Rather than popping it into a clothes bank for recycling, why not try a “crochet-cover-up”? The first manoeuvre in the cover-up operation is to rummage through your yarn stash to check out your options.
My first thought was to make a calming colour cuff …
…..but then again, a contrasting zingy colour would be fun…
….or the safety option (its a work jumper) with some good old black or white?
Its always worth checking out the yarn and jumper care label to see if they are similar – this was the deciding feature for me – the black yarn won!
To gauge the cuff size measure the circumference of your wrist where the cuff was – 7.5 inches / 19cm for me. Also measure around the widest part of your hand over which the cuff would have to pass – 9 inches / 23cm.
As my jumper is made of a stretch material and I wanted the cuff to fit snuggly I searched the internet for a crochet pattern with stretch. Voila! A Genius Headband Pattern by Elizabeth Alan aka “The Lovely Crow”. Perfect!
If you take a look at the pattern you will see the Genius Headband Pattern consists of a net design – hence the stretch. The headband has a short foundation chain which creates 3 holes or ovals across its width. To make sure I covered up all the cuff ribbing on my jumper, I tripled the size of the band to give me 9 ovals across the width.
The repeating pattern is really easy to follow.
You continue working the pattern until the fabric is long enough for your needs.
Un-stretched my net measured 18 cm or 7 inches – close enough to the 7.5inches I needed.
Stretched the crochet net came in a 26cm or 10 inches – totally genius! Perfect!
Fold your crochet net in half and sew up the seam to form a tube – it always helps at this stage if you make sure the cuff fits! I then added a frilly edge to one end of the cuff for a bit of glamour.
So here it is – one finished cuff!
The last thing to do is put the cuff over the jumper – you can either sew them together or leave them separate for making life easier when it comes to washing!
One collar or flower later and Voila! A total crochet cuff cover up!