Cabled Fingerless Mitts

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Here’s an answer to at least a few of your holiday gifts! These mitts, sized for men and women, are a quick knit in DK/Sport weight yarn. The video tutorial walks you through the tricky parts of the mitts including working double-pointed needles, cables, reading charts, and understanding what a pattern means when it has the dreaded words “at the same time”.

Sizes: Small/Medium, Medium/Large (please see note below on sizes)
Needles: Size US 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles
Yarn: 1 hank Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport (or any DK or Sport weight yarn, also called “8 ply” outside the US, 100 grams, 250 yards)
Additional Materials: 4 ring markers, cable needle, row counter, scrap yarn, tapestry needle
Gauge: 6.5 stitches per inch in stockinette

Note on Sizes: Small/Medium will fit most women, and Medium/Large will fit most men. The mitts are very stretchy, so absolute exact sizing isnโ€™t crucial.

Pattern + links to 4 instructional videos, $5 US via PayPal.addtocart

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Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The yarn I used in my finished mitts is Knit Picks Hawthore Sport; in colorways Rose City, Montavilla, and Irvington.

The cable needles I use can be found here (ignore the photo on Amazon, it is not the correct product).

The needles I used for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

The bulky yarn I used for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in color Silver.

The ball chain stitch markers I use can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Amanda”.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

43 comments on “Cabled Fingerless Mitts

  1. You read my mind! I was thinking of fingerless mitts this morning!
    But I can’t work on DP needles. Can those be done with circulars?

  2. I was scouring patterns this week for this exact type pattern. I was going to combine one of your other patterns and video tutorials with cables. Now I don’t have to! Thanks again.

  3. Wonderful tutorial Staci….Love the breakdown of the chart and cable you have given me full confidence that I can knit these….Thanks so much your hard work and dedication to your craft is much appreciated.

  4. I have been looking for cable needles like yours since I watched your cable video for a refresher on knitting cables. I have not been successful. Thank you for providing the information on ordering them. A set is now in my Amazon cart. :^)

    Thank you for this and all the help you have provided me.

  5. Dear Staci,

    I made the left mit first and found that the thumb gusset was leaving huge holes (they were visible when I tried it on) I then made the right mit and there was no problem it looked great. Since I had enough yarn I retried the left and had the same problem. I’ve unwound and will try again. Is it that there are two purls right after that lead to a new needle. I LOVE this pattern, but am discouraged by this.

    Also, a hat would be awesome to go with the mits. You’ve set you like giving things in sets, so maybe you’ve designed some already ๐Ÿ™‚ knitting cable is fun and makes me feel very accomplished in my knitting

    Thanks, all the best, Al

  6. Hi Al – thank you for the note. Hmm..the only difference between the R and L thumb gussets are the stitches immediately before and after, and where you switch DPNs, so I suppose one of those things has to be what is causing tension issues on the left mitt. You can try rearranging the stitches so you don’t switch DPNs right after the gusset, and you can pay really close attention to the tension on the stitch right after the gusset (you probably need to give it a tug).

    I’ll give you a link to a video that might help:
    In this video, I demonstrate how to work a specific stitch, but I also speak in general terms about getting good tension between knit and purl stitches. Hope this helps.
    S t a c i

  7. Hi Staci, I love the videos and your web site. For payment, since I am in Canada, is there a different way of paying for the pattern other than PayPal?

  8. Hi Staci,

    I know you used bamboo dp needles and bulky yarn to do the demo. What needles did you use to knit the actual Hawthorne sport yarn fingerless-mitts? Thanks!


  9. Susan – all of that information (and more) is above, in this same blog post where you commented.
    Needles: Size US 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles

    S t a c i

  10. Thank you, Staci. I was aware that the pattern calls for size US 3 DPNS, or whatever size will give you the gauge. I should have been more direct with my question. What I wanted to know was: what were your double-pointed needles of choice(brand, style, material composition) when you knitted the Cabled Fingerless Mitts using Hawthorne Sport Yarn. I am in my sixties and have not knitted since my early thirties. At that time, the standard was single-pointed aluminum needles. Most of the patterns incorporated seams. I am wondering about the durability of the smaller-sized bamboo needles, since Iโ€™ve read reviews where the smaller sizes have snapped in two while knitting. Before I can start making these mitts, I will need to purchase new needles.

  11. Susan – I can’t really speak to bamboo DPNs in smaller sizes…I regularly use Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz wood DPNs in smaller sizes, which I find to be perfect. Enough grip on the wood so that the stitches don’t slide off, and a pointed enough tip to work complicated stitches. They’re my go-to DPNs.

    S t a c i

  12. Hi Staci! Thanks for another great pattern and tutorial! I have a quick question…when adding length to the upper hand, do I continue in the same pattern as the “rounds 10-20” of the cable instructions to the desired length (before starting the ribbed cuff)?
    Thank you!

