torridToes Slipper Boots – Free Knitting Pattern

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Well this is it – The last of the 14 free patterns. Before I get on to the pattern I just want to say that I am so happy I decided to start this little blog. The fabulous feedback I’ve been receiving has continually left me feeling surprised and humbled. This was my first experience in creating patterns for distribution and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The emails & comments have given me the push to carry on with my design adventures. I am so excited to get started on more projects (designs as well as other fun stuff).

I had some requests on facebook for a pair of ankle-covering slippers. I have been freezing lately so I figured that would be a perfect way to close this free pattern series. These are worked flat with short rows shaping the top of the foot. When finished they are seamed down the back using the mattress stitch. I have been referring to these as slipper boots because they are designed big enough to pull on over socks. They are super warm! I haven’t taken mine off since I completed them.

Hope you all have enjoyed these free patterns. Keep checking back for more patterns & other awesomness from j.erin Knits! :D


Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (shown in Cranberry), 2 skeins -  I used just barely more than one skein, with less rows on the leg you might be able to get away with 1 skein.
Needle: US Size 11 straight, or circular (worked back & forth)
Gauge: 3st & 3.5 rows in Garter Stitch
Materials: tapestry needle

Size: Average Women’s

Sl1: slip one stitch purl-wise
p2tog: purl the next 2 stitches together

<the following twists are easily done without a cable needle by using this method>
C1B: slip st to cable needle & hold in back of work,
k off left needle, k st off cable needle.
C1F: slip st to cable needle & hold in front of work,
k st off left needle, k  off cable needle.

Make 2 ;)
Cast on 50 sts

Row 1: k to end
Row 2-13: Slip 1 st knitwise, knit to end (12 rows)


Row 14: Sl1, p28, p2tog, turn work
Row 15: sl1, k1, C1B, C1F, k1, ssk, turn
Row 16: sl1, p6, p2tog (one stitch from each side of gap), turn
Row 17: sl1, 3 – C1F, ssk, turn
Row 18: sl1, p6, p2tog (one stitch from each side of gap), turn
Row 19: sl1, k1, 2 – C1B, k1, ssk, turn

Continue working rows 16-19 until there are 24 sts remaining on needles. Do not turn work at the end of last row, instead M1 and then turn.
Ending Short Rows: p9, M1, p to 1 sts remaining, k1


Row 1: sl1, [k1, p1] 4 times, k1, 3 – C1F, k1, [p1, k1] 4 times, k1
Row 2: sl1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p8, [k1, p1] 4 times, k1
Row 3: sl1, [k1, p1] 4 times, k2, 2 – C1B, k2, [p1, k1] 4 times, k1
Row 4: Repeat Row 3

Repeat LEG rows 1-4 until leg measures 3 inches, or until desired length


Row 1: sl1, *kfb, k2* to 1 st from end, k1
Row 2: sl1, p to last st, k1
Row 3: sl1, k to end

Repeat cuff rows 2-3.

Loosely bind off, leaving a very long tail. You will then use this tail & the tapestry needle to seam down the back of the leg and across the bottom of the sole using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Sue says:

    These are lovely. I can’t wait to make them. Is the C2F and C2B cable 2 front and back? Slip two on cable needle, hold in front, then knit two from left needle and then two from cable needle etc. for back also? Couldn’t tell in the pic. that it looked like a traditional cable. Please email me with the answer.

    • jenny says:

      Hi Sue!
      I knew there was something I was forgetting. Thanks for your comment. I changed the cables to C1F & C1B and added the instructions for working these stitches above. Hope that helps!


  2. Sandy says:

    Jenny..any chance you “might” write this pattern for a lighter weight yarn? Plzzz! Size 11′s feel like I’m knitting with tree limbs… and I’d love to make some of these slippers. It’s freezing here in Texas too!!!


  3. claudia says:

    great pattern, thank you! I wanted to check on a few rows I’m struggling with. :)
    Row 17 – “sl1, 3 – C1F” does “3″ mean knit 3?
    Row 18, sl1 p6 – possibly should it be p5 instead of 6? If I p 6 it gets me to 1 stitch past the gap so wanted to check if the number of p should be 5
    Row 17 – sl1, k1, 2 – does “2″ mean knit 2?
    Thank you for your help and time! Claudia

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Claudia –
      Row 17 – “sl1, 3 – C1F” I think I wrote this a little weird. It should be 3 C1F cables.
      Row 18, sl1 p6 I believe that this row is written correctly. You should have 8 sts between the gaps.
      Row 19 – sl1, k1, 2 – CIB This line has the same problem as 17, it should be 2 CIB cables.

      I’m glad you like the pattern and I hope this clears up the confusion.

      – jenny

  4. elly says:

    Hi – Your patterns are exquisite! Wish I had some of your creative talent. Wondering whether you have, or will create, a pattern for a toddler’s fireman’s hat. My 2-1/2 yr old grandson absolutely loves fire trucks and I have one to give him when I visit next month. I’d love to have a hat to go w/it but, as I said above, I simply am not creative. Been considering a rolled rim hat but it sure wouldn’t be the same as a “real” fireman’s hat. Glad to pay for the pattern, if you have one. Pls/thx/elaine

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Elly!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s great to hear that my patterns are being enjoyed. I do not have a firefighter hat pattern. I am intrigued by the idea but I won’t be able to create one before your planned visit. Keep checking back though because as soon as I read your comment I started sketching. ;)


  5. motherbear says:

    I, too, love your patterns! I’m keen to make these in various sizes for people needing emergency hospital care. You say: “Repeat LEG rows 1-4 until leave measures inches”. Presumably ‘leave’ should read ‘leg’, but how much rib was meant? Thanks so much!

  6. Sandy says:

    Any chance you could have your patterns on a light background? This dark blue ground is hard (next to impossible) for my 68 year old eyes to read. Many thanks for sharing your excellent patterns!

    • jenny says:

      Hi Sandy,

      We are working on a pdf downloadable version of all pattern that will be much easier to read. In the meantime, I’m happy to email you the pattern of any of the free ones that you are trying to use. :) You can email me at with the patterns you are interested in.


  7. Pat Hoy says:

    love the slippers. could you explain the pick up and knit two together on either side of gap?

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Pat –

      Can you give me an exact row of the pattern that is giving you trouble? I’m not sure what “picked up” stitches you are talking about. When working the Short Row section there is a reference to purling two stitches together. These two stitches are on either side of the gap between the cabled section of the slipper and the sides. If you have never done short rows before I would recommend doing a search on youtube. There are many great videos out there that would help make this a little clearer.


  8. christine couch says:

    Sorry, have asked a few people – is the wool chunky knit, super chunky, hope you can help.


  9. Cindy Floyd says:

    How can I print this pattern?

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Cindy,

      We used to have a “print this” link on all patterns. It looks like we lost those links when we moved the website. I will be looking into fixing it over the next couple days.
      Sorry for the inconvenience!