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Mini Mochi

Fair Isle Boot Toppers

Adapted from the Fair Isle Hat & Mittens by Sandi Rosner

Description:  Boot toppers are the bees knees!  You can have the knee-high look in about a third of the time.  They are stylish, soft and warm.  The Fair-Isle pattern uses two ends of the same Mini Mochi color way to create illusionary effects.  Or, use one strand of Mini Mochi and one strand Mini Solid for a more dramatic contrast.

Level:  Intermediate (color design)

Size:  Women's medium (~12" circumference)


  • Option 1:  3 balls Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (shown in 8116 "Feldspar")
  • Option 2:  2 balls Mini Solid (A) & 1 ball Mini Mochi (B)
  • Crystal Palace Bamboo 12" circular (or 8" double-pointed) needles in US size 3, or size needed for gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:  8 sts=1" over Fair Isle pattern


Abbreviations: beg- Begin(ning); CO- Cast on; Dec- Decrease; K- Knit; M1- Make 1; P- Purl; Pm- Place a stitch marker on the needle; Rep- Repeat; St(s)- Stitch(es)



  • This design is made with a single color of self-striping yarn. Work with two balls. Label one ball A and the other ball B (each ball in a baggie labeled with a Sharpie pen works well). Be sure each ball starts in a different place in the color sequence.
  • For best results, take charge of your colors! While the subtle interplay of light and dark is part of the magic of this design, you don't want your colors to match up for more than about a row. If you find your A and B yarns are too close in color and you are losing contrast between the parts of the pattern, wind off some yarn from one of the balls until you get to the beginning of the next color.
  • This design is worked using the stranded Fair Isle technique. Carry the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. There is no need to twist or weave in the strands - you are never stranding across more than 3 stitches.


Diamond Chart
Worked in Stockinette St (knit every round)




CO 88 sts with A.  Place marker to mark beg of rnd.  Join, being careful not to twist.



Row 1:  With A, (k1, sl 1) to end of rnd.

Row 2:  With B, (sl 1 wyib, p1) to end of rnd.


Work these 2 rows for 1¼", ending with a Rnd 2.  Then work the following inc rnd.


Inc Rnd:  With A, (k10, kfb) around. [96 sts]


Begin Fair Isle Pattern:

Work Rnds 1-6 of chart in St st for 5 times. 


Fair Isle chart


Then work the following dec rnd.


Dec Rnd:  With A, (K10, k2tog) around. [88 sts]


Continuing with A, work following rib for 2½".


Rnd 1:  (K1, p1) around

Rnd 2:  (Sl 1 wyib, p1) around.


BO in rib.  Weave in all ends.



We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

November 2014

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