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Magic Rectangle Crochet Slippers – Fast + Free Pattern

An adult woman wearing an easy pair of crochet slippers made from rectangles. Each slipper has a leather sole.

These super fast crochet slippers are made from two simple rectangles, making this project perfect so giftable and beginner friendly! View the free pattern and video tutorial below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with bonus sole templates on LoveCrafts or on Etsy.

A line of crochet slippers made from simple rectangles. The slippers are for children and adults and each includes a leather sole.
This rectangle crochet slippers pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

Are you ready to have have some serious fun with your hook and one skein of yarn? These fast crochet slippers are an interesting experiment in geometry and could not be easier to make.

Follow the pattern as written using the suggested chunky yarn, or burn through any yarn in your stash by following the alternate instructions. In less than an hour or two, you can be wearing your perfectly customized-to-you pair of cozy slips.

Read on for all the pattern and inspiration details or scroll down further for the free slipper pattern.

The Easiest Crochet Slippers. Ever.

I’ve been on sort of a slipper quest over the years of designing crochet patterns. I’ve made sweater boots with flip flop soles, rustic slippers worked in the round, chunky slipper socks and unisex loafer-style slippers.

But, let me tell you. I think I may have found my forever crochet slipper pattern.

These slippers are so easy. Like on par with the 1.5 Hour Beanie. That easy. If you’ve somehow stumbled across this pattern and never crocheted before, I think you could make these slippers. If you’ve been crocheting forever and need a project you can whip up for your entire family this Christmas, this slipper pattern is going to be your secret weapon.

Woman's foot on a crochet rectangle as she creates simple crochet slippers.

How to Crochet Rectangle Slippers Video Tutorial

One peek at the brief video tutorial below and you’ll see that these slippers are truly nothing more than a crochet rectangle that’s transformed into a cozy little foot vessel. I hope this visual demonstration shows you exactly how simple these slippers are to crochet.

(Tip: If you aren’t able to view the video below, you’ll need to disable any ad blockers you have running for the player to work.)

Can I Substitute Yarn?

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick tends to be my go-to yarn for crochet slippers because it’s speedy to work with and helps projects come together with cozy comfort. The thing is though, you can really crochet these rectangle slippers with ANY yarn you have in your stash.

The pattern below is written with a category 6 yarn like Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in mind, but you can also follow the dimensions in the size table to crochet rectangles with any yarn. If you’ve got a lot of half-skeins of lighter weight yarn laying around, try holding 2-3 strands together to crochet a fabric that’ll be durable and warm.

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A child wearing a pair of crochet slippers made with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick.

Can I Use a Different Stitch?

In addition, you can follow the rectangle slipper size guidelines in the free pattern below to crochet swatches using any stitch. See a stitch you’d like to take for a test drive before committing to a larger project? Simply follow the rectangle dimensions listed in the pattern below to crochet a couple of swatches using whatever stitch you’d like and you’ll have your own unique pair of rectangle slippers.

Need stitch inspiration? Check Out 30+ Beautiful Crochet Stitch Tutorials

Upgrade Your Slippers With Leather Soles

I’m a big fan of adding leather soles to my crochet slippers (or just crocheting directly on a flip flop sole!), so once I had a few pairs of these rectangle slippers crocheted, I knew they were going to get some fancy suede treatment.

I found a large piece of suede at Michaels that was perfect adding the non-slip, beautifully textured pizazz I was looking for. Since the piece of suede is a little spendy, def use your 40% off coupon on it. I’ve gotten five slippers’ worth of soles cut from it so far and estimate I have enough leather left for about three more pairs. Pretty cost effective upgrade if you ask me!

Another option for soles is give an old leather jacket or purse new life. You can see in the Saturday Slippers pattern how I used a vintage leather jacket to make those slippers slip-proof.

Grab the PDF to Get a Sole Template in 13 Sizes

Because I know many of us analog folks like to crochet from the comfort of our couches, I always offer a low-cost printable version of all of my free patterns. The PDF is beautifully formatted with large type and all the step-by-step tutorial images.

After a lot of experimenting with cutting my own slipper soles, I also decided to design a sole template and add it to the PDF. This handy little bonus includes 13 sizes of slipper soles to cover little toddlers through adult men. It should save you a good amount of trial and error if like me, you just like to cut to the chase when it comes to finishing your projects! Purchase the ad-free PDF with templates on Etsy here or on Love Crafts here.

