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Highlander Arm Warmers Pattern

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 The highlander arm warmers pattern will allow you to create a large twisting cable design.

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

arm warmers with a cable knit design

Inspired By The Outlander Patterns

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

This design was inspired by the cable knit arm warmers that Outlander character Claire Fraser is seen wearing throughout the series.

You can see other designs below, that feature this cable pattern:

Cable knit arm warmers pattern free

The Arm Warmers Design

The arm warmers are knit flat and then seamed.

Both pieces have the same design, with the cable on the top and a flat stockinette stitch underside.

The large cables are seen twisting up through the design, fanning out at both the bottom, where the arm is, and at the top of the hand.

Cable knit arm warmers

Cable Knitting

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

The cable itself is intertwined throughout the front piece of the wrist warmers with a stocking stitch flat piece on the underside of the arm/wrist.

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.

arm warmers

The C24F Abbreviation Explained

In the pattern you will see that the cable twists are knit forward – the abbreviation is – C24F.

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 – C24B
  • The LEFT way – these stitches are held in the front – C24F

This C24F abbreviation is explained below;

  • C24F – (Cable 24 front) – Slip 12 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, (k2, P2) 3 times from the left needle, then (K2, P2) 3 times from the cable needle.

You can watch a video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

arm warmer on the needles

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

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

knit arm warmers

Notes

Skill Level – Intermediate

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 16 sts and 24 rows in stocking stitch.

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Measurements / Size

  • S/M – Cast on 44 sts
  • L – Cast on 52sts
  • Length =  10.5 inches / 27 cm
  • Width =   3.5 inches (S/M) 4 inches (L) / 9 cm (S/M) / 10 cm (L)
Cable knit arm warmers

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles

Notions

cable knit arm warmers

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Beg – beginning
  • Cont – continue
  • C24F – (Cable 24 front) – Slip 12 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, (K2, P2) 3 times from the left needle, then (K2, P2) 3 times from the cable needle.
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat
arm warmers with a cable knit design

Pattern

Make 2 arm warmers the same.

Cast on 44 sts (S/M) 52sts (L)

P2, K2 / 2×2 ribbing for 2 rows.

  1. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  2. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  3. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  4. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  5. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  6. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  7. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  8. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  9. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  10. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  11. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  12. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).
  13. K 16, (24) P2, K2 to end of row.
  14. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28 sts, P 16, (24).

1st Cable

K 16, (24), P2, C24F, K2.

  1. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  2. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  3. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  4. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  5. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  6. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  7. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  8. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  9. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  10. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  11. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  12. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  13. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  14. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  15. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  16. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  17. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  18. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  19. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  20. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  21. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  22. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  23. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.

2nd Cable

K 16, (24), P2, C24F, K2.

  1. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  2. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  3. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  4. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  5. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  6. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  7. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  8. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  9. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  10. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  11. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.
  12. K 16, (24), P2, K2 to end of row.
  13. (P2, K2) x 7 for 28sts, P 16, (24) to end of row.

Cast off in pattern.

Sew in all loose ends.

Making Up

Mattress Stitch Tutorial.

Sew up the arm warmer with the right sides facing you and using an invisible seam.

Sew in any loose ends.

View more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

Outlander arm warmers

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2 Comments

  1. I am making your cabled wrist warmers from the Outlander series and I see only C24F throughout. There are no C24Bs,. Is this correct???

    1. Hello Mary, Yes that is correct, there are only C24F – forward and none going back. Happy Knitting! 🙂