When I started to learn how to crochet, about 8 years ago or so, I wanted to make certain things. After tackling basic scarves and hats, I really wanted to make slippers but I just could never get the hang of the patterns for them since I was still a very, very basic crocheter.
Since I started crocheting more this year, I wanted to use up more of my current stash (which still doesn’t stop me from buying more yarn, by the way) and one type of yarn I have loads of is bulky, or #5. I looked up various bulky crochet patterns on Pinterest and found this pattern by Kristi Simpson and decided to give them a go. And let me tell you, this pattern is super easy and super fast! I crocheted off and on all afternoon and made myself two pairs.
I followed the pattern for my first pair, made with Loops & Threads Charisma Big! in Mulberry Bush and an H hook and while they were nice, I didn’t quite like the fit in the toes so I altered the pattern a bit for the first 14 rows:
- The pattern originally starts with chaining two, but I made a magic circle instead.
- First, you are to crochet 10 double crochets, then slip stitch together, and then increasing with two double crochets in each stitch to total 20 stitches by the end of the second round. After this, here is what I did (making sure not to start my double crochets in the slip stitch:
- Round 3: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. (20 sts)
- Round 4: Ch 2, dc in the next 10 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 9 stitches, and ss to join. (21 sts)
- Round 5: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (21 sts)
- Round 6: Ch 2, dc in the next 10 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 10 stitches, and ss to join. (22 sts)
- Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (22 sts)
- Round 8: Ch 2, dc in the next 11 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 10 stitches, and ss to join. (23 sts)
- Round 9: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (23 sts)
- Round 10: Ch 2, dc in the next 9 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 5 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 7 stitches. Ss to join. (25 sts)
- Round 11: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (25 sts)
And after that I followed Kristi’s pattern until the finishing. She does a shell stitch around and I decided to alternate FPDC and BPDC two times around to make a ribbed finish. The second pair I made used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal in Buttercup and Burnt Orange, also with an H hook.
The way I did my second set of slippers, the yellow and orange ones, made a really nice, fitted slipper, whereas the original pattern is a little more loose in the toe section. I prefer fitted.
If you’ve been crocheting for a while and want to try your hand at making some slippers, I highly recommend Kristi’s pattern (with or without my changes). It can easily be altered for smaller or bigger feet (these fit my feet which are a size 9). It’s so simple and so clever and well worth figuring out. I think they would make great Christmas gifts!
Be sure to follow THIS LINK to get Kristi’s pattern, which also includes a very helpful video.
Are you a crocheter? Is there something that you have always wanted to make but the patterns always seem to boggle your mind?