How to Loom Knit Slipper Socks (Easy Tutorial & Video!)

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Learn how to make a super comfy and easy pair of loom knit slipper socks in this free pattern and step by step tutorial!

Loom knitting is so much fun. Once you make a project or two, you’ll want to make more!

These slipper socks are one of those perfect easy projects to try after you’ve mastered the basic loom knit hat pattern and want to try something a little more challenging, but still fairly simple.

This is a very basic sock pattern that’s totally beginner friendly.

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To make these fabulous socks, we’ll be using the basic e wrap knit stitch and the purl stitch, plus we’ll do a very easy short rows technique to form the heel of the sock (don’t panic, it’s so easy).

Even if this is your first time loom knitting socks, you can totally make this pattern.

We’ll be using nice, chunky working yarn to make a pair of thick socks that’s perfect for cold winters and curling up by the fire with a good book and a cup of coffee or some cocoa.

pair of loom knit socks laying on a wooden bench

I made the socks in this tutorial to fit me, and I wear a size 9.5 women’s US shoe. You can make these for any shoe size by adding extra rows or reducing rows after the heel.

You could also change the pattern up to make your own unique designs by adding extra rows to the ribbed ankle portion or just skip the heel section all together to make tube socks! Once you learn some more stitch patterns, you can jazz it up even more.

You’ll just need a 24 peg round loom, plus a few other supplies. Your loom should come with a hook, but if you can’t find it, a small crochet hook will also work.

My favorite looms to use are the large gauge set by KB. They seem to be a popular loom brand, I know I love them!

Let’s get started!

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Loom Knit Socks

Step 1: Cast On

First we’re going to do a cast on row of e-wrap knitting.

Put a stitch marker on one of the pegs. This will be your starting peg.

sock knitting loom with a stitch marker on the first peg

Make a slip knot and slide it onto the peg you marked and tighten up the knot.

make a slip knot and slide the loop onto the first peg

Start e-wrapping clockwise around each peg going to the right.

start e-wrapping each peg going to the right

When you get all the way around, push the loops down and do another row of e-wraps above the first row.

start e-wrapping a second row above the first row

Once you get all the way around, use the hook to bring the bottom loop up over the top loop and off the peg.

scoop up the bottom loop with the hook
pull the bottom loop off of the peg

Continue that around the loom.

finished cast on row

Your cast on row is done!

Step 2: K1P1 Rib

Now we’re going to start the ribbed ankle section. It’s made up of a knit 1 purl 1 rib. If you’ve never done a purl stitch on a loom before, don’t worry, it’s easy!

Start by making an e-wrap knit stitch on the first peg to the right.

making an ewrap knit stitch for the first peg

For the next peg, we’ll do a purl. Hold the yarn in front of the peg and under the loop already on the peg.

hold the yarn in front of the second loop

Take the hook and slide it under the loop from the top, grab the yarn with it, and pull up a loop through the top loop.

slide the hook down through the top loop
pull a loop up from the bottom

Grab that loop and carefully pull the loop that’s currently on the peg off. Then put the new loop onto the peg.

grab the loop that you just made
pull the loop off of the peg
put the new loop onto the peg

Pull the yarn to tighten.

pull the yarn to tighten the purl stitch

And that’s how you do a purl stitch! I know it seems like a pain, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not bad at all.

Continue alternating knit 1 purl 1 all the way around the loom. Repeat that for 10 rows total.

make 10 rows of knit 1 purl 1 rib

Step 3: Knit 5 rows

Now we’re going to knit 5 easy rows of e-wrap knit. You just e-wrap around all the pegs, and then knit them off. Super simple!

e-wrap knit 5 rows
10 rows of k1p1 rib and 5 rows of regular e-wrap knit
Here’s how it will look once you finish the 5 rows.

Step 4: The Heel (Part 1)

Alright, time for the slightly tricky part. Honestly, it’s easy, but you have to pay attention a little bit.

For this part we’ll only be knitting on pegs 1-12 and just ignoring the other pegs. Don’t worry, they’ll be fine. We’ll come back to them.

First, you’re going to count to peg 12 (going to the right from peg 1) and put a stitch marker on it.

put a stitch marker on peg 12
I used a piece of scrap yarn as my stitch marker.

Now we’re going to knit 4 rows only on pegs 1-12 going back and forth.

E-wrap knit starting from peg 1 to peg 12. Knit off.

e-wrap knit to peg 12

Then, e-wrap going back to the left, but this time you’ll start wrapping on peg 11 (skip peg 12), and wrap to peg 1. Knit off.

e-wrapping to the left

E-wrap from peg 2 to peg 12. Knit off.

