It's a very long drive across Australia's Nullabor and as we are always in a hurry to get to Victoria and then in even more of a hurry to get back, it becomes an exceptionally long time to be sitting in the car. We don't stop off and sight see so it means a lot of knitting time. And I mean A LOT.
I usually knit socks - something quick and easily portable that can be put away quickly at refuelling stops as I dash out to pay for fuel and seek chocolate, but I was already knitting a sock and wanted something else.
My daughter had mentioned that she would like a pair of boot toppers and I had every intention of making her some whilst we were on holiday. But you know what it's like with knitting - there's always other projects on the go. Now, however, the Nullabor stretched out for 1000's of kilometers before us for the drive home so I took up a ball of beautiful Bergere de France yarn in Sport, a set of 4.00mm needles and set to work coming up with a pattern. I had wanted to knit these in the round but only bought my sock knitting DPN's so, in the end, I knitted them flat and 'sewed' them up with a crochet needle. They can easily be knit in the round though - the choice is yours.
half a ball of Bergere de France Sport in creme.
1 set of 4.00mm knitting needles.
1 4.00mm crochet needle (optional)
Cast on 54 stiches
K2, P2 to end
Continue ribbing for 9 rows
Row 1: *K4, YO, K3, P2* rpt to end
Row 2: *K2, P8* rpt to end
Row 3: *K2, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K1, P2* rpt to end
Row 4 (and all even rows) Knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches (Purl YO's)
Row 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, Slip one, K2, PSSO, YO, SSK, P2* rpt to end
Row 6: as row 4
Repeat this pattern (Rows 1 - 6) a further 5 times.
Repeat K2, P2 ribbing for 9 rows and loosely cast off.
To join, I slipped stitched them together with a crochet hook which leaves a nice, neat edge. They can just as easily be sewn together though.
The finished topper is 6 inches long. If you need to make them any wider, cast on a further 9 stitches for each extra pattern repeat.
I have arrived home and believe me, it is sweltering. There will be a few more months yet before they can be worn - which is fine. It gives me time to make some for myself.
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