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Geillis Fingerless Gloves Pattern {Cable Knit}


This Geillis fingerless gloves pattern will allow you to practice a 4-stitch cable and the finished mitts will look great made in any color.

I wanted to share with you another free knitting pattern that has been inspired by the TV show Outlander.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

This pattern is featured in my Outlander collection, where you can see patterns from all seasons of the show.

cable knit fingerless gloves

Inspired By The Outlander Costumes

Inspired by the character of Geillis Duncan, these mittens are perfect for the witching time of the year!

Geillis is seen wearing a range of fingerless gloves, arm warmers, and capelets from cabled patterns to simple garter stitch knits.

They are also in many neutral colors, from shades of grey to browns.

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The mittens are knit flat and seamed leaving space for your thumb. 

You can wear them either way, as wrist warmers or as mitts, which makes them very versatile for the cold weather.

Basic knowledge of knitting is all that is required for you to get started and a basic 4-stitch cable, which if you haven’t done this before, is quite easy once you practice.

You can see more Outlander knitting patterns here.

Outlander claire cabled fingerless gloves

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

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

cable knit gloves in dark grey yarn


The gloves knit up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

If you want to convert this pattern to knit in the round please see this guide – Knitting Cables In The Round.

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  • Women’s small/medium
  • Length of the mittens = 10 inches
  • Width (laying flat) = 4 inches

*To make the gloves in a larger size – add more stitches when you cast on, for example for a large size, cast on – 40 or 47 sts.

Gauge – 20 sts / 26 rows in 4 inches/10 cm/in stocking stitch.

The Supplies You Need…


  • 1 x 100g skein of any medium weight yarn (04) Aran/worsted/10 Ply.
  • Yarn weight chart
  • I used Himalaya Every Day New Tweed in Grey 75116
  • Good Yarn Substitute – Cascade 220.



Grey cable knitted fingerless mittens

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • C4B – (K2 and 2), slip the next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K2 from the left-hand needle, then K2 from the cable needle.
  • K – knit
  • M1 – Make one stitch
  • P – purl
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat

Where it says to work each stitch in the manner it presents – this means to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Cable fingerless gloves – make 2 pieces/gloves.

Both gloves are knit flat and then seamed.

With the 5mm (US 8 needles) CO 33 sts (for a larger size cast on 40 sts or 47 sts)

  1. Row 1 – K1, *P3, K4*, rep from * to * to last 4 sts – P3, K1
  2. Row 2 – Work each stitch in the manner it presents
  3. Row 3 – Work each stitch in the manner it presents
  4. Row 4 – Work each stitch in the manner it presents
  5. Row 5 – K1, *P3, C4B* rep from * to * to last 4 sts, P3 then K1
  6. Row 6 – Work each stitch in the manner it presents

Rep the 6 rows above until the piece measures 10 inches from the CO edge.

Cast off – in the stitch pattern from row 6.

Making up

  • Mattress Stitch Tutorial.
  • Stitch the side seam together for 6.5 inches.
  • Leave a 1.5-inch gap for your thumb.
  • Continue to stitch for a further 2 inches and close to secure.
  • Weave in any loose ends.
Cable knit gloves

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  1. I’m so excited to have found this beautiful pattern! I’m a newbie knitter & these are going to be my first-ever gloves. If I want to make a larger size, can I cast on any number of stitches that I want? Or does it have to be a multiple of a certain number? Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Hello Freya,
      You could try casting on 45 sts for a larger size or 54 sts.
      The cable pattern is a simple 4 stitch cable.
      You need 7 sts for the cable (P3, K4) + 1 edge st on each side.
      I hope that helps!