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It's hard to believe crochet slip stitches are responsible for this much buttery stretch!
This 100% slip stitch crochet scarf & boot cuff set features short rowing with my all-time favorite type of ribbing: slip stitches worked into the back loop. For me, short rowing adds just enough spice to keep me crocheting late into the night :-) especially with color-changing yarns.

This plush, stretchy scarf would make a great gift for anyone. With a larger than usual crochet hook, it crochets up faster than you'd think.

Although it looks more complicated than it is, it might take some getting used to for some crocheters. After all, short rows are much more common in knitting than crocheting.

Each rib is created with two rows of slip stitch in the back loop. The ribbed fabric is just like corrugated cardboard: a raised rib on one side is the deep valley between ribs on the other side. Both sides look the same if you don't change to a strongly contrasting color.
Each complete group of short rows (Rows 1 - 16) creates a wedge shape.

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  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 1
    Step 1

    The best yarn for this project is wool or an acrylic blend. Cotton yarn is just not the same for this.

    Stitches and pattern abbreviations used:
    ss = slip stitch
    Bss = slip stitch in the back loop

    Avoid crocheting your slip stitches tightly. Some people inadvertently tighten their completed slip stitch as they begin the next stitch.

  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make a slip knot and place on crochet hook. Ch 25.

    Row 1 (Right Side of first wedge): Ss in the bottom third loop or "bump" of the 2nd ch from hook and mark (place a st marker in it), ss in the "bump" loop of each remaining ch, ch 1, turn: 24 ss.

    Note: If you're new to slip stitch crochet, please start out using stitch markers to mark the first stitch of each new row. (I used to think they were annoying and avoided using them. Now I’m kinder to myself.) After a little while you won’t need them and can stop using them.

  • Step 3

    Row 2: Bss in the first ss, mark it, Bss in each of the next 20 ss. Ch 1, turn, leaving remaining 3 ss unworked: 21 ss.

    Tip: Turn the same direction each time you come to the end of a row to result in the neatest finished edge, and to help make the last stitch of each row easier to recognize. I like to turn as if turning the page of a book, so that the yarn ends up behind the turning chain.

  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 4
    Step 4

    Row 3: Bss in the first ss and mark new stitch with new marker, Bss in each remaining ss, ch 1, turn: 21 ss.

    Row 4: Repeat Row 2, leaving 3 more ss unworked: 18 ss.

    Row 5: Repeat Row 3: 18 ss.

    Rows 6-15: Repeat Rows 4 & 5 five times. Every time you repeat Row 4, you leave 3 more ss unworked. Rows 14 & 15 have 3 ss.

  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 5
    Step 5

    Row 16: Bss in the first ss, mark it, Bss in each of the next 2 ss, Bss in each of the three unworked ss of each previous row, ch 1, turn: 24 ss. One Bss wedge completed.

    If using stitch markers: remove all markers except from the row just completed and use them for the next wedge.

  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the scarf pictured, repeat Rows 2-16 at least 39 times for a total of 40 wedges. For the scarf length you prefer, repeat Rows 2-16 an odd number of times for a total of an even number of wedges. If you plan to seam it with a half-twist, an odd number of wedges is better.

  • How to make a boot cuff. Slip Slope Set: Scarf & Boot Cuffs - Step 7
    Step 7

    Drafty Boots No More! Slip Slope Boot Cuffs

    Follow the Slip Slope Scarf pattern until your scarf measures about 10” {25.4 cm} long, then seam the first and last rows into a tube. I did 6 complete wedges of short rows, and then 6 more full-length rows (i.e. 3 more ribs).

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