List of free boot cuff knitting patterns (and how to design your own)
Wow there are a lot of people finding their way here looking for free boot cuff patterns. I love the ones I’ve made, they look and feel great and use up odd bits of gorgeous yarn quickly. Here is a list of some of the great free patterns available;
- I hope you can forgive me for adding mine first!
- This is a nice easy pair from Red Heart Yarns
- These are also quite straight forward
- This awesome pattern has instructions for knitting flat as well as in the round, it also includes how to add a fleece liner!
- Here’s another cabled cuff.
Or you can design your own. These things are small enough for it not to be a disaster if things go a little wrong the first time. It doesn’t matter if you’re knitting flat or in the round, the basic principle is the same.
- Measure around wherever you want the boot cuff to go, either around your leg for ankle boots or around the top of the boot for wellies.
- Take a look at the ball band, it’ll tell you how many stitches you need for a set width (usually 10 centimeters) you can figure out from that how many stitches you need to cast on. (You’ll need to work out how many for your stitch pattern too, more about that in a bit). Go for one or two stitches too many rather than one or two stitches too few and don’t panic at first, knitting always looks too small after the first couple of rows (and if it really is too small in the end give it to a small person!)
- Knit a couple of inches in rib, I prefer 2×2, it’s quicker and looks good.
- Knit a couple of inches of your chosen pattern, it could be more rib or stocking stitch for a simple pair of boot cuffs or it could be the perfect time to try out that new cable pattern you’ve seen but haven’t dared to try yet. If you’re getting your inspiration from a stitch book such as this one it’ll tell you how many stitches are needed for the pattern so you’ll need to take that into account when casting on. It’s not too hard, honest. Say for example that for your yarn and leg you’ve worked out that you need 40 stitches, you’ve fallen in love with a fancy pattern that calls for a repeat of 8 stitches plus 2. 5 times 8 is 40, add the two extra, that’s 42. That’s fine, cast on 42 and off you go!
- Once the pattern section is done knit a couple more inches of rib, cast off loosely and sew up neatly if knitting flat (here’s how)
Go on, give it a go! I’d love to see what you come up with! (and if you add it to your blog as a written pattern I’ll happily add it to the list here.
If you’re really into your boot cuffs there’s even a really good book with loads of ideas ‘Knitted Boot Cuffs‘ by Monica Russel