Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cabled Fingerless Mitts

Keep your hands toasty, without reducing your dexterity, with these simple fingerless mitts. A basic stockinette stitch background and knit 2, purl 2 ribbing puts all the focus on the cable down the back of the hand. An easy six-stitch cable, twisted every six rounds, makes this an ideal project for first-time cablers. Plus, symmetric cables teach the knitter the difference between holding the cable needle in front or in back of the work.

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Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic, 3oz/85g, 165yds/151m) one skein in 2616 Toasted Almond
US 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles
Two stitch markers
Stitch holder or waste yarn

24 sts =4in (10cm) in stst on US 6 (4mm)

Finished Size:
Women’s Medium - 7in (18cm) hand circumference

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Right Mitt:
CO 44 and distribute to 3 dpns. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work 10 rnds in k2,p2 ribbing.
Rnds 1-5: k19, p1, k6, p1, k17.
Rnd 6: k19, p1, FC6, p1, k8, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k8.
Rnds 7-8: k19, p1, k6, p1, k19.
Rnd 9: k19, p1, k6, p1, k8, m1, k3, m1, k8.
Rnds 10-11: k19, p1, k6, p1, k21.
Rnd 12: k19, p1, FC6, p1, k8, m1, k5, m1, k8.
Continue in this manner, inc'ing just inside markers every 3 rnds and twisting cable every 6 rnds, until there are 13 sts between markers for thumb gusset (Rnd 21). Transfer these 13 sts to a stitch holder or waste yarn. Waste yarn works better because it's flexible.
Rnd 22: k19, p1, k6, p1, k8, CO 1 st, k8.
Rnd 23: k19, p1, k6, p1, k17.
Rnd 24: k19, p1, FC6, p1, k17.
Continue in this manner, working even and twisting the cable every 6 rounds until piece measures 5in (13cm) from beg, about 39 rnds total, ending 5 rnds after a twist. Work 10 rnds in k2,p2 ribbing. BO all sts.
Distribute 13 sts on waste yarn to 3 dpns. Attach new ball of yarn, and pick up 3 sts in valley between thumb and palm. Knit 1 rnd. Work 10 rnds in k2,p2 ribbing. BO all sts. Weave in ends.
You may want to reinforce the valley between thumb and palm or close the hole if you have one. Left Mitt:
Work as for Right Mitt, reversing all shaping and using BC6 instead FC6 so the cables will be symmetric.

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