- Finished Size: One size fits all (but I’d say it’s for a small to medium-sized woman’s arm/hand)
- Yarn: I used Malabrigo Finito, which is a beautiful, soft, buttery 50 gram yarn made of pure superfine merino wool. Any fingering weight (sock) 4-ply yarn will work.
- Needles: Size 3 – I used a 42″ or larger circular so I could Magic Loop. You may want to adjust your needle size as necessary for sizing purposes.
- Gauge: 24-26 sts = 4 inches or about 6 stitches per inch.
Ktb1 = knit into the back loop
K2tog = knit two together
- Loosely cast on 44 stitches (you may want to increase/decrease stitches in 4’s as needed). Divide onto two needles, with 20 stitches on front needle and 24 on back. (Note: dividing the stitches this way becomes very important later on, when you start the cable pattern.)
- Using magic loop method, work in the round using a Ktb1, P1 rib pattern to make 1″ cuff.
- Continue in pattern:
- Row 1: K3, P1
- Row 2: K
- Repeat for 2-3″.
- Begin thumb gusset and cable pattern when you are about 3-4″ from cast-on edge.
- Cable pattern coincides with gusset pattern. Cable pattern is worked on front needle; gusset pattern worked on second needle. So for each round, you work the cable pattern on the front needle and the gusset pattern on the second needle. See detailed directions for each below.
- Hand setup row: Once cable and gusset patterns are complete, return to K3, P1 rib pattern. On second needle, k1, remove first marker, K1, bind off 17 stitches knit-wise, K1, remove marker, then finish row in K3, P1 pattern. (For left hand on second needle, you’ll knit 20, then remove marker, K1, BO17, K2 – removing second marker when you knit 2.)
- Next row, knit all stitches, working through first two stitches on second needles, cast on 1 stitch OR increase 1 stitch to restore correct number of stitches for rib pattern. You should now have 44 total stitches on your two needles. (For left hand, simply increase one at end of round.)
- Work 6 more rounds in established rib pattern.
- Finish with approx. 1″ top edge in Ktb1, P1, then bind off in pattern.
Braided Cable Pattern (top of hand):
- Row 1 (cable row): K4, P2, *slip the next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at back, knit the next 2 stitches from the left needle, knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle; repeat once from *, P2, K3, P1. (This should all occur on first needle.) Work second needle in established pattern, working in thumb gusset.
- Row 2: K4, P2, K8, P2, K4. Second needle in established thumb gusset pattern.
- Row 3 (cable row): K4, P2, K2, slip the next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at front, knit the next 2 stitches from left needle, k2 stitches from cable needle, K2, P2, K3, P1. Second needle in gusset pattern.
- Row 4: Repeat row 2.
- Repeat rows 1-4 for braided cable 8 times for a total of 32 rows.
- Setup Row 1: Work across 21 sts (20 in cable pattern on first needle, k1 on second), place marker, k3, place marker, work remaining 20 stitches in K3, P1 pattern. (Note: these gusset directions assume this is for the right-hand glove. For the left hand, build the gusset on the other end of the second needle – so, setup row k20, place marker, k3, place marker, k1.)
- Setup Row 2: Knit all stitches.
- Gusset Row 1: K1, work to first marker, slip marker, increase 1 stitch (by knitting into front and back of stitch), knit to within 1 stitch of second marker, increase one stitch, slip marker, work to end of row in k3, p1 rib. (Right glove: K20 in K3, P1 rib, sl marker, inc 1, k to 2nd marker, inc 1, sl marker, K1.)
- Gusset Row 2: Knit all stitches.
- Gusset Row 3: K3, P1 pattern.
- Gusset Row 4: Knit all stitches.
- Repeat gusset rows 1-4 until there are 19 sts between markers, ending with row 2 (knitting all stitches).
Confused? I know, it’s tricky. It helps to remember that when you begin Row 3 of the cable pattern on the first needle you will be working Row 1 of the thumb gusset pattern on the second needle. So, here’s a little cheat sheet to help you:
Row # 1st needle (cable) 2nd needle (gusset)
1 Row 1 setup row 1
2 Row 2 setup row 2
3 Row 3 gusset row 1
4 Row 4 gusset row 2
5 Row 1 gusset row 3
6 Row 2 gusset row 4
7 Row 3 gusset row 1
8 Row 4 gusset row 2
9 Row 1 gusset row 3
10 Row 2 gusset row 4
11 Row 3 gusset row 1
12 Row 4 gusset row 2
13 Row 1 gusset row 3
14 Row 2 gusset row 4
15 Row 3 gusset row 1
16 Row 4 gusset row 2
The rest just goes on . . . Round 17 is Cable Row 1 and Gusset Row 3. Pattern ends with Round 32 – Cable Row 4 and Gusset Row 2. These 32 rows are a pain, but the end result is well worth it!!