Cabled Boot Cuff…a Free Knitting Pattern

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***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 -

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

Top Cuff:

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.

BO using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat all steps above to create the second boot cuff

17 Responses

  1. Teresa
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    These are lovely! I’m going to knit up a pair for my mother in law. Thanks for the free pattern!

  2. Teresa
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    Do you know how much yarn the pattern takes in worsted weight?

    • Marissa
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      Hmm, I don’t and I don’t have them anymore to be able to estimate for you. It was definitely less than one skein of Impeccable by Loops and Threads for the smaller size. Sorry I can’t give you an exact amount. :(

  3. Carmel
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    I just finished the first top cuff but I have a question in regards to taking the cuff off the needle.
    I don’t bind off the stitches, is that correct? But instead, do I run the tapestry needle through the stitches & sew them to the other side??
    I’m a little confused here, can you help me out? I really like how they’re turning out & I want to make sure I’m doing it correctly.
    Thank you

    • Marissa
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      Thanks for the question, YES! The sts for the cuff have to be bound off before the edges are sewn together. Thank you SO much for pointing that out!

      • Carmel
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        Thank you
        I thought I might have been missing something….
        Thanks for the quick reply…now I can continue to finish these…can’t wait!!

        Thanks again

  4. Jeanne
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    Nice pattern. Thank you!
    Question. What size needle do you use whilst knitting the “top cuff”?

    • Marissa
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      Jeanne…thanks for asking! I see I didn’t specifically say in the pattern. The 18 sts of the “top cuff” are CO to the size 8 US straight needles. Then the lower section is knit with the size 7 US DPNs.

  5. Sharon Forquer
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    I would like to know if you have the measurements around for the adult small/ medium and adult large/ x-large for these cuffs.

    • Marissa
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      Hey Sharon, unfortunately I do not. I just added or subtracted a cable repeat to make the cuff larger or smaller for the people I was knitting if for. I haven’t worked this one out in a while.

  6. Sharon Forquer
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    Thanks for your prompt reply Do you remember how long each cable repeat is?

    • Marissa
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      The actual measurement? Sorry, I did not record a gauge for the cable repeat.

  7. Sharon Forquer
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  8. Mary Jo
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    In your answer to Marissa regarding needle size you state that the lower ribbing is done on Sz 7, but the directions say to pick up the stitches from the cuff using Sz 7 but then to complete the ribbing on Sz 8. Which is correct?

    • Marissa
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      wow, thanks so much for pointing that out Mary Jo! You are right, please follow the directions given in the actual pattern for the ribbing section. Use the size 7 needles to pick up the sts and then switch to the size 8 (it is usually easier to do this with smaller needles and then continue knitting in the correct size).

  9. Mary Jo
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    Thanks for the prompt reply. I do usually pick up stitches with a smaller needle. Look forward to making these soon. So glad I discovered this site.

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