~ thistle boot cuffs ~

I always wanted a pair of riding boots; but, could never find a perfect fit. With yarn and hook in hand and some inspiration from Vanessa's DIY, crochet came to the rescue. These boot cuffs were the perfect solution. Yay for crochet. 

Skill Level: Beginner

~145 yards of worsted weight yarn
5.00mm crochet hook
yarn needle

16 rows of single crochets in back loops = 4 inches
3 rounds of soft clusters = 2 inches

Finished Measurements (may vary with gauge and yarn choice)
The cuffs are five inches tall. The bottom measures 10 inches around and stretches to 14 inches around. The top of the cuff measures 13 inches around and stretches to 16 inches around.

Pattern Notes: 
This boot cuff pattern is seamless.
The ribbing is worked first  in rows after which the body is worked in rounds. 
The slip stitches and the chain 1 are not counted as stitches.

ch - chain
st - stitch
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
x - times
yo - yarn over
sp - space
R - row

Bobble Stitch
[(yo, insert hook in stitch, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops) 5x in same stitch, 
yo, draw yarn through all 6 loops on hook]

Soft Cluster 
[(yo, insert hook in indicated stitch or space, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops) 3x in same stitch, yo, draw yarn through all 4 loops on hook] 

Shell Stitch 
6dc in indicated stitch

(worked in rows)

ch 6 
R1:(right side) : sc in the top loop of the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (5sc) 
R2: ch 1, turn, sc in back loop of each sc across (5sc)
R3 - R40: repeat row 2

Join ribbing:
ch1, turn
with wrong sides together and R40 facing you, line up the first and last rows of ribbing,
join together with slip stitches:
insert hook under the front loop (the loop closest to you) of  R40 
and the bottom loop of the beginning chain, yarn over and draw yarn through all three loops, 
continue across to last loop of beginning chain (5 sl st)
do not fasten off

(worked in rounds)

Continue working on right side.

Round1: ch1, sc in the end of each row, join with sl st to first single crochet (40 sc)

Soft Cluster Rounds

Note: To make the beginning and ending of these rounds less noticeable, 
there are no chains made after the first and last clusters. The first cluster of each of these rounds is made as stated, while each cluster thereafter is made as in the glossary.

Round2: ch2, *yo, insert hook in same st, draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops*, 
repeat as between* one time, yo, draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook - first soft cluster made,  
*sk1, make soft cluster as in glossary (not as first group of stitches/first soft cluster on this round) in next st, ch1,* 
continue as between ** to the last three stitches, sk1,
make soft cluster in next st, join to the first cluster with a sl st.
(20 soft clusters and 18ch)

Round3: ch2, *yo, insert hook into space between last and first cluster of previous row,
draw up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops*,
repeat as between** one time, 
yo, draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook; first cluster made, 
make second cluster in space between the 1st and 2nd cluster of the previous round, ch1
*make cluster in next ch1 space, ch1*,
repeat as between ** around to last ch1 sp, 
make cluster in last ch1 sp, join to first cluster with a sl st
(20 soft clusters and 18ch)

Round4 and Round5: repeat Round3

ch1, sc in same st, sc in each cluster and ch1 space (or space between clusters) around  
join to first sc with sl st. (40 sc)

Bobble Round

ch1, sc in same st, *make bobble in next st, sc in next 2 st*
continue  as between ** around to last three stitches, 
make bobble in next st, sk1, sc, join to first sc with sl st
(13 bobbles and 26 sc)


Round8: ch1, sc in same st, sc in each bobble and sc around, sl st to first sc (39 sc)

Shell Stitch Round

Round9: ch1, sc in same st, *sk1, make shell st in next st, sk1, sc* continue as between ** to last two stitches, sk1, make shell stitch in next st, join to first sc with slip stitch
(10 shells and 10 sc ) Fasten off and weave in ends.


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Items made from this pattern are for personal use only. Items may also be used for gifts and charity projects. Copying the pattern and/or pictures in whole or part then publishing, selling or posting elsewhere is also not permitted. Thanks so much.