Duffers – Revisited

The Duffers – Revisited pattern is the updated and expanded version of the Duffers original pattern.

Duffers - revisited

A quick to knit felted slipper pattern in a whole range of sizes and width fittings.

This Duffers pattern has now grown into an absolute monster running to 16 pages. Don’t worry though, you should never have to print them all out, not unless you want to.
The pattern consists of written patterns covering different sets of sizes (there are two sets, the smallest three and the largest three sizes), different widths and methods of knitting. Each of these patterns has a page of its own with blank spaces where the number of stitches etc. should be. All figures for the different patterns are in chart form and there are two charts. The pattern page for your chosen size, width and method will tell you which chart you need the figures from.

To make up your pattern all you need to do is print the one pattern page that shows your size, width and method of knitting. Then take the numbers from the appropriate chart and fill in the blank spaces, you are then ready to start knitting.

This new expanded pattern covers sizes:

UK: 2, 3, 5, 6-7, 8, 10 ½

US: 3, 5½, 7½, 9½, 10½, 13

EUR: 33, 35.5, 38, 39-40, 43, 45

These shoe sizes are approximate and it is better, if you can, to measure foot length and use that as a better guide as to which size to knit.

The finished foot lengths included in the pattern are: INCHES: 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½ & 11 (CM: 23, 23.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5 & 28)
Each of these sizes can be knitted in Standard, Wide and Extra Wide width fittings.

Each width fitting adds approx. 1″ to the circumference of the slipper.  The smallest three sizes start at a foot circumference of about 8-8 1/2″ so the wide version comes in at 9-9 1/2″ and the extra wide at 10-10 1/2.  Similarly the largest three sizes have foot circumferences which start at about 9 1/2-10″ so the wide is 10 1/2-11″ and the extra wide 11 1/2 – 12″.

Duffers - revisited
Duffers – revisited

The pattern now covers knitting the slippers flat and then seaming or knitting them seamlessly.

The pattern is available for £3.75 ( plus vat if applicable)

You can download a copy from Love Knitting, Ravelry or Etsy.

42 thoughts on “Duffers – Revisited

    1. Hi,
      I don’t have this Revisited version in French, but the Duffers original pattern is available in French from my pattern page on Ravelry.com. If you do not have a Ravelry account it is quite easy to join, or, if you would prefer, email me and I will arrange for you to buy the French version direct from me here.
      Kind Regards,

    2. I just purchased your pattern, from ravelry, and dont understand something. What chart do i use for this. chart 2 goes to row 25, but the pattern does not. I am using the instruction for wide fitting and it stops at row 21. the chart has 25 rows. please help
      thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Hi Gisele,
        Please check the pattern page you are using. Some sizes have more rows than others which is reflected in the chart. At the top of each pattern page the header lists the sizes that the instructions on that page cover. For each method of knitting and width there are two pages, one for the smaller sizes and one for the three larger sizes which have more rows. You will need the second page in the set with the larger sizes listed.
        If you need any more help, please do email me and I will work through it with you.
        All the best,

    1. Hi,
      You can knit the slippers in any pure untreated woollen yarn that will felt. For the samples you see in the pictures I used Cascade 220 held double which I found to give good results, but you could use a bulky yarn knitting with only one strand.
      You need between 100 g – 200 g in total depending on the size of slipper you are knitting. In cascade 220 doubled I used 80g = 160 metres of each of two colours (160g or 320 metres in total) for the largest size and width slippers.
      Hope this helps,

  1. Just purchased the duffers revisited pattern but Iam confused on how to read the chart for the number of stitches to cast on , etc.. I wanting to knit size 8 1/2 foot length. Maybe you could explain a little more on how to read this chart.

    1. Hi Penny,

      Across the top of the chart you will find the sizes, 8 1/2 inch length is the first column on the left. Then, reading down the left hand side of the chart the first white row you come to is marked Cast On, these are the number of stitches you cast on, slide your finger down the column from the size you are making and you will see that the box has the number 52 in it, write it on you pattern sheet in the space given. Under that, the next row down is marked R3 this is your number for writing in the spaces on row 3 of your pattern page, the next row is marked R5 this is your row five number to fit into the spaces. You keep going like this, putting in the figures from the chart, column for the size you are knitting and row for the row in the pattern. There is one row marked count, this is only the stitch count you should have at that point, it is for you to check and does not fit into the pattern. When you have worked your way down the chart writing all the figures into your pattern you are ready to start knitting, your pattern has all the numbers written in and should now look more like an ordinary pattern.

