Frost Boils Boot Cuffs by Janelle Martin

Frost Boils Boot Cuffs

August 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in over Chart A, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
196 - 392 yards (179 - 358 m)
Small (Medium, Large, XLarge)
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About this Design:
Sorted circles or “Frost Boils” occur during the process of soil heaving caused by the freezing and thawing cycle. Larger particulates tend to be pushed to the surface more frequently than smaller ones and then shifted to the outside where they remain, creating circles. Sorted circles have a border of stones surrounding a centre of finer material as shown in the inspiration photo below. For more information on this process and other effects of frost on limestone barrens, visit this very informative website -

After finishing the Frost Boils Cowl, there was still a generous amount of yarn left for these boot cuffs.

Pattern is 6 pages.

Skills Required:

  • Working with charts
  • Slipped stitches
  • Stranded colourwork
  • Duplicate stitch
  • Blocking

Finished Size:
Small (Medium, Large, XLarge) to fit calf of the leg at the widest part – 12 (15, 18, 21)”/30.48 (38.10, 45.72, 53.34) cm wide by 9”/22.86 cm long.

Actual circumference – 9 (12, 15, 18)”/22.86 (30.48, 38.1, 45.72) cm

Length – 9”/22.86 cm

Other Tools:

  • Stitch marker (1)
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions).
  • Blunt tip tapestry needle to duplicate stitch and weave in ends.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn: 196 (262, 328) 392 yards/179 (240, 300) 358 meters of wool sport weight yarn that knits up to 5.5 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Bare Naked Wools ‘Confection Sport’, (375 yards/343 meters; 100% Corriedale wool; 4.0 oz/115 grams per skein). 1 skein each in:
MC: Milk Chocolate
CC1: White Chocolate
CC2: Nougat
CC3: Cookies and Cream
CC4: Dark Chocolate

Sample shown is size Medium.

Note: You will have enough yarn to also make the matching cowl if you purchase one skein of each colour.

About the Collection:
This past summer I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 10 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for the Northern Landscapes collection. This accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in three parts and will be available as an ebook or individual patterns. Part one will be published this August, part two will be published over 2016/17 and part three will be released in 2019.

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.