How to crochet a ribbed cuff (cuff first)

To celebrate Socktober we are finally getting around to writing up a few tutorials that we have always meant to.

Today's tutorial covers cuffs, where the cuff is worked first. If you are having a go at the Saunders or Riley sock patterns then it will get you started. But the method for making cuffs is the same as for making a cuff for a mitten or a brim for a hat so you might find this useful for the Bromsgrove Hat and Tenbury mitts from Crochet Yeah or The Tenbury Hat and Mitts set from Raw.

Crochet ribbing works best when it is worked perpendicular (at right angles to) the work. That is, so that the rows run around the ankle or wrist. This is because crochet has more stretch vertically than horizontally. It is generally worked in the back loops as this adds extra elasticity to the fabric made and makes it look more like knitted rib too.

Here's how:


Make a chain, as specified or the length you'd like the ribbing plus turning chain.


In this example we are using half trebles as they give a really nice ribbing. So starting in the third chain from the hook half treble in each chain then turn.


Chain two then, working only in the back loops of the row below, work half trebles across the row.


Continue working rows of half trebles in the back loops until you have enough rows completed for the pattern or to fit.

Counting rows of half trebles is quite easy as each of the lines that look like knit stitches mean you have worked two rows.


Fold the piece in half so that the foundation row meets the last row you worked.


Slip stitch through the back loop of the last row you worked and the foundation chain.


Repeat Step six for each stitch across. The piece is now joined in the round.


You will now work into the row ends. Check the pattern carefully to see how many stitches to work into the row ends and where.  The picture shows where the row ends are and how we might describe them when working into them to help direct you.

Congratulations! You have a cuff!

We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. We are working hard to build up our tutorials to make this site really useful for our customers, and crocheters generally, so if you have an idea for a tutorial or have found something in our pattern that you think it would be great to clarify in a tutorial then do please get in touch.


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