      I hope this explains everything. If you need any more help, please contact me again. I hope you have fun knitting the slippers.


  2. I have the old pattern (purchased many moons ago) it only goes to 81/2 (US) I wear a 10 – how can I convert?

  3. Hi Karen,
    It’s not easy to explain how to convert as the slippers are in three dimensions but if you want to make them a little larger you could add some stitches to the cast on between the back and the front foot at the side of the toes. This makes them longer but not wider I’m afraid, to make them wider you will need to add some rows to the bottom as well as some between the decreases at the front. To get the exact fit you may have to experiment a little.
    Full instructions for all sizes and widths are in the Revisited version if you do not want to experiment.
    Best wishes,

  4. Where do I find the printing instructions and the how to use this pattern instructions for the Duffers revisited pattern?

  5. There are three different width fittings, standard, wide and extra wide. The circumference varies over the sizes but they cover finished foot sizes from 8 inches to 12 inches around. This should be more than big enough for a man’s foot.

  6. Hi Mindie!!!

    I bought your Duffer pattern and I made the ones for size 5 1/2 US. They worked out fine!

    Now I am trying to make one for size 7 1/2 US….and I am having trouble. After Row 9 I have 76 sts. On the Graph it jumps from R9 to R11….what happened to R10? Then there is no R12 and 13, either…..And no R 22 and 23 at the end either. Could you please help me because I think my husband would love a pair!

    Thank you so much for a great pattern….I am probably missing something that is right in front of me!!! Happens to me all the time!

    THANK YOU for taking time to help me!
    Have a great day!

  7. Hi Christina,
    It looks like you have the wrong pattern page for the size you are knitting or the wrong chart of figures for the pattern page. The standard width pattern has two rows less at the beginning than the wide and extra wide fittings. On the standard size R10 & R11 are knit and purl rows whereas on the larger sizes they are pattern rows for the foot. Again, R22 and R23 are pattern rows in the larger sizes but on the smaller sizes the pattern ends on R19.
    Have a look again at the pattern page and chart and see if they match.
    I am working on a revised pattern that has a chart to tell you exactly which page and chart you need for each size but unfortunately it’s not quite ready yet. As soon as it is you will receive an update.
    I hope this solves your problem, please do get in touch if you need any more help.
    All the best,

  8. I am trying to charge for the Duffers Revisited pattern using my Visa and not PayPal. It keeps coming back that my card is expired. It is not expired. We use it all the time for everything. Help! Judy

    1. Hi Judy,
      I’m afraid I don’t have any control over how the payments go through Paypal so can’t really help. I can’t say why your card will not go through. I know that I have had problems with one of my cards sometimes and have no idea why.

      You could try buying the pattern from my Etsy store. Etsy take card payments that are not routed through Paypal.

      I hope this solves your problem,
      kind regards,

  9. I am wondering if there are any pictures of these slippers in process or before felting. I am a beginner and like to know I am on the right track.

    1. Duffers before felting

      Your Duffers should look like this before felting.
      Hope this helps to give you some idea as to how they should be.

  10. I have made several of the US 7.5, turned out great! Now trying to use same pattern for US 9.5; Circular Knitting Standard Width. When I put in the counts I am good until adding second color. According to the chart I finsh with 50 stitches but when I figure out the count I finish with 38?

  11. Hi Susan,

    You are correct, the stitch count should be 38. It is the only error in the pattern, one which I’ve been trying to find time to correct. Due to a computer crash last year, I don’t have the original set of charts so need to make some new ones.
    I am sorry for the confusion it has caused.
    I hope that your slippers go well.


    1. Hi Janet,

      I have used sewn bottoms on my slippers before. They stop them from wearing out so quickly and do give a bit of slip resistance! You can also buy a latex product that you paint onto the bottom, but I’m not sure where you can get it from now. If you Google it though you will also come up with some innovative ways people use to stop knitted slippers from slipping on hard surfaces including using the silicone sealant that you use around your bath!

      Good luck and happy knitting,

  12. Hi,

    I only know how to do a simple knit stitch. Are there other stitches in this pattern? Also, is there a crochet version? Thanks, Michele

    1. Hello Michele,

      To knit the slippers you will need to be able to knit, purl and do some different types of decreases. They are not difficult once you have the hang of doing these stitches and there are some very good tutorials on youtube so you can watch how they are done.

      The slippers aren’t available in crochet but there are others available on the net which are very good.

