Looking for a harder challenge and something with a pattern, I came across these cable mitten gloves. Completely traditional and very in season, I couldn’t resist giving them ago!
Using a 4mm hook and aran yarn, the pattern includes:
- A magic circle
- Row one-Chain three, then double crochet 12 times into the circle and slip stitch into the first stitch at the top of the first double crochet.
- Row two-Chain three and place two double crochet into every stitch and again slip stitch into the first stitch at the top of the first double crochet.
- Row three-Chain three, do seven dc, two dc back posts, skip three stitches and do three tc and then go back and do three tr in the three missed stitches. Two dc back posts and seven dc. Slip stitch once more into the first stitch at the top of the first double crochet.
- Row four- Chain three, seven dc, two dc back posts, six dc front posts, two dc back posts and seven dc. Slip stitch into the first stitch at the top of the first double crochet.
- Row five-Repeat row four.
- Row six-Repeat row three.
- Repeat the pattern until the mitten reaches your thumb.
- Row one of the thumb-Depending on whether you are stitching the right or left glove depends on which side of the cable you are creating the thumb space. The thumb space is always situated where there are the seven dc. For the left glove you dc four chain 5/6 (depending on how large a thumb hole you wish to have) , miss two stitches and dc in the last of the seven dc. Carry on the pattern explained in row 3,4 and five. For the right thumb you carry on the pattern as explained but when you reach the last seven dc before slip stitching, you want to dc one, chain 5/6 miss two stitches and dc four.
- Row two/ three of the thumb- Carrying on the cable pattern when reaching the thumb section you now want to dc in every stitch. This is because this section of your hand is at its largest width.
- Row four of the thumb- This is where you will want to start reducing the number of stitches. So carrying on the cable pattern when you come to the thumb section, dc until you reach the five extra dc, now dc into the first of the five dc (yarn over, go through the stitch, pull through the yarn, yarn over and pull through two, however this is where you stop) and repeat until you have three loops on your hook. Once you have three loops on your hook, pull through all three. Repeat this three more times. What you should find is this then reduces this section back down to its original seven dcs.
- From now on is completely up to you, depending on how long you wish to have the gloves, repeat rows three to five. I personally followed through with three more rows.
- At the point at which you wish to start finishing. Complete two to three rows of dc front posts in every stitch (including the back post stitches). This creates a cuff like texture.
- Finish off and weave in ends
- Creating the thumb-Place your hook through a stitch around the thumb hole, slip knot a new thread of yarn and slip stitch. Chain three.
- Place a dc in each stitch around the hole (on either side where there is a double crochet stitch place two dc in these stitches). You should have a total of twelve stitches. Slip stitch as explained previously.
- Repeat this until you are happy with the length of the thumb, when you are ready to finish chain three, dc into the first stitch.
- Now you want to yarn over, go through the second stitch, pull through, yarn over and pull through two loops (do not complete the stitch). You want to complete this process until you have all twelve loops on your hook.
- Using another hook go through the top stitch of the first dc, pull through the yarn and make a large hoop.
- Now you want to pull this hoop of yarn through every single one of the twelve hoops on your first hook.
- Once through, slip stitch and chain one. Finish off and weave in the ends of yarn.
This is what I was able to produce…
Now, the pattern looks a nightmare, but its so cleverly explained point by point in the youtube feed even a beginner will have a good chance of cracking the pattern. Just take each row as it comes and you’ll be amazed by the results…
I can’t explain how much I loved making these gloves! The pattern keeps you on your toes and the results are charming and totally stunning. I honestly will be making these again and again in every colour possible. Beautiful and clever design! You must try!
If anyone is interested in purchasing a pair, message me!