The crazy weather of late (sun, heat, wind, rain – back to heat again) has made me a little unsure about what I should be leaving the house with; the contents of my mum bag ranging from rain covers and wooly hats to sun cream and parasols.
However, I’ve found that these welly-boot warmers are perfect for the ‘in between’ weather and can be worn with shorts and a light rain coat, providing the right amount of snugness for playing in the mud and digging in the garden.
Here’s how to make them…the size is fairly adaptable as they are super stretchy, so I would say this pattern sizes to fit ages 3 to 10 years. The main stitch used is garter stitch (knit all stitches) but I’ve designed these with the stitch pattern ‘inside out’ so the main part of the boot warmers are actually the reverse of a normal garter stitch. Once the rib has been worked, colours are changed on the wrong side instead of the right, to create that effect.
You will need:
- 3 colours of aran weight yarn (I used teal=Colour A, grey=Colour B, mustard=Colour C)
- size 6mm (UK SIZE) needles
- tapestry needle
Approximate time needed: 3 evenings
(A lot of the time I break down my projects into evenings, doing a bit each evening works for me- it took one evening to knit one boot warmer, then one for sewing up)
Make 2 identical:
Cast on 42 stitches in colour A
Row 1. K2, *P2, K2* repeat to end,
Row 2. P2, *K2, P2* repeat to end, these two rows form the rib
Rows 3 & 4. Repeat rows 1 & 2
Change to Colour B (right side)
Knit 3 rows in colour B
(Wrong side) change to Colour C, knit 2 rows
(Wrong side) Change to colour B knit 2 rows. These two rows create a striped garter stitch that is ‘inside out’. Continue with 2 rows B, 2 rows C, until the work measures 10 cm from cast on edge, ending with a right side row.
Change to Colour A, and starting with K2, *P2, K2* repeat the same 4 row rib pattern as at the beginning.
Cast off loosely then sew in ends and sew up main seam with a tapestry needle.
This is a very basic pattern that can easily be adapted with various yarn colours and sizes, they’d even be great for grown-ups!
Let me know how you get on following the pattern, its been a long time since I’ve created and typed up a pattern of my own! I hope it makes sense!