Simple Knitted Boot Cuffs

Don’t know how much Game of Thrones you’ve been watching, but Winter is Coming.

That means scarves and coats and mittens and boots! Knitting season is officially on so why not start off with a super simple project to give your new fall outfits a little more refinement?

Simple Knitted Boot Cuffs from Alaska Knit Nat

These boot cuffs can be made in just a couple of hours. Nothing fancy, but they are the perfect touch for those cute brown boots you’ve been waiting all summer to wear. You won’t have to worry about bulky wool socks and hot feet when your boot cuffs are peeking out.

Here’s what you need:

Bulky yarn — less than one skein
Size 10, 16-inch circular needle
Darning needle

Simple Knitted Boot Cuffs from Alaska Knit Nat

Cast on 48 stitches on your circular needle. Join the round, making sure not to twist the row.

K2, P2 around.

Repeat for 20 rounds.

Loosely cast off. Weave in ends.

Repeat for other cuff.

Wear as is or decorate with a cute button.

Easy as pie! Cute as cake?

Simple Knitted Boot Cuffs from Alaska Knit Nat

46 thoughts on “Simple Knitted Boot Cuffs”

    1. I’ve never used a loom before, but I assume it would be pretty simple if you had a round knitting loom — you’re essentially knitting a tube just with knits and purls. I’m sorry I don’t have better advice for this, but thanks for taking a look at my pattern.

  1. Good Morning,

    I love this idea. I live in Oregon where it is cold and rainy and have to wear boots. Can these be knitted in a Size 10.5 Circular needles. My yarn is Bulky ( BERNAT SOFTEE CHUNKY WHICH IS 10.5 SIZE) AND DEBORAH NORVILLE’S SERENITY CHUNKY WHICH TAKES SIZE 11).

    I just have 10.5 size needles and don’t want to go buy new ones now.

    Thank you very much. Maybe I can knit them while watching DANCING WITH THE STARS.

    Hope to hear from you.

    1. Hi Rita,
      These could easily be knit on size 10.5 needles. I would consider casting on 44 stitches instead of 48. Good luck and enjoy Dancing With the Stars! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Hi Natasha,

    Sorry to bother you again but I have a Size 11, Circular needle ( 16 inch) and I was wondering if that will work. How many stitches would I need? Thank you.

    1. Rita,
      I would still try 44 stitches. If they end up being a little loose, hopefully your boot will be able to keep them in place. Luckily it’s a short project that uses only a small amount of yarn so if you finish one and decide it’s too big, knit two more with just 40 stitches. The next time I make a pair I’ll try it with size 11 and let you know how it goes.
      Good luck!

  3. I was wondering if you could cable knit these boot cuffs? I am just learning how to cable knit. Would you have to cast on more stitches?

    1. Hi Beth,
      This pattern could be modified for cables, but the number of stitches would probably vary slightly. I recommend these two free patterns for cabled boot cuffs: and I believe the second pattern could be simplified by just C6F or C6B, then knitting six rounds without the cable and repeating. It might take some tinkering, but that’s the fun thing about boot cuffs — they are quick and don’t use much yarn so if you make a mistake you won’t feel so bad about wasting time and yarn! Good luck and thanks for commenting.

  4. Happy New Year Natasha,

    Today I bought 1 SKEIN of PERUVIA QUICK yarn and I was wondering how many stitches would I need and what size needle?

    Thank you so much.

  5. Hi Natasha,

    I made these leg warmers with Red Heart Super Savers worsted weight yarn in heather gray. They are super cute! I really feel like a million bucks in them. I wear them with both jeans and black leggings. I think they make my fat calves look slimmer and my legs straighter. Thanks for the great pattern!

    For other knitters, I used size 8 circulars and had to cast on 60 st, but that’s because I couldn’t join the circle with fewer stitches, not because it would have been too small. In fact, since this is all ribbing, which is extremely stretchy, I suspect any number of stitches in the ballpark of 50 would fit you. Just keep trying it on as you cast on.

    So I have a question for you. What do you do with these when you have to take your boots off, like when you enter someone’s house? I think I look kind of stupid with a band of fabric just hanging in the middle of my calves, but I also look stupid taking them off :\

    1. Hi Anita,
      Thanks for your great comments! I usually take the cuffs off and stuff them in my boots when I go into people’s houses, like how you’d take off mittens when coming inside.
      I’m glad you like the pattern,

      1. Good Evening Anita,
        Just a quick note to inquire how long and wide were your Leg Warmers? What was the Length of your Size 8 needles? Did your 60 inches fit on the 16 inch?
        I wish you had a picture of your Leg warmer so I could see. Would Love to see a picture?
        Thanks in advance.

  6. Good Evening Natasha,

    I have 1 Skein of PERUVIA QUICK YARN BY BERROCO( 100% Preuvian Highland Wool) on Size 10 needles like your pattern says.

