough her knitting instructor has no a clue why pattern makers forget the little things.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Anonymous,
The pattern specifically says what cast on method to use in the directions please read them - "Using sole color, Cast on 47(50,52) sts using a long-tail method and with 2 strands held together."
I don't say to use straight or circular needles because as these are knit flat it doesn't matter, you can use either.
I am very sad to hear someones comment like yours being so critical. I write and post these pattern for free, on my own time, using my own materials purely for others to enjoy.

nannee said...

It breaks my heart that you were spoken to so rudely . I truly appreciate all that you have contributed to the wonderful craft of knitting ! Thank you so much and please don't let this person discourage you.

nannee said...

Please apologize for your rude thoughtless comments to someone who is so generous with her talent and wisdom and love of knitting and to share it so freely.

Londonlisa said...

For the anonymous knitting instructor. Kris has posted a wonderful pattern with line by line and step by step instructions, if you as the instructor are unable to read and interpret the pattern for a student, I'd like to suggest that the student needs a new instructor.

nannee said...

Ditto !

Anonymous said...

Can you please explain this? *knit the yo’s through the back of the loop. There is an asterisk but can't see one on the pattern. Does it mean the first stitch after the yo should be knitted into the back of the loop. V confused!

kriskrafter said...

Dear Anonymous,
The asterisk is just there for you to take note of - just telling you that when you come to the YO's please knit them thru the back loop. If you don't you will have a hole. Knitting a yarn over thru the back loop will close the hole.

Unknown said...

Dear Kriskrafter,

Thanks for a wonderful pattern, however, I do have a question. As I was finishing up the foot & getting ready to put on the cuff, I found that the heel wasn't balanced. If I folded the sock exactly in half, the seam would be off center, wrapping smoothly around the heel with the seam finishing up approximately one inch or so on the inside of the heel, not on the center back. Is this correct? I will cast on the second sock tonight & work through the pattern again. It seems it has come out right for other people; maybe I did something wrong. If I find that's the case, I'll undo the first one & re-do it. The way it is now, the center of the foot seam goes: -------\--. If I sew it straight, the top of the foot will be off center. If I wrap the heel around, I think I can make it work, but the heel closing seam will be off center on the inside of the heel. Hopefully, I can find where I went wrong. Any feedback will be appreciated.

Thanks, Jan

kriskrafter said...

Hi Jan,
My guess is that you missed some increases somewhere on the heel. That would cause what you are explaining.

Unknown said...

Okay, got my first 11 rows done & the stitch count is right & everything is centered. I'll see if I can finish it tonight & try to get it right. Thanks for the feedback!


Unknown said...

I have pawned through dozens of slipper patterns and tried them all. This is by far the best. It is very clear and well written. These slippers knit up quick too. I took my sweet time and it still only took 2 days. I love, love, love this pattern! You rock!

Dmarie said...

Thank you for the wonderful pattern. It is exactly what I was looking for. I have knit several socks, but wanted something heavier and more slipper like. This fits the bill perfectly! I have made both men and women versions. Do you have a pattern for kids? I have several nieces and nephews that would love these. Maybe there is a way to scale them down by a percentage to get a smaller version. Thank you again for sharing this pattern. One of my all time favorites!

Frances said...

Hi just finished the first slipper..really easy to make..the pattern is so easy to follow..thank you so much..

Unknown said...

Do you use double yarn on the foot of the dorm boot as well as the sole? It is not stated in that part of the pattern

kriskrafter said...

Diane, you use yarn held double for the whole slipper.

Unknown said...


I'm quite a knitting beginner...

I don't understand in the foot section rows 7-10.

I knit the row 7 and i know that i have to turn my work but from there what do i do.Knit from right to left or left to right ?

It's my first pattern like this .

Thanks in advance


kriskrafter said...

Dear Sylvie,
This is called "short rowing". When it says turn, you leave the stitches that are on your right hand needle unworked, turn your work and now you are working on the other side. If you've never done this then I would advise to google "short row knitting" and take a look. or watch some youtube videos. It is quite simple and is a method to shape your knitting. Hope you'll have fun doing it. I love watching these slippers take shape.

