Swarming Boot Cuffs

This boot cuff takes the image of a honeybee swarm and materializes it into a wearable work of art! This stitch, appropriately named “Bee Stitch” is a stretchy, squishy, dense fabric that holds its shape. The fabric looks like thousands of tiny bees waiting to take flight!

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 6.5” x 10.5 (13.5, 16.5)”

Gauge: 16 sts and 18 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Bee Stitch pattern after wet blocking


Medium weight yarn

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool: 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 7827 Goldenrod (1 skein)

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) DPNs, US size 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs

Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

K1b (K1 below)

Insert your working needle knit wise into the stitch directly below the stitch on your main needle. Wrap your working needle with the working yarn and knit the stitch as normal, pulling the yarn through the stitch. Pull the worked stitch and the stitch above off the needle together.

Bee Stitch

Rnd 1: P.

Rnd 2: *K1, k1b; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: P.

Rnd 4: *K1b, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

K1, P1 Ribbing

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

These boot cuffs are worked from the bottom up, in one piece.


With larger needles, CO 42 (54, 66) sts. PM, join for working in the rnd, taking care not to twist sts.

Work 6 rnds in K1, P1 Ribbing.

Change to smaller needles.

Work through Bee Stitch patt Rnds 1-4, 12 times.

Change to larger needles and work 6 rnds of K1, P1 Ribbing.

BO all sts in patt.


Weave in all ends.

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