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Celtic Cable Fingerless Gloves Pattern

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This Celtic cable fingerless gloves pattern will allow you to create a complicated design while knitting in the round.

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

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This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.

Celtic cable knit fingerless gloves

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Inspired By The Outlander Costumes

If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, through all of the seasons, Claire has worn fingerless gloves and wrist warmers.

Claire is often seen wearing a range of knitted pieces, including chunky knit scarves, shawls, and capelets.

They are also in many neutral colors, from shades of grey, brown, navy, and purple/heather.

Jamie and Claire from OutlanderImage Source – Starz

Fingerless Gloves With A Celtic Cable

Inspired by Claire Fraser wearing beautiful knitted pieces, in Fraser’s Ridge, North Carolina the mittens are knit in the round and have a knitted thumb.

They have a ribbed edge, at the wrist, at the top of the hand, and have the Celtic plait cable stitch as the main design.

Basic knowledge of knitting is all that is required for you to get started, however, this pattern is for an intermediate skill level.

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Celtic Cable Fingerless gloves knitting pattern

The Celtic Cable Knit Stitch

This pattern is for intermediate knitters, as the Celtic cable stitch is a bit complicated.

  • The cable plait itself is intertwined throughout the front piece of the fingerless mittens with a stocking stitch flat piece on the underside of the hand.
  • The pattern may look a little daunting if you are a beginner who is looking to do something more intricate, but once you get into it, the cables become easy and you start to see it all take shape.
  • The Outlander cable knit fingerless gloves are perfect for the colder weather, as they have been knit with medium weight yarn (04), in Himalaya Everyday New Tweed, shade 75111  – light grey.
  • Using knit stitches, you will create an interesting Celtic cable design, knit in the round on circular needles, with the thumb gusset.
  • The thumb gusset is explained in the pattern and is easy to follow, knitting in the round so that you don’t have to pick up and knit stitches later on.

Celtic cable knit fingerless gloves

More Outlander Knitting Patterns

Whenever I watch Outlander I just love to look at the costumes and see how beautifully they are pieced together.

Claire and Brianna’s costumes have motivated many knitters to make shawls, infinity scarves, and more throughout the four seasons that have aired so far.

I wanted to make a collection of knits that are inspired by both Claire and her daughter Brianna, from gloves to scarves.

View the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks in my shop below:

super bulky knitted infinity scarf

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

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

fingerless gloves knit in grey yarn

Celtic Cable Fingerless Gloves Pattern

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See ALL of the Outlander Pattern Ebooks here.

Skill Level – Intermediate

Notes

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

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Size

Women’s small/medium

  • Length = 9 inches
  • Width (laying flat) = 4 inches
  • Thumb = 1.5 inches

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

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles

Notions

Celtic cable knit gloves

Pattern Instructions

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – continue
  • C6B – (K3 and 3) – Slip the next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K3 from the left-hand needle, and then knit the 3 sts on the cable needle.
  • C6F – (K3 and 3) – Slip the next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, K3 from the left-hand needle, and then knit the 3 sts from the cable needle.
  • C5L – (K3, P2) – Slip the next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, P2 from the left-hand needle, and then knit the 3 sts from the cable needle.
  • C5R – (P2, K3) – Slip the next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K3 from the left-hand needle, and then purl the 2 sts from the cable needle.
  • K – knit
  • M1 – make one stitch
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat

Left Glove

CO 52sts, pm and join in the round being careful not to twist sts.

You will work the magic loop technique to knit the gloves in the round.

K2, P2 for two rounds.

  1. K25, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
  2. K25, work each st in the manner it presents.
  3. K25, K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1
  4. K25, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
  5. K25, K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1
  6. K25, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  7. K25, K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4
  8. K25, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  9. K25, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1
  10. K25, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1

Rep rounds 3-10 until the piece measures 6 inches and ends on round 6 of the pattern.

Thumb – Left

  • (7) K25, M1, K1, M1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4 (2 sts inc)
  • (8) K25, K3, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  • (9) K25, M1, K2, M1, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1 (2 sts inc)
  • (10) K25, K8, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
  • (3) K25, M1, K4, M1, K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1 (2 sts inc)
  • (4) K25, K10, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
  • (5) K19, Place 12 sts onto a st holder, CO 1 st and K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1
  • (6) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  • (7) K20, K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4
  • (8) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  • (9) K20, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1
  • (10) K20, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1

Hand – Left

Cont in pattern as follows:

  • (3) K20, K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1 
  • (4) K20, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
  • (5) K20, K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1
  • (6) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  • (7) K20, K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4
  • (8) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
  • (9) K20, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1
  • (10) K20, K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1

Rep rounds 3-10 (above) once more or until the piece measures 2 inches from the thumb.