SpinsnSewOn said...

Nice, fast pattern and clearly written - thanks. I'm making these ready for autumn/winter in the Middle Eastern refugee camps. Keeping feet warm and floors clean, when the floor in one's 'home' is effectively just a waterproof covering on cold bare ground, cannot be easy. I'm using three strands on the soles for extra density, insulation and wear, but it's taking a toll on my fingers! I'll be doing a few pairs of the men's version next.

Unknown said...

Hi, thank you for the lovely pattern. I am just confused with the sizes. Are the sizes shoe sizes or in inches? Please help, thank you. Enjoy your day.

kriskrafter said...

Hi Belinda, it's Womens shoe sizes

Deborah March said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this pattern! So generous! Casting on today!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me if the yardage you state is for one boot or both of them. Thanks.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jan,
It is for both.

Anonymous said...

Will definitely be doing these!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, we don't get much for free anymore and I know i am so appreciative for that so again thx love the pattern

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern, have made 5 pair already. I make a long cuff of about 25 rows, so I can turn it down, out of a contrasting color and a fun fiber. I am getting an early start on my next Christmas list and also our December church bazaar.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. It sure is interesting. Personally, I couldn't resist starting to knit in the round right where the final reductions end and before the ribbing starts.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your free slipper patterns!! Making them in men's & women's for Xmas gifts. Not very often you find the larger men's size! Have been knitting for 40+ yrs but always need a written pattern. You are very talented!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this great pattern. I am knitting it up for my nephew for x-mas. However, i am a newer knitter and i have only ever worked in the round. Even though I can't really visualize how one works a project flat and then seems it, I thought i would give this patter a try since i liked it so much. I was thinking that it would become apparent as i went along how the working-flat-and-seeming thing worked, but either i have messed up horrible or i need help figuring out how this works before i go any further :-). i have just finished the sole and something doesn't seem right. My work is 17" long and only 2.5" wide. which seems way too long and not wide enough for a foot. I am using dbl strand of worsted yarn and cast on the required 50 stitches for the M/L. I didn't use the long tail method to cast on, but i didn't think that would make a difference as 50 sts is 50 sts, right? The pattern for the sole is not that difficult so i don't think/hope that i mess up there but i am thinking that it must have to do with this seeming thing. Please help me :-) Thanks!

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jessie Wright, don't worry, your long piece is correct. Just keep working and trust me. When you get to the foot you will start decreasing in the center and short rowing - you will see the slipper start to form in shape.

Joan Arneson said...

I have sent this in a couple of times but don't know if it has been received it if it just needs to be reviewed before posted. Do you know if this can be made on a knitting loom? The Yo's may make it too complicated to try to do in a loom. Thanks in advance.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Joan Arneson,
I am sorry I really don't know anything about Loom knitting. Perhaps someone else will chime in.

Pat said...

Thank you for the pattern. Short rows always confuse me- I knit slippers a couple of years ago, now worn out, and need to knit new ones. The previous pattern I used had a “turn and wrap” instruction. Do I need to turn and wrap, and pick up the wraps in this pattern or just “tutn” and continue?

kriskrafter said...

Dear Pat,,
Just turn, no wrap needed.


Jax said...

Hello! I love this pattern. Thank you for sharing! However, I need help!! I have come to the end of the foot pattern and my work has no heel?? I am very confused. Any idea what |I might have done wrong? I have read and re-read the pattern a million times...;)

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jax,
You haven't done anything wrong - keep going and trust the pattern. You will seam it at the end. :)

Unknown said...

Hi! I'm trying this pattern as a very new knitter, i think I understand most of it however .. im almost done with the sole part and it doesn't seem big enough to cover the of my foot (which I'm assuming this does) AND do I just carry on knitting the foot part or do I start another portion by casting on again?? HELP!! lol

kriskrafter said...

Dear Unknown, keep going! it will make sense when you are a bit further. The sole is seamed in the center at the end.

Unknown said...

