“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”-Robert Frost
Do you ever wish life was a choose-your-own-adventure book, and once you saw the results of a certain path, you could change your mind and go back?
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”
Life. It’s hard. You make choices, and once they are made, there is no going back. No matter how badly you wish you could go back and choose a different path…you can’t. One of my favorite poems, Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, emphasizes this fact of life. He likens life’s choices to two roads that he comes across in the woods. He states that he’s sorry he cannot travel both paths and be one traveler. So stuck in this quandary, he stares down both paths as long and as far as he can, and then makes his choice.
That is all that we really can do isn’t it? You can stare down the paths of life at every crossroad. There is a well-worn path that seems a bit boring and lackluster. There is a road less taken that seems a bit more appealing as the grass is still lush and the flowers not trampled. After much deliberation, you choose a path. Although you may try to convince yourself that you will save the other path for another day, there is a point of no return in which you cannot come back.
As I worked on these boot cuffs, I gave a lot of thought to this subject of choosing a path. Yes, the boot cuffs are cute. Are they stylish? I think so! They also work up quickly and make for a great shop listing or market item. However, my hope is that as you make them, you will be reminded of how important life’s choices are, for you are always only one decision away…
…from a completely different life.
Skill Level – Beginner
- SC in BLO – 4 rows x 17 stitches = 4″ x 4″
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- CH – Chain
- SC – Single crochet
- BLO – Back loop only
- Sl St – Slip stitch
- Each boot cuff is worked as a flat piece from corner to corner. It is seamed together with approximately one inch of overlap when finished. Optional: Two decorative buttons or one large button can be sewn near the top of each boot cuff where the diagonal comes to a point.
- The entire project is worked in BLO.
- Beginning chains DO NOT count as a stitch.
- Repeat rows consist of a decrease at the beginning of each row and an increase at the end of each row in order to maintain a diagonal edge as the piece gets longer.
- I chose NOT to SC evenly around the entire outside edge as a design preference, but you do you! If you want a SC trim around the whole piece, add that step in before tying off.
- If you have any difficulty completing this project and would like support, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be sure to check out the other patterns in the Kelsi Collection including the Kelsi Headband, Kelsi Clutch, Kelsi Cozy, and Kelsi Scarf!
Row 1: CH 4, SC in 2nd CH from hook and in every SC across. (3)
Row 2: CH 1, turn, working in BLO for the remainder of the project, 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, 2 SC in last stitch. (5)
Row 3: CH 1, turn, SC in every stitch across. (5)
Row 4: CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next stitch, SC across until 2 stitches remain, 2 SC in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch. (7)
Row 5: CH 1, turn, SC in every stitch across (7)
Row 6-19: Repeat Rows 4 and 5 increasing two stitches on every even row. Row 18 and 19 should have 21 stitches.
Row 20: CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog (decrease), SC across until 2 stitches remain, 2 SC (increase) in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch. (21)
Row 21: CH 1, turn, SC in every stitch across. (21)
Repeat rows 20 and 21 until piece measures approximately 14 inches (or desired length) along the straight edge of the work ending on an odd row. The length of the piece should equal the circumference of your calf in the spot where you want the boot cuffs to sit.
Row 22: CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog, SC across until 3 stitches remain, SC2tog, SC. (19)
Row 23: CH 1, turn, SC in every stitch across. (19)
Row 24-37: Repeat Rows 22 and 23 decreasing two stitches on every even row. Row 37 should have 5 stitches.
Row 38: CH 1, turn, SC2tog, SC, SC2tog. (3)
Optional (not pictured): Before tying off, CH 1, SC evenly around entire piece, join with a Sl St to beginning SC.
Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew the ends together with approximately once inch of overlap and lining up the ridges from the rows. I chose to sew the top and bottom points down and the underneath edge, but I did NOT sew the top edge down.
Optional: Sew two small buttons or one large button near the top of each boot cuff where the edge comes to a point. See photo for button and placement ideas.
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“Much love, sunshine, and pineapples”Sarah
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