Zippy Little Slippers

Some cute little slippers! So fast.

The cables don’t show up terribly well in the dark, heathered yarn…these are the little slippers that I made for Max to match mine. Since that basically meant redoing the entire design, I thought I’d share the directions. (Slippers are shown on an almost-four-year-old with 6-inch feet.)


  • Far less than one skein Lion Brand Thick & Quick
  • Pair of size 11/8mm knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Dimensions: about 7″ long and 5″ around

Gauge: 2 sts and 3 rows = 1″ in stockinette

(Make 2.) CO 14.

Row 1: P1, k2, p1, k6, p1, k2, p1.

Row 2 and all WS rows: K1, p2, k1, p6, k1, p2, k1.

Row 3: P1, right twist (skip 1st st, knit into the front of second st, knit skipped st, and slide both sts off needle), p1, k6, p1, left twist (skip 1st st, knit into the back of second st, knit skipped st through the back loop, and slide both sts off needle), p1.

Row 5: rep Row 1.

Repeat rows 1-6 once more (for 2 repeats and a total of twelve rows).

Row 13: rep row 3.

Row 15: rep row 1.

Row 17: rep row 3.

Row 19: k2tog across. Cut yarn, leaving about 12 inches. Weave end through remaining 7 sts and pull tight.

To finish, fold cast-on row in half and sew closed (this is the heel), then sew up 2 to 2.5 inches of the edges at the toe end. Weave in all ends.

To reiterate, the pattern for the slippers that inspired these is here.


  1. Dad says:

    Hi – It’s Mom – I appreciated seeing your list. I remember even as young as when I was in Japan the missing of current shows, and being able read and understand the world around me. But what are the ten things you love about being in Japan? Is it what you hoped for – adventure and excitement? Love Mom.

  2. Jennifer Crosby says:

    How would I change this pattern to accommodate my boys’ feet which are 19cm or 7.5″. My boys are 7 and wear a size 2 shoe I think. They have to take their shoes off at school so this would be great to keep their feet warm this winter. Thanks!

  3. Denna Weber says:

    Hi there, Melissa. I’m intrigued by your variety of interests, along with simply being courageous enough to pursue them with your built-in basketball team gathered round home-schooling. I’m a former teacher, but I’m not sure our acronymns match. OUt of curiousity What’s LDS?

    I’ve collected quite a bit of yarn (unfortunately, not really enough of like types to do big projects) but I’m adding to them. Not an expert crocheter, I’m learning more as I tend to be more sedentery with a horrible spine. What free patterns do you have regarding ladies vests, boys sweaters and vests, and oomphy blankets for teens’ beds? One more request: Any dources for decent yarns of any fiber content that people want to give away, or sell very reasonably? It’s hard when one has limited personal resources…and in a small rural community at that! I would promise to donate some handmade items to those in need in return for someone’s kindness in that regard Thanks! Denna Weber

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Denna! LDS stands for Latter-Day Saint. A lot of people recognize us by the term ‘Mormon.’

      I haven’t made many sweaters, vests, or afghans, but I always recommend Knitting Pattern Central for free patterns. It’s one of the biggest directories of free knitting patterns on the internet. As far as a source of good, inexpensive yarn goes, I think we’d all like to find that!

  4. Amy Rich says:

    Wow!!! I just stumbled upon your it’s Unreal,how talanted you are. You are an amazing woman.congratulations on your baby girl

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