My mother found herself this year fighting a nasty foot infection that has left her with a foot and ankle wrapped like a mummy in gauze. This has been fine for the summer, but now the weather is getting colder and that gauze wrapping can’t keep the chill out. She can’t wear shoes or regular slippers due to the bulkiness of the wrappings. And even if she could find a single slipper in the store that fit, she would have to buy it in a pair since no one sold single slippers. So, I decided to crochet a slipper that would crochet a single slipper for her that was roomy enough for wrappings and that would keep the chill off her foot.
She has traveled around town with that slipper on and people have commented on it. A number of people with foot/ leg cast have asked where she got the slipper. Even her foot doctor said the slipper was a great idea. My mother has enjoyed the attention she’s been getting and the ability to go out without worrying about her foot getting cold. In fact she has enjoyed it so much that she has put in a request for several more, including a green and red one for the holidays.
The cool days of Fall and soon the much colder days of Winter will be upon us. If you know someone in a cast, a wrapping or who has any kind of foot problem, why not crochet a few of these slippers for them. You could even knit a pair for yourself.
Note- this is a very simple slipper pattern that can easily be adjusted and embellished to suit your needs.
Crocheted Single Slipper
Size: 11” / 28 cm long and 11” / 28 cm wide. (Note: when making this for someone in a cast, add 1 to 1 ½” to their normal foot length.)
Yarn: Bernat Satin Worsted weight 100% Acrylic, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 163 yds / 149 m, in color Camel
Hook: J / 10 – 6.00 mm
Pattern Note: Two strands of yarn are held together throughout the pattern.
Chain 37 or whatever length is desired plus 3.
Row 1: Skip 3 chains and double crochet in the 4th chain and each chain across to the end. Turn.
Row 2: Chain 3, (this will count as your first stitch), double crochet in the top of the double crochet space. Do this all the way across. Make sure to do a double crochet at the top of the skip 3 chain. Turn, chain 3. (A total of 34 stitches including the chain 3.)
Row 3: Double crochet in the next double crochet space and across all stitches. Do a final double crochet in top of the chain 3 stitch from the previous row. Chain 3.
Repeat row 3 until the slipper measures 11″ or until the width is equal to the length. You now have what is essentially a large square.
Cut yarn leaving long tail for stitching.
Fold the square in half and using only one strand of yarn, stitch the back of the slipper and the top of the slipper, leaving a large enough hole at the top to get a foot through. Next, weave in and out of the edge of the toe. Pull both ends of the thread to gather the toe and close the hole. Tie the ends into a tight knot. Weave in all ends.
Optional- you may choose to braid a long cord that can be woven around the foot opening. This would allow the person to be able to tighten the slipper around the ankle area for a snug fit.