how to knit sleeve cuffs

Knitting sleeve cuffs is a common step in creating garments like sweaters, cardigans, and long-sleeved tops. Cuffs not only add a finished look to the sleeves but also help them stay in place. Here’s how to knit sleeve cuffs:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Your knitted garment with the sleeves ready for cuffs
  • Knitting needles in the same size as your main project (circular or double-pointed needles, depending on your preference)
  • Yarn in the same color as your project
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends


  1. Prepare Your Needles:
    • Decide whether you want to use circular needles or double-pointed needles (DPNs) for knitting the cuffs. The choice depends on your preference and the circumference of the cuffs. Circular needles are useful for larger cuff circumferences, while DPNs are suitable for smaller ones.
  2. Join the Yarn:
    • Leave a tail of about 6 inches (15 cm) for weaving in later. Join the yarn to your first sleeve stitch as if you were going to knit a regular stitch. You can do this by simply starting to knit with the new yarn.
  3. Knit the Cuff:
    • Begin knitting the cuff by working in the desired stitch pattern. Common cuff stitch patterns include ribbing (knit 1, purl 1 or knit 2, purl 2), garter stitch (knit every row), or stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row). You can choose a pattern that matches the hem or neckline of your garment.
  4. Cuff Length:
    • Knit the cuff to your desired length. Standard cuff lengths are usually between 1.5 to 3 inches (4 to 7.5 cm), but you can adjust it to your preference.
  5. Binding Off:
    • Once the cuff is the desired length, bind off the stitches. To do this, knit the first two stitches, then use your left needle to lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off the right needle. Continue binding off in this manner until you have only one stitch left on your right needle. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of a few inches, and thread it through the last stitch to secure it.
  6. Weave in Ends:
    • Use a yarn needle to weave in the tails of both the beginning and ending yarn. Make sure they’re secure and hidden within the cuff.
  7. Repeat for the Other Sleeve:
    • If your garment has two sleeves, repeat the process for the second sleeve to create a matching cuff.
  8. Block the Cuffs (Optional):
    • You can lightly block the cuffs to ensure they lie flat and have a polished look. Follow the blocking instructions for your specific yarn type.

That’s it! You’ve successfully knitted sleeve cuffs. The choice of stitch pattern and cuff length allows you to customize your garment’s cuffs to suit your style and the overall design. Cuffs not only add a finishing touch to your project but also serve a functional purpose by helping to keep sleeves in place.

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