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DIY Easy Norwegian House Slippers (the crochet version by Mommyknows)

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easy felted norwegian house slippers by mommyknows

Last week after Craftzine so kindly put my Candy Sushi post up on their site, I found this nifty tutorial for Norwegian house slippers over there as well.

norwegian house slippers

I loved them, and the crafty side of me, that I try so very hard to suppress, just came bubbling to the surface. I was going to make these slippers!

There were a few problems though …

  1. I didn’t have the right weight of yarn –> Ah, to heck with that, I’ll just make do with what I do have, as long as it’s wool and will felt … who cares right?
  2. I wanted to make these for Georgia and the size chart was for adult sizing –> ah, who cares, I’ll figure it out. I’ll make them big and keep felting them until they work.
  3. I don’t knit –> screw the knitting, I’ll crochet them (I made a 1/2 a dish cloth once, how different/difficult can it be?).

So once again, I was making a craft and following none of the instructions!

My materials:

3 colours of wool yarn (suitable for felting) (4 weight, I think)

1 crochet needle (mine is a size 5 from Lizzy’s Klutz kit)

I did the whole pattern in single crochet. If you need a refresher –> Let the Knit Witch show you how! I did!

Sizing: according to the instructions you need 16 stitches across to make a size 5, but her yarn looked pretty thin compared to mine and the stitches more loose. I decided to go with 15 chain stitches (leaving me 14 stitches across). If they were too big, I decided I could force Sam to wear them. They’re a tad girly, but who cares … he wears an earring.

I was careful to make sure all my squares were the same size. I was constantly folding and comparing to make sure. Each of my squares measured approximately 8cmx8cm (3″x3″). Each coloured square was 14 stitches across and 16 rows deep, except for the white square which were 14 stitches across and 18 rows deep (the yarn was a bit thinner and I added the extra rows to balance out the size).

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Pattern: When you are knitting, you are supposed to knit one long ‘L’ shape, 6 squares long and 3 squares across. I wasn’t quite sure how to do this crocheting, so I decided to crochet two pieces and stitch them together.

If Blue = 1, Green = 2, and Cream = 3, then the pattern for the slippers is:

Pattern for 5 square piece is: 1 – 2 – 1 – 3 – 2
Pattern for 3 piece square is: 1 – 3 – 1

norwegian house slippers

I didn’t do anything fancy when stitching pieces together …

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Just try to keep the stitches neat and tight, but don’t worry too much because the felting process will hide a LOT of flaws.

Folding –> who knew the Norwegians were in to wool origami?! I found the the written instructions (and photos) at Craftzine nearly impossible to follow. Here is a really easy to follow Video tutorial.

Video credit – Knitting with Lissi

I did take photos of every step of the folding, but don’t even look! JUST watch the video. OK?

folding them is the hard part

DON’T try to figure it out … just watch the VIDEO!

When you’re done with the Norwegian Origami (with wool), they should look something like this:

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About now, you’ll think to yourself this are stinkin’ HUGE, they’d fit me!

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And you’d be right, they are HUGE and the did fit me. That’s where the felting comes in. NO thinking you’re glad you don’t have my ankles, the camera puts on 10lbs!

Felting is really just the washing and shrinking of your knit (crochet) item. So just pop these in a hot wash with detergent and shrink away. If they’re not felted or small enough keep washing them. I washed this pair once on regular cycle with jeans and then again on a sanitary cycle with towels.

easy felted norwegian house slippers by mommyknows

Now they’re a perfect fit for Georgia. They’re also soft, thick and perfect for winter!

Note: prior to washing, I knotted all ends, snipped, hid and tucked loose threads!

MK xo
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72 comments… add one

  • Gayle September 25, 2009, 11:21 am

    You never cease to amaze me! In 2 weeks(?) you can have your entire Christmas list (or at least my birthday) shopping done!

  • MommyKnows September 26, 2009, 9:56 am

    @gayle – thanks! My problem is … I hate doing anything 2x, but I’ll make YOU some!

  • MelissaH September 25, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Those look really comfortable. Makes me want to break out the knitting needles.
    .-= MelissaH´s last blog ..Biochemical Aspects Of Addiction =-.

