Impostor Syndrome by Kino Knits

Impostor Syndrome

June 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in cable stitch pattern, wet blocked and laid flat to dry, not pinned or stretched
US 4 - 3.5 mm
156 - 228 yards (143 - 208 m)
XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL
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Boot toppers are a cute accessory – but it’s not as if anyone needs them to stay warm. When knitting something completely frivolous, why not at least make it versatile? These boot toppers do quadruple duty. Because they are completely reversible (despite being cabled), you can wear them straight up or fold them over the top of your boot. Because they have two colors, you can wear them right-side-up or upside down, depending on your mood. It’s like having multiple pairs in one!

As an indie designer, I’ve struggled with Impostor Syndrome and feeling like I’m not a “real” designer. In celebration of releasing over 50 patterns, I decided to call out my fear by naming these boot toppers after it. Are they neutral? Are they bright? Depends on your mood that day! Think of them as your armor declaring, “I can be whatever I want!!”

Knitting in the round, a single color change, and intermediate cables.

Queen City Yarn Biddleville DK: 100% merino, 250 yards/229 m per 4 oz/115 g. Sample shown in size S in C1: Showgirls and C2: So Much Drama, modeled on a 15”/38 cm calf

Sizes and Yardage (includes 15% buffer):
Choose a size 4-6”/10-15 cm smaller than your calf circumference. When between sizes, choose the smaller size.

  • XXS: 9”/23 cm circ, 78 yards/72 m each of two colors
  • XS: 9.5”/24 circ, 85 yards/78 m each of two colors
  • S: 10”/25 cm circ, 92 yards/85 m each of two colorsr
  • M: 10.5”/27 cm circ, 100 yards/91 m each of two colors
  • L: 11”/28 cm circ, 107 yards, 98 m each of two colors
  • XL: 11.5”/29 cm circ, 114 yards, 104 m each of two colors

30 stitches and 32 rounds = 4”/10 cm in cable stitch pattern, wet blocked and laid flat to dry, not pinned or stretched.


  • 2 cable needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

US 4 (3.5-mm) needles for knitting a small circumference in the round, or size needed to obtain gauge

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