Skill level: Beginner
Finished Size: One size (6” x 8 1/2”) laid flat when zipped.
Yarn: 5 oz. bulky weight yarn (A) (2.5 oz. per cuff) (we chose Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky; each skein is 3.5 oz., buy 2 you’ll have leftover).
Yarn Tool: easyloop® fauxchet® yarn tool
Extras: Two 7″ Poly Cutwork Closed-End Fashion Zippers (White) with holes along the edges. The zippers will be used as the foundation chain of the project (in place of the fauxchét® foundation chain normally used to begin a project). Note: Cuffs can also be made with a plain zipper and attached by sewing if a cutwork zipper is unavailable. JoAnn’s Stores carries them as well as other fabric and yarn stores.
Gauge: 11 sts and 10 rows = 4 inches.
Note: The Fauxchét® Slip Stitch looks the same on both sides, there is no right or wrong side.
Visit www.fauxchet.com for how-to videos of the stitches used in this pattern.
Special Techniques: USING POLY CUTWORK ZIPPER AS FOUNDATION CHAIN; SINGLE FAUXCHÉT® STITCH EDGING.
Foundation Chain: Instead of beginning the boot cuffs with the foundation chain (the fauxchét® chain stitch is normally the foundation chain of any pattern) this project begins with the poly cutwork zipper being used as the completed foundation chain. Note: By attaching your stitching to the zipper you will begin with Slip Stitching across the edge of the zipper by inserting the yarn tool needle tip into the holes along the cutwork edges of the zipper. (See SLIP STITCH TECHNIQUE VIDEO.)
Row 1: With the easyloop® tool threaded with yarn A, and the fashion zipper with poly cutwork holes being used as the foundation chain stitches, position the zipper so the zipper pull tab is on the right (wrong side up). Insert the yarn tool into the first cutwork hole on the left side of the wrong side of the zipper (as shown in photo) and make a completed Slip Stitch (to secure stitching to the zipper).
Row 1 (continued): Continue stitching along the cutwork holes of the zipper into every other hole along the cutwork holes of the zipper (from left to right, or vice versa for left handers) until reaching the end of the zipper (and the end of Row 1). For most 7″ fashion zippers with a cutwork edge this results in 25 stitches along the zipper. Note: It’s important to count the number of stitches you end up with along the zipper so you can count your stitches as you stitch to avoid accidentally dropping a stitch. Zippers may vary.
Rows 2-25: Continue Slip Stitching across each row (counting your stitches so you maintain the same number of stitches that you made into the cutwork holes along the edge of the zipper) making 1 turning stitch at the end of each row before turning work.
End work by fastening off with 1 extra chain stitch into the last stitch of row 25.
Note: At the end of Row 25 do not cut yarn to end work. Keep the yarn tool inserted into the last stitch you made to make turning work easy.
Fold the completed fabric (boot cuff) with right sides together so the zipper end of the boot cuff is beneath the working end of the boot cuff (the end with the yarn tool attached) as shown in photo at left. Yarn tool is positioned on the left.
Attaching Row 25 to Other Side of Zipper: With fabric folded as shown in photo (with right sides together, wrong side showing) insert tool needle tip into the first cutwork hole along the left side of the opposite side of zipper and secure with a completed Slip Stitch.
Repeat as in Row 1, Slip Stitching along the edge of the cutwork holes of the zipper into every other hole (or as needed) along the edge of the zipper until reaching the end of the zipper (forming a closure of the cuff).
Do Not Cut Yarn or End Work (You will begin the Single Fauxchét® Edge Stitch around the Top of the Cuff with the same yarn, without re-threading.)
Top of Cuff, Single Fauxchét® Edging: After reaching the end of zipper, continue with Yarn A uninterrupted. Working from the wrong side of the finished cuff (when zipped) or with the cuff inside out), Single Fauxchét® Stitch into every stitch around the edge of the top of the boot cuffs, working from left to right (or vice versa) along the edge. Cut yarn and weave ends in using the easyloop® yarn tool after completing the edging around top of cuff.
Bottom of Cuff Single Fauxchét® Edging: Re-thread the tool with Yarn A. Working from the wrong side of the finished cuff (when zipped), Single Fauxchét® Stitch into every stitch around the bottom edge of boot cuffs. Cut yarn and weave ends in after completing the edging around bottom of cuff.
(Shown at left in photo is Single Fauxchét® Stitching around the edges of the bottom of cuff.)
Finishing: Cut yarn, weave ends in. ♦
Styling: Boot cuffs can be worn around the leg (inside boots) with cuffs zipped or un-zipped and folded down around the top edge of boots.
Note: Boot cuffs can also be made with a plain zipper and sewn to the edges, if a poly cutwork fashion zipper is unavailable.
The boot cuffs are made with the easyloop® fauxchét® yarn tool. The basic stitches and techniques can be learned in The Art of Fauxchét® E-Book. A link to download the E-BOOK, our how-to videos, and a written instruction booklet to get you started (with easy scarf patterns) are included with the easyloop® fauxchét® yarn tool.