  • MommyKnows September 26, 2009, 9:55 am

    @melissah – go for it! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Lana September 26, 2009, 2:33 am

    Hi, I linked to you from the sushi candy that I found on I love these slippers and have felted a couple of projects. What size did these slipper finish at? What size are you? For the starting size comparison. Thanks, Lana

  • MommyKnows September 26, 2009, 9:56 am

    @lana – my feet are a size 9 womens and Georgia’s are a 12 childrens. They shrunk substantially. I’d say they are half the size!

  • chiqui13 September 26, 2009, 9:01 am

    , I have always wanted to try knitting..those slippers look very comfy and warm..right in time for the -BER months…

  • MommyKnows September 26, 2009, 9:52 am

    @chiqui13 –> thank you.

  • jamie September 26, 2009, 12:04 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOOO, I’m working on some felted knit slippers for me right now!! Those look FABULOUS!! Did you/are you going to sew some leather or non slip material on the bottom for slippage factor??? That’s my plan for the ones I’m doing…
    .-= jamie´s last blog ..TOS Review – Guardian Angel Publishing =-.

  • MommyKnows September 27, 2009, 7:38 am

    @jamie – I might, I have some suede that I might try. Georgia quite likes ‘skating’ down the hallway though ;)

  • debbie September 27, 2009, 6:43 am

    I may love you a little bit after this post. Is that OK? I craft the same way. Sadly, my results are not always as good as yours.
    .-= debbie´s last blog ..Exercise – The Suburb Style =-.

  • MommyKnows September 27, 2009, 7:39 am

    @debbie, it’s better than OK. I cook the same way, how about you? Sadly, nothing ever tastes the way it supposed to, or the same way twice.

  • Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck September 27, 2009, 7:31 am

    I don’t knit or crochet. Basically, I’m screwed. :-)

    I’m VERY impressed!
    .-= Amber’s Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck´s last blog ..Feeding the Addiction =-.

  • MommyKnows September 27, 2009, 7:40 am

    @amber – crochet is about the easier thing ever. Well the kind that I do. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jo September 27, 2009, 9:25 pm

    OMGosh!! I can’t believe you just whipped these up! I want a pair too, haha!! These look absolutely amazing. I am also constantly amazed at how professional your pictures look. Are you sure you’re not a professional photographer in disguise?? Awesome.

  • Madeline September 28, 2009, 10:01 pm

    Oh. my. stars. those are too cute! I want a pair for myself!
    .-= Madeline´s last blog ..Where I’ve Been And Miscellaneous Updates =-.

  • Yana September 29, 2009, 5:33 am

    Hi I’m beginner in knit abd want to say thanks they look so cute. Hope will be easy to make it!
    .-= Yana´s last blog ..Marvelous Bird Cages =-.

  • lace October 1, 2009, 10:23 pm

    I think I may have to try these.

  • Pete October 9, 2009, 3:21 am

    Those are really cute slippers .. My daughter must love it :)
    .-= Pete´s last blog ..Medical Research Funding Issue Brief =-.

  • claire October 11, 2009, 1:42 pm

    thanks for a great tutorial. i will definitively try to learn to crochet.

  • MommyKnows October 20, 2009, 9:13 am

    @claire, You are welcome!

  • Tammy October 11, 2009, 9:26 pm

    OMG! I’ve been “hooked” on crochet for about a year now, and have been searching for a great felted slipper pattern! Thank you SO MUCH for the post and the video – I couldn’t understand the directions on the other pattern either! Going to go and dig out my felting wool I’ve been hoarding and whip some of these up! Thanks again!!!

  • MommyKnows October 20, 2009, 9:13 am

    @Tammy, Make sure to take photos!

  • Shelley October 12, 2009, 8:32 am

    Funny & informative! Thanks for posting this. I liked the look of the knit slippers, but I don’t like knitting, so thanks for making a crochet version!
    .-= Shelley ´s last blog ..The Good Old Days =-.

  • ninon October 12, 2009, 11:52 am

    wow! thank you so much for sharing this is such a clear way! a friend of mine gave me a pair of these a couple of years ago, and I tried really hard to figure out the “origami” part… now I have no excuse for making a pair also fo my boyfriend!! thans a lot!1
    .-= ninon´s last blog ..A Busy Week End For The Cherrybomb Family! =-.

  • Ellen October 13, 2009, 7:23 am

    I want to make these but do you have a way to print the directions without using a million sheets of paper? Please E-mail me and let me know.


  • Shannon @ Lullaby Baby Carriers October 15, 2009, 7:36 pm

    “So once again, I was making a craft and following none of the instructions!”

