These boot toppers are a nice little accessory to add some texture and luxury to any outfit thanks to the tweedy, silk blend yarn. They are worked in the round beginning with a ribbed pattern that is smooth so that it can be easily tucked into the boot followed by a simple four rounds cable pattern.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Finished circumference 11 (13, 15)” negative ease recommended.
Shown in size 13”.
Gauge: 26 st and 36 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in ribbing after wet blocking.
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon; 191 yards [174 meters]/50 grams): Charcoal 004, 1 (1, 2) balls.
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm): dpns or 1 long circular to use magic loop method; US size 3 (3.25 mm): dpns.
Notions: Stitch marker; cable needle; tapestry needle.
2/2 RC: slip 2 sts to cable needle (cn), hold at back, k2, k2 from cn.
Rnd 1: *K2, 2/2 RC; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 2 and 4: Knit all sts.
Rnd 3: *2/2 RC, K2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 1-4 for pattern.
**Note: On every other Rnd 3, the 2/2 RC will be worked using the 2 sts from the end of Rnd 2 and the 2 from the start of Rnd 3. To do this you will work to 2 sts before the end of Rnd 2, start 2/2 RC for Rnd 3 by slipping last 2 sts from Rnd 2 to the left needle, complete 2/2 RC, being sure end of round marker is between these 4 sts, work rest of the round as written to last 2 sts, k2.
This pattern is worked in the round beginning with the section that will be tucked in to the boot followed by the cabled section that will be visible. Due to the frequency of the cables, this would be a great pattern to try out cabling without a cable needle.
With larger needle, CO 78 (90, 102) sts, place marker for the end of the round.
Rnd 1: *K5, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 until piece meas 2” from CO edge.
Inc Rnd: K6 (0, 6), *k3 (4, 3), kfb; rep from * to end of round – 96 (108, 126) sts.
Work in Cable Pattern until piece meas 2½”, ending on an odd rnd.
Dec Rnd: *K10, k2tog; rep from * 7 (8, 9) more times, k0 (0, 6) sts – 88 (99, 116) sts.
I-Cord Bind Off
With smaller needles, CO 3 sts.
Next Row: *K2, ssk with last st on the needle and 1 live st from the Boot Topper, slide sts back to the right end of the needle; rep from * until all live sts have been bound off from the Boot Topper. BO 3 rem sts. Sew together the two ends.
Weave in ends. Gently block to measurements.