(I think they are commonly called Boot Cuffs or Boot Toppers)
For my model, I used wool sock yarn and size 3 double pointed needles. I did not worry about the gauge, but you may want to up-size or down-size your needles if you knit particularly tight or loose.
Cast on 59 stitches. Row 1 through Row 4: Knit every stitch.
Row 5: slip the stitch as to knit (you are making an edge stitch),
*Knit two stitches together, yarn over, knit one stitch. Repeat this pattern from the *across the row, knit one stitch.
Row 6: slip one stitch as to purl, *purl two stitches together, yarn over, purl one stitch. Repeat this pattern from the *across the row, purl one stitch.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until your piece is the length you desire, ending with a purl row. I made mine about 5 inches, but they stretched a little when blocked.
Ruffle Row 1: slip one stitch as if to knit, knit in front and in back of each stitch across the row until you get to the last stitch, and knit the last stitch.
Ruffle Row 2: slip one stitch as if to purl, purl each stitch across the row.
Ruffle Row 3: slip one stitch as if to knit, knit every stitch across the row.
Ruffle Row 4: Repeat Ruffle Row 2.
Ruffle Row 5: Repeat Ruffle Row 1.
Ruffle Row 6: Repeat Ruffle Row 3.
Ruffle Row 7: Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit the next stitch. Slip the first stitch over the second stitch. Knit the next stitch and slip the previous stitch over the second stitch on the needle. Repeat this across the row until you have only one stitch left. Pull the yarn through securing the stitch and tie the yarn off. I personally find the bind off row to be easier to do when I slip stitch each stitch off of the needle. Work the way that makes it comfortable for you.
Finishing: Fold the right sides of the piece together and use a tapestry hook or a crochet hook to seam the edges together. If you use a wool yarn, I suggest you block the piece.
I found that the Boot Buddy looked better when I wore it inside out and allowed the ruffle to overflow around the boot top. I hope you enjoy your the Boot Buddies as much as I do mine.
This is an original pattern by Dawn Jones. If you have questions or problems with this pattern, please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
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