    I was wondering how long to make it. What is your Length and Width?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Dear Rita,
      It’s been a long while since I last made these and I have since given the pair featured in the pattern away as a gift. The length was probably six inches. The width would be hard to determine since they are so stretchy. I’m just not sure what to estimate.
      Best of luck,

  7. Good Evening Anita,

    Just a quick note to inquire how long and wide were your Leg Warmers? What was the Length of your Size 8 needles( my 16 inch didn’t work)?

    I wish you had a picture of your Leg warmer so I could see.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Rita,
      I do believe the pattern includes photos of my leg warmers. Again, I don’t remember the exact measurements of them, but if your needles are too long I would suggest casting on to double pointed needles or use a 12-inch circular needle.

  8. My non knitting friend has asked me to make her a pair of these…but she is afraid they will be too tight. I think she is maybe a size 16. Do you reckon these will be stretchy enough? Or should I cast in a few more stitches?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I would suggest casting on four more stitches to each cuff. That should make the just a little bigger.
      Hopefully that will work!
      Thanks for your question,

  9. Hi there,
    I just found your pattern and would love to make it. Can you give me an example of yarns to use. I have the Deborah Norville Chunky yarn, and Bernat Classic wool on hand. Thank You.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I looked up the Deborah Norville Chunky yarn online and that looks like a perfectly suitable weight for the boot cuffs. I tend to use Lamb’s Pride bulky, but that brand isn’t sold at Joann’s or other big craft stores. I’d say give it a shot with that chunky yarn and tell me how it goes!
      Thanks for your question,

    1. Julia,
      Have you already made this pattern? The ribbing prevents the cuffs from curling as it adds stability. If you’ve already made them and they are curling, then I’m not sure what to recommend.
      Thanks for commenting,

  10. Hi,
    I worked on this pattern and it was impossible to work on a circluar needle so I had to use the straight needle for me to make it work. It’s a great pattern for me for making this type do pattern for the first time. I’m a mid-beginner, someone who stops and go on my projects.

    1. Hi Marcella,
      I’m sorry you had difficulty with this pattern. Was your circular needle longer than 16 inches? I would say yes, this pattern would be difficult to accomplish if you have a long circular needle, but I was able to comfortably stretch 48 stitches around my 16-inch circular. It could be that I knit more loosely and a tight knitter might have more difficulty. This pattern could most certainly be made on straight needles. Just cast on 48 stitches to straight needles and knit 2, purl 2 for 20 rows. Bind off and cut the yarn, leaving an 18-inch tail. Then, just whip stitch the ends together with the remaining yarn tail.

      Thanks for your comment,

  11. Hey Natasha…… I have knit these boy warmers on both round and straight needles. They work out perfectly the way you say they will. I used a 5.5 mm straight needle with loops and threads Charisma yarn as I am not a tight knitter! I used the same size round needle.
    Love this pattern and is so versatile!!! Thank you so much.

  12. Good Evening Facebook Knitters,
    Just a quick question: I am knitting with 2 Strands of RED HEART WORSTED WEIGHT YARN held together. Will these become Bulky? I am going to knit Boot Cuffs on Size 10 needles using Bulky Weight Yarn. Thank you for your help.

  13. Hi, This pattern is adorable and so nice and easy! The boot cuffs seemed too big with the yarn I’m using (Bernat Satin) with size 10 needles (used magic loop since I didn’t have a 16″ circular needle in size 10) so I tried size 8 on a 16″ circular needle and it’s stretched so tight around that I can barely knit. I might have to move to magic loop. I wonder if not all 16″ circular needles are the same length lol. Also as was pointed out I knit more tightly perhaps. What do you think? Thanks for this great pattern that will create many gifts ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Dear Ellen,
      It could very well be that you knit more tightly than I do. Do you own double points in size 8? I might try knitting in the round on double points if it’s too tight for you on the circular needles.
      Thanks for your comment and happy knitting!

      1. Thank you SO MUCH for getting back to me so quickly WOW! I’m trying to use the 16″ circular but there’s too much pulling involved lol. I’ll use the magic loop which I enjoy. It is amazing to have an answer so quickly. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Knitting to YOU!

      2. I LOVE this pattern! Made two pairs already. I found that if I use the double cast on (long tail cast on) I am able to knit in the round on a 16 inch circular needle! I’m planning to make more pairs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for a great pattern!

      3. Thanks for the feedback, Ellen. Can you tell me what yarn you used? I have people ask me all the time what yarn I used for this pattern and it was so long ago that I can’t remember. I’d love to suggest something to them.

      4. You are welcome Natasha and of course! But I misspoke. I actually made THREE pairs already! lol. I used a 16 inch size 8 circular needle and cast on 52 sts. And I used Bernat Satin (color Silk) for two pairs and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (color Grey Marble) for the other. Bernat Satin is thinner Vanna’s Choice is thicker but they both worked great! Thanks for getting back to me ๐Ÿ™‚
        Best, Ellen

  14. I made a pair in white Craftsmart yarn (worsted weight). I knit 25 rows on double pointed needles and they turned out great! I plan on making many more pairs. Do you have a problem with gifting the finished product? I might make some as holiday presents but I want to get started soon (I procrastinate and otherwise will never finish the gift ones). Let me know. Thanks.

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