Sewing knit cuffs

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How to sew knit cuffs

Sewing knit cuffs

Today I have a little post on sewing knit cuffs. The Blackwood Cardigan has knit cuffs and it is my favourite finish for this style of garment. You get a nice, clean edge at the end of the sleeve, and the cuffs are double layered, adding warmth for your hands!

This is the fourth sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! I hope your Blackwoods are coming along nicely so far. 


Let’s get started!

Fold your cuffs in half matching notches and with right sides facing.

Sewing a knit cuff

Pin in place.

Sewing a knit cuff

Sew using a small zig-zag stitch.

Sewing a knit cuff

Press this seam open. Use a sleeve roll to avoid press lines.

Sewing a knit cuff

Sewing a knit cuff

Fold these tubes in half with wrong sides facing.

Sewing a knit cuff

Get your sleeves ready. We covered sewing the sleeves of the Blackwood in our last post.

Sewing a knit cuff

Insert the cuffs into the sleeves, lining up the cuff seam with the sleeve seam.

Sewing a knit cuff

Pin the cuffs to the sleeve ends, placing the pins on the inside. Evenly distribute any excess fabric around the circle.

Sewing a knit cuff

Sew the cuffs in using a medium zig-zag stitch.

Sewing a knit cuff

Once sewn in, you will have something like this:

Sewing a knit cuff

You have the option to finish these seams using a serger or overlocker.

Sewing a knit cuff

Pull the cuffs out. Using your sleeve roll if you have one, press this seam up toward the sleeve.  It will naturally want to fall this way.

Sewing a knit cuff

And that’s all there is to it! I hope you are excited to finish your Blackwood Cardigan with the next post on sewing the bottom and front bands. See you then!

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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

3 Comments on “How to sew knit cuffs”

  1. The knit cuff I have does not allow for folding. It is Simplicity’s 4″ knit cuff on a bolt. I have cut it 6″ long, but when the seam is sewn the ends show (stick out) on the finished garment. Any ideas as to how to finish the exposed end? Is this bolt knit just for the bottom of tops and not for cuffs? Thanks for your help. Le Feinstein

    1. Hello! I have not used this kind of cuff for Blackwood, but I do think it is possible for sleeve cuffs, not just for hems. I would suggest sewing a strip of interfacing in the seam, to prevent it from getting stretched out. I hope that helps!

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