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Ashvini Tunisian Slippers – Free Crochet Pattern!

Have you tried making slippers using Tunisian crochet? Because of the nature of the craft, the fabric that is built is very dense and is perfect for making slippers!

I started this project as an experiment to try shaping with short rows. It turned into these lovely slippers that I’ve been using to keep my feet warm during chilly spring days!

This pattern uses only Tunisian Simple Stitches and takes advantage of short rows to shape the slippers. This is a fairly quick project and, since it comes in 9 sizes, it is a perfect for making a set for yourself and your little ones!

At the end of the pattern, I talk about how these slippers can be secured on the tiny feet of toddlers so they don’t come off while they walk!

Tunisian crochet slippers in two colors - using short rows and Tunisian Simple Stitches. Picture contains a yarn bowl with left over yarn and a Tunisian Crochet Ginger Hook. It also shows the Stroll Tweed yarn that was used to make these slippers.
Ashvini Tunisian Slippers – Feature photo

Pattern Sizing

The pictured slippers are made for US Woman’s Shoe Size 8. The slippers are meant to be a snug fit. If you need them to be looser / tighter, make sure you read the Adjustments section below.

Yarn requirements are just estimates. If your yarn, hook size, crochet style, or gauge differ, you might need more / less yarn than mentioned below.

Size 
(US Shoe
Size)
To FitTotal foot lengthYarn requirements
0-3Baby3”– 4”  
(7.65 cm – 10 cm)
Per pair: .5 oz / 13 g / 60 yds / 55 m
C1: .4 oz / 11 g / 50 yds / 45 m
C2: .1 oz / 2 g / 10 yds / 8 m 
3-6Baby4”– 5” 
(10 cm – 12.7 cm)
Per pair: .5 oz / 15 g / 70 yds / 63 m
C1: .4 oz / 12 g / 58 yds / 52 m
C2: .1 oz / 2.5 g / 12 yds / 11 m 
7-9Toddler5”– 6” 
(12.7 cm – 15.25 cm)
Per pair: .8 oz / 20 g / 90 yds / 85 m
C1: .6 oz / 16 g / 76 yds / 70 m
C2: .2 oz / 4 g / 14 yds / 15 m 
10-13Child6½”– 7½” 
(16.5 cm – 19 cm)
Per pair: .9 oz / 25 g / 120 yds / 110 m
C1: .7 oz / 20 g / 98 yds / 90 m
C2: .2 oz / 5 g / 22 yds / 20 m 
1-3Youth7¾” – 8½” 
(19.75 cm – 21.5 cm)
Per pair: 1 oz / 30 g / 145 yds / 130 m
C1: .85 oz / 25 g / 120 yds / 108 m
C2: .15 oz / 5 g / 25 yds / 22 m 
4-6Youth8¾” – 9½” 
(22.25 cm – 24 cm)
Per pair: 1.3 oz / 35 g / 165 yds / 150 m
C1: 1 oz / 29 g / 135 yds / 125 m
C2: .3 oz / 6 g / 30 yds / 25 m 
4-6Woman8” – 9” 
(20.25 cm – 23 cm)
Per pair: 1.4 oz / 40 g / 190 yds / 175 m
C1: 1.1 oz / 33 g / 156 yds / 145 m
C2: .3 oz / 7 g / 34 yds / 30 m 
7-9.5Woman9¼” – 10” 
(23.5 cm – 25.5 cm)
Per pair: 1.7 oz / 50 g / 230 yds / 210 m
C1: 1.4 oz / 40 g / 190 yds / 175 m
C2: .3 oz / 10 g / 40 yds / 35 m 
10-12.5Woman10¼” – 11” 
(26 cm – 28 cm)
Per pair: 2 oz / 55 g / 265 yds / 240 m
C1: 1.6 oz / 45 g / 220 yds / 200 m
C2: .4 oz / 10 g / 45 yds / 40 m 

Pattern

Scroll down for the free pattern for US Woman’s Shoe Size 8.

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Tunisian crochet slippers - fun and easy to make once you understand how to work the short rows.

Picture contains a pair of Tunisian crocheted slippers in two colors next to a bunch of leaves.

What you will need (with clickable affiliate links)

  1. Yarn: Fingering weight yarn in 2 colors.
  2. Hook: 3.5 mm (E -4) Tunisian crochet hook, 3.25 mm (D-3) crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring Tape
  5. Tapestry needle to weave in tails
  6. 2 Stitch markers
  7. Yarn bowl (optional)

Tunisian Hooks

I made these Slippers with a 3.5 mm hook from my Ginger Tunisian Interchangeable Hook Set.

