Drumroll, folks… I am about to log my 100th project on Ravelry!
In honor of this momentous occasion (which feels less momentous when I remember that the count includes several WIPs and hibernating projects), I’ve put together a little treat: a free pattern for a pair of Helmikuu Boot Toppers, my 100th project.
Love having cozy, cabled socks peeking out of your boots? Knit these quick cuffs to get the look at a fraction of the cost! They’re versatile, too– wear them right side-out to look like tall socks, or flip inside-out and fold over for a cuffed look.
Helmikuu is the Finnish word for February, the perfect time for tall boots and tweedy yarns. It means “month of the pearl,” in reference to the pearl-like drops of ice that freeze on tree branches.
Two versions of this pattern are available here: a no-nonsense edition for experienced knitters, and a tutorial version with tips on techniques and customization. Both are completely free for distribution, but not for commercial use (you may not sell finished items made from this pattern).
- About 125 yards (75 g) Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/HW in Tahitian Pearl (< 1 ball)
- US 6 (4.0 mm) double-pointed needles (DPNs), or size needed to obtain gauge
- Cable needle
- Darning needle for finishing
- Gauge: 5 sts/in on ribbing after blocking
- Finished size: to fit around a 16″ calf
- 2 x 2 rib: k2, p2
- c6f: slip 3 sts to cable needle, k3 sts with cable needle held in front, k3 sts from cable needle
Lower ribbing section:
- Cast on 80 sts and join to work in the round
- Work in 2 x 2 rib for 12 rounds (about 2″)
- Rounds 1-3: k6, p2 around
- Round 4: c6f, p2 around
- Rounds 5-7: k6, p2 around
- Round 8: c6f, p2 around
- Rounds 9-11: k6, p2 around
Upper ribbing section:
- Work in 2 x 2 rib for 4 rounds
- Bind off in pattern
Happy knitting and stay warm!