***updated 01/29/16 to clarify answers to a few questions regarding needle size, etc***
The fireplace is roaring, my husband and 8 year old daughter just finished baking chocolate chip cookies, and now my husband also has a pot of hot cocoa on the stove top for me. There are few things I enjoy more on a cold winter evening. I am spoiled rotten sometimes. All this pampering leaves me plenty of time to get some knitting and pattern writing done.
Our weather in south east Virginia has been continually cold, especially since our snow storm here last week. It’s quite appropriate that I have spent much of that time knitting and crocheting boot cuffs (or boot warmers) for some friends of mine. After creating no less than six patterns in the last two weeks, this pair is by far my favorite. An inspiration picture was shared with me on Pinterest and I started on making a pattern for it right away.
To complete this pattern you need to have knowledge of cable knitting, knitting in the round, and picking up stitches along a piece of work along a side (shown at 3:45 in the video).
Cabled Boot Cuff
This boot cuff is made in two parts: the top cuff which is worked flat using cabling technique, and the ribbed lower section that is hidden in the boot. The lower section is worked in the round using double pointed needles.
- Loops and Threads Impeccable (or other worsted weight) yarn in black
- Size 8 US straight and DPNs
- Size 7 US DPNs Cable Needle
- Tapestry Needle
18 sts x 24 rows makes a 4 inch square in stockinette stitch with size 8 needles
- CO: cast on
- BO: bind off
- Sts: stitches
- k: knit
- p: purl
- sl: slip sts purlwise
- c4f: sl2 onto cable needle and hold to the front, k2 from left needle, then k2 from cable needle c5f(k2p1): sl2 onto cable needle and hold to the front, k2, p1 from left needle, then k2 from cable needle
- c5b(p1k2): sl3 onto cable needle and hold to the back, k2 from left needle, then p1, k2 from cable needle
- RS: Right Side
- WS: Wrong Side
With Size 8 US straight needles, CO 18 sts.
Row 1 (RS): k3, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k3
Row 2 (WS): k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2 3: same as 1
4: same as 2
5: k3, p1, k2, p1, c4f, p1, k2, p1, k3
6: same as 2
7: same as 1
8: same as 2
9: same as 5
10: same as 2
11: same as 1
12: same as 2
13: k3, p1, c5f, c5b, p1, k3
14: same as 2
15: same as 5
Repeat rows 2 – 15 a total of 5 times (adult small/medium) or 6 times (adult large/x‐large)
BO all stitches.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing ends together.
Holding both the cast on, and finished off ends so the right sides are together, use the tapestry needle to sew the short sides of the cuff together.
Weave in ends.
Lower Section (hidden in boot):
Turn the cuff inside out so the wrong side is facing you. Using size 7 DPNs, pick up 36 (adult small/medium) or 42 (adult large/x‐large) sts evenly around one edge of the boot cuff (just make sure you do the same edge on both cuffs if you care about the cables pointing in the same direction). If for some reason you are unable to pick up exactly 36 or 42 sts, do whatever number works for you, making sure it is an even number of sts for the ribbing.
Join yarn to work in the round, placing a st marker to mark the beginning.
Switch to size 8 DPNs
Round 1: K1, p1 around
Repeat round 1 until ribbing section measures 6 inches, or until piece is desired length.
Cut yarn and weave in ends.