Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rebekah's Boot Cuffs



I'm a huge fan of this socks-over-the-boots trend going on. I've always loved wearing legwarmers or big, thick knee socks with my boots to keep my feet warm in the winter. Sadly, I have many friends who aren't such big fans of warm feet. My friend Rebekah, in particular, wants to follow the trend without the added bulk of thick, winter socks in her boots. She saw the way to do this through a picture on Pinterest.


"Boot cuffs," as they are called, are simply the top of a sock - as though you simply cut it off half-way down the calf. Now I decided to knit up a pair of these for my friend, but I couldn't find any patterns I liked. I wanted something a bit prettier, since I figured if I was going to knit just the top of a sock, it should look nice. I also wanted something that would stretch to fit her calf. My friend is very self-conscious about her "large" calves, so I decided to use a rib for the whole thing instead of just the top and bottom. I threw in a little twist, and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!


Rebekah's Boot Cuffs


Level: easy-peasy

Yarn: Aran, I used Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool in Oatmeal

Needles: 4 US 10 (6.0 mm) doublepoints (version knit flat here)

A word about sizing. I have received a lot of questions about the size. If you want them to fit your legs perfectly, you will need to knit up a swatch to see how many stitches you knit per inch with this yarn/pattern/needles. Measure your leg circumference, and then cast on the closest multiple of 3.

CO 48(54 or to size), dividing on 3 needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

row 1: *k2, p1*
row 2: *k2, p1*
row 3: *RT, p1*

note: a RT (right twist) is achieved by first knitting two stitches together, and then, before sliding the two stitches off the needle, knitting the stitch closest to the end of the needle once more.

Repeat these rows until the desired length is achieved. I chose to go 5 inches. End on row 2, bind off, weaving in ends. Now wear them with pride!

-PB

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43 comments:

  1. Looks lovely.
    Thank you for the pattern.
    Merry Christmas.
    Cheryl

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    1. And a Merry Christmas to you, too. :-)

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  2. Oooh, I can't wait to knit these up!!

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  3. yay! Thanks will try it out tomorrow :)

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  4. Found you from Craft Gossip. This looks like a great last minute gift and need plenty of those.
    Deb

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    1. They definitely knit up fast! I started knitting just a few days before our a Secret Santa and had no problem getting them finished.

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  5. Thank you so much for the lovely pattern.

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  6. Hi! Can this pattern be knitted on just circular needles, or do they have to be on dpns?

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    1. I've heard good things about the magic loop/circular needle method for knitting socks, and I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to knit these that same way; however, I have never used magic loop, so I wouldn't be able to say 100% for sure.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. My daughter has been wanting some boot cuffs that aren't bulky and I believe these will be perfect! Thanks again...have a wonderful Holiday Season : )

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  8. Can these be knit in the round with circular needles? Thanks!

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    1. I believe they could be knit using the magic loop method, but I do not know how to do that method personally as I prefer doublepoints.

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  9. can these be knit on straight needles ?

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    1. Yes. You can knit them on straight needles and seam them up the back, but the pattern will change due to knitting in the round vs knitting flat since you'll be knitting both sides instead of just one if that makes sense

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  10. Would also like to make these on straight needles. Would I just cast on .
    leaving a long tail to sew up the back? Sorry, too fumble-fingered for double points.
    :-)

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    1. Yes. You can knit them on straight needles and seam them up the back, but the pattern will change due to knitting in the round vs knitting flat since you'll be knitting both sides instead of just one if that makes sense

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  11. How many should I cast on for a 5 year old child? Love the pattern!!

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    1. It really depends on how wide her legs are and how tightly you knit. You should check your gauge and measure her legs if you want the best answer.

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  12. How would I change the pattern to use straight needles? I can not knit on dpn or circular needles.

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    1. Try
      Row 1: *k2, p1*
      Row 2: *k1, p2*
      Row 3: *RT, p1*
      Row 4: *k1, p2*

      Let me know how it goes.

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    2. I tried the straight needle pattern with no luck. Can you give more rows for the straight needle pattern please? If I follow the pattern row5 would be k2 p1, row6 would be RT, p1? That is opposite row1-3. Any advice is great😊

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    3. The circular pattern has the twisting every 3 rows because in circular knitting you knit around the sides that show and in flat knitting you knit the front and the back. So in the flat pattern, I have the twist happening every 4 rows instead of 3 so that it is twisted on the front and not the back. Sorry if that sounds confusing, the difference between circular knitting and flat knitting is difficult to explain.

      Basically, just knit those 4 rows above and then when you've finished row 4, start over at row 1 again.

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  13. Followed the pattern and used circular needles. Works fine. I made them a bit longer and completed the project in just a few hours. Thanks for posting such a cute pattern! :D

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    1. Lauren - Where did you find a size 10 circular that was short enough?

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    2. I tried to use size 10 circular needles but couldn't because there wasn't enough stitches to join the round. I have seen circular needles with detachable cords so that you can swap in any length you need but they're very hard to find, at least where I'm from...

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  14. How many stitches would you suggest casting on to make matching fingerless gloves/ wrist warmers?

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  15. thanks for sharing your pattern! I'm going to start my boot cuffs this evening. so excited! :)

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  16. What was the length of your circular needle? I can't find a number 10 shorter than 16".

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    1. I did not use a circular needle. I used 4 doublepoints. I understand that some people prefer the "magic loop" method, which uses a circular needle, for knitting socks/mittens like this, but I do not know that method personally.

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  17. Is it ok for me to sell the boot cuffs from your lovely pattern??? Just a small number on consignment for "pocket money"...

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  18. omg.. i love this boot cuff.. i hope there is a video tutorial for this.. im new to knitting...

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  19. Would these fit a slim 14 year old? I know that some patterns are too wide for a young leg.

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    1. You can always adjust the size by casting on fewer stitches. I am a pretty slim 23-year-old, and they fit me perfectly, but at 14 I'm sure I would've been swimming in them.

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  20. These look perfect for my chicken calves! Thank you for your generosity. Liz

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  21. Do I k2 p2 after the twist stitch?

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    1. I'm not sure exactly what you mean here. If you mean the row following the twist stitch row, no, you start over at row 1 again and repeat the rows. If you mean after the twist stitch in the row, no you repeat the 3 stitches between the * * for the whole row.

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  22. Chicken calves is a little vague to me... Do you have an actual measurement? :)

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  23. Hi,Can this pattern be knit on 2 needles and not double point needles..

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  24. Hey ladies, using the Magic Loop method is easy peasy. Circular needles are easy to use. They are straight needles but have a cord attached to each needle. I use circs for most of my knitting. If you are working a pattern for straight needles then all you do is knit to the end of the row and turn your work and knit next row and turn and knit and so on. With a circular pattern you knit continuously around and around. I find with straight needles that they get in my way (too long) and get snaggled up between my elbows and chair. Just too cumbersome. Check out the "You Tube" videos by Liat Gat. Liat is an amazing instructor with videos for EVERYTHING about knitting you can think of. Once you give circular needles a try I'm sure you will agree how awesome they can be. Magic Loop is just a different method of using circular needles. Another blessing for knitting the smallest or largest of projects in the round. The best circular needles for magic Loop are circs with a long cord. I prefer 47" set and that means tip of needle to tip of needle. In most cases the longer the better. Give it a try and you will be surprised how much nicer it is to knit. Hope this helps. Remember to search You Tube for Liat Gat magic loop video and so many many more.

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  25. I knit these and a cowl in the same pattern...love it so much! Thank you!

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  26. first thanks to this nice and simple pattern,,, i knitted two par of it one in black and one in brown they turn out amazing

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