The making of a cuff / sleeve

When I used to work at a cof­fee shop I was always very appre­cia­tive of peo­ple who brought their own reusable mugs or cup sleeves. We went through a mind-bog­gling amount of those every day and it was so nice to see peo­ple care about reduc­ing waste.

And Mike likes to wear wrist cuffs — he claims that it keeps him warm in his freez­ing office. But it prob­a­bly didn’t keep him warm enough because he need­ed to peri­od­i­cal­ly head down­stairs for cups of hot tea at the cof­fee shop.

The prob­lem of over air-con­di­tion­ing aside, I thought it would be fun to com­bine wrist cuff and cup sleeves! I also con­ve­nient­ly made this up for a beginner’s cro­chet work­shop, so I tried to be as sim­ple and straight­for­ward as pos­si­ble. There’s no but­ton­hole or any­thing com­pli­cat­ed. But if you’re up for more chal­lenge, I saw this reeeeeal­ly nice beer bracelet pat­tern on Cro­chet by Faye — I’d like to try that out myself one day!

I find this web­site help­ful when learn­ing with videos of cro­chet stitch­es.

Here’s what I did:

Mate­ri­als / tools:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn
2 large but­tons (mine were about 1″ in diam­e­ter)
Needle and thread
5mm hook
A cof­fee cup for size-test­ing

Row 1: I made 9 chains (ch). You can make more or few­er ch if you want your cuff to be wider or nar­row­er.

Row 2: ch 2, sin­gle cro­chet stitch (sc) in the 3rd stitch from hook, sc in each ch across.

Row 3: ch 3, turn (see instruc­tion for turn­ing chain). Skip first sc, dou­ble cro­chet stitch (dc) in each sc across. Place last dc in ch 2 from row below (the ch 2 counts as an sc stitch).

Row 4 and on: Con­tin­ue to make rows of sc or dc or both until cuff is long enough to wrap around wrist.

When cuff is long enough to wrap around wrist: ch 4, turn. Skip first stitch, triple cro­chet stitch­es (tr) across. This row serves as but­ton holes for wrist cuff.

Con­tin­ue to make a cou­ple more rows of sc and dc until the cuff is long enough to wrap around the cup.

When cuff is long enough to wrap around cup: ch 4, turn. Skip first stitch, tr across. This row serves as but­ton holes for cup sleeve.

Next row: ch 1, turn. Skip first tr, sc in each tr across. Fas­ten off.

Note: it’s bet­ter to make it a bit too short than a bit too long, it will stretch over time.

The dia­gram below may give you an idea of the con­struc­tion…

Final­ly, sew but­tons on the first sc row. When sewing but­ton on thick fab­ric (such as some­thing cro­cheted), I find this instruc­tion from Wiki How use­ful:

For but­tons that get heavy use, try wrap­ping the long thread of the needle tail around the threads that hold the but­ton, at least 4 or 5 times, tight­ly, then force the needle and thread through the tight bunch of threads that you have cre­at­ed. Try push­ing the needle par­al­lel to the the button’s holes, to avoid resis­tance. Use a thim­ble for push­ing the needle. (The rea­son for this is sim­ple: thread wear will cause the but­ton to fall off soon­er, unless you wrap the exposed threads with a pro­tec­tive wrap.) Once you have forced the needle through, push it back into the cloth, and tie it off with the long tail that you left at the start­ing knot. 

This is how the sewn but­tons would look:

Depend­ing on who you’re mak­ing this cuff for, the tr row for the wrist may not be nec­es­sary. You see, appar­ent­ly Mike’s wrist is the same size as the cof­fee cup…

I hap­pen to have ridicu­lous­ly small wrists due to Asian genes, so I need­ed the cuff to be adjustable. Any­way. I hope this is not too con­fus­ing. If you have any ques­tion, feed­back or com­ment please feel free to drop me a note! And I hope you enjoy the cool­er evening and hot drinks as our hemi­sphere wel­comes the arrival of fall!

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9 thoughts on “The making of a cuff / sleeve

  1. I total­ly had this idea when I was walk­ing to get a chai the oth­er after­noon. So glad you had it too, so I don’t have to fig­ure out for myself how to imple­ment it! :) Thanks for the tuto­ri­al! I’m about halfway through mak­ing one. I’m even using the same col­ors, because they are my absolute favorite right now!

  2. On the wrap­ping of the but­ton thread — my sewing teacher actu­al­ly taught us to do this with but­tons way back in 1986:) I have always done it this way and it rein­forces the but­tons beau­ti­ful­ly:)

    I’m mak­ing one of the­se in grey right now. I think I shall make a few — I love pret­ty and short (and use­ful!) projects:)

  3. Ya know, I don’t think I will need to put two sec­tions for the but­tons as I have a fat wrist so I can prob­a­bly make it work for a cup and myself as a cuff with­out need­ing an extra but­ton set­ting LOL:)

    1. thank you for try­ing this out! actu­al­ly many peo­ple have com­ment­ed that they only need one but­ton sec­tion for both the cuff and the cup sleeve :)

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