Hi, Chris, I posted last question. I'm having a hard time with the foot section. My stitches keep coming up short. when i got to the end of the sole I had exactly the amount of stitches you said I should. Now im to Row 3: K24(26,27), ssk 2x, k3tog, k8(9,9), sl-1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k24(26,27). [62(67,69)sts) Where it says 2x, does that mean we perform that stitch twice?? Its what ive been doing according to videos i've watched online but like I said I keep coming up 3 stitches too short. Thank you for your help!

kriskrafter said...

Dear Unknown,
A common problem when coming up short on the number of stitches is that perhaps you do not know how to perform an ssk, which is a decrease. You might want to google/youtube it and make sure you are performing it properly, also the same with the sl-1, k2tog, psso.
Yes, when it says 2x that means you do it twice, in other words if it says k2tog 2x, means k2tog, k2tog. - a total of 2 stitches decreased.

Unknown said...

Thank you for a well-written pattern. I really appreciate having a stitch count by row for reference.

Gretchen Hrusovsky said...

Another clear, well written pattern! I especially liked the way you utilized your decreases at the end of the short rows so we didn't have to "wrap and turn" and "pick up wraps"! I am stash busting and just completed my 3rd pair . . as using what I have, I had to experiment a little (I had absolutely NO worsted weight!) . The first pair was of aran and it seemed a bit too think to knit double so done singly it made a pair of lighter weight bed socks.( I did size down with the needles). As I was working these, I realized I could do the cuffs on my very short circulars and avoid part of the sewing up .. . . on the 2nd and 3rd pairs I used the Turkish cast on and did them entirely in the round ( switch the odd rows to purl for the sole, and keep everything K for the foot) worked out beautifully and NO sewing up! My last pair I sized up the needles and used bulky wool and felted them - another great result! I just have one question about the stitch markers. Usually in a pattern when stitch markers are called for, they are referenced every row thereafter (slip marker; knit to marker; etc.) . For the first slipper, whenever I came to a marker, I would double check the pattern to see what special thing I should do . . . . . . .I finally stopped putting them in, then even later decided perhaps the markers were to delineate that 8 stitch section that was the top of the foot? (Just wondering!)

kriskrafter said...

Hi Gretchen,
Yes, you are correct. The markers are simply to delineate the 8 stitch section. Glad you are having fun with the pattern.


Mary Jo said...

Thanks, Kris! I've been looking for a pattern for a slipper that is a bit unique and this one fits the bill. Can't wait to pick out some yarn and begin this project.

Verna said...

Absolutely love this pattern - thanks for sharing it. My question is about the Plasti-dip spray you use on the bottom - is it just the clear sprays that are available at most automotive shops, or something else?

kriskrafter said...

Dear Verna, It is just regular plasti-dip. You can find it at most hardware stores like Ace, Tru-Value, Walmart, Lowes, Hardware Hank, Home Depot, Menards, etc. It comes in spray version (clear) or paint-on version which is thicker and comes in about 4 different colors.

Amanda said...

Sorry if I missed this in the comments - is there a way to make the bottom of the sole non-slip? We have hardwood floors and stairs and I would hate to fall...

kriskrafter said...

Dear Amanda, see the comment just above yours.... Plasti-dip

Unknown said...

What does the rectangle with the a in mean?

kriskrafter said...

Unknown, Oddly enough I don't see a rectangle with an A in it. I have had a few people tell me that but it doesn't show on my computer - I've even looked using my phone and ipad. I am wondering if it is some html thing that I am unaware of. I wish I knew how to get rid of it but I don't even know where you're seeing it. sorry about that - just disregard it it means nothing.

Micah said...

I just wanted to thank you for posting this awesome pattern and thank you for sharing your PDF with the Google drive link! I'm going to use it to make a secret santa present...

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pattern. Looks like next Christmas presents in the making

Anonymous said...

I always read all the comments before I start a pattern. It answers questions that I may have. Thank you for making the perfect slipper pattern for my needs. It is well done and I am starting on it today. It looks like the slippers will be also gifts for members of the family.

Unknown said...

Thanks for this wonderful pattern, but I'm wondering if the yardage needed is for one or two slippers. If it's for just one, I need to buy more.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Unknown, the yardage noted is for 2 slippers. :)

Tica said...

