Knit Slippers Pattern -from reader

I knit these slippers a long time ago and lost the free pattern I got from Lewiscraft here in Toronto. I tried looking far and wide for the pattern online and this kind reader posed the entire pattern in the comments section of my initial post. In order to read this clearly however, I’ve re posted it in its entirety below.

Here are the readers comments in full with the pattern below. The pattern is the exact one I used for the slippers above. I used the “Cuff” version.

To all knitters, this is the pattern of the Speedy slippers,the photo would not go up with the pattern but then it is a very old yellowish photo,I hope everyone can enjoy this tried and true old pattern I have had for decades and use all the time.

Patons Speedy Slippers
In Craft Yarn and Canadiana


The instructions for these slippers are given in 3 sizes to fit men, ladies and children. Of special interest is the comfortably fitted heel. The designs as shown have been knitted with Beehive Craft Yarn, Canadian Superwash Wool or Canadiana Sayelle. For accurate knitting from these instructions, be sure to use your choice of the specified yarns. Quantities of (50 g) balls and needles required for each of these yarns are given below. (these instructions were on the leaflet that I used to knit the slippers and it talks about the slippers in the photo on the leaflet)

Quantities Required: Men Ladies Childrens
Beehive Craft Yarn 4 balls 4 balls 3 balls
And 4 mm (No 8) needles

Canadiana Superwash Wool 4 balls 3 balls 3 balls
Canadiana Sayelle and
4 ½ mm (No7) needles

The fringed slippers as shown at top of picture have been designed for Canadiana only and in ladies’ sizes. They require 3 balls of each of the 2 colors.

The instructions are written for men’s size. Any changes necessary for ladies’ (L) and children’s (C) are written in brackets thus: –( )

Note: Craft yarn is used single just as it comes from the ball. Canadiana is used double.

With craft yarn single and 4mm (No 8) needles or Canadiana double and 4 ½ mm (No7) needles and beginning at back of heel cast on 2 sts.

1st row: Knit
2nd row: Inc 1 st in 1st st. K1

**3rd and 4th rows: Knit
5th row: Inc 1 st in 1st st. Knit to end of row**
Repeat from ** to ** to 8 stitches on the needle, noting that, as there are two rows even between increase rows, the increased sts will alternate from one side to the other of the triangle thus formed.
Continue repeating from ** to ** to 14 stitches on needle (L 12) (C 10)

Next row: Cast on 13 sts (L-11 sts), (C-9 sts) for side of slipper. Knit these side sts. P1, knit to last st. P1. Cast on 13 sts., (L-11 sts) (C- 9 sts) for other side. 40 sts on needle (L-34 sts) (C- 28 sts)

1st row: Knit
2nd row: Knit 13 (L- K 11) (C-K 9) P1, K 12, (L-K 10) (C-K 8). P1. Knit 13 (L-K 11) (C-K 9). Repeat the 2 rows about 20 times (L-17 times) (C-14 times) more or until work will stretch from back of heel forward on foot to joint of big toe, ending with the 2nd row.

Next row: Knit 2 (P1, K1) 6 times, (L-5 times), (C-4 times), K13 (L-K 11) (C-K 9). (P1, K1) 6 times, (L-5 times), (C-4 times). K1

Next Row: (K1, P1) 7 times, (L-6 times) (C-5 times), K 12, (L-K10), (C-K 8). K 12 (L-K 10), (C-K 8). (P1,K1) 7 times, (L-6 times), (C-5 times)
Repeat these 2 rows 9 times, (L-7 times) (C-5 times).

Next row: *K2 tog. Repeat from * to end of row. Purl 1 row.

Next row: *K 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of row. Break yarn. Thread end through remaining stitches. Draw up and fasten securely. Sew the edges together to make toe of slipper for length of ribbing of desired amount. Sew side edges of back triangle to cast-on sts of sides.


Pompom: Wind Craft Yarn single or Canadiana double over 4 fingers about 35 times. Remove fingers. Tie tightly in center. Cut through each side of loops thus formed. Trim to smooth round shape. Sew to slippers as illustrated.

Lace Up Front: With Craft Yarn single or Canadiana double, crochet a chain about 26 to 36 ins (66 to 91 cm) long. Depending on size of slippers. Darn in ends. Lace up front as illustrated.
Ankle ties: With Craft Yarn single or Canadiana double crochet a chain about 20 to 30 ins (51 to 76 cm) long, depending on size of slipper. Darn in ends. Sew center of chain to center back of slipper.

Bow: With Craft Yarn single or Canadiana double, cast on 15 stitches and kint 7 rows garter st. (plain knitting every row). Cast off loosely. Darn in end. Wind yarn twice around center tightly. Sew to slipper as illustrated.

Cuffs: Suitable for Canadiana only With wrong side of wor4k facing, single yarn and working along the side of slipperpick up and knit about 32 sts. (L-28 sts) (C-24 sts) by picking up and knitting sts for every four rows (2 ridges)
Work 9 rows (L-8 rows), (C-7 rows) in (K1, P1) ribbing. Cast off looselyin ribbing. Work ribbed border of other side to correspond. Sew edges together turn cuff over and tack down at front and back.

Fringed Slippers: Cut lengths of each color 8 in (20 cm) long. Take one strand of each color double them and with crochet hook draw a loop through a stitch at ankle edge of slipper. Pass ends through loop and knot firmly. Repeat this knotting through alternate sts and rows and on side toe for 5 rows or until slipper is covered as illustrated.

9 Responses to “Knit Slippers Pattern -from reader”

  1. Comment by Yvonne — March 13, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    Thanks for this great pattern! I have been hunting all over the web for hours for a pattern like this. Thanks again

  2. Comment by 21st Century Girl — March 15, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    Happy to help! The thanks goes to a reader named Lorraine who had the original pattern that I had lost. These are one of the nicest and simplest knit slipper patterns I have seen. I take a pare in my purse when I go to friends in the winter and they are perfect. Thanks for the comment Yvonne!

  3. Comment by ennadoolf — May 8, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    It was good to find your post! This is the only pattern I used to knit! LOL For years I only knit these slippers and nothing else! I’m going to look for my copy of the pattern and post it on my blog in the next week or so. Come on over and check it out and download a fresh copy for yourself. :)

  4. Comment by Reta Powers — March 10, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Hello, thank you so very much for this pattern.I start my Christmas gifts early in the year so I make a lot of things for the family. I got 2 pair of these slippers done and started on the 3rd pair , got one slipper done and lost the pattern. So I thank you very much for posting this pattern.
    Have a great day
    Reta Powers

  5. Comment by 21st Century Girl — March 10, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Absolutely my pleasure :-) I am happy you could make use of the pattern here.

  6. Comment by Jo-Anne Cooper — December 10, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Thanks soooooo much, I had a copy of the original pattern from a wool shop in Parry Sound, Ont. Was halfway making the slippers and left the pattern in an open bag. My damn cat got into the bag and shreaded the paper!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a life saver, as these are suppose to be an xmas gift. thank you thankyou thankyou.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Comment by 21st Century Girl — December 13, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    You are more than welcome! It is nice to see that some of these posts are still useful to folks. Happy knitting :-)

  8. Comment by bobbi — December 18, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    A friend was asked to knit slippers for someone who had surgery, I have this pattern but when I copied it for her a stain on the pattern blocked out some of it.You are a life saver for posting it, I didn’t have to hand write the pattern for her Thanks

  9. Comment by wisewebwoman — December 25, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I’ve been looking for this for ages, thanks so much.

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