      Please do get back in touch if I can help you in any way.
      With kind regards,

  13. Bonjour Mindie !

    I bought the duffers revisited pattern. I made some before (flat and sewed way -Old pattern). Now I’m ready to try the one piece-round way. I tried the Judy Becker way to start. I think it’ s great . But there is confusion here for me : Am I supposed to continue all the way with this technique,using it for all rows (changing needle ?) or follow a normal round circular knitting after one row on each needle?
    Maybe obvious for you, not for me : ). On youtube, everything demonstration stop after first rows… I made 6 rows now, following Judy Becker…Is it wrong ?
    Maybe I don’t get it because of langage. (French)…

    Merci beaucoup,
    Jüdith B

  14. Hello Jüdith,

    The Judy Becker way to cast on makes the bottom of the slipper seamless, no need to sew, which as you say is great, It is only needed for the first cast on row. After you have the stitches on the needles you continue in the round for normal circular knitting.
    You will need the pattern page for ‘Instructions for Circular Knitting’ in the pattern for the size you are knitting. The circular knitting instructions start with a purl round because the cast on gives you a knit round facing you and if you are working garter stitch in the round you need to work one round with the knit stitch and one round purling the stitches.

    My instructions would be:
    Cast on your stitches onto a circular needle (or two circular needles if you are using two circular method, one needle for each side of the knitting) as the Judy Becker instructions show you.
    Work one round of knitting as in the instructions for the cast on.
    Then switch to the instructions in the pattern from
    Round 1: Purl.
    Continue to work in the round as for normal circular knitting following the pattern.

    I hope that this is explained for you. If I have not made anything clear enough please contact me again and I will explain things further.

    All the best and thank you,

  15. Hi Mindie !

    It is exactly the information I needed.
    Now, I get it. I tried to purl directly in Judy B’s, to make it work, I was making first and last stiches knit and the rest purl. I’ll redo following your instructions. : )
    It is very clear, thank you.
    Your pattern with every width and sizes and charts are very clear to me (after reading a little bit to get it).

    Jüdith B

  16. Mindie- any suggestions on choosing a size that will accommodate for felting? I’ve already sacrificed a 2 cakes of Rasta malabrigo & a worsted weight held double. I realise the many wild & wonderful variations of wooly yarn in stashland but am looking for only a guide. I just knit up the size 9.5 US in the worsted weight held double & its still too small- I’m 5.5/6 US.

    1. Hi and thanks for getting in touch,

      The sizes that are given should give room for felting but as you say, all yarns felt differently and some are a bit more ‘eager’ than others!
      I have found that a plied yarn felts more slowly than singles which is what I think the malabrigo is? The samples I knit for all my felted patterns are done with cascade 220 held double and although you still get some stitch definition when felted it behaves pretty consistently.
      Something that did occur to me is that if you measure the slipper that you just felted then looking at the finished size chart see what size it came out and how many sizes it is too small. Then, when you knit another one go up that many sizes for the next? Does that make any sense?
      Each size on the pattern is only 1/2 inch larger than the previous which is a pretty small amount really when it comes to felting.

      I hope this helps but please feel free to contact me again if I can help more.

  17. Hi Mindie 🙂
    How much wider than widest part of foot would you expect the knitted sole of the slipper to be (approx) before felting?
    I am making size 45 extra wide and me foot is the same size as the knitted sole (width-wise) not length wise, thankfully ha ha ha! Maybe I need to put in extra stitches/change gauge. Many thanks, Beorc

  18. Hi I have made these before, but now do not seem to the sssk stich right. Can you tell me how or show me how it is done?

    1. Hello Glennis,

      To work the sssk stitch, firstly slip three stitches from the left hand needle to the right, as if to knit, one at a time. This twists the stitches and you will notice the loops a little looser.
      Then, while they are still on the right hand needle, put the tip of the left hand needle through the front of all three stitches and knit them together through the back loop.
      You will have decreased two stitches and the new stitch on the needle will lean to the left.

      If you want some visual help to see exactly what is going on when you work this decrease there is a very good video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9v0knH8nDU

      I hope this helps you, please do get in touch again if I can help further.

  19. Circular knitting chart 2 for wide and extra wide fittings
    R11 – is it correct that the the figure in the brackets for extra wide is smaller than the number not in the brackets for wide. I could not find errata for this pattern.
    Thank you.
    Lisa Diss

  20. Hi Lisa,

    Yes, the numbers are correct. I know it seems funny that with a larger slipper the figure is one less but the one stitch does not make a great deal of difference and the ‘extra wide’ comes from the number of stitches that are kept for the top of foot, the overall stitch count is more.
    Thank you for buying the pattern and I hope that you have fun knitting them. If there is anything else I can help with, please do get in touch with me.
    With kind regards,

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