Sunday, September 18, 2016

Better Dorm Boots - Lace Edition - Free Knitting Pattern!

I wondered what the "Better dorm boots" would look like with a little bit of lace running up the center.... I really like them!  Hope you do too.  
To download, view, or print this pattern, scroll down past the last photos 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 

  • 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
  • SM = slip 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: Sizes Sm & M/L ONLY: (RS) Knit (knit the yo’s through the back of the loop) [71(75,--sts]
Row 1: Size XL ONLY: (RS) Knit

Row 2: (WS) P31(33,34), PM, p9(9,9,) PM, p31(33,34).

Row 3: K24(26,27), ssk 2x, k3tog, SM, p2, k5, p2, SM, sl-1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k24(26,27).  [63(67,69)sts] 
Row 4: Purl to M, k2, p5, k2, p to end. 
Row 5: K20(22,23), ssk 2x, k3tog, SM, p2, k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl-1, k1, psso, p2, SM, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k20(22,23).    [55(59,61)sts]
Row 6: Purl to M, k2, p5, k2, p to end. 

Row 7: K23(25,26), p2, k5, p2, ssk,
 turn.    [54(58,60) sts]
Row 8: Sl-1, k2, p5, k2, p2tog,
 turn.   [53(57,59) sts]

Row 9: Sl-1, SM, p2, k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl-1, k1, psso, p2, SM, ssk, turn.
  [52(56,58) sts] 
Row 10: Sl-1, k2,p5, k2, p2tog, turn.  [51(55,57)sts]

Row 11: Sl-1, p2, k5, p2, ssk,
 turn. [50(54,56) sts]

Row 12: Sl-1, k2, p5, k2, p2tog,
 turn. [49(53,55) sts]

Row 13: Sl-1, SM, p2, k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl-1, k1, psso, p2, SM, ssk, turn.
   [48(52,54) sts]
Row 14: Sl-1, k2, p5, k2, p2tog, turn.  [47(51,53) sts]
Rows 15- 18: Repeat rows 11-14   [43(47,49) sts]
Rows 19-22: Repeat rows 11-14  [39(43,45) sts]
Rows 23-26: Repeat rows 11-14 [35(39,41) sts]
Row 27: (RS) Sl-1, p2, k5, p2, ssk, DON’T TURN, k11(13,14).   [34(38,40) sts]
Row 28: P12(14,15) k2, p5, k2,  p2tog, p11(13,14).  [33(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.   [31 sts] 
Row 30: Sizes M/L & XL ONLY:  P1, p2tog, p2tog, p across to last 5 sts, p2tog, p2tog, p1           [33, 35sts]
Row 31:  Knit

Row 32:  Purl

Rows 33-40: Rep rows 31 & 32 4x.


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

Row 41: Size Sm ONLY: k1, p1, across, end with K1.  Now go to row 44-45.  

Row 41: Size M/L ONLY: [k1, p1] 8x, k2tog, p1, [k1, p1] to end.  Now go to row 44-45.    [32,-- sts]
Row 41 & 42: Size XL ONLY: Repeat rows 31 & 32 once more.  
Row 43: Size XL ONLY: [k1, p1] 8x, k2tog, p1, [k1, p1] to end.   [--,34 sts]
Rows 44-45: 1x1 rib.
Row 46: Purl
Row 47: Knit
Row 48: Purl
Row 49: 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!

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Unknown said...

are the shoe sizes american sizes? I ask because I'm a six in my native uk but an eight or so in the states.

kriskrafter said...

Dear Caitlin,
Yes, all is in American/U.S sizing.

Unknown said...

Kris, I'm making the new lacey front to the dorm boots and have encountered a symbol I don'trecognize and it isn't listed. It is in the 5th row after the sole is finished. It is yf. Now I might think that to my yarn front, but then I can't knit the next stitch as required. Can you tell me what yf means? Thank you, I love the boots and plan on making several pairs. Sharon Branson

kriskrafter said...

HI Sharon,
Yes, you do bring your yarn to the front, as the next stitch is a knit stitch this becomes a yo. (yarn over)
thus you take your yarn to the front then up and over the needle to make your knit stitch.

mariasilva said...


Anonymous said...

Hello Sharon,

thanks for this pattern, it has been very fun to knit so far! I have gotten stuck on Row 7 of the foot, though, because I don't understand what you mean by "turn" (at the end of the row). I have searched youtube, but all I get is that turn that one always does when starting a new row (switching hands). What exactly do I need to do at the end of these rows? And how do I NOT turn?
Your help would be much appreciated :-)

kriskrafter said...

When a knitting pattern refers to turn you are "short rowing". When turning you leave some stitches unworked. If you have never short rowed you may want to google it or watch some youtube videos.

Anonymous said...

Right, thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction and replying so quickly :-) It is my first time knitting something for the feet, how exciting to learn something new and useful like this. I'll get right to it!
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

When we purl stitches that we'd usually knit through the back loop, do we purl through the back loop or the front? Thanks!


kriskrafter said...

Dear Annonymous,
The only thing you work thru the back loop are those yo's, nothing else.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much!

Joannecordelia said...

Hi ! Before I knit or crochet I look for the best pattern possible because I have no money and very little yarn. So I look up the yarn, price and choose the best looking pattern possible. I am shocked you don’t charge for the booties I’ve seen, including other patterns too. They fit well, look nice, highly adjustable. You could charge! (Shhh!)

I really appreciate people like you. We do this to save money, not just because we like knitting and crocheting, which luckily I do!

These will be for my grandchildren, boys and girls. All sizes! 😁

Thank you so much for making someone’s day! God bless. 🙏☺️💗

Jodi Russey said...

This has been my go-to pattern for slippers for a couple of years now. I just love them. Thanks!