How to Knit a Circle Lace Cuff

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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This circle lace pattern is a fun way to play with lace knitting.
The pattern is an adaptation of catherine wheels lace.
Choose a fun pair of buttons to add a special touch to your cuff!
This circle lace pattern is a fun way to play with lace knitting.

This circle lace pattern is a fun way to play with lace knitting.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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I just finished and released a set of 10 cuff patterns that I was working on designing for the last few months-I love designing on a small scale, giving me the opportunity to play around with ideas without investing much time or yarn, turning experiments into wearable items instead of just swatches. This is one of the designs I played around with that didn't make it into the set because it works best with more than 10 yards of yarn and it didn't really fit with the rest of my cuffs. It's a little weird, but it's a great way to try out knitting lace on a nonintimidating scale and good for using up leftover yarn.

You'll need:

  • About 15 to 20 yards of yarn (my example is worsted weight)
  • Knitting needles appropriately sized for a tight gauge with your yarn (I used US size 6)
  • Two buttons
  • Tapestry needle

Size: The pattern includes small [medium, large] (size small is pictured). The only difference is the body is longer in larger sizes, and you can make the cuff a custom fit by moving the buttons in. A larger size can fit on a smaller wrist by making the straps overlap onto the body more, making the exact size unimportant, which is why gauge doesn't matter. So if you want to be sure your cuff will fit, choose a larger size/longer body.


  • k = knit
  • yo = yarn over
  • k2tog = knit 2 together (decreases 1 st)
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip
  • yf = bring yarn forward
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • yb = bring yarn back
  • k3tog = knit 3 together (decreases 2 sts)
  • kfbf = knit into front of stitch, then into back loop, then into front again (increases 2 sts)
  • sssk = slip, slip, slip, knit 3 slipped stitches together (decreases 2 sts) (same as knitting 3 together through back loops)
  • skp = slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over (decreases 1 st)
  • tbl = through back loop
  • sk2p = slip, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over (decreases 2 sts)
  • kfb = knit into front of stitch, then into back loop (increases 1 st)
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together (decreases 1 st)

To learn any of those techniques, you can check out, or search Google or YouTube for how-to illustrations and/or videos. The Internet is a fabulous place to learn knitting techniques!

  This is the lace pattern you'll be creating in your cuff.

I adapted this lace pattern from the catherine wheels pattern in the book Field Guide to Knitting by Jackie Pawlowski. I changed the base to garter stitch to prevent curling and made up an easy lace pattern for the straps.

Cast on 2 sts.
k 1 row.
k1, yo, k1.
k 1 row.
k2, yo, k1.
Strap row: k1, k2tog, yo, k1.
Repeat strap row until strap measures about 3 inches.
Cast on 13 more sts (so there are 17 total) by knitting on.

  This is how your work should look now, after knitting on.

Knit 2 [6, 10] rows.
k7, p3, k7.
k7, sl3, yf, pass same 3 sts back to left-hand needle, yb, k3 slipped sts, k7.

  This is how it should look after bringing the yarn back, before knitting the slipped stitches.

k7, p3, k7.
k5, k3tog, yo, kfbf, yo, sssk, k5.
k5, p7, k5.
k3, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, kfbf, yo, skp, yo, sssk, k3.
k3, p11, k3.
k2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, k1 tbl, (yo, skp) 3 times, k2.
k2, p13, k2.
k3, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, sk2p, (yo, skp) twice, yo, k3.
k2, p13, k2.
k2, (skp, yo) 3 times, k1 tbl, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, k2.
k2, p13, k2.
k3, kfb, yo, skp, yo, work 5 together (see below), yo, k2tog, yo, kfb, k3.

  To work 5 together, first slip 3 stitches, so it looks like this.

How to work 5 together (reference numberss in photo above): With yarn in front because of the yarn over, sl 3 sts, *pass 2nd st on right-hand needle (#4) over 1st st (#3), sl 1st st (#3) back to left-hand needle, pass 2nd st on left-hand needle (#2) over** slip st #3 from left needle back to right again, repeat from * to ** 1 more time with sts #5 then #1, bring yarn over around to front and purl stitch #3.

k3, p11, k3.
k5, kfb, yo, work 5 together, yo, kfb, k5.
k5, p7, k5.
Knit 2 [6, 10] rows.
Bind off to last 4, k to end.
Work strap row for about 2.5 inches.
k 1 row.
k2tog, yo, ssk.
k 1 row.
k2tog, k1, pass first st over to bind off.

  When you finish, the lace part will pop out because of the garter stitch pulling it together.

You can block your work, but since it will be stretching around your wrist and flattening out, blocking isn't really necessary. Weave in the ends, and sew on buttons to fit. Try on the cuff to see where the buttons work best-you may want to overlap the straps onto the body a bit.

  My small-size cuff fits with the buttons on the edges.

Try it on and admire your work! It's an unusual accessory, but a fun way to show off your knit lace! You could adjust the pattern to be more of a wrist warmer by making the body much longer (add more knit rows at the beginning and end) and making the straps shorter.

  The strappy back looks something like this.

You can check out more of my knitting patterns on the patterns page of my website,!

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Comments (3)

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