Banner showing the printable crochet slipper pattern download for the Magic Rectangle Slippers.

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Magic Rectangle Slippers
Free Crochet Pattern

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with sole template on LoveCrafts here or on Etsy here.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry here.

Pin this pattern for later here.

Explanation:
Get ready to have your crochet mind blown. These speedy slippers are made from two simple crochet rectangles (that’s seriously it!), making this project perfect for beginners or anyone who needs a quick gift. 

Follow the pattern as written using the suggested chunky yarn, or burn through any yarn in your stash by following the alternate instructions. In less than an hour or two, you can be wearing your perfectly customized-to-you pair of cozy slips.

Print it! click to purchase the printable PDF with sole templates

Supplies:
A: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Weight: 6/super bulky –  106 yds, 6 oz)

Colors pictured:
Butterscotch [#640-189]
Succulent (#640-116]
Oatmeal {#640-123]
Cilantro [#640-178]
Clay [#641-102] (available as Bonus Bundle only)

• Tapestry needle
Size L (8.00 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers or safety pins

Optional Supplies:
Leather punch
Leather or suede for soles
• Small amount of worsted weight yarn in color to match soles
Monofilament (fishing line) 
Printable sole template in ad-free PDF (or design your own!)

Supplies needed to crochet fast rectangle slippers: Wool Ease Thick & Quick, leather from Michaels, a leather punch and a leather sole template.

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Permissions + Copyright:
Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, please link back this post. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos.

Gauge:
9 sts x 5.5 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
hdcblo – half double crochet through the back loop only
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)

Sizes:

Shoe SizeRectangle Width: inchesRectangle width:# of chains*Rectangle length: inches**Approx yarn needed per pair: grams*
Toddler/Little Kid6-96.5154.75-680
10-136.75166.5-7.5105
Big Kid1-37.25177.75-8.5120
4-67.5188.75-9.5135
Adult Women’s4-6.58.5218-9145
7-9.59229.25-10155
10-12.59.52310.25-11170
Adult Men’s6-8.59229.25-10155
9-11.59.52310.25-11170
12-14102411.25-12190

* Assumes using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or similar and that pattern gauge is met.

** Length is approximate and will vary slightly depending on the height of each row. When in doubt, err longer to create a comfortable toe. If possible, simply measure actual foot length and work rectangle to that measurement as described below.

Tips For Customizing the Pattern:
• This pattern is extremely easy to customize for any yarn weight or stitch you prefer. So long as your rectangle measures the appropriate dimensions listed above, the technique will work the same. Use this pattern as an opportunity to practice different stitch swatches that you can then transform into something functional. 

• Regardless of stitch or yarn used, use a smaller hook or work stitches slightly tighter than you typically would. This will ensure your slippers are extra cozy. 

• Because of the nature of a rectangle, your slippers will have a bit of extra fabric in the toe. If this is uncomfortable, try working one extra rectangle row to give your toes some extra space.

• The pattern is quite forgiving overall, even if you don’t hit the exact dimensions listed for your size in the chart above. Have fun and experiment with the tension and accessories that suit you.

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Tutorial showing how to create crochet rectangle slippers by working the half double crochet stitch through the back loop only.

MAIN RECTANGLE

Notes: 
• Ch 1 does not count as a hdc throughout. 

• Pattern is written assuming you’re using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or similar category 6 yarn. If your yarn weight differs, so will the number of foundation chains you need. 

• See photo above or video tutorial in blog post above for visual instructions.

Foundation Chain: Leaving a long tail on your initial slip knot for seaming later, chain the number of stitches listed in the chart above for the size you’re making. 

Row 1: Sk first ch, hdc through the back bump of each chain; turn.

  • The “back bump” is on the underside and looks like a spine running down the chain.
  • The number of stitches you have now will be one fewer than the number of chains you started with. Each row from here on should contain this number of stitches.

Row 2: Ch 1, hdcblo through the first st and each st to end of row; turn.

  • “Hdcblo” means you are inserting your hook under the loop that is furthest away from you as you work each stitch. 

Row 3: Ch 1, hdcblo through the first st and each st to end of row; turn.

  • Continue to half double crochet under each loop that is furthest away from you even when you turn your work and begin a new row.

!! GAUGE CHECK !!

