Knit by bit: simple cable mitts
Welcome to 2016! Start your year off with a bang, and learn how to knit a simple cable. Get started with this free pattern for simple cable mitts.
I love a new year – I’m the first person to crack open a new notebook and set goals and resolutions to become a better person in the next 12 months. My goals can be anything from learning a new language with Duolingo, to getting back on my running schedule, to learning something new. (This year, I’m going to conquer learning how to do calligraphy!)
If you’re new to cabling, then the next few weeks are going to be a great way to learn how to tackle this popular technique. Today, a simple cable, illustrated with the moving images below to help you along.
For this project, I chose Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky yarn. Each ball has enough to make 2 pairs of these gloves! It’s spun with a blend of wool and mohair that’s super warm and snuggly – I made all of my gloves this year with this yarn. If you want to learn more about this yarn, click here to read my review.
One ball of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky yarn in any shade – I used Blue Suede (M194)
One pair of 8 mm (US 11) needles. I used these Addi Bamboo needles for this project.
One yarn needle with a wide opening
One cable needle
Cast on 24 stitches using the long tail method.
Row 1 (set up row): (K1, P1) x 2. K3, P2, K6, P2, K4, P1, K1, P1.
Row 2 (wrong side): K1, P1, K1, P4, K2, P6, K2, P3, (K1, P1) x 2.
Row 3 (right side, first cable): (P1, K1) x 2. K3, P2, CF6, P2, K3, (P1, K1) x 2
Need some help with the cable? CF6 means “cable front 6.” This means you put 3 stitches on the cable needle, hold it in front.
Knit the next three stitches.
Replace the 3 stitches from the cable needle, and knit those stitches.
Note: some people choose to knit those stitches straight from the cable needle, and that’s perfectly fine!
Row 4: K1, P1, K1, P4, K2, P6, K2, P3, (K1, P1) x 2
Row 5: P1, K1, P1, K4, P2, K6, P2, K3, (P1, K1) x 2
Row 6: K1, P1, K1, P4, K2, P6, K2, P4, (K1, P1) x 2
Row 7: (K1, P1) x 2, K3, P2, K6, P2, K4, P1, K1
Row 8: Repeat row 2
Row 9: Repeat row 3.
Repeat rows 3 – 9 twice more.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 once.
Cast off and seam together, with the double moss edging facing what will be the top and bottom of the glove, and the cable will run horizontally.
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Last updated: January 4th, 2016.