This pair of knitted arm warmers have a textured Celtic cable stitch pattern as the main design.
The cable stitch and colors of the design have been chosen with inspiration from the TV show Outlander.
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Knitted Arm Warmers
If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, you have probably noticed the beautiful costumes and knitted pieces that the characters wear, including knitted arm warmers.
Brianna and Claire are both seen wearing a range of knitted pieces, including grey, green, and blue fingerless mittens, gloves, arm warmers, and wrist warmers.
You may also like these arm warmer knitting patterns
You can see a pattern for the popular cable knit brown wrist warmers that Claire is seen wearing in Outlander season 1 here – Outlander Claire’s Cable Knit Wrist Warmers.
The instructions are given to knit them flat and in the round with worsted weight yarn.
She wears them with her tassel shawl which you can also make here – Sassenach Tassel Shawl Knitting Pattern
More Outlander Knitting Patterns
You can see more of my Outlander patterns that include both knit and crochet.
There are also men’s knits and a dog sweater inspired by the Fraser tartan.
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Knitting The Arm Warmers Flat
The arm warmer is knit flat, this means back and forth on straight or circular needles and not in the round.
You can easily make the size larger by adding extra stitches to either side of the main cable, for what will be the underside of the arm warmers.
This leaves the main cable stitch pattern staying the same for all sizes.
The yarn I used
For this project I used Cascade 220 in blue (9325), this is a worsted weight yarn/medium weight yarn #4.
They were knit on size 5mm (US 8) knitting needles, and I used a cable needle.
You can use any yarn for this project that is the same weight and can be used with the same size needles.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.
Celtic Cable Knit Arm Warmers Pattern
Skill Level – Intermediate
This arm warmers pattern is a great project for anyone who loves cables.
The pattern instructions are given to work the arm warmers flat with seaming.
Inspired by Claire’s blue knits seen worn in Outlander season 6.
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Size / Measurements
- Women’s small/medium/large (cast on 36/40/44 sts)
- Length = 10 inches
- Width (not seamed – laying flat and unstretched) = 6/6.5/7 inches
To make the arm warmers in a smaller size you will knit 4 edge stitches and 2 purl stitches on either side of the main cable pattern.
To make the arm warmers in a medium-size you will knit 6 edge stitches and 2 purl stitches on either side of the main cable pattern.
To make the arm warmers in the large size you will knit 8 edge stitches and 2 purl stitches on either side of the main cable pattern.
To make the arm warmers smaller or larger you can add fewer or more knit stitches to each edge.
Gauge – 18 sts / 24 rows in 4 inches/10 cm of stocking stitch.
The supplies you need…
- 1 x 100g skein of any medium weight yarn (04) / Aran / Worsted / 10 Ply.
- I used Cascade 220 (100% wool / 100g / 200m / 219yds) in the color blue (9325).
- If you use the cascade yarn you only need around 100yds/80 meters.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- CO – Cast on
- Cont – Continue
- K – Knit
- P – Purl
- PM – Place marker
- SM – Slip marker
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
Stitch Pattern Notes
1 x 1 ribbing = K1, P1 (It is obtained by alternating knit and purl stitches in one row and “knitting by pattern” in every next row. This means that we make a knit stitch when the previous row stitch looks like V and make a purl stitch when the previous looks like a bump.)
Cast On: even number of stitches.
- Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) till the end of the row.
- Row 2 (WS): (k1, p1) till the end of the row.
Repeat these two rows.
- C4F = (cable 4 front)- slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit 2, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
- C4B = (cable 4 back) – slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
- CR3L = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, purl 1, then knit 2 from the cable needle.
- CR3R = slip 1 stitch onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then purl 1 from the cable needle.
- CR4L = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work, purl 2, then knit 2 from the cable needle.
- CR4R = slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2, then purl 2 from the cable needle.
Worked flat on two needles: Make 2 the same.
CO – S – 36 / M – 40 / L – 44 sts. (See pattern size notes).
- Work in 1×1 ribbing for 1 inch.
Next start working in the cable pattern as follows;
- Row 1 (RS) – K4 (K6, K8), P2, PM, (P2, C4B, P2) x 3, PM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 2 (WS)- and every even row – P4 (P6, P8) (edge), K2, SM, knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches, SM, K2, P4 (P6, P8) (edge).
- Row 3 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, P1, CR3R, (CR4L, CR4R) x 2, CR3L, P1, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 5 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, CR3R, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) x 2, P1, CR3L, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 7 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, K2, P2, (CR4R, CR4L) x 2, P2, K2, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 9 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, (K2, P2) x 2, P2, C4B, P2, (P2, K2) x 2, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 11 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, K2, P2, (CR4L, CR4R) x 2, P2, K2, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 13 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, CR3L, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) x 2, P1, CR3R, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
- Row 15 – K4 (K6, K8), P2, SM, P1, CR3L, (CR4R, CR4L) x 2, CR3R, P1, SM, P2, K4 (K6, K8).
Repeat the 16-row cable stitch pattern twice more, slipping the markers as you work.
Next work in 1×1 ribbing for 1 inch.
Cast off in rib.
- Stitch the side seam closed using an invisible seam.
- Sew in any loose ends.
- If you need help to seam – The Mattress Stitch Tutorial