    — A woman after my own heart! What is a plan without modifying it to suit our needs?

    Great post, as always.
    .-= Shannon @ Lullaby Baby Carriers´s last blog ..Fuss Busters! =-.

  • Cat October 16, 2009, 8:03 am

    Nifty! I don’t care for felted. Do you think this design would work w/ just regular bulky wool?

  • MommyKnows October 16, 2009, 8:23 am

    @Cat, absolutely. They fit me perfectly before I felted them.

  • steph a. October 19, 2009, 11:18 am

    LOVE. IT! I’ve wanted to make socks and/or slippers – so this is PERFECT. 2 questions:

    1) Unfelted, so they still look/feel ok? I’ve never felted…

    2) If I wanted to try felting, but for ADULT feet, what would your GUESSTIMATE be for dimensions? Twice as big for everything?

    THANKS for sharing this!


  • MommyKnows October 19, 2009, 2:14 pm

    @steph a., Thanks!

    1) Yes, they are fine unfelted, I wasn’t very careful about keeping lose ends neat etc., because I knew that I would felt them.

    2) I would go about 1.5 x the size, so about 22 -25 stitches. Remember, if they are too large you can always wash again … they’ll get small each time.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Liecel Tverli October 22, 2009, 11:18 pm


    Nice to see you made the slippers! Glad you liked the video. I know, the instructions on how to fold them in the magazine is hard, that is why I made the video. Nice blog BTW.


  • Pamela Davis October 26, 2009, 4:14 am

    I love to crochet – have been looking for houseshoes and viola found these … thank u so much. Pam Davis

  • Jackie October 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I found this pattern through this weekend, and fell in love!
    I dropped everything else I was working on to whip these up.
    Upon completing the first slipper, I quickly realized that it was meant to be for a child. Nonetheless, I completed the second one, and felted them!
    They fit my 7 year old perfectly. Now, of course, my 6 year old wants a pair, and I want one, too!

    Thanks so much! I love that you converted this awesome knit pattern into an even awesomer – not a word, but should be – crochet pattern!
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Bread Photos =-.

  • Linda November 4, 2009, 9:43 am

    When felting, do you also throw them in the dryer or air dry? I want to try a pair of these slippers. They are so cute. I knit and crochet but like crochet better. Knitting is so much more stressful.

  • MommyKnows November 7, 2009, 5:12 pm

    @Linda, I didn’t put them in the dryer. I just washed them until they shrunk enough to fit my daughter and then let them dry. I actually stuffed them with plastic bags to help them keep their shape.

  • Linda November 7, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Thanks so much for answering. I’ve never tried felting but always wanted to.

  • Mikki Jo November 14, 2009, 3:26 pm

    You are so funny! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Silvana November 19, 2009, 4:25 am

    great project, my grandma only managed to teach me how to crochet lines so all those other complicated shapes… cant do.. this is a great project!!! thanks so much…. i can manage this (i think)…. want to make one for husband one for kid……. so 15 knots for kid (3yrs) and 30 for husbvand (size 42?)

  • Peggy December 9, 2009, 9:08 am

    So, I felted some sweaters and now I am going to cut them into squares and sew them together. Then fold them into the slippers!
    The plan is to start with a pair for my selfish self and work on everyone elses based on how those work out. Any suggestions?
    I would love to do the crochet but have all these sweaters waiting for projects and no yarn.

  • MommyKnows December 9, 2009, 4:53 pm

    @Peggy, Great idea! I have plans to do the same. My plan is to use felted wool that is all about the same thickness. I am going to leave them a tiny bit big, stitch them together with wool yarn and then felt one last time after stitching, to hopefully blend/felt the stitches and fabric.

    Let me know if you try it and how it works out.

  • Chris December 23, 2009, 7:30 am

    Hello, I’ve been drooling about those slippers for a while, but cant knit and waaaay too complicated! Then I happened on your site! I loved your opening lines where you describe how you crochet…that’s me!!!
    Love your site as you stumble through life, love your refreshing attitude. Thanks for taking the time to do this, the instructions are perfect. I am going to try these today. I have a blog where I restore old furniture, make do with stuff others throw out etc…tottle over if you have achance ( I don’t update as much as you, take care and thank you!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Migraines =-.

