Sunday, 31 March 2013

Knit your own boot cuffs - diy


Well I am not sure about where you live but the weather here is still on the chilly side. The weather is improving slowly, so slowly. I personally LOVE winter, especially proper snowy winter, but to be honest as soon as Christmas is done I am ready for Spring not Springter! On those days when it is too warm to wear tights and socks under your boots these boot cuffs are a great way to keep the draughts out on in between days. Also they make pretty accessories for your boots and are really easy and quick to make so a great project for a novice knitter. I loved to have quick projects to complete hen I was learning to knit, having a finished item really inspired me to keep going with it.
 
I used double knit wool for this and number 3.75mm needles which in the UK are number 9 needles but in the US they are number 5. You do not have to stick to this you could experiment with thicker wool and chunkier needles but remember these have got to fit into the top of your boots and fold over on themselves so don't make then too chunky unless you have a really gaping boots!

The best way to get an accurate measurement is to first knit a gauge square in order to see how many stitches per inch you knit.
 
method;
  1. Measure around the largest part of your calf and determine how many stitches you need to cast on dependant on your gauge square.
  2. Once you have cast on you need to knit 2, Purl 2 to the end. Continue this until the end of the row.
  3. Carry on until you have reached the desired length. I chose to make mine 10 inches in length which gave me plenty to tuck into my boots and fold over.
  4. Once you have reached the end cast off as normal and leave a really long length. Use this length to stitch the two lengths together making a long tube.
  5. Now  you are done all that is left to do is wear them and make more in lots of pretty colours.
Take Care
Nicolette xo

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