E-wrap from peg 11 to peg 1. Knit off.

Alright, that’s the first part of the heel. Take a quick snack break and then we’ll dive into part 2!

Step 5: The Heel (Part 2)

For the second part of the heel, we’ll be decreasing by one on each row.

First, take the loop on peg 12 and move it over to peg 11. Now there will be two loops on peg 11.

Now you’re going to e-wrap knit from peg 2 to peg 11.

When you go to knit off the loops, you’ll take both loops from peg 11 and treat them as one loop, knitting them both off at once.

knit both loops off of peg 11 as one

We’re going to continue doing this back and forth for the rest of the heel. Each time you’ll knit back across the heel row, stopping when you get to the peg with 2 loops. Here we go!

Put the loop from peg 1 onto peg 2. E-wrap knit across to the left.

Put the loop from peg 11 onto peg 10. E-wrap knit across to the right.

Put the loop from peg 2 onto peg 3. E-wrap knit across to the left.

Put the loop from peg 10 onto peg 9. E-wrap knit across to the right.

Put the loop from peg 3 onto peg 4. E-wrap knit across to the left.

We did it! At this point, your sock will look like this.

how the sock will look after the heel rows

Now we have to address those big gaps.

This part is a little bit of a guessing game, but it’ll be OK. You have to pick 3 loops to place onto the empty pegs on each side where the gaps are.

picking which loops to put on the pegs

My method is to find a center loop and put it on the center empty peg on one side.

Then choose the loops on either side. That way it’s at least pretty centered.

Keep in mind that the part you’re looking at on top of the loom will be inside the finished sock, so pick a loop kind of towards the underside to avoid a lump on the side of the sock.

Here’s how mine looked after I picked my random loops and put them on the pegs.

how it will look after you put the loops on the pegs from the heel gap

Repeat that on the other side of the heel. Now it’ll look like this.

how the sock will look after the heel is done

Pat yourself on the back, you officially made it through the hairy part of this sock pattern! You’ll have to do it one more time, but it’ll be even easier the second time around.

Now let’s finish this thing!

Step 6: Knitting the foot of the sock

The rest of the sock is super easy. You just do rows of e-wrap knitting until it’s the length you want.

I wear a size 9.5 US women’s shoe and I did 25 rows after the heel.

To determine the number of rows I wanted to do, I just kept sticking my foot into the unfinished sock right through the loom. I’m sure there’s a way to do a more accurate measurement, but that method worked pretty

For larger socks sizes, add more rows, and for smaller sizes, knit less rows. It’s easiest if you can test the sock on your intended recipient.

Step 7: Finishing off the toe section

We’re so close to done!

Wrap the yarn around the loom one and a half times to make sure you have plenty to finish it off. Cut the yarn at the 1.5 loom wraps mark.

wrapping the yarn around the loom one and a half times before cutting the yarn

Thread the end of the yarn onto a yarn needle.

thread the yarn onto a yarn needle

Feed the needle up under the loop on the first peg and pull the yarn through.

thread the needle under the first peg loop

Slide the loop off of peg 1.

slide the loop off of peg one

Continue that around the loom until you’ve removed all the loops from the pegs.

sock off of the loom but not finished off yet

Pull the end of the yarn to cinch the hole up. Now we’re going to use the yarn needle to thread the yarn back through all the loops around the hole again, just to make it extra secure.

sewing around the hole of the sock

Once you get all the way around, tie a knot to secure. Then weave the end of the yarn up through some of the loops and cut it. I made sure to weave the yarn in along the top of the foot so there won’t be any weird lumps on the bottom when I’m walking.

tie a knot in the yarn
thread the end of the yarn through some of the loops

Use the yarn needle to weave in the end from the beginning of the sock over on the ankle part.

weave in the end of the ankle part

Done!

finished loom knit sock

Give yourself a round of applause! We did it! And it has a heel and everything!

I was seriously proud of this accomplishment because prior to this, I had never made a sock with a heel. I’ve made crochet slippers and whatnot, but never with a real heel! Woo hoo!

Now that the first sock is done, it’s time to make the second sock. You got this!

girl standing on beige carpet wearing loom knit socks

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and made yourself a pair of these seriously cozy loom knit slipper socks! If this is your first pair of socks, congrats!

If you want to try knitting socks on a smaller gauge loom with finer yarn, I’ve heard that this comprehensive book by Isela Phelps is top notch. You’ll learn lots of tricks of the trade!

I’m a big fan of chunky yarn, so I haven’t quite gone there yet.

Once you finish your pair of chunky loom knit socks, share a pic over on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth so I can see! I love seeing your awesome creations!

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