Winter boots can look terribly dull, but you can make them pop with one of these boot cuff knitting patterns
My recent knitting adventure with Darn Good Yarn led me to knit a kind of project I had never tried before: boot cuff knitting patterns. I had seen patterns for this type of project many times, and even saved a few, but until I purchased a ball of Yak Wool, I had never gotten around to trying them.
In addition to enjoying my Yak Wool experience, I also really enjoyed knitting boot toppers. Boot toppers may very well be the ultimate instant-gratification project. Not only do they knit incredibly quickly, but you can then slip them right over your boots (or just under and above the tops of them) and boom: instantly you add interest to whatever you’re wearing.
I’ve since worn my boots, newly adorned with turquoise Yak Wool, a few times, and I really loved how warm they kept the tops of my legs and how bright and cheerful the toppers made my boring black boots.
I got to try a new stitch pattern with the boot toppers, too; a slipped-stitch pattern that produced a honeycomb effect. And I got to do it on a nice, small scale, so I could decide if I liked the effect.
It was, in short, a fantastic way to try out a new yarn that I’d never worked with before. It would also be a wonderful way to use some of the luxury yarns I’ve purchased on impulse on sale (don’t laugh, you’ve done it too, haven’t you?).
After I finished knitting my boot toppers, I thought that some of my readers might enjoy trying these out for themselves. So I’ve put together a collection of boot cuff knitting patterns!
A quick note: I’ve been calling them either “boot toppers” or “boot cuffs.” They’re often used interchangeably, although there is a difference. “Boot toppers” stay at the top of your boots.
“Boot cuffs” slip under the tops of your boots and to extend above the boot on your legs. The idea here is to bridge the gap that sometimes forms between the top of a boot and your leg. These don’t need to stay on the boot at all times; you slide the boot cuff onto your leg, put on a boot, and then situate the boot cuff so it sits snugly between boot and leg.
This list includes both, and I’ll stick with the designer’s designation. Once you see the pattern, it’s easy enough to figure out which is which!
Free Boot Cuff Knitting Patterns
Easiest Boot Cuffs: True to its name, this is probably the simplest kind of boot cuff you can make. You’ll rib the entire cuff for a snug, secure fit.
Color Block Boot Cuffs: These couldn’t be simpler: an equal amount of each of two colors of yarn gives you cuffs that can be worn two ways, depending on which color you want showing. (They’re called “cuffs” but the way they’re worn make them appear to be more like toppers.) A fun idea!
Lacy Boot Cuffs: These cuffs are a little longer than most and feature a pretty textured lace pattern. Skacel bills them as “boot socks without heels to turn.”
If you continue scrolling down the page, you’ll find two additional patterns. There’s a cute cuff with a fuzzy (sheep-like?) top called “Baa Baa Boot Cuff.” You’ll also see a brightly-colored and textured pattern called “SimpliStylish Boot Cuff.”
Basketweave Boot Toppers: I just love basketweave stitch patterns; they look so clever, yet they’re so simple to knit. This basketweave pattern gives a lovely kick to these boot toppers.
Double Kick Boot Cuffs: These charming cuffs have two different sides: one side has seed stitch, the other farrow rib, with stockinette in between. The fun is that you can switch the side you want peeking out of your boots, depending on your mood.
Hali Boot Cuffs: At first glance these appear to be a simple ribbed cuff, but when you look closer you realize it actually features a mock cable stitch. Quite stylish!
Boot Cuff “Love”: I wish I’d seen this pattern before I made my cuffs… although I might try making these in red! The seed stitch pattern forms tiny “hearts” that gives this pattern its name.
Crested Boot Cuff: This may be the smallest cuff on the list, but its beautiful fan-and-feather design packs quite a punch!
UGG HUG Boot Toppers: These are named for the kind of boot they were made to fit on top of, but I think they’d work well for any chunky boot. I love the dueling set of cables featured in this topper.
Boot Toppers: A lovely colorwork design gives this simply named pattern a tremendous kick. (You might want to check out some of the other projects to see the beauty of the colorwork pattern, as the photos on the main Ravelry page make the design a little difficult to see.)
Simple Cable Boot Cuffs: As the name implies, these cuffs feature a fairly basic — but still very pretty — cable pattern. If you’ve never knit cables before, this pattern would be a great place to start! (Scroll down a little to access the pattern.)
Owl Boot Toppers: I feel like my love of owls should be legendary right about now! Anyway, these boot toppers are the cutest thing. I “awwwwww!!”’d over this pattern when I caught sight of a photo, and I bet you will, too.
Helmikuu Boot Toppers: I love the look of these toppers, with its layers of cables. This is a great pattern in which to try tackling a more complex cable.
Aran Braided Boot Cuffs: Finally, for an even more complex cable, check out this exciting pattern. I just love the gorgeous look of these braided cables!
Bonus: More Resources for Boot Cuff Knitting Patterns
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More resources for you to really sink your needles into knitting boot cuffs and toppers! On Craftsy, check out this selection of knitting kits for boot cuffs. You’ll find not only beautiful boot cuff knitting patterns but also the perfect yarn for them.
I hope you’ve found some boot cuff knitting patterns that caught your eye. These make great gifts as well, and they’re likely to make exceptional fundraising projects, too. So get knitting and let’s make some boots hop!