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Cable Knit Mittens Pattern

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This cable knit mittens pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit cables in the round.

I wanted to share with you a warm, cozy pair of mittens that will be perfect to wear during the colder months.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab an inexpensive printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

Cable knit mittens

Make Your Own Cable Knit Mittens

Made with super bulky yarn, these mittens will knit up fast!

A great project when you want to make something quick, for yourself or for a gift.

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They will take you a few hours to complete.

Cable knit mittens pattern

Great for snow days!

The mittens are perfect for cold weather and snowy days, keeping your hands warm.

I wore these gloves on a trip to the snowy mountains in Greece and loved how cozy they were to wear.

The yarn is thick, soft, and squishy, which was perfect for this project.

cable mittens knitted

The Cable Knit Stitch

This pattern is for any advanced beginners or intermediate knitters, as the cable stitch shown in the mittens pattern is a great starter cable for anyone who has not knit cables before.

The mitts are knit in the round, therefore you should be comfortable knitting in the round.

The pattern may look a little daunting if you are a beginner who has never picked up the needles before.

cable knit mittens in lion brand wool ease thick and quick yarn

The Cable Stitch Explained

The cable stitch used in this pattern is C4F – Cable four forward.

A tip for remembering which way a cable will twist, either to the front or the back of the work is to think of this;

  • The RIGHT way – these stitches are held behind – C4B
  • The LEFT way – these stitches are held in the front – C4F

The abbreviation used in this pattern is explained below:

  • C4F – Cable 4 forward.
  • Slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work.
  • Knit the next two stitches from the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches on the cable needle.
cable mittens in the snow

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any advanced beginners or intermediate knitters.

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More Mittens Patterns

For more mittens please take a look at these posts:

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Make a Matching Hat

If you would like to make the hat that matches these mittens, please take a look at this post here – Cable Knit Hat Pattern.

This hat uses the same cable stitch pattern and it is also knit in the round.

cable knit hat and matching mittens

Cable Mittens Knitting Pattern

Get the ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE.

Notes

The mittens knit up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

There is a video tutorial to help you to knit the thumb of a mitten over on my YouTube channel here.

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Skill Level – Intermediate.

Size – Women’s medium

Finished measurements – laying flat and unstretched = 8 inches circumference / 10 inches long including the cuff.

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm in Stockinette stitch.

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

knitted mittens

Pattern

Right Mitten

Cuff

CO 18 sts, join in the round and pm being careful not to twist sts.

  1. K1, P1 rib for 2 inches
  2. K8, M1, K1 twice (2 sts inc)
  3. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  4. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  5. P2, C4F, P2, K2, K10

Thumb Section

  1. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  2. P2, K4, P2, K1, M1, PM, K2, M1, PM, K1, K9
  3. P2, K4, P2, K4, K10 (slipping markers)
  4. P2, C4F, P2, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, K10
  5. P2, K4, P2, K6, K10
  6. P2, K4, P2, K1, M1, K3, M1, K2, K10
  7. P2, k4, P2, K8, K10
  8. P2, C4F, P2, K1, place 7 sts onto a st holder, CO 1 and K10

Body

  1. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  2. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  3. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  4. P2, C4F, P2, K2, K10
  5. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  6. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  7. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  8. P2, C4F, P2, K2, K10
  9. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  10. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  11. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10
  12. P2, C4F, P2, K2, K10
  13. P2, K4, P2, K2, K10 (20sts)

Decrease

  1. P2, K4, P2, K2tog, K2tog, K6, K2tog (20 sts)
  2. P2tog, sl next 2 sts onto the CN and hold in front of work, K2tog, then K2 from CN, P2tog, K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog
  3. P1, K3tog, P1, K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog
  4. *K2tog  – rep from * to end of round.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts, pull tight to close, and secure.

Thumb

  1. Place the 7sts on the stitch holder onto the needles.
  2. Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge.
  3. Place a stitch marker under the picked-up stitch to mark the beg of the round.
  4. Knit 8 rounds.
  5. *K2tog* to end of round.
  6. Cut a tail of yarn and weave through the rem sts and pull up tight to close.
  7. Secure and weave in any loose ends.
cable mittens in the snow

Left Mitten

Cuff

CO 18 sts, join in the round and pm being careful not to twist sts.

  1. K1, P1 rib for 2 inches
  2. K8, M1, K1, twice (2 sts inc)
  3. K10, K2, P2, K4, P2
  4. K10, K2, P2, K4, P2
  5. K10, K2, P2, C4F, P2

Thumb Section

  1. K10, K2, P2, K4, P2
  2. K9, K1, PM, M1, K2, PM, M1, P2, K4, P2
  3. K10, K4, P2, K4, P2
  4. K10, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, P2, C4F, P2
  5. K10, K6, P2, K4, P2
  6. K10, K2, M1, K3, M1, K1, P2, K4, P2
  7. K10, K8, P2, K4, P2
  8. K10, place 7 sts onto a st holder, CO 1, K1, P2, C4F, P2

Body

  1. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  2. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  3. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  4. K11, K1, P2, C4F, P2
  5. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  6. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  7. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  8. K11, K1, P2, C4F, P2
  9. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  10. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  11. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2
  12. K11, K1, P2, C4F, P2
  13. K11, K1, P2, K4, P2 (20 sts)

Decrease

  1. K2tog, K6, K2tog, K2tog, P2, K4, P2
  2. K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, P2tog, sl next 2 sts onto the CN and hold in front of work, K2tog, then K2 from CN, P2tog
  3. K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1, P1, K3tog, P1
  4. *K2tog  – rep from * to end of round.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts, pull tight to close, and secure.

Thumb

  1. Place the 7sts on the stitch holder onto the needles.
  2. Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge.
  3. Place a stitch marker under the picked-up stitch to mark the beg of the round.
  4. Knit 8 rounds.
  5. *K2tog* to end of the round.
  6. Cut a tail of yarn and weave through the rem sts and pull up tight to close.
  7. Secure and weave in any loose ends.

Finishing

  • Turn the mitten inside out and use the yarn from near the picked-up stitch to close the gap near to the base of the thumb.
  • Weave in any other loose ends.
  • Repeat for the second mitten.
cable knit hat with matching cable knit mittens

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2 Comments

  1. I’m confused by the use of CO in row 8 of the thumb section on the right hand. Based on the number of stitches I have I’m assuming this meant MO? Or is there another technique I just don’t know? I’m confused as to how you can CO in that situation.