Hand knit socks are a wonderful gift but can also be an intimidating project for beginners! With turning heels and shaping toes, there’s a lot of new techniques to master. But if you just learned to knit or are feeling more like an easy project, I’ve got the answer for you… tube socks!
With a stretchy stitch and the right dimensions, you can knit up some quick slipper socks with only two needles, flat, using just knits and purls! These cozy slipper socks make great stocking stuffers and will easily fit almost everyone.
Hard to believe that these slippers are so beginner friendly? It’s actually a simple rectangle! All the shaping is done with just the natural stretch of the one by one ribbing. The toe is made by threading your yarn through the final stitches and drawing them closed, much like the top of a hat!
Making this pattern even more accessible to beginners is the video tutorial! Check it out here or on my YouTube channel to see exactly how the toe closure, seaming and other techniques in the pattern are knit!
Cozy Slipper Socks Knitting Pattern
As I alluded to above, this pattern is knit flat and seamed. The stitch number you cast on equals width needed to fit around your foot and ankle. The stitch counts in the pattern will fit most average adult women’s sizes (I wear a US women’s 7 for reference). The number of rows you work will determine the length of the socks and, for this pattern, I’ve left enough length for a roll-over cuff.
If you’d like to alter this pattern for additional sizes, there’s a lot of wiggle room because of the stretchy fit. I’ll link to some helpful sock sizing guides and you can adjust your cast on stitch count accordingly.
About 130 yards (115 m) of a bulky weight yarn like Red Heart Hygge
A set of 8mm US 11 knitting needles. You can use straight or circular needles, worked flat.
A tapestry needle for seaming.
Gauge & Sizing
The gauge on the yarn label of a suitable yarn will likely be about 13 sts x 15 rows in 4″ (10cm) of stockinette with 6.5mm needles.
The free pattern below is sized to fit an average small adult shoe size. You can alter the size by adding or subtracting from the initial stitch count. Be sure to use an odd number of stitches.
Your rectangle before seaming should be about 16.5″ (42cm) long and 6″ (15cm) wide.
Slipper Socks: Make 2
Cast on 27 sts
Row 1 (rs): *k1, p1* rep between ** to the last st, k1
Row 2 (ws): *p1, k1* rep between ** to the last st, p1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your piece measures 16.5 inches (42cm). About 60 rows in my gauge.
Cut your yarn with a long tail, thread a tapestry needle. Starting from the last stitch on the back of your knitting needle, thread the tapestry needle through all the live stitches on your needle. Drop all stitches off the knitting needle and pull your yarn to draw the toe closed.
With the yarn you just used to close the toe, seam up the two sides of your work.
I used the mattress stitch.
With the right side facing you, thread your needle through the center of one edge stitch, pick up 1 or 2 ladders behind the stitch and pull your tapestry needle through. Come to the other edge of your work and repeat. Coming back to the other side, insert your tapestry needle into the last edge stitch you came out of before, again pick up 2 ladders and seam.
See video tutorial for a helpful demonstration!
There you have it!
I hope you enjoyed this knit slipper tube socks pattern and have fun working up loads of these to give, gift, or sell this winter! And if you’re also handy with a crochet hook, make sure to check out my post for the matching crochet version here (coming soon).