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.



Materials:  
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)

Abbreviations:
  • 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)
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FOOT 
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

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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.  










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35 comments:

Laurel Ryan 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.
:)
Kris

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.

indiemaya 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...

Hi
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.
Kris

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.

Lisa Ogilvie 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.

Jan O'Connell 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.

Jan O'Connell 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!

Jan

M HS 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..

Diane Nuetzmann 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.
Kris

Sylvie Emond said...

Hi,


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


Sylvie




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.