Que padrão maravilhoso!
Já havia feito a versão original pra mim há 3 anos, e meu marido pediu um pra ele, então busquei no Ravelry e te achei!
Obrigada, é muito fácil de seguir mesmo para os menos experientes :)

Claudia said...

Thanks for the wonderful pattern. As soon as I understood the increases correctly (I was running short with stitches when shaping the foot) they were a breeze to knit! My daughter loved them so much!

Georgia said...

Thank you for this pattern. I have one question. on line 36-42 it states
1 X 1 RIB. I have only seen RIB once and I believe I stopped the project. I would like to know what this means please. It has been about 15 years since I have knit anything and I am a little rusty. Thank you for your assistance.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Georgia,
Ribbing is a standard knitting procedure, to "rib" or ribbing is the stretchy edging used on the bottom of a sweater, or cuffs of sleeves. Ribbing can be 1 knit, 1 purl and repeat - thus called 1x1 rib/ribbing. or it can be other multiples 2x2 [2 knits, 2 purls], or 3x3 etc. In this case it is 1x1 rib, so k1, p1, repeat across to the end and for every row that it indicates.
Hope that clears it up.

Unknown said...

Good morning. I have spent the morning scrolling through patterns and I am so excited to come across this one. I am still fairly new to reading patterns so I have gone through all the comments above and I am still a bit unsure on how much yarn I will need. I know you have stated the pattern is for 2 slippers however does that mean it is a total of 184yds (sm) and then I would need another 184 yards because I am doubling the yarn (holding 2 strands together)?

Sole: 92(100, 114) yds
Slipper body: 92(110, 124) yds

Thank you for taking the time to respond :)

kriskrafter said...

Hi Kerry, the published amount of yarn needed is for a full pair. So if yours is 184 yds, that is for a pair.
Happy knitting, Kris

Alison said...

Hello, As usual, I have not knitted all summer and I wanted a small project to get myself back into the swing of things.I cam upon this one and I love it. I just finished the knitting of my first boot. I just have to do the sewing up and weaving in threads. Thantik for your very clear and precise instructions.I get excited about so many projects and as soon as I begin reading the instructions I know it just isn't going to be for me. So thank you very much and thanking you for sharing this with us for free. Take good care of you. Alison

Valerie said...

How should I change this for a man's slipper?

kriskrafter said...

Dear Jeanette,
Here is Better Dorm Boots for Men,

Brenda said...

This pattern was recommended to me by my Facebook knitting group. It is PERFECT! Can't wait to get started. Thanks for such clear instructions and the comments show me where I might need to review my skills (short rows on YouTube!). Thank you!

EW Benham said...

This pattern is wonderful. I've made several pairs and am about to start making two more. My son is in hospital right now and will enjoy having a nice pair of comfy slippers when he gets home. Thank you for your kindness in sharing.

Irit.B. Gold said...

I want to add up my voice to say THANK YOU! this is one of the best written patterns I have ever seen for knitting.
My advise to anyone scared of the "turn", don´t try to understand it with your LOGIC, just DO IT, it is perfectly explained, you just turn (leave some stitches undone in the needle) and go back, this will eventually "catch" the top part with the sides of the boot, but you will NOT make sense of it unless you just DO IT. So please try at least 4 rows before you give up! just follow her instructions!

I did an M size, it goes perfectly with my 7.5 size, and because it is elastic, I assume it will be good on my mom´s 8.5 feet as well. Because it is very cold here I added more ribbing, I counted 25 stitches.

I closed it knitting K or P as per the ribbing, I wish I found a more "elastic" way of finishing it. I am eager to get some suggestions for next time.

I used a doubled-up baby yarn, with the proper needles to give the expected size. I am thrilled with the nice results- they are quite easy to do and they knit FAST!


Unknown said...

This is a P.S for my previous comment:

I ended up discovering a binding off that was perfect for these socks! It is called tubular BO. It is two rows of "separating" K and P, (easier to follow instructions!) and then you bind off it with a needle! perfect and lovely looking result and more comfortable than regular bind off-

i learned with an youtube video called "Invisible Bind Offs for K1P1 ribbing, Italian BO vs Tubular BO!- from Knitting with Suzanne Bryan. (Feel free to delete if I shouldn´t be metioning others in these comments!)

