Mary Jane Slippers

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I’ve received many messages via Ravelry about these slippers. It’s more of a tutorial than a pattern. It’s very easy to adjust to your size, but if you still have questions, please feel free to email me!

Crocheted Mary Jane Slippers
(women’s large–9.5-10)



  • worsted weight yarn
  • H-hook
  • 2 buttons
  • tapestry needle
  • you’ll also need some yarn in a contrasting color. I forgot to put that in my photo.

    First, start with 8 DC into a circle. This is how I like to do that:

    see the little tail on bottom? you pull that and it cinches the circle closed, as such:
    after cinching, slst into the top of the first DC, ch 2.

    [See THIS POST, if you need more information about the beginning round.]

    Round 2: 2 DC into each stitch, slst into top of the first DC, ch 2. (16DC)
    Round 3: 1 DC into same place, 2 DC into next st, *1 DC into next st, 2 DC into next* to the end, slst into top of the first DC, ch 2. (24DC)
    Round 4: 1 DC into st and into the next, 2 DC into next st, *1 DC into each of the next 2, 2 DC into the next* to the end of the round, slst into top of the first DC, ch 2. (32DC).

    This is what my piece looked like after round 4:

    Work 2 rounds even (NO INCREASING). By this time, the little “cup” should fit over your toes, like so:
    Now, we’re going to be working back and forth in ROWS. DC into the first 23 stitches, leaving 9 unworked. Ch 2, turn. It will look like this:
    Keep working back and forth over these 23 stitches for 12 rows.

    This is my half-way mark:


    On row 13, DC into first 10 stitches, then DC 3 tog:
    DC to the end, then seam up the heel by putting the right sides together and slip-stitching from the top down to the bottom of the heel:
    I like to grab the back-loop of the half that’s closest to me and the front loop of the other half:

    now, you should have a basic slipper. it will fit kind loose around the sides:

    the following instructions for finishing up the slipper are probably what most people get stuck on. I really hope the photos help.

    Here goes!

    join your yarn at the center back of the slipper, above the heel.
    sc into that same spot, it should be into one half of the side of a DC.
    you’re going to be working down the side of the DC that make the foot of the slipper. work 23 sc down the side, or 2 sc into the side of each row, until you get to a corner:


    At the corner, sc3tog (half of the last side DC, and the first 2 DC on the top.
    SC into next 5 DC.
    sc3tog (last 2 DC on toe top, and half of the first DC up the next side:


    SC 24 times up the side toward the heel.

    you should have space for one last SC, so SC that space together with the first sc.

    (working on the second round of single-crochet): SC2tog
    SC into next 22
    SC3tog at the corner
    SC into next 3
    SC3tog at next corner
    SC into next 22
    slst into next, fasten-off.
    your slipper should fit a little more snug:


    If you had any problems with the previous directions, just improvise. You’re basically just making the edge more snug. I liked to decrease at the heel and at the top two corners near the toe.

    Now, join your CC yarn at the center back.

    SC into same spot.
    SC 31 sts (to where you want your loop closure).
    On SC #32, bring up a loop approx. 2″ long:

    sc as usual (just w/ a big loop!) then sc to the end. slst to first, and fasten-off.

    sew a button across from the loop and you’re done!


    you could also re-inforce the loop by joining your yarn at the loop-sc and SC all the way around it.


    brown mary jane slippers

    Download the
    (right-click, Save As…)
    It includes no photos and some instructions/tips on adjusting the size and a different starting method. I still suggest viewing the photos if you have any trouble with the steps, because things can get a little tricky and are hard to explain at some points.

    This pattern is available for free. If you would like to contribute anything toward the cost of maintaining this blog, please feel free to use the donate button below. Every little bit counts. Thank you so much! Enjoy!

    640 comments to Mary Jane Slippers

    • Laurence W

      These are great ! Love it ! Thanks for the tutorial !

    • Annick Etcheberry

      If you please, the traduction in french ? Thank you very much.

    • kiongi

      I just finished this! Thanks for the great tutorial! Your step by step was very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

    • maryann

      i just wanted to tell you those slipper are very pretty and i would like to wish you all a very happy hoilday and new year aswell i like what you do and i love to learn how to make those slipper aswell

    • Lin

      These were so quick and gorgeous! Thank you so much for this. I’ll be making them over and over again.

    • Gayle

      Can you tell me if there is a video tutorial for the green ballet slippers? Also approx how much yarn for size 8-9?

      Thank you! Love the photos!

    • Rhiannon

      Can you tell me if this is written in UK or USA? Single crochet doesnt exist in UK crochet and so I wanted to know if I need to translate it or me. Single = double double = treble?

    • françoise

      Peut-on avoir une traduction en français des chaussons au crochet

    • Susan

      I really love this pattern! I made a pair for myself this week and Pinned your pattern so it will link back directly to your blog! Thanks and Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer Fisher

      I’m sooo stuck on the heel thing… I slip stitched down to the heel to join, but I’m not understanding what you mean when you say c’s to join at the middle of the back right above the heel! I’m so confused! I’ve pretty mug made the basic slipper, I just need to get it finished and I want to make sure I’m doing this correctly! Do I need to slip stitch back up? Help!

