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Idle Road Boot Toppers

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♪ The Music ♪
Idle Road is a traditional Irish double jig that I first heard on Joanie Madden’s collection A Whistle on the Wind. It’s a lively, toe-tapping tune that will make your feet yearn to wander the idle roads.

Pattern Notes:
These cabled boot toppers are worked in the round from the bottom (wide ribbing) up. The front and back of the boot topper are identical. Size S is shown in the photographs; larger sizes are created by adding additional Honeycomb cable columns at the side of the boot topper. Each size has its own charts / written directions. Bind off is ‘in pattern’.

Both charts and written directions are provided.

A photo tutorial for the Estonian Cast On is included as a separate PDF.

The cable in these boot toppers matches that in the Lost Kingdom: Coimbra Fingerless Gloves.

S (M, L)
To fit Calf: 13 – 16 (14.5 – 18, 16 – 20)“ / 33 – 40.5 (37 – 45, 40.5 – 51)cm
Finished Circumference: 13 (14.5, 16)” / 33 (37, 40.5)cm
Height: 9.5” / 24cm

276 (308, 340)yds / 252 (282, 311)m in Worsted weight

4.0 mm / US 6

20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette, blocked

Stitch marker, cable needle, tapestry needle

A big thank you to faeriepaw, Tucc1, tinfu, woollykim, TheKnittnKittn and mattnmay for testing this pattern and to Annie Maloney for her beautiful stitch dictionaries that always inspire.

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