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River Run Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern

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The River Run fingerless mitts knitting pattern is perfect for anyone who loves to knit cables!

The mittens are knit flat, with the top side featuring the medallion moss stitch cable design and the underside in 1×1 ribbing.

The thumb section is then knit in the round.

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Notes

The mittens 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 {A How To Guide}

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Size Information

Women’s small/medium/large

  • Please note – you can adjust the length by adding more repeat rows or less.
  • The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the small size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places.
  • To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Small

  • For the small size, you will cast on 41 sts.
  • You will P5 for the edges surrounding the cable.
  • Measurements:
  • Width – 7 inches (Laying flat and not seamed)
  • Length- 10 inches

Medium

  • For the medium size, you will cast on 47 sts.
  • You will P6 for the edges surrounding the cable.
  • Measurements:
  • Width – 8 inches (Laying flat and not seamed)
  • Length- 10 inches

Large

  • For the large size, you will cast on 53 sts.
  • You will P7 for the edges surrounding the cable.
  • Measurements:
  • Width – 9 inches (Laying flat and not seamed)
  • Length- 10 inches

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

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • 1 x skein of any medium-weight yarn (04)/Worsted/Aran/10 Ply 100g
  • I used Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Peruvian Highland Wool 100g / 3.5oz / 220 yds/200 meters) in Aventurine Heather – col.1003

Needles

Notions

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

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • C6B – Slip the first three stitches onto a cable needle and hold it at the back of the work. Knit the next three stitches on the left-hand needle and then knit the three stitches from the cable needle.
  • C6F – Slip the first three stitches of the cable panel onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit the next three stitches, and then knit the three stitches held on the cable needle.
  • K – Knit
  • 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 – for short row shaping.
Moss stitch cable mittens

Pattern Instructions

Worked flat knitting back and forth on two needles:

Left Mitten

Cast on – 41 (47/53) sts

  • Row 1: (RS) P5 (P6/P7), K4, (P1, K1) 3 times, K3, P5 (P6/P7), PM, K1, P1 to the end of the row.
  • Row 2: (WS) K1, P1 to marker, SM, K5 (K6/K7), P3, (K1, P1) 4 times, P2, K5 (K6/K7).
  • Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2.
  • Row 5: P5 (P6/P7), C6F, K1, C6B, P5 (P6/P7), SM, K1, P1 to the end of the row.
  • Row 6: K1, P1 to marker, SM, K5 (K6/K7), P13, K5 (K6/K7).
  • Row 7: P5 (P6/P7), K13, P5 (P6/P7), SM, K1, P1 to the end of the row. Row 8: K1, P1 to marker, SM, K5 (K6/K7), P13, K5 (K6/K7).
  • Rows 9 to 12: As rows 7 and 8 twice more.
  • Row 13: P5 (P6/P7), C6B, K1, C6F, P5 (P6/P7), SM, K1, P1 to the end of the row.
  • Row 14: As row 2.
  • Rows 15 and 16: As rows 1 and 2.

These 16 rows form the repeat pattern for the cable.

Rep the 16 rows 3 more times.

Cast off in pattern.

Cable moss stitch fingerless mittens

Right Mitten

Cast on – 41 (47/53) sts

  • Row 1: (RS) P1, K1 for 18 (22/26) sts, PM, P5 (P6/P7), K4, (P1, K1) 3 times, K3, P5(P6/P7), PM,
  • Row 2: (WS) K5 (K6/K7), P3, (K1, P1) 4 times, P2, K5 (K6/K7), SM, P1, K1 to the end of the row.
  • Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2.
  • Row 5: P1, K1 to the marker, SM, P5 (P6/P7), C6F, K1, C6B, P5 (P6/P7)
  • Row 6: K5 (K6/K7), P13, K5 (K6/K7), SM, P1, K1 to the end of the row.
  • Row 7: P1, K1 to the marker, SM, P5 (P6/P7), K13, P5 (P6/P7).
  • Row 8: K5 (K6/K7), P13, K5 (K6/K7), SM, P1, K1 to the end of the row.
  • Rows 9 to 12: As rows 7 and 8 twice more.
  • Row 13: P1, K1 to the marker, SM, P5 (P6/P7), C6B, K1, C6F, P5 (P6/P7).
  • Row 14: As row 2.
  • Rows 15 and 16: As rows 1 and 2.

These 16 rows form the repeat pattern for the cable.

Rep the 16 rows 3 more times.

Cast off in pattern.

Making Up

Please note – when you are making up the mittens, check the measurements 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.

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.

Cable knitted mitten

Left Mitten

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 – 7 inches/18 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.

Right Mitten

Repeat with the second mitten, making sure that you have it the right way around for your right arm/hand.

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Thumb

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 7) 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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