I made my share of boot cuffs this season, as well. I sold some and gave some, and now I'm going to share an easy pattern with you.
Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in any color, 1 ball (or any medium weight yarn)
Size 5.5 mm (I) hook
The bottom of the cuffs are made using a hdc in back loops (BL) only.
The project is not turned at the end of each row until the ribbing begins.
I have made these to a "standard" cuff size, but I recommend that you play with the size to customize them to your particular preferences of fit.
I made these with 36 stitches joined to make a round, but basically, you just need an even-number of stitches and you can make the cuffs bigger or smaller.
I don't include a tension because I never use a gauge swatch and I don't know a single person who does. When you're making these, consider your tension when choosing how big or small to make them.
Front-Post double crochet (FPdc): yo, insert hook around specified stitch's post from front to back to front, yo, pull through the post, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through last two loops on the hook.
(BPdc): yo, insert hook around specified stitch's post from back to front to back, yo, pull through the post, yo, pull through 2 loops on the hook, yo, pull through last two loops on the hook.
(Images borrowed from http://rensfibreart.wordpress.com/handy-crochet-tips-tricks-2/stitch-overview/)
Beginning of rows might start with a BPsc or FPsc, so just do the sc around the post as indicated.
Chain 36 (or an even number of stitches to fit your size). Join to first chain with a sl st. Turn. (This will be the only time you turn the project for the bottom part).
Row 1: ch 1, hdc in same ch and in every ch around, sl st to first hdc to join. DO NOT TURN.
Row 2-8: ch 1, hdc in BL of same hdc and in BL of every hdc around, sl st to first hdc to join. TURN.
This is how you insert the hook in BL only:
Here is another good picture to help you tell which loop you should insert your hook into (we are doing the back loop here):
Row 9: ch 3 (counds as one dc), dc in each hdc around, sl st to first dc to join. TURN.
Row 10: ch 3, *FPdc around next dc, BPdc around next dc* to end, sl st to first dc to join. Turn.
Row 11: BPsc around same dc (the one you joined with), ch 2, FPdc around next dc, *BPdc around next dc, FPdc around next dc* to the end, join with sl st, TURN.
Rows 12 and 14: FPsc around same dc (the one you joined with), ch 2, BPdc around next dc, *FPdc around next dc, BPdc around next dc* to end, join with sl st, TURN.
Row 13: repeat row 11
Fasten off at end of row 14. Weave in ends.
You can play around with the length and colors to make these more fun and versatile. They are pretty quick to make and are great gifts or rainy-day projects. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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