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Frost Boils Cowl, Boot Toppers and Fingerless Mitts


Frost Boils Cowl, Boot Toppers and Fingerless Mitts
Sorted circles or “Frost Boils” occur during the process of soil heaving caused by the freezing and thawing cycle. Larger particulates tend to be pushed to the surface more frequently than smaller ones and then shifted to the outside where they remain, creating circles. Sorted circles have a border of stones surrounding a centre of finer material as shown in the inspiration photo below. For more information on this process and other effects of frost on limestone barrens, visit this very informative website –

Individual Pattern Price: $5.00 each for cowl, boot toppers, and fingerless mitts.

Click here to: buy the cowl, buy the boot toppers and buy the fingerless mitts.

These patterns are also available in the Northern Landscapes, part 1 collection and Northern Landscapes, part 2 collection.

Prefer to purchase these patterns via Patternfish? Click here for the cowl, here for the boot toppers, and here for the fingerless mitts.
Prefer to purchase these patterns via LoveKnitting? Click here for the cowl, here for the boot toppers, and here for the fingerless mitts.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Frost Boils Cowl schematic photo

Cowl: 267 (647) yards/244 (592) meters of wool sport weight yarn that knits up to 5.5 sts/inch.
Boot Toppers:

Shown In: Bare Naked Wools ‘Confection Sport’, (375 yards/343 meters; 100% Corriedale wool; 4.0 oz/115 grams per skein). 1 skein each in:
MC: Milk Chocolate
CC1: White Chocolate
CC2: Nougat
CC3: Cookies & Cream
CC4: Dark Chocolate
Note: If you wish to make the full set (all three pieces), you will need a second skein of the MC yarn and CC1 yarn. After finishing the Frost Boils Cowl and Frost Boils Boot Cuffs, there was still enough of CC2, CC3 and CC4 yarns left for the fingerless mitts.

Frost Boils Cowl and Boot Topper set

Needles: US #6/4.00 mm circular needle, 32 – 40”/80 – 100 cm or size to obtain gauge.
US #8/5.00 mm circular needle, 32 – 40”/80 – 100 cm or size to obtain gauge.

Frost Boils Fingerless Mitts

Finished Size (blocked):
Cowl: Small (Large) – 20.5 (50)”/52.07 (127) cm circumference by 11.5”/29.21 cm high.
Boot Toppers: Small (Medium, Large) [XLarge] to fit calf of the leg at the widest part
12 (15, 18) [21]”/30.48 (38.10, 45.72) [53.34] cm wide by 9”/22.86 cm long.
Fingerless Mitts:
Finished Size: Small (Medium, Large)
Fits hand circumference (measured at knuckles): 7” (7.75”, 8.5”)/17.78 (19.69, 20.32) cm
Length: 11 (11.25, 11.75)”/27.94 (28.58, 29.85) cm

Frost Boils Boot Toppers cover shot

Other Tools:

  • Stitch marker (1 for cowl/boot toppers, 3 for fingerless mitts)
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking wires and pins


  • Working with charts
  • Slipped stitches
  • Stranded colourwork
  • Duplicate stitch
  • Blocking

Frost Boils Cowl and Boot Toppers

Cowl pattern and Boot Toppers patterns are 6 pages each. Fingerless Mitts pattern is 10 pages. Colour work sections are charted only.

Frost Boils Cowl

Frost Boils In Gravel sorted circles

Frost Boils image from, © Michael Burzynski

Photographer: Shawn Miller, Distractions in Focus
Model: Jen
Tech Editor: Jenn Wisbeck
Sample Knitter: Erin

Frost Boils boot toppers folded over boots

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.

Once payment has been received, you will receive a link to download a PDF of this pattern.

Frost Boils Boot Topper flat

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