Boot Toppers: How to Stand Out in a Crowd of Han Solo Look-alikes

Rarely does a fashion trend manage to intrigue and annoy me simultaneously like the knee-high boot and vest combo does. The look took hold several years ago, caught fire quickly, and in so doing, created a population full of Han Solo look-alikes.

My annoyance starts each year, just as the first colors of fall make an appearance, every pumpkin spice swilling individual breaks out their knee-high boots and vests and hits the streets. I first noticed how prevalent it was when attending an outdoor function in which I was surrounded by women of all ages clad like the popular sci-fi character. I stood out like a sore thumb in my capris and flip flops, still holding onto the last vestiges of summer.

My intrigue, however, comes from the ability to create what are called boot toppers or boot cuffs to adorn the ensemble. I find this to be a creative and suitable solution to getting lost in a sea of women dressed exactly the same. Behold crocheters! Rejoice and embrace the Frost Boot Toppers, from Love of Crochet Winter 2016. The design is simple and will hardly take any time to work up.

The faux fur gives the toppers a fun and trendy look. The color featured in the pattern is white, but I think it would be fun to mix it up and use all sorts of colors, especially for the faux fur. Nothing says “I dismiss the status quo” quite like bright pink faux fur boot toppers.

So, if you must run in the pack of Han Solo look-alikes, do it with a little panache. Put down that pumpkin spice latte; pick up your crochet hook. May the yarn be with you.

Keep on hookin’ on
-Dana Leigh


Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 10 (11, 12¼ )” calf circumference. About 8¼ (9, 10)” long.

YARN Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Chunky (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 153 yd [140 m]/5 oz [140 g]; ): #099 fisherman (A), 1 ball. Lion Brand Yarns Romance (84% nylon, 16% polyester; 27 yd [25 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]; ): #098 antique lace (B), 3 (4, 4) balls.

HOOK Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle; hairbrush (to fluff the fur).

GAUGE 9 sts and 12 rows = 2½ ” in sl st.


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