Introducing Helmikuu Boot Toppers

Drumroll, folks… I am about to log my 100th project on Ravelry!

99 projects

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

Stitch abbreviations:

  • 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


Directions:helmikuu chart

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″)

Cable section:

  • 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

helmikuu schematic

Happy knitting and stay warm!