K2, P2 rib till last st, P1 – for 2 rounds.

Cast off in rib.

Thumb

Place the 12 sts from the st holder onto the needles.

Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge.

Knit every round until the thumb measures 1 inch.

Cast off.

close up view of mitten

Right Glove

CO 52sts and join in the round being careful not to twist.

K2, P2 for two rounds.

  1. K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, K25
  2. Work each st in the manner it presents, K25
  3. K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1, K25
  4. K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, K25
  5. K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1, K25
  6. K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4, K25
  7. K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4, K25
  8. K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4, K25
  9. K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1, K25
  10. K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, K25
Rep rounds 3-10 until the piece measures 6 inches and ends on round 6 of the pattern.
 
Thumb – Right
  • (7) K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4, M1, K1, M1, K24 (2 sts inc)
  • (8) K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4, K27
  • (9) K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1, M1, K1, M1, K26 (2 sts inc)
  • (10) K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, K29
  • (3) K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1, M1, K1, M1, K28 (2 sts inc)
  • (4) K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, K31
  • (5) K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1, Place 12 sts onto a st holder, CO 1 st and K19
  • (6) K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K5, K19
  • (7) K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K5, K19
  • (8) K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K5, K19
  • (9) K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K2, K19
  • (10) K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K2, K19

Hand – Right

Cont in pattern as follows:

  • (3) K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1, K1, K19
  • (4) K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K2, K19
  • (5) K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K2, K19
  • (6) K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K5, K19
  • (7) K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K5, K19
  • (8) K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K5, K19
  • (9) K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K2, K19
  • (10) K4, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K2, K19

Rep rounds 3-10 (above) once more or until the piece measures 2 inches from the thumb.

K2, P2 rib till last st, P1 – for 2 rounds.

Cast off in rib.

Thumb

Place the 12 sts from the st holder onto the needles.

Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge.

Knit every round until the thumb measures 1 inch.

Cast off.

Making Up

Weave in any loose ends.

Place a stitch or two if there is a gap beside the base of the thumb.
 
Celtic cable stitch fingerless gloves pattern

Chart

Celtic Cabled Fingerless Gloves chart

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  1. Hi. Gorgeous pattern! Could someone elaborate on the ‘continue in pattern as follows’ just so I don’t make a mistake. 😊

    1. Hello Sanya, this means to work the rounds in the instructions set out below.I hope that makes sense! 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful pattern and can’t wait to make it. I’m confused as to what the numbers in parentheses indicate in some of the sections. They appear to be out of order and I’m not sure what to do….Thank you.

    Thumb – Left
    • (7) K25, M1, K1, M1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4 (2 sts inc)
    • (8) K25, K3, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
    • (9) K25, M1, K2, M1, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1 (2 sts inc)
    • (10) K25, K8, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
    • (3) K25, M1, K4, M1, K4, P4, C6F, P4, C6F, P2, K1 (2 sts inc)
    • (4) K25, K10, P4, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1
    • (5) K19, Place 12 sts onto a st holder, CO 1 st and K1, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, K1
    • (6) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
    • (7) K20, K1, P2, C6B, P4, C6B, P4, K4
    • (8) K20, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P4, K4
    • (9) K20, K1, C5R, C5L, C5R, C5L, C5R, K1
    • (10) K20

    1. Hello Patricia,
      The numbers in the parentheses on the left are the row number – this will help you to know which row of the cable pattern you are working on.
      The other numbers in parentheses – (2 sts inc) are telling you how many stitches you have increased.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  3. Hi, this looks like a beautiful pattern. Is there a way to knit it with just straight needles? I don’t have circular ones

    1. Hello Keirah,
      Sorry I only have the instructions to knit the gloves in the round – I haven’t worked out the pattern for knitting them flat.
      There would be a few changes in the instructions for this.
      I will add that to my to-do list for next year.
      Thanks,
      Louise