I will use any excuse to make fun new accessories, and virtually any holiday will work for me. The next one is St. Patrick's Day and that means GREEN! And as you know, recycled sweaters are one of my favorite materials to craft with. Today, I thought I'd combine one of my faves with a brand new "yarn" called Boutique Sassy Lace from Red Heart to make these cute ruffle boot toppers inspired by the ones in Crocheting Clothes Kids Love: 28 Fun-to-Wear Projects.
To make my ruffled lace boot toppers, I started by cutting about 5 inches off the sleeves of a recycled felted rib stitch sweater.
To crochet the ruffle onto the cut edge of the sweater I used a small hook and the loops in the Boutique Sassy Lace yarn. It is a simple single crochet. Poke the hook through the cut sweater about 2 rows down, hook the Sassy Lace yarn and draw through the sweater.
Hook another loop of the Sassy Lace yarn and draw through the two on the hook.
I did a stitch about every 4th stitch in the sweater edge. The closer you make your stitches the fuller your ruffle will be.
To make the draw string, I simply did a chain stitch and then sewed it through the ribs of the sweater about an inch from the edge. All that was left to do was make 4 small pompoms and knot them onto the ends of the chain stitch draw string.
Christmas switch over-I think I will swap out the white pompoms for red at Christmas time :)
More about the adorable crochet pattern CPi book: