I get really inspired by looking through stitch pattern books, but I know it's not always easy to look at these designs and figure out exactly how to use them in your own projects.
I took a pattern form Nicky Epstein's excellent Knitting on the Edge book (she calls it Jester's Lace) and turned it into a simple, fun and colorful boot cuff. Just knit the width you need to get around your leg, sew up the side and you'll be ready to go.
- 110 yards medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Patons SWS in Natural Garden, but it has been discontinued)
- one pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles
- yarn needle
about 16 stitches and 32 rows per 4 inches (4 stitches and 8 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch
Finished cuff is about 7.5 inches long from a point to the bottom and 10 inches around base. The project flares as it goes up and should fit a range of women.
This pattern uses double yarn overs to make really big eyelets. When you get to the yarn over on the next row, treat it as 2 stitches.
Stitch number varies throughout the repeat, but you should begin and end the repeat with 22 stitches.
If you're new to the use of brackets in knitting patterns, they mean that you do whatever is inside the brackets as many times as indicated.
Knitting the Cuffs
Cast on 22 stitches. Knit 1 row.
Begin stitch pattern as follows:
Row 2: Knit 3, purl 1 [knit 2, purl 1] twice, knit 12, purl 1, knit 3.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Row 5: K3, [yo twice, k2tog] twice, k12 [yo twice, k2tog] 3 times, k1.
Row 6: K3, p1 [k2, p1] twice, k14, p1, k2, p1, k3.
Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: K3, k2tog [k1, k2tog] 8 times, k2.
Row 9: K3, [yo twice, k2tog] 9 times, k1.
Row 10: K3, p1 [k2, p1] 8 times, k3.
Row 11: Knit.
Row 12: K3 [k2tog, k1] 8 times, k2tog, k2.
Row 13: K3 [yo twice, k2tog] 9 times, k1.
Row 14: K3, p1 [k2, p1] 8 times, k3.
Row 15: Knit
Row 16: Bind of 9 stitches, k 21.
Repeat these rows three more times or until piece is desired width to fit around your leg.
Knit 1 more row, then bind off and cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
Fold the cuff in half so the cast on and bind off are facing each other. Sew the side seam up to wear the points of the pattern start.
To wear, slide over your pants or leggings and position so that as much of the cuff shows over your boots as you like.
I ran out of yarn before I could try this, but if you want some snugness at the bottom of your cuff, pick up stitches around the base of the cuff after sewing and knit a couple inches of your favorite ribbing. That will make the cuff hug your leg a little more for extra warmth.