How to make the Court Jester slippers

Warm slippers on cold days are a must, plus they are also a wonderful present to give to others. So why not follow this lesson to learn how to knit the Court Jester slippers (DROPS 109-57), a simple, garter-stitch slipper at an angle, with 8 colours - you’ll find the step by step tutorial below.

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We work size 35/37 in this lesson; this size is written with bold text. The pattern is however available in sizes up to 44.

Find the complete pattern here

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DROPS Eskimo from Garnstudio (belongs to Yarn Group E)
50 g colour 04, orchid
50 gr colour 66, sea green
50 gr colour 15, dark blue
50 gr colour 20, plum
50 gr colour 21, blue/violet
50 gr colour 23, tan
50 gr colour 36, amethyst
50 gr colour 50, dark pink
(same amounts needed in all sizes)

DROPS Needle size 7 mm – or the needle size which gives 12 stitches x 24 rows garter stitch on 10x10 cm.

DROPS Crochet hook size 8 mm – for edge.

Needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.

Let’s get started!

Sizes: 35/37 - 38/40 - 42/44

The slippers are worked back and forth in squares before being sewn together to finish. We work Slipper 1 = M.1A in this lesson; when working slipper 2, you need to use the colours shown in M.1B.

Start with a strand of length approx. 25 cm on each new ball. This strand-end is used during assembly.

It is important to maintain the knitting tension and be careful when measuring, so the squares have equal sides. The diagonal of 1 square x 2 is equivalent to the length of the slipper.

The 8-coloured slipper is worked according to the colour diagrams (M.1A and B) which give you the colours of the different squares; M.1A = Slipper 1 and M.1B = Slipper 2

See M.2 for square-number.

See M.2 for assembly. M.3 shows the position of the squares after assembly

GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
Knit each row - 1 ridge = 2 knitted rows.

Cast on 10-11-12 stitches with needle size 7 mm with sea green (or dark pink when working M.1B). Read Measuring tip! Work garter stitch - see description above - for 8½-9-10 cm (= square 1 / colour 66, sea green).

Change to orchid and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm (= square 2 / /colour 04, orchid).

Change to tan and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm (= square 3 / colour 23, tan).

Change to plum and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm (= square 4 / colour 20, plum).

Change to blue/violet and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm (= square 5 / colour 21, blue/violet).

Change to dark blue and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm (= square 6 / colour 15, dark blue).

When you have worked 6 squares in a row and the piece measures 51-54-60 cm, cast off.

Then pick up 10-11-12 stitches on the right side of square 2 with amethyst (= square 7 / colour 36, amethyst). Work garter stitch for -9-10 cm, cast off.

Pick up 10-11-12 stitches on the left side of square 6 with dark pink (= square 8 / colour 50, dark pink) and work garter stitch for -9-10 cm, cast off.

Now the slipper is assembled.
Fold the slipper and sew squares 5 and 8 together neatly, edge to edge, see A in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 7 and 8 can be sewn together edge to edge, see B in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 3 and 8 can be sewn together edge to edge, see C in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 4 and 6 can be sewn together edge to edge, see D in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 5 and 6 can be sewn together edge to edge, see E in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 2 and 3 can be sewn together edge to edge, see F in M.2.

Fold the slipper so squares 1 and 4 can be sewn together edge to edge, see G in M.2.

The sole on the slipper is 24-26-28 cm in length. Work 1 more slipper in the same way but according to M.1B for the colours.

Slipper M.1A – turned to the left. Slipper M.1A- turned to the right.

Work a crochet-edge around the opening with colour of your choice and using hook size 8 mm.

Start in a stitch mid-back and fasten the strand with 1 slip stitch. Continue in the round as follows: * 1 double crochet, 2 chain stitches, skip 0,5 - 1,0 cm *, repeat from*-*, finish with 1 slip stitch in the first double crochet.


We hope you enjoyed making these slippers with us!

We can’t wait to see how your pair turned out! Post your pictures on social media using hashtags #dropsalong and #courtjesterslippers - or submit your project to the #dropsfan gallery

Need some help?

If you need more more information about the different stitches or techniques used in this pattern, here’s a list of lessons and video tutorials that will help you along:

Comments (6)

Cheryl Farthing wrote:

Can this project be knitted with circular needles

23.03.2022 - 12:41:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Farthing, you can work with a circular needle but the slippers are worked in rows - see lesson and pattern. Happy knitting!

24.03.2022 - 09:15:

Giulia wrote:

Buongiorno, nel caso volessi fare le babbucce in due colori, di quanti gomitoli avrei bisogno? Grazie

27.11.2021 - 11:09:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Giulia, per un'assistenza così personalizzata può rivolgersi al suo rivenditore DROPS di fiducia. Buon lavoro!

03.12.2021 - 21:02:

Roul wrote:

Bonjour Pouvez-vous me donner le nombre de mailles pour une taille 41 pour effectuer mes carrés merci Pouvez vous me donner le nombre de maille pour une taille 41 svp

11.10.2020 - 11:23:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Roul, retrouvez ce modèle en entier, en taille 38/40 et 42/44 sur notre site ici. Bon tricot!

12.10.2020 - 09:32:

Annick HECKMANN wrote:

Bonjour Il me reste des pelotes orphelines de différentes couleurs , qualité KARISMA ; Je souhaiterais réaliser ces chaussons . Quel nombre de mailles pour un carré ? combien de fils ensemble ? Merci Cordialement

04.05.2020 - 08:41:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Heckmann, ces chaussons se tricotent avec une laine du groupe E, que vous pouvez remplacer par 2 fils du groupe C, mais pas vraiment du groupe B comme Karisma. Retrouvez tous nos modèles du groupe de fils B ici. Bon tricot!

04.05.2020 - 15:37:

Barbara Lowell wrote:

I am unable to ask a question it keeps saying I have either a link or words that are forbidden????

29.02.2020 - 06:16:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Lowell, sorry for the convinience, try to reword your question/comment - and please send us the word you are using on our Facebook, depending of the language the list might have to be edited. Happy knitting!

02.03.2020 - 13:11:

Claude Lefebvre wrote:

Bonjour, merci pour ce tuto. Mais ne pourrait-on pas réaliser ces chaussons plus grand pour les feutrer ?? Cela serait aussi très joli, non ?

18.02.2020 - 13:51:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Lefebvre, vous avez à votre disposition deux modèles de chaussons feutrés réalisés de cette façon, mais avec des laines du groupe C: Elfies, en Big Delight et Cosy Toes, en Nepal. Bon tricot!

19.02.2020 - 09:30:

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