Take a quick minute to measure the width of your rectangle and make sure it’s on track to meet the dimensions listed in the table above. If your rectangle is significantly narrower than expected, increase your hook size and try again. If your rectangle significantly wider than expected, reduce your hook size or deliberately work your stitches tighter and try again.

Tutorial showing a rectangle in progress crocheted in the half double crochet through the back loop only.

Row 4 and Beyond: Repeat Row 3 until piece measures the length of your foot. Fasten off leaving a long tail for seaming.

  • See table above for length recommendations per size. 
  • Yarn will stretch slightly over time, so resist the urge to extend your rectangle much beyond the length of your foot.
  • Fasten off leaving a long tail for seaming.

Make a Second Rectangle: Repeat the same steps to make a second identical rectangle. Line rectangles up next to each other and count the visible “bumps” of ribbing to ensure both rectangles have the same number of rows.

Tutorial showing how to make a pair of slippers from a crochet rectangle.

TRANSFORMING RECTANGLES INTO SLIPPERS

Notes:
• While finished slippers should be a mirror image of each other, rectangles should be oriented identically to begin the seaming process. (See photo above.)

Toe – Right Slipper

1. Lay rectangle with one tail at top right corner. Divide total number of stitches by 3. Place marker to divide total stitches into a section of ⅓ and ⅔. (See photo above.) If stitch count doesn’t cleanly divide by three, place the extra stitch in the shorter section. 

2. Using existing tail and tapestry needle, whip stitch in each stitch to marker. Carefully cinch stitches to close toe. It’s okay if there is a small opening.

3. Fold remaining ⅓ of rectangle over closed toe. Continuing with same yarn tail and needle, whip stitch across toe.

4. Whip stitch stitch up side of rectangle until slightly less than ½ of edge is seamed down. This can be a good time to try on slipper as you go to achieve desired snugness. While stitching along side, take care to visually line up rows of ribbing. Fasten off and weave in tail.

Tutorial showing how to make a pair of slippers from a crochet rectangle.

Toe – Left Slipper

1. Lay rectangle with tail in top right corner as with right slipper. Use a tapestry needle to weave in this tail as it won’t be used. 

Counting from the opposite edge you did with the right slipper, place marker to divide rectangle into two sections. (Left slipper marker placement should be a mirror image of right slipper marker placement.)

Attach a new strand of yarn with your tapestry needle in the top left corner. This will serve as your seaming yarn. 

Repeat steps 2 through 4 as outlined above. 

Heel – Both Slippers

Using existing yarn tail and tapestry needle, zig zag stitch from top of heel to bottom. (See photo below.) Fasten off and weave in tail.

Tutorial showing how to crochet ribbed slippers made from rectangles only.

FINISHING TOUCHES

If you’d like to add some non-slip protection to your rectangle slippers, leather soles can work really well. Cut a right and left leather sole in whatever shape you’d like. The printable PDF of this pattern includes a template in 13 sizes to create soles like the ones pictured in the samples. Purchase the ad-free PDF with templates on Etsy here or on Love Crafts here.

tutorial showing how to add a leather sole to crochet or knit slippers.

The following instructions assume you’re using a two-piece leather sole like the samples.

Use leather punch to punch holes around toe soles approximately ¼” from edge of leather.

Repeat punching process on heel soles taking care to only punch the first 2” of the heel strip.

Use stitch markers to pin soles in place on slippers. Finish punching heel strip once it’s clear how far up holes need to be placed. 

With a tapestry needle and yarn that matches sole color, whip stitch soles to slippers. For extended durability, try sewing soles on with yarn and a strand of monofilament (fishing line).

Put on your new slips and do a happy dance because you just crocheted your own cozy footwear from a couple of unassuming rectangles! 

I love to see your finished projects! Use #RectangleSlippers and #MakeAndDoCrew and tag me Instagram (@MakeAndDoCrew) to show off your stitches and have a
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More Free Crochet Slipper Patterns

We’ve got lots more free crochet patterns where this came from. From crochet on flip flops, to more fast crochet slippers with leather soles, we’ve got you (and your feet!) covered. Click here to see all our free crochet footwear patterns.

A grid of free crochet slipper patterns, some with flip flop soles, some with leather soles, all designed by Make & Do Crew.

1 Comment

  • Sheryl
    September 16, 2020 at 9:39 am

    These are fantastic and even better with the leather sole!

    Reply

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