“Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.” – Anonymous
While you may not be on the lookout for the perfect pair of riding boots, kitten heels, or running shoes, there’s always room for one more pair of slippers, especially if you can make them yourself. The best thing about crocheting your own shoes is that you can tailor patterns to your exact size and always, like Cinderella, have a perfect fit!
Crochet slipper patterns are often easy and a good way for a beginner to start learning how to alter patterns. They also take little yarn to complete and can be made in an afternoon. You can also spruce them up with bits of lace, buttons, straps, ribbon, or variegated yarn. You can make these slippers exactly the way you please and show them off to family and friends, who might request their own pair.
One of the easiest crochet patterns (to follow or alter) is Zoomy Yummy’s Crochet Slipper Pattern. It’s the pattern I started with and have kept over the years because it’s so easy and so much fun to dress up. You’ll only need to know basic crochet stitches (chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet), and there are photos for each step to walk you through the process.
The end result are a pair of soft, comfy slippers that will keep your feet cozy for ages. You’ll want to make sure that you use yarn that won’t stretch (or that will shrink back to original size when washed), or else you’ll be making yourself a new pair when the other ones get too big from so much use.
I don’t know that these slippers will change your life dramatically, but they definitely changed my mind about going out and buying a new pair of slippers when I had the know-how to make my own. It’s a good feeling to be able to make something for yourself and have it turn out well. And if you ever get tired of them, you can always change up the way they look with a few embellishments. (Or you can crochet yourself another pair…they’re easy to store too!)
Of course, if you want to further explore the world of crochet slippers, there are plenty of options available on the web. Sugar Bee Crafts has compiled a ten-pattern roundup of free crochet patterns, including Zoomy Yummy’s Slipper pattern and others like Slipper Moccasins and Mary Janes. There are also several free crochet slipper patterns available on sites like Ravelry and Pinterest. Once you get started on these, though, they can be a little addicting. They’re great projects to take on the go as they’re small enough to slip into a purse, and they work up so quickly it’s tempting to start a new pair right away!
To begin, however, I highly recommend Zoomy Yummy’s Crochet Slipper Pattern as a starter, as it is the best and easiest crochet slipper pattern I’ve found. You might also want to check out the ten free crochet slipper patterns on Sugar Bee Craft’s roundup post.