Lots of labor intensive schoolwork and paid pattern design lately has made me want to bring another easy, funky, and FREE pattern to the blog! Here’s a pair of sassy ruffled cuffs with a steampunk mien, because if you don’t love a good corset and goggle combination I don’t know what to tell you. About life.
You can also get this free pattern in PDF form via Ravelry!
Steampunk Ruffled Wristers
1 skein Vicki Howell Cotton-ish (#3, 70g, 282yds, color shown is “Coffee Filter”)
1 skein ruffle yarn such as Willow Yarns Aura
8 round buttons about 1.5 cm in diameter. I used La Mode style #26296.
Gauge: 5 sts = 1″ in alternating rows of fpdc/bpdc
Notes: Ch 2 at the beginning of each round does not count as the first stitch. Be careful not to catch the beginning chains when working the post stitches into the stitch right next to them, as you will utilize them later.
Row 1: Sc in the 1st ch and in ea of the next 19 ch stitches.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. BPDC in the last sc from Row 1 and in ea of the next 19 sts.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. FPDC in the same st and in ea of the next 19 sts.
Row 4: Ch 2, turn. BPDC in the same st and in ea of the next 19 sts.
Row 5: Rpt Row 3.
Row 6: Rpt Row 4.
Rows 7-22: Make 8 more complete repeats of rows 3 and 4.
Row 23 (button loop row): Ch 4, turn. Sk next st, sc in the next st and in the next 3 sts. (Ch 4, sk 2 sts, sc in ea of the next 4 sts) twice. Ch 4, sk 2 sts, sl st into the side of the turning chain at the end of the row.
You will now be working into the turning chains at the ends of the rows (they will only be at the end of every other row) for the rounds that complete the ruffled portion of the cuffs.
A quick ruffle yarn tutorial:
All you need to do to work with ruffle yarn is to hold the strand at the WS of the work, then insert your hook through one of the tabs located at the top at the same time as you are inserting your hook through the next stitch or chain space. Next, draw your main yarn through as you normally would for the stitch. It can be done at any point where you would insert your hook and draw up a loop, just make sure you don’t draw up a loop of the ribbon yarn along with your main yarn.
With the FPDC side of the work facing, insert hook into the ch-2 space formed by the side of the beginning chain. Insert hook through the tab space at the top of the ruffle yarn, then yarn over and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through 2 lps on the hook. This completes a sc stitch with ruffle.
Round 1: Work 4 sc with ruffle stitches into the side of each ch-2 turning chain – each sc stitch should catch a separate tab of the top of the ruffle yarn for maximum frillyness. Join in the round by slip stitching to the first sc of the round. Slip stitch in the next st also.
Round 2 (do not catch ruffle yarn this round) : (Ch 4, sk 3 sts, sc in the next st) 10 times. Ch 2, hdc in the base of the first chain-4 of the last round. This positions your hook in the middle of a ch-4 sized space to begin the next ruffle round.
Round 3: Sc with ruffle twice in the same space. (4 sc with ruffle in the next space) 10 times. 2 Sc with ruffle in the next space. Join with a sl st.
Round 4: Rpt Rnd 2.
Rnd 5: Rpt Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: Rpt Rnd 2
Rnd 7: Rpt Rnd 3.
Rnd 8: Ch 1. Sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl stitch to the ch 1 at the beginning of the round. Cut yarn and tie off. Cut ribbon yarn, leaving at least one whole tab space uncut.
We will now work one round on the outside of the cuff, at the bottom of the ruffles. With the ruffled side out, join yarn at the base of the ruffles into the side of the last post double in a row BETWEEN the rows that end in a Ch-2 turning chain. 4 sc into the side of this stitch. (4 sc into the side of the next end post double)10 times. Whenever you reach the space where the two ends of the wrist piece are joined with a stitch, treat that stitch like the same as a row-end stitch and sc 4 into the side.
You will end up with 11 sets of 4 sc. It may be arduous trying to work these stitches around the ruffle yarn and other single crochet sets, but it does polish off the cuff well to make it look neat and tidy. Cut yarn and tie off.
Finally, test the cuff on your wrist and mark where you want to place your buttons based on how tightly you want the cuff to fit. Use a length of yarn or thread to sew on the buttons tightly.
Weave in all ends to finish, using your yarn tails to catch the tab at the cut ends of the ruffle yarn and tuck it down as you weave to hide it. Give the ruffles some gentle tugging when you are all done to even them out and make sure they are flared outward, to fix any compaction that might have happened during stitching.