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Double knitting Gaiter and Boot Toppers

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Double knitting Gaiter and Boot Toppers
Double knitting Gaiter and Boot Toppers
Double knitting Gaiter and Boot Toppers
Double knitting Gaiter and Boot Toppers

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit in the round
  • long tail cast on

Pattern Description:

A 1 skein project
Beginning double knitting technique

These reversible ski gaiter and boot toppers use both ends of the yarn and are double knit to create warmth and wind resistance. Stuff the inside pocket with fleece or roving to create a gaiter or boot top that can withstand even the coldest of climates. Boot toppers prevent cold air from entering boots and ski chaffing from the boots. Just as practical as they are beautiful!

Pictures shown in Crystal Palace Taos

Copyright 2011 Lisa Ellis Designs


5.25 sts = 1" (22 sts = 10cm) in St st
7.25 sts = 1" (29 sts = 10cm) in double knitting method

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Gaiter: 17 1/2" circumference x 3" high
  • Boot toppers: 9 3/4" circumference x 5" high
  • Boot topper ribbing fits up to a 13" calf.
  • Boot topper double knit part fits up to a 15" calf


  • 80 yds worsted weight wool (each project)
  • US 9 16-inch circular needles and dpn's