Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | September 19, 2010

Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots

Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots

The following pattern is an adaptation of the original Dorm Boots pattern by Amy Detjen’s Aunt Alm.

Plain – XLarge
Variation 1 – XSmall Variation 2 – Large Variation 3 – Medium

Sizes XS(S,M,L,XL)
XS & S = small child to young teen
M = Women size 6 to 8 shoe
L & XL = Men
Directions are for smallest size with larger sizes in brackets. If there is only one figure, it applies to all sizes.

any knitting worsted weight yarn
4.5mm double pointed needles (4 needles for small sizes and 5 needles for larger sizes) or size to obtain gauge
markers, darning needle

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″/10 cm over stockinette st

2×2 ribbing – *k2, p2, repeat from *
dpn(s) – double-pointed needle(s)
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
p – purl
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
pm – place marker
rnd(s) – round(s)
ssk – slip 2 stitches separately to right needle as if to knit. Knit these 2 stitches together by inserting left needle into them from left to right.
st(s) – stitch(es)

Bottom of boot:
Cast on 64(72,80,88,96) sts distributing evenly over 3 needles, pm and join.
*K 1 rnd, p 1 rnd, repeat from * 5(6,6,7,7) more times.

Middle portion of boot:
K29(33,37,41,45) sts, k2tog, p1, pm to denote centre of boot, p1, ssk, k to end of rnd.
Following rnds, k to last 3 sts before centre marker, k2tog, p1, slip marker, p1, ssk, k to end of rnd.
Continue decreasing in this manner until 32(36,40,40,44) sts left on needles.

Top/ribbing of boot, XS(M,L):
Work a 2×2 ribbing for 16(20,20) rnds, p1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Bind off loosely.

Top/ribbing of boot, S(XL):
Work a 2×2 ribbing for 18(22) rnds, k1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Bind off loosely.

Sew up bottom with darning needle and weave in ends.
Fold cuff over.

1. Work bottom, middle portion and ribbing in 3 different colours.
2. Work bottom and cuff in one colour, middle portion in another colour.
3. Embellish boot with a fancy edging.

The following pattern is the original source for my adaptation above.

Amy Detjen’s Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots!

4 mm/US 6 needle and 2 oz knitting worsted weight yarn
Cast on 76 sts (86 sts for men) – (3.75 mm/US 5 needle with 76 sts for children)

Knit 14 rows (7 ridges) in Garter Stitch.

Row 1 – K35, k2tog, p2, k2tog in back of st, k35.
Row 2 – P34, p2tog in back of st, k2, p2tog, p34.

Continue these two rows until there are 40 sts left on needles.
Work 7 rows (3.5 ridges) of Garter Stitch.
Bind off with large needle. Sew up back and bottom.

– – – – Amy adds – – –

Aunt Alm died last summer (1998), and I know she’s just sitting up there waiting for us to cast on … but she also wouldn’t mind if we edited her pattern a little.

These are the official Knitu Dorm Boots!!!



  1. Thank-you for the knitting pattern for Dorm boots.
    I have just learned how to hand knit (after many years of just crocheting) and am looking for really simple knitting patterns that a beginner would find easy.


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