Octopus Slippers

  • Octopus Slippers soles.
  • Octopus Slippers left top and right instep.
  • Octopus Slippers right top and left instep.
  • Octopus slippers top view.
  • Octopus Slippers top view.

Have you ever thought, “You know what these feet need? More octopus.” If you have, or if you’re just thinking that now, then these are the slippers for you. Worked in stranded colourwork using fingering weight yarn, the Octopus Slippers pattern has instructions for 6 sizes, with a slightly different chart for each size. The pattern includes illustrated tutorials for working the crochet provisional cast on and the German short rows used in the sample, and for grafting the I-cord bind off closed, as well as instructions for working the I-cord bind off, and links to tutorials for catching long floats in colourwork and for grafting the toe and heel closed. To make Octopus Slippers, you will need to know how to do 2-colour stranded colourwork in the round from charts.

Please note: These are not slippers for octopuses; these are slippers for human feet with not enough octopus on them.

Pattern PDF download: $7.50 USD on Ravelry and Payhip.

XS (S, M, L) (XL, XXL)

Circumference: 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5) (9, 9.25) in/ 18 (19, 20.5, 21.5) (22.5, 24) cm
Length: 7.5 (8.25, 8.75, 9.25) (9.75, 10) in/ 19 (21, 22, 23.5) (24.5, 25.5) cm

Sample is size M, shown on US size 6.5-7/EU size 37-38 feet. See Pattern Notes for tips on choosing a size.

Small Bird Workshop Barn Swallow Sock (70% wool, 30% mohair; 405 yds/370 m per 4 oz/113 g): MC: 1 skein, CC: 1 skein


  • US 1.5/2.5 mm needles for working small circumference in the round, or size needed for correct gauge
  • US 1/2.25 mm needles for working small circumference in the round or one size smaller than gauge needle

Note: At this needle size, the US/metric conversion is inconsistent. I recommend using the metric size as a starting point for swatching.

35 sts & 35 rows = 4 in/10cm in stranded colourwork worked in the round and blocked

Recommended gauge for this yarn: 28 sts = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette, worked flat and blocked.

For a good fit, take time to check your gauge.

1 stitch marker; approx. 16 in/40 cm smooth scrap yarn; yarn needle

Photos by Gale Zucker.

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