Today, I’d like to share my latest design for these simple, yet stunning boot cuffs!
When I set out to design them, I knew that I wanted something a little feminine and a little country or rustic, but I had no set design in mind. And it was actually when I was shopping for buttons and sifting through spools upon spools of ribbon and trim, that the style was decided — A beautiful umber colored wool, buttons that looked like wood grain and an antiqued somewhat lacy trim.
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I don’t always design projects while I’m walking through a store, but these items seemed to jump out at me and they worked together perfectly. The whole shopping process took about 10 minutes, which almost never happens. I guess it was just meant to be.
This pattern is very easy. You make a panel using the herringbone double crochet stitch, which is just a slightly different double crochet. I’ve included a quick photo tutorial of the stitch in the pattern. There is minor sewing required if you choose to add the lace trim. I used white thread and just whip stitched the trim to the edges of my panel. No complicated sewing techniques required. You will also need to sew on the buttons and that’s it.
I was able to make both cuffs in one day.
And the best part is that they can be customized to whatever size you need! If you measure around the calf of the person they are intended for and double that measurement, that is how many rows you will need. Each row measures 1/2″. So for instance, I have larger calves and I measured 15 3/4 inches. I doubled the main number to get the number of rows — 30. There is stretch to this stitch so I didn’t worry about the extra 3/4 of an inch and it also took care of the overlap for the buttons.
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Rustic Boot Cuffs
- 1 skein of I Love This Wool! Naturals – Umber – 4 oz/113 g – 220 yds/201 m
Or any medium weight Size 4 yarn.
- K – 6.50 mm hook
- I – 5.25 mm hook
- 6 pc – 9/16” – 15 mm buttons
- 1/2” x 2 yds (1.2 cm x 1.82 m) Decorative Trim – Ivory
- Sewing needle and thread
Finished Size Approximately:
15.5” Length x 6.25” Width without trim
12 hbdc stitches and 8 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
Herringbone Double Crochet (hbdc)
YO; insert hook into next st; YO; pull back through the st and through the 1st loop on the hook; YO; draw through one more loop on the hook; YO and draw through both loops on hook.
Quick Photo Tutorial – Instructions are below each of the four photos.
YO – yarn over
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch(s) – chain(s)
hbdc – herringbone double crochet
- You will use a larger hook for your beginning chain (FC) so that it has the proper stretch. If you use the I hook for the FC, the chain will be too tight and the panel will be misshapen.
- The 1st chain 2 of every row counts as a herringbone double crochet.
- The last herringbone double crochet of every row is to be worked into the top of the turning chain (the chain 2) from the previous row.
- There is no need to make button holes since the button will fit between the hbdc posts.
- The example cuffs will fit a 15” – 16” calf. To change the size of the cuffs, measure your calf and adjust your row count. If you don’t have measuring tape, you can simply keep checking the length by wrapping it around your calf. Don’t forget the 1 – 2 row overlap needed for the buttons.
- Each row is approximately 1/2”. Two rows are 1”.
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
(Make 2 cuffs)
FC: Using the K hook, ch 21.
Row 1: Switch to the I hook. Work in bottom loops for Row 1 only. In 3rd ch from hook, hbdc. Hbdc in each ch across. Turn. (20 hbdc)
Row 2 – Row 30 (Or whatever size you need): Ch 2, hbdc in next st. Hbdc in each st across. Turn. (20 hbdc)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Beginning at the corner of one of the short ends and using the needle and thread, sew the lace trim to the edge of the panel. Continue to sew the trim around the corner and along the long edge and to the next corner and down the other short side. Finish off your thread and cut any remaining trim. One long side of your cuff will not have trim.
Using the needle and thread, sew your three buttons on according to the photo below.
The buttons will fit perfectly between the posts of the hbdc’s on the opposite end of the panel. If desired, you can add another button at the bottom to hold the two ends together, but it isn’t required. You also have the option to stitch the two ends together permanently with a tapestry needle and yarn and use the buttons for decoration purposes only.
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