Boot Liners

Lately, it’s been snowing nearly every day. I have some nice boots, but they could use a little extra insulation. (Plus, these things are so cute.)

See? Snow. Brrrr...
See? Snow. Brrrr…

So, here is your basic recipe for boot liners:

ch=chain

Sc=single crochet

dc=double crochet

tc=triple/treble crochet

4Dc-Shell=4dc

6Dc-Shell=6dc

***Make sure you take notes on what you do for the first sock, so that you can replicate your work on the second, and they’ll fit the same. You’ll want to try these on periodically, to be sure yo’ll have the right fit.

1) Get a pair of socks that fits you well. I’d recommend some ankle socks, preferably ones that aren’t too thin. Since these are a bout to be made into something completely different, don’t use ones you’ll miss as normal socks. Pick out some yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver; just use something you won’t miss, the feel of it isn’t too much of an issue, though I wouldn’t use twine.)

2) Get a small-ish crochet hook (I used a G hook), and just push the hook through the weave of the sock, in order to add 1 round of sc to the top edge of the sock. Make sure to stretch out the sock as much as possible while you do this, so that the crocheted work has the right amount of give. Stretching it also opens up the weave of the sock’s fabric a bit for you to get the hook in.

3) After 1 round of sc, skip 3 between each 4dc-shell. Join rounds with 1 sl, and ch2 to make up the first dc of the next round. (For me, 1 round=11 shells) In each of the following rounds, make 1 4dc-shell between each of the previous round’s shells.

4) Continue using 4-dc shells until the curve in your calf, ( For me, this was at 10 rounds) then change to 6-dc shells. You shouldn’t need to increase the amount of shells. Continue using 6dc-shells until your boot liners have reached the height you want. This depends on what boots you have, or a matter of preference, but I stopped mine at 18 rounds of shells. Whenever you’re ready to finish off, all you have to do is end at the completion of a round, sl the round closed, and cut the work from your yarn. Then, just weave in the tails.

Ta-daa! A sock, plus a crocheted liner for the boots of your choice. :)
Ta-daa! A sock, plus a crocheted liner for the boots of your choice. 🙂

32 Replies to “Boot Liners”

  1. Hi Bonnie.
    I am the editor over at AllFreeCrochet.com. I just love this pattern and I know our readers would, too. I would love to feature it on my site with full credit to you. If you are interested and would like more information, please email me at kpope@primecp.com.
    Thanks so much.

  2. what a unique idea you are quit ingenious for a young woman. I have been crocheting for many years and my daughter-in-law showed me a picture of a pair of boot cuffs my granddaughter wanted on her Christmas list and ask me if I could do them for her and I have found several patterns but none quit as unique as these, I just love these and so very femme too thank you for sharing with us old gals

    1. At the transition from one type of shell to the other, you should do everything exactly as you had done for the other kind of shells, the only exception being the number of stitches in each shell. I did this at the point where my calf got wider, so it would be fitted to my shape. So I guess the exact point you switch from one size shell to the next is a little arbitrary. Just decide. 🙂

    1. I was using less than a whole skein of unraveled yarn, reused from an old project….Probably 1/4 to 1/2 of your typical super saver skein. Not the big, one-pound skein, probably a half pound size.

  3. And about how many single crochets did you do around the top of the sock? Doesn’t it have to be a certain number in order to have the pattern work in the next round?

    1. It’s more about spacing, rather than a number. People’s sock sizes will vary. I did about 4-6 sc per inch of the circumference of the sock. The real goal is to make them close enough to connect without being gappy when the sock stretches, or seem disconnected from the sock when things shift. Not too far apart to have a good structure, not too tight to work with or wear.

  4. Another question…sorry….Starting each round with 2chains, is that the first DC of a 4DC shell? If it’s not, what happens to that DC at the end of the round?

    1. I actually made it attached to the top of a sock, so you push the hook through the fabric of the sock, to just stitch around the top of the sock. You have to be sure to stretch the sock a lot as you stitch, so that the less flexible crocheted piece is big enough for the wearer. After that round of stitching along the top of the sock, you begin the shell stitches. It’s not a very specific pattern, more of a “recipe”, since the design is flexible to the size and fit of the wearer.

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