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Knifty Knitter Slipper Pattern

I love Knifty Knitter looms by Provo Craft because I used to love corking as a child. I used to sit for hours corking my mom’s leftover yarn into a long, multicoloured tube. The thing is, what do you do with a 20’-long, 1”-wide tube of yarn once you’ve made it? The only idea I ever had was to twirl it on itself and make something like a rag rug.

Knifty Knitter is basically corking on a larger scale, but what a difference scale makes! You can Google “Knifty Knitter Pattern” and get hundreds of results. Provo Craft, of course, provides some patterns (bottom of page) to get you started with their product.

As I have previously mentioned, I’m a big fan of this slipper pattern. However, these pompom-decorated slippers were a bit too frou-frou for me, so I modified the pattern to suit my tastes.

Simple Slippers

Circular Knifty Knitter loom
Yarn needle
Optional: Puff paint (like the kind used on T-shirts)

Note: Loom Sizes
blue loom = child’s slipper
red loom = ladies’ shoe size 8 or 9 slipper
green loom = men’s shoe size 8 or 9 slipper
yellow loom = men’s shoe size 12 or 13 slipper


Depending on the wool you’re using, you will need to use one to four strands of yarn. Thick craft yarns may require only one strand; medium-thickness yarns such as Red Heart "Light and Lofty" may require two; Bernat Handicrafter Cotton may require three; thin yarns such as those intended for baby garment may require four. We recommend the choice of a hard-wearing acrylic or cotton yarn because the bottom of slippers always gets a lot of wear.

The following instructions are for using the red loom. Additional information for using other sized looms follows at the end of the instructions.

1. Cast onto 30 of the pegs.

2. Knit a flat piece by reversing directions at peg 30 and peg 1, depending on which direction you are going.

3. Knit a total of 15 rows. This will be your cuff (you are knitting from heel to toe).

4. On the next row, decrease 6 stitches.

5. On the next row, decrease another 6 stitches.

6. Continue knitting on the remaining 18 pegs for 18 more rows.

7. Cut wool leaving at least 6” hanging. Thread the hanging wool through the stitches on the pegs, remove the stitches from the pegs, and then pull the wool tight and tie off. This will create your toe.

8. Turn inside out, fold in half and sew up the heel.

9. Sew the top of the slipper together until it reaches the cuff.

10. Fold the cuff toward the inside of the slipper and sew it down.

11. Turn the slipper inside right again.

12. Repeat steps 1 through 11 to create the second slipper.

13. Optional: Dab dots of puff paint onto the bottom of the completed slippers. This will help prevent them from being slippery on tile and hardwood floors.

To make slippers on the blue, green, or yellow looms, the changes are as follows:

- blue loom: cast onto all pegs; knit only 10 rows for the cuff; decrease only five stitches each in #4 and #5; in #6 continue knitting on the 14 remaining pegs for 14 more rows

- green loom: cast onto all pegs; in #6 continue knitting on the 24 remaining pegs for 24 more rows

- yellow loom: cast onto all pegs; in #6 continue knitting on the remaining 29 pegs for 29 rows

If you require further clarification with regards to this pattern, please let me know.

Also, I’m willing to whip up some of these on commission should anyone have a request. Prices would depend on materials (i.e. hand-spun alpaca wool would naturally be more expensive than Wal-Mart brand acrylic yarn) and size (bigger foot = more materials & time = greater cost). Contact me for a quote by leaving a comment on this entry, starting a conversation through Etsy, or emailing me at own_two_hands at hotmail dot com.