  • melsch April 14, 2010, 9:15 am

    Hey there,
    just finished my first slipper- it´s gigantic!
    this was my first crotchet work since 19years.
    and it was really easy – just the folding is almost rocket-science:D
    now i have to get more yarn for the second one – i bought way too less :)
    i´m curious if they shrink enough to fit me!

    Many greetings from sweden


  • Nana July 5, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Hi there!!! I´m writing to send you a BIG THANKS, all the way from Patagonia Argentina. You´ve absolutely made my day. I´m in bed with an acking body, feeling terribly, and suddenly, I go and find your fantastic site… I left my amigurumis for later and started at once to see if I could come up with something similar to a slipper. And I did. Truth to be said, I didn´t quite follow your instructions (I never do) but the result was one slipper, just the right size for my 5-year-old daughter. Pure beginers luck. You´re an amazing tutor, and the name you chose for your site fits you like the one slipper in my girl´s foot. Thanks, again, and have a great day!!!

  • MommyKnows July 10, 2010, 10:28 am

    @Nana, Thank you for stopping by! I hope you got the second slipper made :)

    I never follow instructions either!

  • Trysordy Crafts July 18, 2010, 5:09 am

    this is a cool idea. will look at designing some more of these patterns myself once making these ones.

  • Trysordy July 18, 2010, 5:17 am

    hey this is cool. will look at making these in the near future. Thanks

  • Elaine August 19, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Hi there, Mommyknows…

    I could sure use some help with measurements…in Liecel’s directions, I just can’t figure out the square sizes to knit.

    I can’t get 22 st to 10 cm using size 9 needles, and when I downsize on my knitting needles, I think the squares are too small.

    How did you figure out how large the squares should be? I need to felt down to a woman’s size 9…

    Could sure use your expertise.


  • Candy October 6, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Bless you woman! I’ve been searching for a decent pattern for my picky son, but I suck at sizing and the whole “not-following-the-actual-rules” thing totally works for me :D. Never felted before, but we’ll see. I’m going to make tons of these!

    Blessed Be

  • MommyKnows October 6, 2010, 9:47 pm

    @Candy, Thank you ma’am!

  • kathy October 14, 2010, 5:54 am

    i love this pattern. is there anyway to print it without all the comments at the end making it 14 pages to print?

  • Heidi October 18, 2010, 10:47 am

    I love these. I started crocheting 2 weeks ago and can’t seem to put it down. I started a pair last night! Yours are lovely. Question for you, do you have a problem with them being too slippery? Would you recommend some sort of bottem piece for them?

  • rebecca December 4, 2010, 2:42 am

    how do you know if the yarn will felt? because i went to buy some but i didn’t know which ones would felt and which ones wouldnt…?

  • Cherrie B March 31, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I enjoyed your adventure with the slippers. These are something I would definitely try and have fun with. Though I am thinking of making squares of various colors of available yarn in colors that hit my fancy. I am following your feed. Thanks Much Cher

  • karon June 16, 2011, 7:38 pm

    Thank you for your Norwegian House Slipper demonstration on U-Tube. As a retired school teacher, may I suggest you make the video using different colored blocks for the nine blocks, and use another contrasting color thread to sew the slipper together. That way you can tell the student by block color what to sew next, and the different color yarn to sew the slipper together shows up well against the blocks..

    Thank you for your help, I got my first slipper sown together with your help!


  • cindy kilbourn November 28, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Hi , I also love this pattern and made a pair for my son last year for Christmas. I won’t to make some more for Christmas presents this year but the ones I want to make them for are alergic to wool. Can anyone tell me if this pattern would work with regular yarn and what would the sizes be in American sizes?
    Thanks, Cindy K.

  • Lizzie February 17, 2012, 6:56 am

    These slippers I love them!!! I’ve never seen this method before, fascinating… Could I ask a question? The size of the squares how many inches square are they? You see I’m in UK and we have different yarns and yarn weights? Help mommy! I’m a bit worried that if I just guess I’ll make them to big or worse to small.
    lt strikes me also there must be a way to tweek the origami to personalise them. Not that they need it. Its just the designer within, pondering…….. Sounds like a knit along in the making, don’t you think?

  • Home Expert March 5, 2012, 8:56 pm

    Very creative and looks comfortable too. Things like this can be a good source of money. You can play with colors to fit your taste. When you become an expert with making these, you can market them and sell slippers in different sizes and colors. Like me, I am in a home improvement business. It starts with passion and everything else follows. A lot of benefits I could say. Keep inspiring!

