Friday, March 15, 2013

thank you & a free boot cuff pattern



First, thank you everyone for last posts encouraging and helpful comments!
 
I have decided to go ahead and offer the leather bag in question for sale at a discount {great idea Katy!}...a little camouflage detail is in the works {thanks to Nancy's helpful advice}, and I think it will work out well.

Secondly, I hope it's not too late in the season to offer up a boot cuff pattern...I know here in the Northeast we are still enjoying some snow and our warm woolies will not be packed away for a bit.  I knit these boot cuffs for myself awhile back using a stitch pattern from Barbara Abbeys's The Complete Book of Knitting, and have wanted to share the pattern with you.
Best wishes, and please let me know if you have any problem with my instructions.


Stockinette Cable Boot Cuffs
 
from
homespun living



SIZE
To fit most, up to a calf circumference of 16 inches.
{A larger circumference can be achieved by casting on additional stitches in multiples of 6.}

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference of boot cuff, unstretched:  approximately 12 inches
Length of boot cuff:  approximately 8 inches

MATERIALS
Chunky weight yarn; approximately 150 yards
US #9/5.5 mm straight needles ~ or size to obtain gauge
US #10.5/6.5 mm straight needles ~ or size to obtain gauge
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
16 sts /20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

PATTERN NOTES
Boot cuffs are a great looking, stylish addition to your wardrobe.  They knit up quickly, making them perfect for gift giving as well.  I have knit them with straight needles, but the pattern could be easily converted to circular knitting by omitting the selvage stitch at the beginning and end of each row and adjusting the knit and purl stitches accordingly.

DIRECTIONS
With US 9 needles, loosely cast on 50 stitches.  Work in 2 x 2 rib as follows:

Rows 1 (WS):  Purl 1,*knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.

Rows 2 (RS):    Knit 1, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.

Repeat this 2-row pattern until work measures 2.5 inches.

Switch to US 10.5 needles.  Begin stockinette cable pattern as follows:

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (WS):  Purl all stitches.

Rows 2 and 6 (RS):  Knit all stitches.

Row 4 (RS): Knit 1, *knit 2, slip the next 2 stitches from LH needle to cable needle and hold in back, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.

Row 8 (RS):  Knit 1, *slip next 2 stitches from LH needle to cable needle and hold in front, knit the next 2 stitches, knit 2 from cable needle, knit 2; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.

Repeat this 8 row cable pattern three times.

Switch to US 9 needles and work in 2 x 2 rib as follows:

Rows 1 (WS):  Purl 1,*knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.

Rows 2 (RS):    Knit 1, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.   

Repeat this 2-row pattern until you have 1.25 inches ribbing.

Bind off.  Sew seam using mattress stitch and weave in ends.

Repeat for the second boot cuff.



*Stockinette cable stitch pattern from The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey.

 **This pattern is intended for personal use only**--Thank you so much, Deb.

43 comments:

  1. Wow! okay so I always thought when I saw women wearing these that they were socks and I would be looking in stores for big chunky boot socks, I cannot believe I did not get that they were CUFFS! I am going to knit up a pair of these...and the only reason I will want to wet and snow to hang around any longer is so that I will have a chance to wear them!

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  2. Really nice, just may have to make these :)

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  3. Oh, I'm so glad you decided to offer it at a discount! You should definitely make something on it after all that work you put into it! The boot cuffs are lovely! Thank you for the pattern!!

    Warmly,
    Katy :)

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  4. Thank you... and I LOVE THEM!!!!

    Needing a pattern for "flip-f;op socks"... any suggestions?

    :)

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  5. Thank you... and I LOVE THEM!!!!

    Needing a pattern for "flip-f;op socks"... any suggestions?

    :)

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  6. Too late in the season? Not at all! Some of us are just going into autumn Deb. :) Gorgeous pattern, many thanks.

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  7. Oh Deb, I LOVE them! Thank you so much! Off to chose the yarn I want to use!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all. I have a clear idea of the yarn I am going to use.... Now just to find it in the totes in what Harvey calls my warehouse.

    God bless.

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  9. Those are really nice. Its not to late all they can be used next season. Thank you for the pattern.

