Guest Author - Marjorie Colletta
Adding cables to your knitting is one way to add simple decoration to an item. Cables often appear complicated, but if you can knit and purl you can make a cable. The cable is a technique every knitter might like to add to their bag of skills. These fingerless mittens are worked in the round, and if you have never worked in the round before you will feel like you've never held a knitting needle in your hands in your life. So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy learning something new.
5 1/2 stitches an inch or 3 stitches in one centimeter. The gauge of the cable pattern is 10 stitches in 1 and 1/4 inches or 3 centimeters.
These wristlets should have a bit of negative ease, in other words, they should have to stretch a bit to fit. 1/2 or 1 cm. smaller than the circumference of your wrist.
Wrist Circumference size
6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8)
XS (S, M, L, XL)
5.5 (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5)
Cable Pattern - an Aran Braid - Panel of 12 stitches
Rows 1 & 3 - k12 (13, 14, 15, 16), p2, k8, p2, k12 (13, 14, 15, 16).
Row 2 - k12 (13, 14, 15, 16), p2, (sl 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 off of the cable needle) twice, p2, k12 (13, 14, 15, 16).
Row 4 - k12 (13, 14, 15, 16), p2, k2, sl 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 off of the cable needle, k2, p2, k12 (13, 14, 15, 16).
Since this project is worked in the round, start at bottom right and work to the left of row 1, then right to left of row 2, then right to left row 3, and finally right to left of row 4.
Cast on 36 (38, 40, 42, 44). Evenly distribute the stitches over three double pointed needles, or between 2 circular needles, or even on one magic loop needle. Use which ever method you are most comfortable with using.
Join without twisting.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2 inches in the round.
Work the cable pattern 7, (8, 9, 10, 11) times in the round.
Work one row with all knit stitches for the left hand. For the right hand work one and a half rows in knit stitches.
Turn work, we are going to start working back and forth, to make a slit for a thumb. K1, p1 ribbing for one inch, ending in a wrong side row. Turn and join, work in the round for 1/2 inch more.
Bind off and weave in ends.