You can find a full review of all the hooks I own on my blog.

Experience Level

Intermediate

Gauge

5 rows of 6 Tunisian Simple Stitches is a 2 cm square (with a 3.5 mm Tunisian crochet hook).

 Construction

Construction diagram for the Tunisian Crochet Slippers by KnitterKnotter

Each slipper is constructed by making Section 1 first, then adding Section 2 using short rows and then making Section 3. 

After this is done, the base is added to the fabric just constructed and then a border is added to complete the slippers. 

Abbreviations

  1. ch – chain
  2. dec – DecreaseInsert hook into the vertical bars of the next two stitches , yarn over, pull up a loop through both the vertical bars.
  3. fs – First Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar of the previous row (the one right under the one on the hook). The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row. 
  4. ls – Last Stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull through both the vertical bars into a loop on the hook.
  5. rep – repeat
  6. tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch– Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
  7. yo – yarn over
  8. FP – Forward Pass
  9. RP – Return Pass

Colors

C1: Rabbit Heather
C2: Down Heather

Adjustments

Please add or subtract rows on the sides as needed (Sections 1 and 3 – see picture above) to lengthen or shorten the slippers.

TIP – If, after you have made your top panel, you suspect that your slippers may be too tight, it is possible to add a few rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches to the sections 1 and 3 to elongate the slippers before you make the base.

Support Videos

Right handed
Left Handed

Resources

  1. How to make a Foundation Row
  2. How to make a Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. How to make a crochet button in 5 minutes
  4. Join – as – you – go technique
  5. How to make the Crab Stitch
  6. How to bind off and end a project
  7. Tunisian Crochet Hooks
  8. How to block a crochet project

There is a support video for this pattern that talks about every section in detail. Here are some direct links to different sections of the pattern:

Support VideoLeft HandedRight Handed
Section 1Left HandedRight Handed
Section 2Left HandedRight Handed
Section 3Left HandedRight Handed
BaseLeft HandedRight Handed
BorderLeft HandedRight Handed

Pattern Notes

  1. This pattern is written in English / US terms.
  2. In Tunisian crochet, we usually use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the hook recommended for the yarn. But, in this project, we require the tension to be really tight so there is little to no space in between stitches. So, we will use the same hook size that is recommended for the yarn. This is to make sure that the fabric will be dense and the slippers will be snug so they won’t come off while wearing.
  3. Since we will be using a small hook, there will be some curling and that is okay
  4. The number of loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass for each row are indicated in the instructions below.

Ashvini Tunisian slippers / socks that can be used to keep your feet warm during chilling mornings. Make these for yourself and your kids since the pattern comes in 9 sizes!

Instructions (Make 2)

Section 1

Foundation Row

FPWith C1, chain 22. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Number of loops on hook: 22 
RPch 1, *yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Rows 1 – 31

FPWith C1, fs, 20, tss, ls. 

Number of loops on hook: 22
RPch 1, *yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 32

FPWith C2, fs, 20 tss, ls. 

Number of loops on hook: 22
RPch 1, *yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Section 2

  1. Support Video (Section 2):Left Handed |Right Handed
  2. The return pass for all short rows in this section is slightly different – do NOT ch1 at the beginning of the return pass.

Row 33

FPWith C1, fs, 19 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 20
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 34

FPWith C2, fs, 17 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 18
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 35

FPWith C1, fs, 15 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 6 (6, 8, 10, 10, 12)[12, 16, 18] 
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row  36

FPWith C2, fs, 13 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 14
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 37

FPWith C1, fs, 11 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 12
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 38

FPWith C2, fs, 9 tss. 

Number of loops on hook: 10
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 39

FPWith C1, fs, 7 tss 

Number of loops on hook: 8
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 40

FPWith C2, fs, 20 tss, ls. 

Number of loops on hook: 22

Note:
1. Start by making simple stitches, then pick up 1 vertical bar from the edge stitch of the previous row, then pick up one simple stitch from the row before that and 1 vertical bar from the edge stitch of that row, and so on. Do this until you have 21 loops on your hook. 
2. Make the last stitch (edge stitch) by picking up the two vertical bars from the edge stitch of Row 32.
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Rows 41 to 47

Repeat rows 39 to 33 (in reverse order).

Note: For every row, you will have to pick up 2 stitches from Row 40 to increase by 2 stitches.

Row 48

Repeat Row 40

Rows 49 to 64

Repeat rows 33 to 48.

