Sunday, January 26, 2014

How to Knit a Boot Cuff

I wanted to make something that would be easy to make, yet warm during this winter season, yet fashionable. When I came across LewisKnits post about how to make boot cuffs, I thought these would be the perfect addition to any woman's wardrobe! No woman wears thick wool socks over skinny jeans and under boots, so these are a great deception.

First, if you consider yourself a small or medium, cast on 48 stitches. Large or extra large should cast on 52 stitches. Not sure how to cast on stitches? I did a video in a previous post showing how to do just that!

And yes, that's a fuzzy blanket in the background. All knitting requires being under a warm, fuzzy blanket. It's the rules.

Next, knit 2 stitches and purl 2 stitches for 10 rows. So, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, etc. until the end of the row, turn the needle around, and start again for 10 rows.

After the 10 rows are completed, knit 14 rows. Knit until the end of the needle, turn it around, and do it all over again for 14 rows.

Once those 14 rows are completed, do the knit 2, purl 2 for 10 rows again. WARNING: if you stop paying attention to what's supposed to be a knit and what's supposed to be a purl, it'll be hard to fix. Trust me on this one.

Once you've completed the 10 rows, bind off the stitches. Again, if you're not sure how to bind off stitches, see my video here.

Finally, you can either weave the ends together with yarn or sew them together.

And there you have it kids! Your very own boot cuffs!

TOTAL COSTS: Varies on brand/material of yarn
Mine cost $6.99 from Lion Brand Yarn

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: About 2 hours, 45 minutes per cuff (about 5 1/2 hours for both)
However, this includes the time it took for me to try and fix my massive mistake that is thankfully covered up by the boot!

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 3 out of 5
The knitting isn't hard, it's just concentrating enough to remember when to knit and when to purl. If you don't have distractions, though, you should be fine!

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