Idle Road Boot Toppers by Luise O'Neill

Idle Road Boot Toppers

November 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
276 - 340 yards (252 - 311 m)
S (M, L) (see notes)
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♪ The Music ♪
Idle Road is a traditional Irish double jig that I first heard on Joanie Madden’s collection A Whistle on the Wind. It’s a lively, toe-tapping tune that will make your feet yearn to wander the idle roads.

Pattern Notes
These cabled boot toppers are worked in the round from the bottom (wide ribbing) up. The front and back of the boot topper are identical. Size S is shown in the photographs; larger sizes are created by adding additional Honeycomb cable columns at the side of the boot topper. Each size has its own charts / written directions. Bind off is ‘in pattern’.

Both charts and written directions are provided.

A photo tutorial for the Estonian Cast On is included as a separate PDF.

S (M, L)
To fit Calf: 13 – 16 (14.5 – 18, 16 – 20)“ / 33 – 40.5 (37 – 45, 40.5 – 51)cm
Finished Circumference: 13 (14.5, 16)” / 33 (37, 40.5)cm
Height: 9.5” / 24cm

276 (308, 340)yds / 252 (282, 311)m worsted-weight yarn

Sample in Patons Classic Wool (100% wool; 223yds / 204m per 100g) in Grey Mix

Stitch marker, cable needle, tapestry needle

This PDF contains 14 pages.

The cable in these boot toppers matches that in the Lost Kingdom: Coimbra Fingerless Gloves.

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A big thank you to Ravellers faeriepaw, Tucc1, tinfu, woollykim, TheKnittnKittn and mattnmay for testing this pattern and to Annie Maloney for her beautiful stitch dictionaries that always inspire.