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Sock and Mitten Cuffs

by Linda

This year (1998), I decided to try to get a bit of a head start on Christmas gift making, but I lacked any concrete ideas.

I then realized I could knit up some cuffs for socks and mittens and figure out the rest later. What a joy it will be to be able to implement a design idea right when inspiration strikes, rather than having to spend time on the ribbing first!

If you lack a basic cuff pattern, try the following.

  1. For socks, cast on 40 stitches, loosely - 12/16/12. For mittens, cast on 36 sts - 12/12/12.
  2. Work at least 20 rounds of k2, p2 ribbing.
  3. Increase 4, 6 or 8 sts evenly on next round (as appropriate) by knitting plain, keeping future use in mind.
  4. Place these sts on stitch holder, large safety pin, length of yarn, or other convenient holder for later use. Store together in pairs so any differences in sizes or colours aren't a problem later on.
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