Hello ! I don't know about all of you, but I am crushing over Pinterest and all the lovely pics of DIY, Fashion, Food, Fitness and Crochet. A virtual plethora of inspiration!
While pinning about for some Fall Fashion ideas that I could incorporate into my wardrobe easily and cheaply, I saw a pic of knee-high boots with socks peeking out over the tops. I liked the look but wondered if I could wear this look. You see, after years of running my calves are well, they are...large. It's a real miracle from above when I find boots that zip over my calves. Would they, could they do it with these cute socks on? I doubted it. Darn because I really, really, really liked that look.
With more research and inspection, I found that these socks were Boot Cuffs and not full-length socks. Hmmm. Boot cuffs are essentially knitted or crocheted bands that start at just below the knee cap and extend to the top of the calf. Priced by some at $39.00/dollars a pair .... (YIKES!) I felt hopeful and confident in my crochet skills that I could make some Boot Cuffs for myself at a fraction of the cost.
After some trial and error with the yarn selection, I came up with a boot cuff pattern that I was happy with.....
They are pretty easy to make and stitch up in about an hour. After making one in Spruce, I made myself another pair in a rich Claret color. Perfect for Fall, I think.
They measure in length 5 inches and are 9 inches wide or so. The stitches I used were a Single Crochet (SC) and Half Double Crochet (HDC).
Key is purchasing a soft, stretchy, and smooth yarn. I started with a worsted wool yarn blend and a size H hook and the cuff came out way too bulky. So I switched to a size G hook and found a yummy colored Caron Yarn Naturally Caron Merino Wool Blend yarn. I really liked working with this yarn. It just glided through my fingers and hook. I especially like that this yarn had a fine finish and lied flat for this project.
Now, for the pattern, here it is: Boot Cuffs.
Hook Size: G
One Skein of a Semi-fine Merino Wool Yarn Blend.
Single Crochet (SC)
Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Start by making a loop on your hook. (You'll be making the ribbed cuff first)
*Ch 1., turn
Working in back loops only, SC across*
|Half way there!|
(NOTE: This technique of working only in the back loops produces a ribbed band effect. Cool, huh?)
Repeat * - * for 25 rows until Rib Band is large enough to fit around the top half of your calf, join the cuff with a SC. I had to stop and measure around my calf, frequently. I was a bit paranoid about it not fitting my calves.
SC around edge of joined ribbed band for four rows.
Skip one SC space and Half Double Crochet (HDC) in next SC space, Ch.1
Join to first stitch.
* Ch 1.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) in Ch. 1 space.** ( NOTE: You will be working in rounds.)
Repeat * - * for three rows. or more if you so desire
Finish edge with SC. Fasten off and weave in end.
That's it. Enjoy! x-o