Winter Comfy by DROPS Design

Felted slippers with garter stitch and stockinette stitch, worked from the toe backwards. The piece is worked in DROPS Lima.

Keywords: slippers, tå op
DROPS 182-16
DROPS Design: Pattern no li-089
Yarn group B
US: 5/6½ - 7½/8½ - 9/10
EU: 35/37 - 38/39 – 41/42
Foot length: approx. 22 - 24 - 27 cm / 8¾''-9½''-10½''
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100-150 g color 5820, ruby red

The piece can also be worked with yarn from:
"Alternative yarn (Yarn group B)" – see link below.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 4 MM / US 6 – or the size needed to get 21 stitches and 28 rows stockinette stitch on 10 cm / 4'' in width and 10 cm / 4'' in height before felting.
After felting: 23 stitches 32 rows stockinette stitch on 10 cm / 4'' in width and 10 cm / 4'' in height.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
from 3.30 $ /50g
DROPS Lima uni colour DROPS Lima uni colour 3.30 $ /50g
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
DROPS Lima mix DROPS Lima mix 3.45 $ /50g
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
needles DROPS Needles & Hooks
You can get the yarn to make this pattern from 6.60$. Read more.

Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.

RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked in the round):
1 ridge = 2 rounds. Knit 1 round and purl 1 round.

RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked back and forth):
1 ridge = Knit 2 rows.

Increase 1 stitch by making 1 yarn over. On next round knit yarn over twisted to avoid a hole.

The piece is worked in the round, from the toe backwards, then worked back and forth over heel. The piece is sewn together mid back and mid front of toe afterwards.

Cast on 28 stitches with double pointed needles size 4 mm / US 6 and Lima. Knit 1 round and insert 1 marker in the first and 15th stitch (= the sides). Continue with stockinette stitch AT THE SAME TIME on the next round increase 1 stitch on each side of both markers (= 4 stitches increased on round) - read INCREASE TIP! Repeat the increase in each side every 2nd round 3-4-4 more times, then increase 1 stitch before each marker (= 2 stitches increased on round) 0-0-1 time = 44-48-50 stitches. REMEMBER THE GAUGE! Continue with stockinette stitch until the piece measures 13-14-15½ cm / 5"-5½"-6 1/4''.
Now work 2 RIDGES in the round - see description above, AT THE SAME TIME as you insert a marker mid top of foot after the first 11-12-13 stitches. Cut the strand.
Start after the marker and work GARTER STITCH back and forth - see description above. Bind off when piece measures approx. 26-28½-31½ cm / 10 1/4"-11 1/4"-12 3/8'' (leave a strand end of approx. 20 cm / 8'', this is used for assembly).

Fold the bind-off edge double and sew together mid back - sew in the outermost loop of the outermost stitch so the seam is not thick.
Sew together the hole at front of toe with grafting stitches - sew the 14 stitches on top of foot to the 14 stitches under the foot.

Work another slipper in the same way.

Put the slippers in the washing machine with a detergent without enzymes or optic bleaches. Wash at hot 40C/104F degrees with normal centrifuge but without pre-wash. Afterwards, put the slippers on and shape them to the right measurements while they are still wet. Later wash as normal wool garment.

If the piece is not felted enough and is too big: Wash the piece one more time in the washing machine while it is still wet add a terry towel that measures approx. 50 x 70 cm = 19 3/4" x 27 1/2" - NOTE: Do not use a short program.
If the piece has been felted too much and is too small: While the piece is still wet stretch it to the correct measurements, if the piece is dry, make sure to soak it first.
Remember: All subsequent washes are as a normal wool garment.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 182-16) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

signature-image signature

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

to top

2) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

to top

3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

to top

4) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

to top

5) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

to top

6) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

to top

7) What size should I knit?

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

to top

8) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

to top

9) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

to top

10) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

to top

11) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

to top

12) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

to top

13) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

to top

14) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

to top

15) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

to top

16) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

to top

17) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

to top

18) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

to top

19) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

to top

20) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

to top

21) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

to top

22) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

to top

23) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

to top

24) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

to top

25) Why does my garment pill?

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

to top

Have you purchased DROPS yarn to make this pattern? Then you are entitled to receive help from the store where you bought the yarn. Find a list of DROPS stores here!
Still can't find the answer you need? Then scroll down and leave your question so one of our experts can try to help you. This will be done normally within 5 to 10 working days. In the meantime, you can read the questions and answers that others have left to this pattern or join the DROPS Workshop on Facebook to get help from fellow knitters/crocheters!

Comments / Questions (14)

country flag Edith Pedersen wrote:

Kan man få vist en billede hvor dan man syer de her tøfler sammen skal de syes under bunden eller ovn over

29.01.2023 - 17:02

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Edith, tøflerne strikkes rundt fra tåen og bagud, deler arbejdet over vristen og strikker frem og tilbage. Du syr sammen bag på hælen. Se den her video: Sutsko - montering

31.01.2023 - 11:29

country flag Lena wrote:

Jag vill sticka från hälen och framåt istället. Det hade underlättat mycket om det hade funnits en måttskiss på arbetet så som det finns till beskrivningarna för andra plagg. En måttskiss före tovning då eftersom exakta måtten efter tovning kan vara svårt att beräkna. Kan ni lägga till en sådan måttskiss i beskrivningen?

