By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey, Julie Holetz

This simple cuff is the perfect crochet project to get you started with joining motifs as you go, which means you don’t have to do any seaming at the end. This project uses crochet thread that’s easy to find in most yarn and craft stores.

Crochet thread is available in a variety of colors and fibers, so you can make a cuff for any occasion. Use a metallic thread to add bling for a night on the town or try a natural-colored cotton for a summer outing. Quick to stitch, you’ll want to make one of these cuffs for you and all your girlfriends.

Materials and vital statistics

  • Yarn: Coats & Clark Aunt Lydia’s “Fashion Crochet Thread” size 3 crochet thread (100% mercerized cotton), Article #182 (1.3 oz. [37 g], 150 yds [137 m] each ball): 1 ball of #65 Warm Teal
  • Hook: Steel crochet hook size 1 U.S. (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Bowl or plastic baggie
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Paper towels
  • 1-in. plastic shaft button
  • Yarn needle
  • Measurements: 7 in. long x 2 in. wide
  • Gauge: Motif = 1-1/2 in. square
  • Stitches used: Chain stitch (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)

Directions

In a nutshell, here’s how you make the Granny Square Cuff: Crochet one granny square motif completely; then make a second motif and join it to the first motif on the last round. Make and join two more motifs in the same manner to form a row of motifs. Easy as pie!

The stitch diagram shows you where to join your motifs.

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The stitch diagram for the Granny Square Cuff.

First granny square motif

Make 2 rounds of a basic granny square. Fasten off.

Remaining granny square motifs

Rnd 1: Work the first round like you did for the first granny square motif.

Rnd 2: Sl st across to first ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, holding both pieces with WS together sl st in corresponding corner of completed square, work 3 dc in same ch-2 sp of the current square, sl st in next ch-1 sp of completed square, work 3 dc in next ch-2 sp of current square, sl st in next corresponding corner of completed square, ch 1, work 3 dc in same ch-2 sp of current square, ch 1, sl st in top of turning chain to join. Fasten off.

Repeat these steps for a third and fourth motif forming a single row of motifs.

Edging

With RS facing you, join thread to ch-2 sp at the upper-right corner of 1 short end of the cuff, ch 1, work 3 sc in same ch-2 sp, sc in each dc and ch-1 sp across the short end of the cuff, * work 3 sc in next corner ch-2 sp, working across the long end of the cuff to the next corner ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in each (dc, ch-1 sp, and sl st that joins motifs together) *, work 3 sc in next corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, ch 6 for button loop, skip next (dc, ch-1 sp, and dc), sc in next 2 dc; rep from * to * once, sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off. Weave in any loose ends using the yarn needle.

Finishing

Place the cuff in a bowl or sandwich baggie. Pour equal parts water and fabric stiffener (just enough to cover the cuff completely) into the bowl or baggie. Allow the cuff to become completely saturated before removing it from the mixture and dabbing it with paper towels to remove any excess stiffener. Lay the cuff on a piece of parchment paper, straighten it, open up the lacy stitches, and allow it to dry completely.

Assembly

Using the button loop as a guide, sew the button to the opposite side of the cuff with the yarn needle.