Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs: Cabled Slip Stitches

Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs feature an all-over mock cable slip stitch pattern with a ribbed cuff for fit. Wear them folded over boot or left long for more warmth.
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  • Item #: 4-A110212S
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

Lucky Twists Boot Cuffs feature an all-over mock cable pattern with a ribbed cuff for fit. Wear them folded over boot or left long for more warmth. See issues #65 & #66 of my newsletter. They're based on everything I love about the Lucky Twist Mitts pattern: stylishly stretchy cables in the right places. 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. Slip stitching below the working row is the first step in creating this kind of mock cable texture. Add that “lucky twist” to the stitch loop to enhance the cabled look.

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate. You 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. 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 (http://bit.ly/13nhpF1) pattern is the ultimate introduction because it started out as a class project for slip stitch crochet beginners. Also see: "Slip Stitch Crochet FAQ in My Classes" at my blog, or issue #45 of my newsletter: "Slip Stitch FAQ".

Minimal pattern abbreviations; UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.

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.

Finished Dimensions
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.

Length of boot cuff between rims: 9" {23 cm}
Circumference, unstretched: 7" {17.75 cm}; widens to 10" {25.5 cm} at the other end. Nearly doubles when stretched.

Materials Used

  • Crochet Hook: Size K/US10.5/6.5 mm hook or size needed for gauge.
  • Yarn Shown for gray version: Red Heart Soft Touch Solids (100% Acrylic; 290yd/265m per 5oz/141g skein): gray. Contrast color: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids (100% Acrylic; 170yd/155m per 3.5oz/100g skein): Linen. Each boot cuff (of the size shown) takes approx. 45g of this medium weight acrylic yarn, so a 100g ball should yield one pair. 
  • Substituting a yarn: Choose a #4 medium-weight wooly blend that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm to J/10/6mm on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Heavy Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and "Light Chunky" Weight. See this photo set for other yarns I tried. 
  • Recommended: 3 stitch markers (until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row), plus 12 for the Lucky Twist cable row.
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  • Special Technique: Slip Stitch Crochet
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