    • Janice

      Never done slippers before. Found these & they are so cute… Do you think they are easy enough for a beginner?

    • Thanks for the tutorial !
      I’ve done these slippers to protect my stockings in my shoes. ;)

    • Tanya

      Thank you so much for the slipper tutorial! I wear a US size 6 so I modified it quite a bit but your pics and instructions were invaluable. You made it really easy to see the concept. I also love your designs with the colors and buttons.

      • Alice in wonderland

        Please if you wrote it down can you send me what you changed? I wear a us size 6 too but am new to crocheting so am not good at changing patterns.
        Thank you
        -Alice In Wonderland

    • carmen

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    • Thank you for the slipper pattern. I love mary janes and these are perfect. I will be back to view more of your website.

    • Andreanne

      So I just finished my slippers. It was so easy! I did have some issues at the beginning because I thought I had added an extra row or something but then just realized that because of the edging it made it look that way.

      Thank you a million times for the tutorial :) I can’t wait to make more for others!

    • Thanks so much for the free pattern! I made these in all black for myself and just posted about them on my blog with a link back to this page.

    • Jessica

      Thank you SO much for this tutorial! As a new crocheter, it was very exciting to read your instructions and know what they meant! The slippers are super cute, I can’t wait to “outfit” everyone in my family with a pair!

    • Your style is so unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from.
      I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
      Guess I’ll just bookmark this page.

    • Marion cannon

      love this pattern. will make several pair for myself and others. :-)

    • Niry

      thanks for the patterns!! i love it!!

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    • Cindy Bell

      Hi am so excited to try these. I am ladies size 7 what do you suggest for me to make them smaller. Hope you understand thanks so much. Cindy

    • Mireille

      Thanks a lot for sharing your tutorial practise and tips. I am a beginner and really appreciate to have such an exemple and so clearly explained. Thanks again from France !

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    • I love these slippers! Thank you very much! :)
      Lee Ann

    • por favor será que poderia me enviar a receita da sapatilha em portugues?????
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    • jessica

      I absolutely love this pattern. It’s so cute with both the edging and without perfect for tinkerbell slippers

    • Dawn

      Thank you so much! I love my new slippers!

    • Bre

      I am having such a hard time figuring out what to do after round 4. The two rounds without increasing. Am I doing the same 32 sts that I did for round 4? My work is not matching up when I try to do that. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • Bre

      Okay I tried to post this before but I don’t think it worked. I’m totally stuck after round 4. When it says work two more rows without increasing, am I doing the same st pattern that was in round 4? I do that and then my work doesn’t match up. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? I know I’m missing something but I can’t figure it out. Please help, thanks!

    • rachel

      Hi Lisa am wonndering if u would have a toddler ugh boot pattern IM looking for a pattern for my 1 and 3 year old

    • Amanda

      Any tips for a novice crocheter on how to downsize this for a size 8 wide? I’m sure it’s very easy, but I can’t envision it since all I’ve done is blankets thus far.

      • I have some tips I give out for changing the size. It’s much easier if you first understand the construction of the slippers. Read through the pattern once before you start.

        You’re crocheting a little “cup” around the toes, then crocheting over about two thirds of those stitches to make the sole. The first time you’re making them, I suggest taking notes, so you can have a slipper pattern that you can repeat for the other one.

        So, if you feel the toe area fits fine, you’ll only need to make less rows for the sole. If the toe feels too wide, you’ll have to change it up.

        I usually suggest increasing to only 24-28 stitches instead of 32, like the original patterns says. then, you work the plain rows (1 DC in each st), until you feel the cup fits your toes. Crochet the sole over about 2/3 of the toe stitches for however long you need your slipper to be (approximately 1″ smaller than the length of the foot, since the crochet will stretch).

        Let me know if I can clear anything else up. I can’t give you exact stitch counts for every row because I don’t know your gauge or the width of the foot, or how snug they like slippers. I’m sorry I can’t get more specific, but I hope these tips help you develop the perfect pattern for slippers!

        Good luck!

    • Wondering if you could help me, Im new to crocheting and would like to make this slipper for a size 7/8. I understand to decrease the body for length but would I make an adj at the top to make it smaller? Thank you Tammy

    • Nice one!
      Also have a look at Lasso shoes :-) They are awesome and cozy!

    • PC

      Are these UK sizing’s or Us, would i just limit the amount of rows between 6 and 12 to make smaller sizes?

    • Lori Kramer

      Made these last night. Love ’em! Thank you for the free pattern. I know what I will be making for Christmas gifts this year. :)

    • I love these slippers, however, at the end of the rounds, I have a gap between the last and first stitch of the next row. How can I close it?

    • Bonita Rankey

      oh thank you so much for putting a printed patter for the Mary Jane’s here. Going to whip up a nice cozy of wollens right now….

    • Judith

      seria posible enviarme en español la bailarina primera verde al menos???

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    • Jennifer

      Hi, can you please send me the knitting version of these slippers? they are so cute but I only know how to knit not crochet!
      Thank you!

    • Steph

      I absolutely LOVE the Mary Jane Slippers! I want to make them for my nieces for Christmas. They are almost 2, 6 and 8. I figured I would use thinner yarn and smaller hook to start. Do you have any suggestions for making them smaller?

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