This crochet boot cuff pattern uses a variation of the harlequin stitch to form a row of eye-catching diamonds around the main band of the cuff. Once the band is complete, a simple half-double crochet in the round makes a quick finish of the lower part of the cuff. This pattern can be done with 2 colors to create some fun contrast, or in one color for just some subtle texture.
Origin of the Pattern
I actually created this pattern last summer as one of my very first personal designs. I liked the idea so much that I got brave and submitted it to be used as a guest post on Melody’s Makings website. As a newby designer I was very nervous and super excited when it was accepted. You can find that original post for the pattern HERE. While you’re on her website be sure to check out all of Melody’s patterns. She has an amazing collection!
Since I have a lot of new followers since that original post almost a year ago, I thought it would be a good time to republish the pattern here on my own blog. That way all those of you who didn’t get a chance to see when it was first published can get a look at it now and, if you like it, get busy crocheting these cute cuffs – or a few of them – just in time for the return of boot weather! Boot cuffs are also a wonderful item to sell at craft fairs and markets during the fall season!
The Yarn for This Pattern
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For creating this pattern I used Red Heart with Love, but Red Heart Super Saver would work just as well. What I like about these yarns for boot cuffs is that they are warm and cozy without being hard on the budget. The great thing about boot cuffs is that since they are worn between your pants and boots, they do not ever contact your skin. This means that there is no concern for anyone that is sensitive to a little itchiness from yarn and there is no need to spend extra dollars on yarn that is super silky or soft. In fact, a super silky or soft yarn would actually be less desirable for boot cuffs because you really want a yarn that is going to hold a little bit of structure and shape. Nobody wants floppy or super stretchy boot cuffs. You want them to hold their form a little bit! So, I think either of these yarns are a great choice!
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1” = 4 sc
Note: My gauge tends to be a little bit on the tighter side. The finished product at this gauge will have a circumference of about 13” along the top edge. This is a size medium boot cuff, meant to fit a 14”-17” calf. If you find your gauge is a little different or you want a smaller or larger cuff, you may want to try a different size hook.
Stitches & abbreviations used
(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet
(hdc) half double crochet
(yo) yarn over
With main color (I used grey), chain 54. Join with a sl st to create a circle.
Row 1: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch and around. Join with a slip stitch to the first sc in the round. (54)
Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch and around. Join with a slip stitch to the first sc in the round. (54)
Row 3: Skip current stitch and next 2 stitches. 7 dc in the third stitch (or 4th stitch if you count the starting stitch).
*Skip 2 st. 1 Sc in the next stitch. Skip 2 st. 7 dc in the next stitch. * Repeat from * to * around. After the last 7dc cluster, join the round with a sl st into the join stitch from the previous round. This should result in 9 ‘petals.’ Fasten off.
Note: for row 4 and 6, stitch in the back 2 loops of the stitch (see photo).
Row 4: Join second color (I used gold) to last sl st stitch of the last row. Chain 3. For the next 3 stitches (inserting in the back 2 loops of each chain only) you will dc in each stitch, but keep the last loop of the stitch on the hook until you have completed the 3 dc
[step by step instructions for how to do that: for each dc, yo and insert hook into next stitch and proceed like you normally would with a dc… yo, pull through chain, yo and pull through 2 loops, yarn over… and this is where you change it up… instead of pulling through 2 loops to finish your dc, only pull it through 1 loop, leaving the last loop on the hook. This will result in a collection of loops remaining on your hook, depending on how many times you are instructed to do this. This time we are doing it 3 times. That will result in a total of 4 loops on our hook when we are finished]
Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook. Chain 1 to tie off (photo above). *Chain 2. Sc in the top loop of the next petal (see photo above). Dc in the next 3 stitches, leaving the last loop of each stitch on your hook. Sk next stitch (the one at the bottom of the ‘V’, see photo below). Continuing to keep the last loop of each stitch on your hook, dc in the next 3 stitches. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook. Chain 1 to tie off the stitch.*
Repeat from * to * 7 more times (you should now have the first half diamond base and then 8 diamond bases). Chain 2. Sc in the next st (top of the next ‘hill’). Dc in last 3 stitches, leaving the last loop of each stitch on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on your hook. Sl st to the top of the starting chain of the row to join the two halves of the diamond.
Row 5: (note: do not crochet in the back 2 loops for this row) Ch 3. 3 dc in same stitch. Sc in the sc. *7 dc in the “eye” created from previous row (see photo below). Sc in sc.* Repeat from * to * around until you have completed the top of 8 diamonds (not counting the half diamond at the beginning of the row). For the last 1⁄2 diamond, 3 dc in the same stitch that the beginning half diamond was stitched into. Sl st to the top of the chain 3 from the start of the row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Row 6: (remember we are working in the back 2 loops of the stitch for this row) Join your main color (mine is grey) at the top of the diamond where you just joined the last row. *Ch 2. Dc (in back 2 loops) in the next 3 stitches, leaving the last loop of each stitch on your hook. Sk next stitch (the one at the bottom of the ‘V’, see photo below). Continuing to keep the last loop of each stitch on your hook, dc in the next 3 stitches. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook. Chain 1 to tie off the stitch.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch 2. Join with a sl st to the same stitch where the row began.
Row 7: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. 2 Sc in back loops only of the horizontal double crochet (see lefthand below). Sc in the “eye”. Sc in next 2 chains of chain space (in back loops of chain) (see center photo below). *Sc in sc of top of the diamond. 2 Sc in back loop only of the horizontal double crochet (see righthand photo below). Sc in the “eye”. Sc in next 2 chains of chain space (in back loops of chain)* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a sl st. (54)
Row 8: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch and around. Join with sl st. (54) Cute
Rows 9-11: Ch 2. Hdc in same stitch and around. Join with sl st. (54)
Row 12: Ch 2. Hdc in same stitch. Hdc in next 15 stitches. Hdc2tog. Hdc in next 16 stitches. Hdc2tog. Hdc in next 16 stitches. Hdc2tog. Join with a sl st. (51).
Rows 13-17: Ch 2. Hdc in same stitch and around. Join with sl st. (51)
Rows 18-19: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch and around. Join with sl st. (51)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Note: Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. If finished products are posted online, please include a reference/credit to this pattern. Do not distribute or claim the pattern as your own, or alter and use my photos to market your finished products.