  • pam bussard June 23, 2012, 2:22 am

    Thank you thank you I have been lookiing for this slipper pattern since 02 I was so surprised when I found it one morning at 2:20 A.M. on a Saturday. Thank you again. Pam

  • Melissa October 31, 2012, 8:09 am

    Hello!!!! I am going to make your norwegian house slippers, but I cant figure out how big i should make the squares for a size 9.5 adult foot. I just did my first felting, which was a test swatch in the bathroom sink, so I don’t have a lot of experience with that yet. any advice you have or a link to a sizing chart would be excellent!!! thanks!!
    Melissa :)

  • Karen August 30, 2013, 11:17 am

    Thanks for the instructions. These are so easy to make and are comfy and cozy.
    I made these first with 3 1/2″ squares for a final size 9 and the second version 5 1/2″ squares to get a feel for sizing. The smaller fit me like a glove and the larger are probably a size 10-11, but width and overall fit are very loose. Anyway to make it narrower? I’m thinking I have to make a wider seam when I stitch together. Thanks for any suggestion.

  • Eva- Maude White September 28, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Lovely ! I’m looking for the knit version of “east norwegion house slippers but the pattern stops half way through in the craft zone magazine ( on line ) Can any tell me where I might get it please ? All the best.

  • Umber Darilek December 16, 2013, 5:13 pm

    I was lucky enough to receive a pair of these for Christmas one year. I played tennis in them, they were so comfy! I’ve obviously worn them out and now I’m making my own. Thank you for the tutorial!

  • Cathy July 14, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the crochet version. I can’t knit and this was so easy. I’ve made a couple of pair for my uncle but want to make some for myself. I wear a size 7 shoe and wondered what size your daughter wears since you used 3″ squares. I’m trying to gauge how much I need to add. I made his with 4″ squares and they fit him perfectly but he wears about an 8-1/2 in men’s. Thanks for any info you can give me!

  • Pat L June 16, 2015, 5:06 pm

    I would love some input on how people did making these for adult sizes.somewhere in the 7,8 and 9 many stitches you used,size of each square etc.

  • Linda Wingerter November 16, 2015, 4:30 am

    I hope you are still willing to answer questions regarding this slipper. I crocheted the pattern using knitted version. I have a long strip with six squares and an additional square added to the side of the second on the strip and the 5th on the strip – on opposite sides. Watching your video for sewing the slipper together you show a 3 square strip and a 5 square strip. I’m totally lost now as to where to make seams. Any help you can provide would be SO helpful.

  • jackie February 23, 2016, 10:52 pm

    Making my second pair now. I really like felting because it hides all mistakes. I’m knitting with two yarn threads and that increases the color possibilities.

  • Hygge December 22, 2016, 9:12 am

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. It was very clear and it really helped to have both the words and the pictures. Now I just have to “do it”!

  • Michelle August 22, 2017, 2:40 am

    I just love the felted slipper took a little bit to get it folded together, but I get it now and can’t wait to do a second pair! So take away a row or adding a row will size them right ?! Thank you for sharing.

  • Natalie May 26, 2018, 9:44 am

    These are wonderful! Thank you! What would you say the ratio is for size? I guess estimating shrinkage. Would you crochet double the size you want it to be after felting?

    Also, does the pointy toe always round out so nicely?

  • Richard Gartland October 12, 2019, 8:36 pm

    Dear MK,

    This post (discovered through the magic of the internet in 2019) has given me such a wonderful laugh… And I mean WONDERFUL. It’s also given me inspiration and courage to try this with Tunisian crochet as the basis. I mean, “Why not!” right? Thanks so much for this post, which lo these many years later is still giving me courage to just jump in. After all, it’s only yarn!

  • GraceAnne December 10, 2020, 12:18 am

    I am not sure how old this post is but I am so happy to have found it and plan to make them for MY Georgia and her two brothers for Christmas! I actually just finished one foot for my sister when I wondered if I needed to worry about the dark
    wine color staining the cream color that is next to it during the felting process, I haven’t felted anything in about 10 years and now I am so worried I’m going to ruin my pretty yarn. When I search online I cannot find anyone offering a solution to this problem. But I see that the dark blue doesn’t seem to have bled onto the cream in the slippers you made, so I thought I’d ask if you did anything special. Thank you!

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