  13. Would it make much difference using size 3.75mm needles? its all I have on hand here and want to knit these up asap, any suggestions? Thanks for your new pattern, I love it! Elsa

  14. Elsa – that shouldn’t make a difference in this pattern, since the mitts are very stretchy. But the needle size you’re suggesting is two full sizes larger…if your gauge is naturally loose, the mitts might end up very big.

    S t a c i

  15. Please tell me I can use magic loop for this pattern, I’d rather eat Chinese than fiddle with all these points! Omg, would you happen to have directions for magic loop? Elsa

  16. Elsa – yes, at the end of the pattern there are instructions for using magic loop (one long circular needle) instead of double-pointed needles.

    S t a c i

  17. Hi Staci- my mitt looks nothing like yours, I’m using Knitpicks gloss do on 3 mm bamboo and the middle circled cable came out shorter than yours. What the neck? Can you advise me as to what I may be doing wrong? Took photo, plan to rip out and start over. Couldn’t locate your email address or I would attach so u could see what I’m talking about. I am doing magic loop, much faster for me anyway. Thank you! Elsa

  18. Sorry – I don’t know, Elsa. I’m guessing that you probably missed part of the instructions somewhere, which resulted in skipped rows.

    S t a c i

  19. Staci, you had one lucky guess at being right! I had missed round 10 on the cable instructions. It was on the printed page of the chart, all is good. Guess I need to read twice, knit once! Elsa ????

  20. Staci, you had one lucky guess at being right! I had missed round 10 on the cable instructions. It was on the printed page of the chart, all is good. Guess I need to read twice, knit once! Elsa ????

  21. Staci, I just LOVE your instructional videos and the neat patterns that you find to show on them. This one is especially nice. Thank you. I have been searching and searching for a small bamboo cable needle forever and I can not find them any where but I noticed while reading through the comments that you supplied a link for someone to get the cable needle that you use and I was wondering if you could provide me with that same link? Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! Thanks.

  22. Hi Staci
    Did you knit the blue pair you’re wearing in the smaller or larger pattern

  23. Seren – Small/Medium will fit most women, and Medium/Large will fit most men. The mitts are very stretchy, so absolute exact sizing isnโ€™t crucial.

    S t a c i

  24. Hi Staci ๐Ÿ™‚ Do these mitts have to be blocked? I just finished them (my first time with mitts and cables!) and they look great on my hands unblocked. But they are a little shriveled when off the hands. What’s the best way to block mitts? Thank you!

  25. Natalie – you really don’t have to block these, but if you want to, you can hand wash them in wool wash and set them out flat to dry. It’s normal that they sort of collapse on themselves when they’re not being worn, that is the nature of the rib stitch used, because they are made to fit snugly.

    S t a c i

  26. You are my go-to person every time I need some knitting help. Your videos are extremely helpful and very easy to understand. I really appreciate the camera angles you use.

    I am just starting the cabled fingerless mittens and am very excited to watch them grow. Thank you so much for the video and pattern.

    Could you please tell me where you purchased the chain-like stitch markers used in the video? I have checked a couple of sources and am not finding them anywhere. Thank you.

  27. Staci, could you please tell me the correct way to measure the length of the mittens? I believed I was at the 6 1/2″ from the cast on edge to begin the thumb gusset. I measured it by laying the mitten flat. Then I wanted to try the mitten on my hand to show my daughter and decided to verify the measurement at 6 1/2″ while I wore the mitten. To my surprise, it measured only approximately 5 3/4″. Which method should be used? By the way, I LOVE the pattern. I ordered yarn from Knit Picks, the Rose City and Irvington, and it’s on the way. Now I am super excited to finish this pair so I can make two more pairs of mittens!!

    • Thank you once again Staci. Good to know for all future projects. I also wanted to say that I was unsure about making these mittens, but your video gave me the confidence and assurance that I could. Thank you for all your hard work in creating videos and making them available to all of us. You make me want to knit more and more.

  28. Hi there staci live your DelaQ bags give away just wanted to share my daughter was involved in RC university which allows students to do a degree in 3 years and an international internship she went to Vietnam she was 18 volunteered at various orphanages, hospitals etc she was there with I think three others from her school they pooled they money together at one orphanage & each child there receive there own bycycle as all they had there was one that wasn’t safe really she returned there a year and half later to teach as well
    She lived she experience the people I am not rich actually am a single parent on disability , my daughter worked hard to received scholarships was valedictorian Every little bit helps even someone from Ripples New Brunswick canada she made a difference money isn’t everything (sure helps agreed) even your patterns and videos (especially for those of us with comprehension issues)
    Thank you sharing all you know to help make us more away of caring people around the works Many thanks

  29. When working the thumb gusset, where the pattern says “Work one more even-numbered round”, does that mean to complete Round 2 of the two round repeat and then do another Round 2?

  30. Bev – not exactly. We aren’t keeping track of “Round 1/lRound 2” on the thumb gusset specifically…instead we are working the numbered rows of the cable chart, and going by that. So odd-numbered rows of the cable chart are a thumb gusset increase rounds, even rows of the cable chart are not increase rounds. So, work up to the number of thumb gusset stitches you need, then work one more round without increasing.

    S t a c i

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