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Knit without knitting: free instructions for comfortable slippers

Gammlos are comfortable, warm hut shoes that keep your feet warm even in winter. Ideally, they are so big that you can slip on comfortably even with thick socks. It does not get cold from above because the cuff protrudes far above the ankle. Find out here how to knit such cozy gammlos yourself.

The wool for your slippers is preferably warm and robust. A thick thread ensures that the Gammlos are also done quite quickly. The sole may become a little slippery. At the end you can remedy this with appropriate stoppers, an additional sewn-on shoe sole or simple blobs of hot glue. Maybe you want to knit several gammlos for the whole family ">


  • Material and preparation
  • Knit without knitting | manual
    • Manufacture cuffs
    • Transition to the foot part
    • Knit the bottom part of the gammlos
    • Manufacture sole
    • sew together

Material and preparation


  • 150 g gray wool (barrel length 70 m / 50 g, needle size 5)
  • 50 g beige wool of the same length
  • Circular knitting needle size 5
  • simple knitting needle
  • 1 wool needle

We decided to use 100% new wool. It is nice and warm, resistant and a pure natural product. You are of course free to choose a different material. Our stitch test showed 22 stitches in 26 rows for a 10 x 10 cm square knitted in stocking stitch. We knit the gammlos in size 39 / 40. In case of doubt, they also fit a size 38 or 41.

Tip: If you want your gammlos to be larger / smaller, use yarn with less / more barrel length.

Prior knowledge:

  • right stitches
  • purl stitches
  • Knit 2 stitches together
  • envelope
  • stitch on the right

Knit without knitting | manual

Manufacture cuffs

We start with a decorative border in gray to knit the gammlos: Cast on 6 stitches for a picot on the left circular needle.

Knit the last two stitches from the right . Pull the first over the second stitch.

Knit another stitch from the left needle on the right and cover it with the existing stitch on the right needle.

Push the remaining stitch back onto the left needle, which should now have 4 stitches.

Cast on 6 stitches and knit the next picot over them in the same way.

Continue until you have 56 stitches .

Close the stitches in a round.

Knit a round alternately 4 stitches on the left and 4 stitches on the right. Switch to the beige wool .

Continue with cuff pattern 4 left - 4 right over 9 rounds.

Note: The start of the round is at the back of the foot (calf / heel).

Now work 2 rounds in stocking stitch. This creates a clear edge at which you will later fold down the upper part of the cuff.

In the first of the two rounds, knit stitches 3 & 4, 7 & 8, 49 & 50 and 53 & 54 together. In the second round, knit stitches 2 & 3, 5 & 6, 48 & 49 and 50 & 51 together.

The number of stitches is reduced to 48 .

Then continue knitting for 18 rounds in a cuff pattern.

The number of ribs has decreased from 14 to 12.

Transition to the foot part

Switch to gray wool. Knit 4 rounds in garter stitch. This means that you alternately knit a round on the left and a round on the right. In the 4th round, put marks in front of the 21st, 23rd, 27th and 29th stitch. You knit 8 more rounds in garter stitch. However, in each round you now turn left stitches into an envelope at the markings.

In the rounds of right stitches, knit the envelopes from the right side. There are now 64 stitches in one round.

Knit the bottom part of the gammlos

The foot section consists of 17 rounds. Knit 24 stitches in stocking stitch on the first round. Then make an envelope and knit the next 5 stitches on the left. Knit the next 6 stitches. The braid of your slippers later "grows" from these stitches. This is followed by 5 stitches on the left, an envelope and 24 stitches on the right. This is the basic scheme for all 17 rounds.

You increase 2 stitches each round by making an envelope before and after the pattern stitches (= 5 left, 6 right, 5 left). In the following rounds, knit the envelopes twisted on the right. For example, the second round looks like this: 24 stitches on the right, knit the yarn over twisted on the right, 1 yarn over, 5 stitches on the left, 6 stitches on the right, 5 stitches on the left, 1 yarn over, knit yarn over twisted on the right, 24 stitches on the right.

For the braid, cross the first three right stitches with the second three right stitches in the 3rd, 9th and 15th round. So first knit the 5 left stitch stitches. Then take the following 3 right stitches on an auxiliary or cable needle. Leave the stitches in front of you and knit the next 3 right stitches behind the auxiliary needle .

Then knit the 3 stitches from the auxiliary needle on the right. It continues as usual with the 5 left stitch stitches. A braid slowly meanders over the back of your slippers.

Tip: If you don't like the cable pattern, you can use the pattern stitches to knit another pattern or just right or left stitches.

One round now consists of 98 stitches .

Manufacture sole

As the last part of the gammlos, knit the sole . From now on, knit in garter st in rows. The start of the row is at the same point as the start of the round - at the back of the heel.

Knit the 2nd and 3rd stitch of each row together on the right. In total you will knit 12 rows.

Then cast off the remaining 86 stitches . Cut the yarn generously. Use the rest of the rest for sewing.

sew together

Take the rest of the yarn onto the wool needle . First sew stitch by stitch along the long edge towards the toe. If you only pierce the outer loop, the seam will be completely smooth.

This is important so that she does not feel uncomfortable when you walk later.

Use another piece of thread to sew the slanted edge on the heel. It is advisable to turn the hut shoe to the left beforehand and sew it from the inside.

Overcast all other thread ends.

Knit the second gammlo the same way as the first.

The next winter you will always have warm feet thanks to your home-made slippers!

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