Thank you very much again!

Eva said...

Thank you for this awesome pattern, cant wait to try it! I read through all comments, and see the yardage is for both slippers, I just couldn't quite clarify if it is yardage for using double strands as well? Thank you for clarifying :)

kriskrafter said...

Dear Eva, Yes, yardage is for using double strands throughout.

Ara said...

Thanks for this pattern. I much prefer flat knitting as I tuck one needle under my arm. It only took me 2 hours to knit both boots. Just the sewing up to do now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this for this very clear pattern. I've knit the dorm boots for my family and they all love them. I made smaller ones for my grandchildren by reducing the number of stitches. They are delighted.

Inkling said...

Curious question.....I love the pattern and found it so well written and easy to do even for a new knitter like me. Thank you for that!!!! Googling certain things I didn't know how to do made it super easy. (PSSO was a new thing for me.) But, by the time I got to the cuff part on the first one, I realized the sizing for the small wasn't going to fit my women's size 7M foot. My knitting was fairly loose/able to stretch, and the wool I was using is known for being quite stretchy as I just made a tunic sweater with it and have watched how easily it "grows". The weight of the wool yarn was also correct, and so was my needle size. I know for certain that I had the right amount of stitches just because it took me a few tries to get that part right. But it was going to be very short and even a bit on the narrow side once I seamed it, even with stretching it to its limits. Do you have any idea what I might have done wrong? I was actually making them for my son whose foot is just a tiny bit smaller than mine but still growing, so I had to rip it all out and am trying to figure out what size to make since I need to gain at least an 1" in length and 1/2" in width.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Inkling, the only thing I can think of offhand is that you didn't hold 2 strands together throughout. this pattern actually runs big and has a LOT of ease to it. Otherwise, without seeing what you're doing I really can't say. The pattern is 100% correct and has been made by thousands so I know there's no pattern error. Perhaps if you have a local yarn shop you could go in and see if they can be of help.

Unknown said...

Hi, thank you so much for this pattern. Have done many pairs of these dorm boots in the past 2 years, but have never used the plasti Dip spray and would like to know if it holds up after being in the washer and is it safe to put the slippers in the dryer after being sprayed with this product? Thanks again for a wonderful, easy, and well-written pattern.

kriskrafter said...

Dear annonymous,
I would not put slippers with plasti dip in the dryer. I hand wash and air dry all my slippers.

Anonymous said...

Love these!!! And I’ve tried ALOT of slipper patterns looking for good ones. Made these for my adult daughter and going to start a pair for myself.

Faunie said...

Generally I avoid free patterns as I find there are mistakes or poor instructions in the pattern. However when I saw the picture of these slippers they were exactly what I was looking for so I decided to try them. Happy to say this pattern is one of the best free ones I have ever found! Just started them last night and finished the first boot today. Thank you Kristy for the time and effort you took with this pattern. I noticed other patterns on your site and might give some of them a try.

Deb said...

Thank you for this pattern. I love it and have made multiple pairs of these for gifts. I have always used worsted yarn held double as the pattern indicates, but recently bought some bulky by mistake. I am wondering if I can use the bulky with using just one strand? If so, should I use a slightly bigger needle, maybe 10? Thanks for your help.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Deb, I have used bulky many times. You can use the same needle size, just check your gauge - if it's the same go for it! If it isn't then needle size up or down as needed to achieve gauge. -Kris

pixelle said...

I have problem with Row 3 foot
we start with 75 Sts, will all decrese (8) I'm short of 2 sts
ssk 2x -2
k3tog -2
k 2 tog -1
psso -1
k2tog 2x -2

where is my problem please?

kriskrafter said...
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kriskrafter said...

Dear Pixelle, I get this once in a while from folks who are simply sliping, slipping, knitting for an ssk - an ssk is a decrease. If you are not familiar google it and there are many videos and articles on how to perform one. It is a decrease. Other than that I would have no idea how you could come up short.