Rows 65 to 79

Repeat rows 33 to 47.

Section 3

  1. Support Video (Section 3):Left Handed |Right Handed

Row 80

FPWith C2, fs, 20 tss, ls. 

Number of loops on hook: 22
RPch 1, *yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Rows 81 – 112

FPWith C1, fs, 20 tss, ls. 
Number of loops on hook: 22
RPch 1, *yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Row 113

FPWith C1, fs, 20 tss, ls. 
Number of loops on hook: 22

This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.
RPThere is no return pass.

Making the base

Construction diagram for the Ashvini Tunisian Slippers

 The base is not a full sole, it is a strip that is worked between sections that zips them up. 

The base will be worked from points (X1, X2) along the outer edge to points (Y1, Y2) and then to points (Z1, Z2).

I strongly recommend viewing the support video for this section before you start making your base. 

Row 1

FPPlace 2 stich markers at the outer edges of the rows indicated by X1 and X2.

X2 – Row 53
X1 – Row 60

With the project right side up, join C1 at X2. Now, insert hook into the edge stitch and pull up a loop. Do this in each edge stitch until you reach the next stitch marker at X1.

Number of loops on hook: 8
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Now, remove the remaining loop from the hook, insert the hook into the edge stitch of the previous row – 52, pick up the loop you just removed from the hook and pull through, ch1.

Note: Don’t forget the ch1 at the end of the RP.

Rows 2 – 53

FPfs, 6, tss, join with the edge stitch of the next row. 

Number of loops on hook: 8

Note: This row is repeated until points Y1 and Y2 are reached. Refer to the picture above.
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Now, remove the remaining loop from the hook, insert the hook into the edge stitch of the previous row, pick up the remaining loop you just removed from the hook and pull through, ch1.

Note: Don’t forget the ch1 at the end of the RP.

Row 54

FPfs, 6 tss, join with the simple stitch at the edge after turning the project by 90 degrees (you will now go up the back of the slippers).  

Number of loops on hook: 8

Note: This is the beginning of the portion between the points (Y1, Y2) and (Z1, Z2)
RP*yo and pull through next 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop remains on hook. 

Now, remove the remaining loop from the hook, insert the hook into simple stitch at the other side, pick up the remaining loop you just removed from the hook and pull through, ch1.

Note: Don’t forget the ch1 at the end of the RP.

Rows 55 – 69

FPfs, 6 tss, join with the next simple stitch.
 
Number of loops on hook: 8
RPRepeat RP from previous row.

Row 70

FPfs, dec, 2, tss, dec, join with the next simple stitch

Number of loops on hook: 6
RPRepeat RP from previous row.

Row 71

FPfs, 4, tss, join with the next simple stitch

Number of loops on hook: 6
RPRepeat RP from previous row.

Row 72

FPfs, dec, dec, join with the next simple stitch
 
Number of loops on hook: 4
RPRepeat RP from previous row.

Row 73

FPfs, 2 tss, join with the next simple stitch 

Number of loops on hook: 4
RPRepeat RP from previous row.

Row 74

FPfs, dec, join by picking up the two vertical bars of the edge stitch

Number of loops on hook: 3
RPyo, pull through all loops on the hook.

Now, remove the remaining loop from the hook, insert the hook into edge stitch at the other side, pick up the remaining loop you just removed from the hook and pull through, ch1.

Border and Finishing

  1. Support Video (Border):Left Handed|Right Handed
  2. Switch to a 3.25 mm crochet hook to make the border.

Make a crab stitch border to complete the slippers. Weave in all ends and block, if desired.

Secure the slippers
(OPTIONAL – recommended for babies)

When my 1 year old wore her slippers, they fit her perfectly but they kept slipping off her feet when she walked. I added a crocheted button on one side of each slipper and a chain on the other side (see pictures below). It is possible to do the same thing for slippers of any size.

Pattern

Scroll up for the free pattern for US Woman’s Shoe Size 8.

A printable ad-free version that includes a photo tutorial, some additional pictures, and tips from my testers is available for purchase in my Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrochet shops. Click on a link below to grab the PDF version of this design.

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Elaine

Saturday 8th of May 2021

I love these slippers. I like to wear soft slippers in the house during the summer, not just in cold weather. I need just a little padding on my feet. And I've been intending to learn Tunisian crochet with a simple project to begin. So the Ashvini slippers win on both counts!

Arunima

Saturday 8th of May 2021

@Elaine, These would be perfect for sure! If this is going to be your first Tunisian project, I recommend practicing the Tunisian Simple Stitch and color changes separately before trying these.