With fall approaching quickly, this is the perfect time to stitch up some boot cuffs! Not only are they cozy and warm, but they just add to the fall charm of boots, sweaters and scarves! If you are a boot fan, you will love this simple boot cuff pattern!
I am perpetually sad each fall because I just can’t find a pair of boots that I feel like I look good in! I am very short and have proportionately short legs, so I just can’t seem to find a pair of boots that look good, not to mention ones that will leave room for a pair of boot cuffs between the boot and my knees! So, unfortunately, despite the fact that I love boot cuffs, I have not yet been able to wear a pair myself! Whaa!
Origin of the Pattern
I just love a basic crochet boot cuff with clean lines and two simple buttons. I also love the herringbone half double crochet stitch! It is so neat and tidy and has such fabulous texture. So, of course, I love them paired together to create this Herringbone Boot Cuff Pattern!
I first learned the herringbone half double crochet stitch from Rebecca over at Little Monkeys Crochet. If you like the herringbone half double crochet, she has quite a few wonderful patterns that incorporate it. My favorite is the Carlyle Slouch Hat.
If you have never learned the herringbone half double crochet stitch, you will find directions in this boot cuff pattern.
The Yarn for this Pattern
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For creating this pattern I used Red Heart with Love in pewter, 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” x 1” = 4 hhdc x 3.25 rows
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 and 6” tall. 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.
(hhdc) herringbone half double crochet
(sc) single crochet
(sl st) slip stitch
How to crochet in the back loop only:
Instead of inserting your hook into the 2 loops along the top of the row (see photo below), you only insert the hook into the back loop and then crochet as usual.
How to crochet the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Hhdc):
Row 1: Sc in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. (8)
Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Working in the back loop only (see instructions above), sc in the same stitch and across. (8)
Row 3+: Repeat Row 2 until your work reaches 12 inches. Mine was 52 rows at 12 inches.
Overlap the two edges of the cuff and single crochet them together (see photo below). Do not finish off. Depending on how your ends lay together, the cuff may look better at this point if you turn it inside out. Whichever side you like, keep it right side out and go to the next step.
Working on the remaining portion of the cuff:
Row 1: Ch 1. Hhdc evenly around the edge of the band (about one stitch per row of the band, see photo below). Since my band had 52 rows, I made sure to work 52 hhdc around. Join to the first hhdc with a sl st. (52)
Row 2: Ch 1. Hhdc in the same stitch and each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first hhdc of the row. (52)
Row 3-6: Repeat Row 2.
Note: Row 6 for me was approximately 4” into the cuff (measurement includes band and hhdc rows). If you need to do less or more to be at 4” at this stage, feel free to adjust.
Row 7: Ch 1. Hhdc in the same stitch and the next 23 stitches. Hhdc2tog. Hhdc in the next 24 stitches. Hhdc2tog. Join with a sl st to the first hhdc of the row. (50)
Row 8: Ch 1. Hhdc in the same stitch and around. Join with a sl st to the first hhdc of the row. (50)
Row 9-13: repeat Row 8. (50)
Note: My cuff was 6” at row 13. If you need to adjust to more or less rows in order to complete the project at 6” (measurement includes band and rows), adjust as needed.
Finish off and weave in ends. Sew on buttons or embellishments as desired.
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.