Monday, July 31, 2006

Band Cuffs - free pattern!

Here is a fun summer knitting project that you can make in less than an hour and wear out tonight! They use very little yarn so it's also great for using up scraps. These Mason Dixon inspired banded cuffs are knit out of worsted-weight cotton and can be layered or worn alone. The pattern is simple enough but I wrote it down for your personal use. If you want to buy these cuffs instead of knitting them, I am selling them in my Etsy shop.

PDF file available here.

SIZE: approx. 7 inches around (will stretch to fit)

MATERIALS: Any worsted weight yarn in two colors. "A" for background, "B" for band. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream 100% cotton

Size 7 needles (slightly tighter than the usual 8's = better fit)

CO 30 sts with "A" color and knit one row.

ROW 1: Knit
ROW 2: Purl
ROW 3: Join "B" color, k2, slip 1 purlwise, *k5, sl 1 purlwise; REP from * to last three sts. K3.
ROW 4: K3, sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, *k5, sl 1 purlwise wyf; REP from * to last two sts. K2.
ROW 5: P2, sl 1 purlwise with yarn in back, *p5, sl 1 purlwise wyb; REP from * to last three sts. P3.
ROW 6: Repeat ROW 4.
ROW 7: Using "A" color, knit.
ROW 8: Purl.

(For single band cuffs like green or pink in photo):
ROW 9: Knit.
ROW 10: Knit.
BO loosely.

(For double band cuffs like blue in photo):
ROW 9: With "B" color, *k5, sl 1 purlwise; REP from * to end.
ROW 10: *Sl 1 purlwise wyf, k5; REP from * to end.
ROW 11: *P5, sl 1 purlwise wyb; REP from * to end.
ROW 12: Repeat row 10.
ROW 13: Using "A" color, knit.
ROW 14: Purl.
ROW 15: Knit.
ROW 16: Knit.
BO loosely.

Sew up side seam and weave in loose ends. Put on cuff, raise your hand in the air and wave it like you just don't care...

If you make these I would show them off here in the customer gallery if you send me a photo. Also, if there is any interest, I can write up a pattern for a smaller size. Otherwise, enjoy!

PDF file available:


Lori said...

I just saw these on Craftster! SO COOL. I have all these little bits of Bernat Handcrafter Cotton. I have been trying to find small projects to use it all up. Cuffs for EVERYONE!!

Thanks for the pattern!

Selana said...

I found this through Craftster and I think these are kick ass enough that I'm going to have to brave the wilds of learning to follow a pattern and quit making scarves, at least long enough to make a few of these for stocking stuffers!

Way awesome, thanks for sharing!

Wendy Stackhouse said...

Okay, evil Star. I shall make some and send you a photo, so there!

I've been spinning for the blanket and it doesn't take much for a square. I've already started striping. But I want to get it to the width before I abandon it (I think) for our trip. I think I'll knit Rogue while I'm gone. And socks. And spin silk. I always take too much!

Star said...

Yay! I love Craftster!

Lori, perfect use for leftover cotton.

Selana, go for it! You can do it! If you run into any problems let me know.

Soprano, evil? They take a half hour to make! I think it's smart to take too much on your trip so you don't run out. I always take one thing and either get bored of it or finish it too quickly.

Wendy Stackhouse said...

Hey, I've only been getting out all of my scraps for the blankie and some of them are too heavy...I'll have to get on it, though, before I go away and can't post photos.

My DD has decided she wants a poncho. Well, she's not in the queue this year, unfortunately. So I got out "The Knit Stitch" and showed her the garter stitch poncho and she wants to make it herself, yay!! Of course we'll see if it turns out to be true. But some yarn shopping is going to happen for that. I don't ever buy bulky yarns and she doesn't want my violet sale merino, bummer (not)!! Wish us luck!

Anonymous said...

I love the cuffs. I'm def making me some. Thanks for posting.

Holly said...

Love 'em! I was just talking about making some wrist bands earlier.

Anonymous said...

I just happened across your cuffs,
girl they are cool. i have an 18 year old daughter who is way punk & i am going to knit them up for her in red and black. thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

oh!! i saw these on your etsy shop and thought, "man, i wish i could figure out how to make those" -- thanks for the pattern! i'll have to get someone to help interpret it for me... i just learned to knit. but i am definitely going to make some of these!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern! I have made two of these so far and they are already gone! My 16 and 17 YO neices are the new owners! I hadrly had the ends trimmed before they took them! Thanks!

Viva la sweat shoppe! ;D

Minkey said...

I am having trouble! I know, easy pattern, small project, but I am brand new to knitting and am not sure of one thing. "Cast on 30 then knit one row" then, just below that, it says "row 1, knit." I am not sure if I should cast on then knit two rows or cast on then knit one row and move on to the second row which is purl. Any help would be greatly appreciated! And, most of all, thank you for the terrific free pattern!!! The cuffs look so cute...

Sam said...

I came across this and knew I had to try it. I'm knitting things for my friends who live in different countries now, and one of them refused a scarf, and wanted a cool wrist band. I tried one with some practice yarn, and it came out beautifully! I'll definintly be making these for friends and family. Thanks!

Chele said...

These are very pretty. I'm surely going to try the pattern out today. I would like the smaller pattern as I have two little girls in my building I would like to make some for. Thanks for sharing. My email is

Unknown said...

Great cuffs! I think even I could make these! :)

Did you make a pattern in a smaller size?

Jocelyn said...

My ISP is blocking Ravelry so I cannot access the PDF of your pattern. If it isn't too much to ask, would you be able to email it to me please (

Anonymous said...

After row ROW 1: Knit
ROW 2: Purl it should be knit, knit - the pattern appears to be wrong.

Star said...

sorry I never made a smaller sized pattern. It's not too hard, just cut the numbers down.

kirstyg - I don't think there's an error. These are knit flat and seamed up. You CO 30 and knit one row BEFORE row 1 instructions. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I found this on a link from Mason Dixon KAL. These are really cute and I think my grand=daughter will loved them. Thanks for the cute patterh.