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Cabled, Fingerless Mittens

February 7, 2010

I wear fingerless mittens almost year round, and have been on a quest for the perfect pair. I don’t like the ones with half fingers, though they look cute, because I find it keeps my hands warmer on a really cold day, to simply draw my fingers into the hand of the mitt, than to have them hanging out there. This can’t be done with half fingers. I like the look of the mitts with little “hand hat” covers, but honestly, never found myself unbuttoning and using them. I worked at it for a bit and found a version i like just fine. I hope you do too.

Cabled Fingerless Mittens

Materials

1 set Size 4 double pointed needles

Via Meccanica 3ply 100% wool (medium weight) in NATURAL BROWN

(pattern originally called for Lion Brand fisherman’s wool, but that wool is sadly no longer the same weight)

Cable needle

Gauge: 6sts =1”

Cable Back: Place 3sts on cable needle and hold in the back of work, K2, P1 from left needle, place the 3sts from the cable needle onto the left hand needle, P1, K3

Cable Front: Place 3sts on cable needle and hold in the Front of work, K2, P1 from left needle, place the 3sts from the cable needle onto the left hand needle, P1, K3

LEFT HAND

Cuff: Cast on 32sts

Divide stitches between 3 needles: Needle #1 =16sts, needle #2 = 8sts, needle #3 = 8sts

Join yarn, and *K2, P2* in the round for 3 inches

Thumb Gusset

(Instructions in bold indicate where the cable will be)

Set up row. K6, (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), Knit across needles 2 & 3

Row 1. Work even across row

Row 2. K1, Inc in next st, K4, (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), Knit to last 2sts on needle #3, inc in next st, K1

Row 3. Work even across row

Row 4. K1, Inc in next st, K5, P2, (Cable Back), P2, Knit to last 2sts on needle #3, inc in next st, K1

Repeat these 4 rows 2 times more, increasing the number of knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row (44sts on needles)

Thumb setup Row

Work across row to last 6sts, place last 6sts and first 6sts of next row on a piece of string for later.

Hand

32sts remain. Keep needle set up as it is.

Join and work even in the round for 1.5 inches, continuing to Cable Back every 4th row.

Cuff

*K2, P2* across row

Work 4 more rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Thumb

Place 12sts from piece of string onto 3 needles, picking up and knitting 2sts where Hand meets the thumb, join yarn and *K2, P2* across row to last 2 sts. K1, P1

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Weave in loose ends

RIGHT HAND

Cuff: Cast on 32sts

Divide sts between 3 needles: Needle #1 =16sts, needle #2 = 8sts, needle #3 = 8sts

Join yarn, and *P2, K2* in the round for 3 inches

Thumb Gusset

(Instructions in bold indicate where the cable will be)

Set up row. (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), k6, Knit across needles 2&3,

Row 1. Work even across row

Row 2. (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), knit to last 2 sts on needle #1, Inc in next st, K1. needle #2: K1, inc in next st, knit across row.

Row 3. Work even across row

Row 4. (Cable Front) knit to last 2 sts on needle #1, Inc in next st, K1. needle #2: K1, inc in next st, knit across row.

Repeat these 4 rows 2 times more (44sts on needles)

Thumb setup Row

Work across Needle #1 to last 6sts, place last 6sts and first 6sts of Needle #2 on a piece of string for later, join and continue to work even across Needles 2 & 3 to end of row.

Hand

Join and work even in the round for 1.5 inches, continuing to Cable Front every 4th row.

Cuff

*P2, K2* across row

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Thumb

Place 12sts from piece of string onto 3 needles, picking up and knitting 2sts where Hand meets the thumb inseam, join yarn and *P2, K2* across row to last 2 sts. P1, K1

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Weave in loose ends

© Corinna Mantlo  2010 http://www.Boozeandyarn.com

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 10:44 pm

    Very nice, one of my darkest secrets of disorganization is the endless box of glovelettes and arm dealies. What’s fisherman’s wool all about?

  2. February 8, 2010 11:00 am

    Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool is a great new line of 100% heavy duty, utilitarian wool. Love it!
    The history of fisherman’s wool is interesting as well. Article soon to follow, promise….

  3. lori permalink
    January 5, 2013 8:56 pm

    I would like to know if your needles are in metric or US sizes..I am assuming US?

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