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  10. The boot cuffs are adorable - I don't knit, but I plan on passing this on to someone who does. :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely be making myself some, still have snow here and -10° in the mornings.

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  12. Thanks for the pattern! The first pair I make will be for my boot-loving niece!

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  13. Made these for a friend. She loved them and I got many compliments on them while knitting them up. Thank you so much for the pattern!

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  15. I've started my first pair tonight, thanks for sharing x

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  17. Thanks for sharing. I started a pair for me before I make one for my cousins. So far, so good.
    Greetings from Mexico!!

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  18. Thank you for sharing! I've started a pair for myself before making some for my cousins' gifts. I think they will be thrilled!
    So far, so good.
    Greetings from Mexico!

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  19. If I use circular needles and knit in the round, I am to omit the first stitch at the beginning and the one at the end of each row? So it will be all knit 2, purl 2 all the way in each row?

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  20. Also do I need to modify the cable pattern if using circular needles and knitting in the round? if so how?

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    1. Just knit all the rows, and do the cables as written. Also, omit the k1 at the start and end of rows, cast on 48 instead of 50.

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  21. When you say to repeat the cable pattern 3 times, does this mean to repeat it 3 more times (meaning do the pattern 4 times) or repeat it 2 more times, 3 total? Thanks!

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    1. Hi,
      Going back to my pattern, I realize my directions could be more clear--sorry about that. I worked the 8-row cable pattern for a total of 3 times, {for 3.5 inches}. Of course it could be repeated more times if a longer boot cuff is desired.
      Best wishes,
      Deb

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  22. When you say to repeat the cable pattern 3 times, does that mean repeat 3 more times (4 in total) or 2 more times, 3 times total? Thanks!

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  23. Just made these with a basic Red Heart yarn of bulkiness 4 and on size 8 needles the whole time and they turned out perfect for chicken legs like mine! Thanks for the pattern!

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  24. Just made one...now to make the other. Very easy and clear pattern. Thanks!!

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  25. Just made one...now to make the other. Very easy and clear pattern. Thanks!

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  26. Great pattern! Thanks for sharing. I just finished a pair for my daughter with my handspun yarn and can't wait to start another!

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    1. Thanks for the comment--I'm glad you like the pattern....Deb

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  27. This is absolutely the best boot cuff pattern on the internet! I also made with a worsted weight yarn and a size 8 needle and the fit was perfect for thin legs!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment!...Deb

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  28. I would like to make this pattern on circular needles. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you\

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  29. I don't know if my comment has posted yet, but I see that you can convert the pattern using circular needles. I use these regularly, but have never "knitted in the round". I would be grateful for any assistance.

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  30. Thanks for a free and really cute pattern! But I think there is a mistake in the amount of stitches cast on. You cannot do a 2x2 rib on 50 st because it is not divisible by 4. I did 48 and the rest of the pattern is perfect (I did mine in the round).

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    1. Pauline,
      It is not a mistake, as the pattern was written for straight needles, hence the need for an extra stitch at each edge for the seam. If knitting in the round, 48 stitches would be correct.....Deb

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  31. I'm working on the first cables now and it seems like the cable pattern doesn't go all the way to the end. I just end up knitting the last 5 or so stitches, so when I sew it together it seems like there will be a gap in the cable pattern, am i doing something wrong?

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  32. I am a learning knitter. I am stuck on row 4. I have researched this but am not figuring it out. Do you have any videos? Thank you, these are so cute!!

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  33. I am a learning knitter. I am stuck on row 4. I have researched this but am not figuring it out. Do you have any videos? Thank you, these are so cute!!

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  34. Dear unknown, This is my first cable project.When you knit one,I use a short dbl pointed needle or cable needle and slip two stitches of on that needle,then let it hang ,start knitting two from your Left needle ,when you finish those two from your left,then use your spare cable needle (which is holding those two stitches, now your left needle) and knit two,repeat to end of row ,then follow pattern from there .

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  35. love this pattern i added some bling to them for my grandaughter

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  36. LOVE THIS PATTERN I ADDED SOME BLING FOR MY GRANDAUGHTER TY

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  37. Just made two pairs this weekend. Love the pattern! Thank you for sharing.

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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