04.12.2022 - 15:53

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Lena. Vi oppgir målene før og etter toving i forbinnelse med strikkefastheten, som du finner øverst i oppskriften.- Ønske om målskisse er overlevert til design avd. så må de avgjøre om det evnt. kan være aktuellt. mvh DROPS Design

05.12.2022 - 13:42

country flag Chris wrote:

Bonjour, J ai aussi un problème avec ce modèle. Il semble que quelques explications soient manquantes. Ces 12 mailles correspondent a quel endroit du chausson ? Un coté du pied? Mais alors quand les reprendre ? Suis un peu perdue, pouvez vous m'éclairée. Merci d'avance

23.11.2021 - 20:19

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Chris, les chaussons se tricotent d'abord en rond, à partir du côté, avant de séparer l'ouvrage et de continuer en allers et retours, on va marquer la partie du dessus du pied qui va servir de repère pour commencer maintenant à tricoter à partir de ce marqueur sur toutes les mailles et tricoter ainsi la partie du pied à partir du milieu jusqu'à l'autre côté pour faire l'ouverture. Suivez attentivement les explications, tout prendra forme progressivement. Bon tricot!

24.11.2021 - 07:43

country flag Audrey wrote:

Bonjour, je ne comprends pas le nombre de mailles à monter avant feutrage pour obtenir la bonne taille après feutrage ? Votre explication (nb de mailles + augmentations) se lit elle avant feutrage ? Merci ;-)

03.10.2021 - 20:49

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Audrey, pour obtenir les mesures indiquées pour chaque taille, votre échantillon doit être de 21 m x 28 rangs avant feutrage et 23m x 32 rangs après feutrage. Tricotez par ex. un échantillon (plus de mailles/rangs), vérifiez votre tension avant feutrage et délimitez un carré de 23 m x 32 rangs en passant/faufilant un fil - feutrez votre échantillon en machine et vérifiez les mesures. Bon tricot!

04.10.2021 - 08:39

country flag Brugere wrote:

Bonjour, J ai un problème avec ce modèle 'après les côtes mousse je ne comprends pas. Ou faut il couper le fil ? Je commence les rangs aller retour au point mousse sur combien de maille ? Que dois-je faire de c est 12 mailles ? Je fais le modèle 38/40 Pouvez vous m expliquer merci cordialement

01.03.2021 - 16:35

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Brugere, vous coupez le fil à la fin de votre dernière côte mousse (= côté extérieur du chausson). Glissez les 12 premières mailles de l'aiguille sur l'aiguille droite sans les tricoter, et commencez maintenant à tricoter à partir d'ici (= milieu du dessus du pied), en rangs, pour l'ouverture du pied (à partir de la fin du cou-de-pied jusqu'au talon). Vous tricotez maintenant toutes les mailles, en commençant après les 12 mailles glissées, ces 12 mailles seront tricotées en fin de rang sur l'endroit (et en début de rang sur l'envers). En espérant que cela vous aide. Bon tricot!

02.03.2021 - 07:33

country flag Robbin Vokes wrote:

It certainly is unclear what to do with the 12/13 instep stitches. Going from rounds to rows? Does that require a circular needle? I suggest correcting the pattern instead of leaving us scratching our heads.

02.01.2021 - 20:41

country flag Monica Blasiusson wrote:

Jag har tovat provrutor jag stickat och det det blev knappt 40% kvar.

18.11.2019 - 15:08

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Monica, smart att testa din maskin först! Om den tovar för mycket får du testa med lägre temperatur, men det går att dra ganska mycket i bløta tovade tofflor :)

19.11.2019 - 13:28

country flag Monica Blasiusson wrote:

Är det meningen att dessa totalt 44 maskor ska räcka runt en fot? Jag har exakt stickfasthet. Måste vara något som fattas.

17.11.2019 - 19:14

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Monica. Ja, det er 44 masker i den minste str. Det er fra tåen og mot risten (strikkes rundt), åpningen til foten strikkes frem og tilbake og vil være påca 30 cm. God Fornøyelse!

18.11.2019 - 14:54

country flag Ana wrote:

Hi, what about the first 12 stitches? You say to start knitting after the marker. Whay do I do with the first 12?

07.10.2019 - 10:47

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Ana, you now work all the stitches as before but now in rows (and not in the round anymore) starting at the marker, ie rounds started mid under foot, rows are now starting mid upper foot: join the yarn with the stitch after the marker and work all stitches in rows. Happy knitting!

07.10.2019 - 11:00

country flag Ana wrote:

I place the marker after the first 12 stitches and cut the strand. After the marker, I knit in garter stitch, what do I do with the first 12 stitches, knit in garter or stocking stitch, or not knit the first 12 stitches?

05.10.2019 - 10:37

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Ana, you work now in garter stitch, in rows, starting from the stitch after the marker, over all stitches, until the finished measurement. Happy knitting!

07.10.2019 - 08:51

Post a comment to pattern DROPS 182-16

We would love to hear what you have to say about this pattern!

If you want to leave a question, please make sure you select the correct category in the form below, to speed up the answering process. Required fields are marked *.