sThe Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves inspired the Ups and Downs Crochet Cowl – and to round out the set, it’s time for boot cuffs! Introducing the Ups and Downs Boot Cuffs!
Custom Sized Boot Cuffs
For the Boot Cuffs I used the same yarn as the cowl, and added some fun wintery buttons! The Ups and Downs Boot Cuffs are a custom fit – so you’ll need to start with a calf measurement for the recipient, measured where the top of the boot hits. I made 14″ boot cuffs sized to fit my 13 year old!
Ups and Downs Boot Cuffs
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- US – I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Fiberarts used)
- Variable amt worsted weight yarn (100% Superwash Merino shown, yarn is discontinued)
Sample Shown: 160 yds for 14″ calves
- 2 buttons
- Stitch markers (Clover Lock Ring Markers used)
- tapestry or yarn needle (Susan Bates Finishing Needle used)
- Gauge: 12 sts x 7 rows = 4″ in dc
- Finished Size: see below to create your custom fit!
- For abbreviation key and stitch definitions and tutorials, please visit the Crochet Abbreviations page.
- For braiding tutorial, please visit the Braiding Crochet Loops page.
- For hdc in the 3rd loop tutorial, please visit the Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop page.
Creating a Custom Fit for your Boot Cuffs:
This pattern is worked with literally any even number of stitches. There are no increases or decreases, so every row has the same stitch count. You simply measure around the calf where the top of the boots hit – where you want to wear the cuffs. Take that measurement in inches and multiply it by 3, and round down if needed to get an even whole number – and that is the number of stitches you make in Round 1. For example, for a 14″ calf, I made boot cuffs that were 42 stitches in every row. For a 16.5″ calf, start with 48 sts (rounded down from 49.5 – they have a lot of stretch). If you don’t have the recipient’s calf handy, I found a chart of standard calf measurements online.
Ups and Downs Boot Cuffs Instructions
Round 1: FDC according to formula above; join to work in the round.
Alternate Round 1: Ch as for desired number of sts plus 2, dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in each remaining ch around; join to top of ch 3 to work in the round.
Rounds 2 – 4: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around, join to 1st st.
Round 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join to 1st st.
Round 6 – 7: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop of each st around; join to 1st st.
Round 8: Ch 6 (counts as quadtr), quadtr in next st and each remaining st around; join to top of ch 6.
Rounds 9 – 11: Repeat Rounds 5 – 7.
Round 12: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around; join to 1st st.
Rounds 13 – 14: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), *fpdc, bpdc; repeat from * around. Break yarn and finish off, weave in ends.
Braid loops – sew on a button or use a brooch/pin to secure last loop. See Braiding Tutorial for more info on this technique. I braided the boot cuffs in opposite directions, just like the Fingerless Gloves!
And that’s it for the Ups and Downs set I think… unless you think there’s something missing? Let me know in the comments!
The Fine Print
Written pattern and graphics copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details. T Thank you to Crystal Palace Yarns for providing the yarn for this pattern!
I am ridiculously excited about this pattern! I made the fingerless gloves for my son’s girlfriend, who wears tall boots all the time. Can’t wait to surprise her with matching boot cuffs. You’re the best!
😀 Thank you Debra! I’m so glad you like them!
Thank you so much
🙂 You’re very welcome Gail!
Love this!! My sister asked for some boot cuffs for my nieces. I remembered seeing this and thinking it looked cool for teens. It was easy, your instructions are spot on and it looks really cool!!! Thank you, next I am gong to do the hat
😀 So glad to hear it Glenda, thank you!!
I love love love this pattern, but mine are wider at the bottom than the top. What’d I do?
My best guess is that you worked a tight ribbing. Fortunately, it should be very stretchy!
Great pattern! My favorite one I’ve seen yet!! Thank you!
The title says “Do Ewe KNIT” I open this up excited to get started and the instructions are for crocheting.
Sorry Joy, I’m afraid that wasn’t something I wrote, must have been a link from a different page somewhere?
I love this pattern! It joined in the round and I’ve learned three new stitches (hdc in the third loop, quad treble and fpdc/bpdc stitches). And the best yet I’ve my girls wanting these boots cuffs. A wonderful design!
😀 Thank you so much Terry!
Is there a pdf that I can download? There are times that I don’t have access to the internet but I haven’t yarn and hooks!
Hi Ashley! The Print Friendly button has a PDF option. 🙂
Where do you stitch the quadtr in round 8?
Hi Heidi! You work a quadtr into each st of the previous round. 🙂
but does it go in the blo? it seems like it will pull the 2 rows before it back and will lose the effect?
Just finished making one boot cuff. It came out slightly loose, but I’m sure my jeans will take up the slack. I know for the next pair that I need to do two less stitches! Love these boot cuffs! Once I’m finished its on to the matching scarf! You’re very talented! Thanks did the pattern!
😀 Thank you so much Sherika!
I’m confused on the quadtr. I click on the link to see how to do it, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s a super long stitch, 4 wraps. mine came out without the bunches where you placed your buttons, but instead- with just long stitches throughout the cuff…
Hi Kacey! It sounds like you made the stitches correctly, but missed the part about braiding them after Rnd 14. 🙂
How tall are these when finished? I’m trying to lengthen them to hit below the calf and need to figure out how many rows to add since I’ll be doing that in the beginning rounds. Thanks in advance!
That will depend a lot on your gauge, hook, and yarn – I would crochet until they are tall enough for you to get to the top of your boot, and then go to Round 5. 🙂
I think your blog is super cool!! All instructions are clear and you are so creative and it really inspires me!! Thank you for sharing skills and ideas with the world!!
Thank you so much Lizel! <3
Hi Tamara! I don’t usually leave comments on patterns, much less on those published years ago, but I have to tell you that this pattern blew me away. I ADORE IT! I’ve already made two sets in two days and I’m making more as gifts.. It is so unique, but so easy. I am absolutely thrilled I found it. I’ve made many patterns from Moogly and as always, this one was clear and a breeze to understand. I just wanted say thank you and tell you how much I enjoy your blog and all your wonderful designs. YOU ROCK!!!!
Thank you so much Vee! I’m so glad to hear it! (And just in case you didn’t know, there’s a matching hat and cowl too! 😉 )
Does the chain 3 count as the first stitch in round 1?
If you use the alternate Round 1, yes! 🙂
Why do you advertise FREE patterns and then tell you to go to Esty and pay $5.50? I looked thru the site with the pattern all over this Moogly Weekly Newsletter and gone to every place they said to look and I can’t find it. Can you tell me where to find it, or send it to me. OR give this to a person that can send it to me. Thank you, I have enjoyed some of your ideas before, but this is happening more and more with FREE patterns only to see go to Etsy or Ravery (might have misspelled them) and Pay this or Pay that. I am expecting my fifth great-grandchild in Feb. and this time it’s a boy. We have four Great-Granddaughters.
Thank you for your help.
Hi Terry! I’m a little confused. This pattern is free, right in the blog post above. There’s no PDF of this one that I know of on Etsy – if there is, they stole it. Some of my patterns are free, and some are not. There was one pattern featured in this week’s newsletter that is a premium paid pattern, but also many free pattern links.