Today marks the release of my latest pattern, and an ongoing obsession on my part; boot toppers. The pattern is a simple "waffle" stitch knitted in the round with a twisted rib border on the top and bottom. A great project for someone who has some experience with working in the round but would like to try a more challenging stitch. Wear tucked into the top of you boots, over leggings or jeans, or just with you skirt for an instantly laid back style. For a boho chic take on them, introduce ribbon, lace, beading, or fringe to the top to add a glam element.
My favorite way to wear them is over skinny jeans, with black knee high boots, and a chunky sweater. I also made a second pair in cream.
Size: S, M, L, XL; see notes for directions on modifying this
Yarn: Any suitable worsted weight yarn.
Needles: size 6 US
Gauge: approximately 7 sts=1”
Cast on 86 (98, 112, 126) stitches using a Norwegian cast on (directions for this can be found in the note section). Place marker to denote the beginning of the round.
Next row: *k1tbl, p1tbl* repeat from * to * until end of row.
Repeat this row until you have worked 1/2” of twisted rib stitch.
Knit one row.
Row 1: *sl1pwyif, p1* repeat from * to * until end of row.
Row 2: *k 1, p 1* repeat from * to * until end of row.
Repeat these two rows until piece measures 6” from cast on edge, or desired length.
Work 2” of twisted rib stitch. Cast off using Jenny’s surprisingly stretching bind off (below), or suitable cast off. Weave in ends.
To modify size, reduce or increase number of stitches cast on by 2 stitches. Both the ribbing and the waffle stitch use a multiple of two stitches so adjusting this will not affect the integrity of the pattern.
1 Norwegian cast on:http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/howto/archive/2008/05/15/old-norwegian-cast-on.aspx
2 Stretchy bind off: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php