Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs by Vashti Braha

Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs

January 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Back loop slip stitch
6.5 mm (K)
164 - 219 yards (150 - 200 m)
9"/23cm long; very stretchy 7"17.75cm circumference at one end, 10"/25.5cm at other.
both US and UK
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Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs feature an all-over mock cable pattern with a ribbed cuff for fit. Wear them folded over the boot rim, or left long for more warmth. See issue #66 of my newsletter.

These cuffs are based on everything I love about the Lucky Twist Mitts pattern (also in Ravelry). A pair of mitts would coordinate stylishly with these boot cuffs.

Slip stitch ribbing is deliciously comfortable, snug and warm! These boot toppers are long enough, and can easily be made longer, to serve as leg warmers or boot liners.

A step by step photo tutorial is on page 6, following the printer-friendly pattern on page 5. Slip stitching below the working row is the first step in creating this kind of mock cable texture. Add a “lucky twist” to the stitch loop to enhance the cabled look.

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate because some may find it challenging to combine these three skills in this pattern: short row shaping, twisted spike stitches, and crocheting slip stitches with a consistently looser gauge.

Note: If you haven’t crocheted a project in slip stitch ribbing yet, I recommend starting with the free Eva’s Ribs Scarf (or the free Slip Slope Scarf if you’re easily bored). The skill-building Luckyslips Mitts pattern is the ultimate introduction because it started out as a class project for slip stitch crochet beginners.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet a mock cable with twisted spike slip stitches.
  • How to use the foundation row, seaming row, and turning chains in slip stitch crochet.
  • How to begin and end ribbed rows, and how to count them accurately.
  • How to shape slip stitch ribbing into a fitted cuff that retains its stretch.
  • How to adjust both width and length of this type of boot cuff. It’s easy to customize both length and width (circumference).

If your slip stitches persist in being a bit tighter than the gauge stated in this pattern, you can add foundation chs for length, and repeat more rows for width before seaming into a tube.

I’ve kept pattern abbreviations to a minimum. UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.