Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up.
Rolls occur when you work in stockinette. Stockinette has a natural tendency to draw in on itself, like how if you’ve ever knit a scarf that’s all stockinette, the edges all curl in. The same effect happens to the edge of a sock when it’s in stockinette; it wants to roll. With it being worked in the round and sitting against your leg, it has a natural tendency to roll outward, revealing the purls’.
It’s a good idea to add 2 purl rows to stop the roll from rolling past a certain point.
Cuff-Down Rolled Cuff Directions
Using your preferred cuff-down sock cast-on (I favor the Old-Norwegian Cast-On), cast on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches. Join in the round, being careful not to twist it.
Rounds 1-8: Knit across round.
Rounds 9-10: Purl across round.
Continue working your leg as desired.
Toe-Up Rolled Cuff Directions
Having already worked your 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitch count leg,
Rounds 1-2: Purl across round.
Rounds 3-10: Knit across round.
Bind off using a stretchy bind-off; remember, you’ll want your bind-off to be stretchy enough to get your sock on and off comfortably.
Tip: if you’re a very tight knitter, go up a needle size when you’re casting on or binding off! This will help ensure make the cuff stretchy enough to get on and off your foot with ease. There’s nothing worse than knitting a sock that you can’t get on!