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Herb Garden Cable Knit Mittens Pattern


The herb garden cable knit mittens pattern is perfect for anyone who loves to knit cables!

The pair of mittens are knit flat, featuring a 5-stitch cable with a bobble design.

The thumb section is then knit in the round.

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The fingerless mitts design has more texture as they are knitted using a cable repeat with bobbles.

You can knit them with the thumb or without so they can be worn in a number of ways, from fingerless gloves to arm warmers.

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Herb Garden Cable Knit Mittens Pattern

Skill Level – Intermediate


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

You can see a video tutorial showing you how to MB – Make Bobble – How to knit a bobble stitch over on my YouTube channel here.

If you want to convert this pattern to knit in the round please see this guide – Knitting Cables In The Round {A How To Guide}


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  • Women’s – To fit an average-sized hand.
  • Please note – you can adjust the length by adding more repeat rows or less.
  • Measurements:
  • Height = 8 inches/20cm
  • Width = 8 inches/20cm (laying flat before seaming).
  • When seamed – 4 inches/10cm laying flat.

Gauge – 18sts/20 rows in 4 inches/10 cm in stocking stitch.


The supplies you need…



  • 4 mm (US 6) Knitting needles.
  • 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles.
  • 4.5 mm (US 7) 9″ or 16″ circular knitting needles are needed for the thumb section.
  • I used my interchangeable circular needles on a 40cm/16′′ cable.
  • I did not join in the round to knit the main cable pattern section of the mitt.
  • I did join in the round to complete the thumb section and used the magic loop method.
  • You may want to use a smaller cable for this section if you have one.
  • Cable needle 4 mm (US 6)/4.5 mm (US 6.5) size.


Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • C4B – Cable 4 back – slip the first two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work. Knit the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
  • C4F – Cable 4 forward – Slip the first two stitches of the cable panel onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit the next two stitches, and then knit the two stitches held on the cable needle.
  • C5B – Cable 5 back – slip the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and leave at the back of the work, K2, then K3 from the cable needle.
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase).
  • MB – Make bobble – KFB into the next stitch 5 times so you have 5 sts, then turn and only work on these 5 sts, P5, turn, K5, turn, P5, turn, K5, turn, pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over 1st st to cast off and make the bobble.
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • W+T – Wrap and Turn – Short row shaping

Pattern Instructions

Worked flat knitting back and forth on two needles:

Both mittens are worked the same (the right mitten and left mitten), then seamed.

With 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on – 54 sts

  • Row 1 (RS:) *K1, P1 – rep from * to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): Knit the knits and purl the purls to the end of the row.

Rep rows 1 and 2 twice more.

Change to 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles.

  • Row 1: (RS) P5, *K4, P2, K5, P2, K4,* P10, rep from * to* P5.
  • Row 2: (WS) K5, *P4, K2, P5, K2, P4,* K10, rep from * to * K5.
  • Row 3: P5, *C4F, P2, C5B, P2, C4B,* P10, rep from * to * P5.
  • Row 4: K5, *P4, K2, P5, K2, P4,* K10, rep from * to * K5.
  • Row 5: P5, *K4, P2, K5, P2, K4,* P10, rep from * to * P5.
  • Row 6: K5, *P4, K2, P5, K2, P4,* K10, rep from * to * K5.
  • Row 7: P5, *C4F, P2, K2, MB, K2, P2, C4B*, P10 rep from * to * P5.
  • Row 8: K5, *P4, K2, P5, K2, P4*, K10, rep from * to * K5.
  • These 8 rows form the repeat pattern for the cable. Rep the 8 rows 4 more times.
  • Then work rows 1 and 2 again.

Change to 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles.

  • Row 1: *K1, P1 – rep from * to the end of the row.
  • Row 2: Knit the knits and purl the purls to the end of the row.
  • Rep rows 1 and 2 twice more.
  • Cast off in pattern.

Making Up

Please note – when you are making up the mittens, check the measurements/ circumference against your own arm/hand and adjust accordingly so that you have a comfortable fit.

If you have adjusted the length of the mittens, you may need to also adjust the measurements for seaming.

Sew the side seam of the mittens using the mattress stitch.


Both Mittens

Starting at the bottom edge (where the hand will insert and this will be pulled up the arm) you will stitch the seam for approx – 5 inches/13 cm.

Leave a hole for your thumb that will measure approx – 1.5 inches/4cm.

Seam the remainder of the mitten for 1.5 inches/4 cm.

Repeat with the second mitten.

You can leave your loose ends until you have completed the thumb section, just in case you want to adjust anything when you try them on.



Knitting the thumb section is optional – you may wish to leave your mitts as they are or you may want to add the thumb.

This is up to you!

Using your 4.5mm (US 6.5) circulars pick up and knit 8 (10, 12) sts on each side (16, 20, 24) sts total.

Starting from the top of the thumbhole.

I picked up 8 sts on each side (16 in total) to have a tighter thumb section.

You may wish to make this larger for your thumb/hand size – so you can add 2 sts – go up to 10 sts on each side (20 total) or 12 sts on each side (24 total).

Knit 1 round.

Start the shaping:

  • Round 1: (RS) – K until 2 sts from the end, W+T,
  • Round 2: (WS) – P until 2 sts from end, W+T,
  • Round 3: K until 2 sts from the last wrap, W+T,
  • Round 4: P until 2 sts from the last wrap, W+T.
  • Rep the short rows 3 and 4 once more.
  • K all sts in the round picking up the wraps and knitting them together with the accompanying stitch.
  • Next round: K1, P1 to the end of the round.
  • Cast off in rib.

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