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Chunky Knit Cable Mittens Pattern

chunky knit cable mittens made with orange yarn

chunky knit cable mittens made with orange yarn

In order to finish a wicker knitting set I have decided to create chunky cable knit mittens. So now you will have a headband, a cowl and mittens – all knitted using the same cables pattern and yarn color. Knit the set and you will be fully equipped with warm handmade garments to meet your next winter. I wish you to enjoy both – the process of knitting and the end-result. Wear your mittens proudly or gift them to your loved one!

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 2.5 mm (US 2);

<> Bonito Lanoso chunky yarn: 49% wool, 51% acrylic. Orange color: 100 grams -300 m per skein (used in total less than 1 skein);

Size of the chunky cable mittens:

Wrist size 16-17 сm

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

Cable 3 Back (C3B): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.

Cable 3 Front (C3F): Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 3k from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle.

Note for knitters:

<> The left mitten is identical to the right one until you reach the thumb gusset.

<> Knit in two strands of yarn

Super chunky cable knit mittens pattern

Knitting the cuff of cable mitten:

Cast on 32 stitches on DPN’s. (I have used long tail cast on). Redistribute evenly – 8 stitches each needle. Now join to knit in round.

Round 1: Begin with rib 1 by 1 *knit 1, purl 1* keep repeating 19-20 rounds until ribbing measures 7 cm from the edge.

Round of increase: In this round we are going to increase. I would like to use method that I like the most – *knit one stitch from the previous round, p – repeat from * around.

increase from the previous round - step one
increase from the previous round - step two
increase from the previous round - step three
increase from the previous round - step four

Now you have 48 stitches on your needles.

case on to knit the cuff of the mitten
finished cuff of the chunky cable knit mitten

Main part of the cable mitten:

Row 1: knit in stockinette stitch.

Row 2: knit in stockinette stitch.

Row 3: [C3F] – 4 times, 24k.

Row 4: knit in stockinette stitch.

Row 5: knit in stockinette stitch.

Row 6: knit in stockinette stitch.

Row 7:  3k, [C3B] – 3 times, 27k.

Row 8: knit in stockinette stitch.

Repeat Rows 1-2.

knit cable section of the mitten
knitting cabled body of the mitten
knitting cable part of the mitten

How to knit thumb gusset of cable mitten:

For the right mitten – Row 3: [C3F] – 4 times, 2k, slip 6 stitches to the extra needles (onto waste yarn), now cast on new 6 stitches, 16k.

how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step one
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step two
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step three
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step four
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step five
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step six
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step seven
how to knit thumb gusset of chunky cable mitten - step eight

For the left mitten – Row 3: [C3F] – 4 times, 16k, slip 6 stitches to the extra needles (onto waste yarn), now cast on new 6 stitches, 2k.

Repeat Rows 4-8.

Repeat Rows 1-8 – 2 more time.

Shaping the top of cable mitten:

Repeat Rows 1-2.

Row 3:

1st needle: Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 1k, k2tog from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle, C3F;

2d needle: C3F, Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 1k, k2tog from the left hand needle, 3k from the extra needle;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 9k;

4th needle: 9k. k2tog, 1k.

Row 4:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 8 k;

2d needle: 8k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 8 k;

4th needle:  8k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 5:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 7 k;

2d needle: 7k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 7 k;

4th needle:  7k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 6:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 6k;

2d needle: 6k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 6k;

4th needle:  6k, k2tog, 1k.

Row:7

1-2 needles: Slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, k2tog from the extra needle, C3B, slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, k2tog from the extra needle;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 5k;

4th needle:  5k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 8:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 4 k;

2d needle: 4k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 4k;

4th needle:  4k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 9:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 3k;

2d needle: 3k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 3k;

4th needle:  3k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 10:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 2k;

2d needle: 2k, k2tog, 1k;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 2k;

4th needle:  2k, k2tog, 1k.

Row 11:

1-2 needles: Slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k2tog from the left hand needle, 2k from the extra needle – repeat one more time;

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 1k;

4th needle: 1k. k2tog, 1k.

Continue decreasing until you have 4 stitches on your needles. Thread through remaining stitches, pull tightly and knot.

shaping the top of chunky cable knit mitten

How to knit gusset section of cable mitten:

Place 6 sts from the waste yarn onto 1st double pointed needle. Using the 2nd one, pick up 6 stitches up.

how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step one
how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step two

Pick up 2 stitches from the both sides (using 3rd and 4th dpn). In order to avoid holes while picking (2 stitches from the right and 2 stitches from the left) try to twist them.

Redistribute stitches – 4 stitches each needle. Knit in stockinette stitch until desired thumb’s length.

how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step three
how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step four

Decreasing:

1st needle: 1k, k2tog, 1k;

2d needle: 1k. k2tog, 1k.

3d needle: 1k, k2tog, 1k;

4th needle: 1k. k2tog, 1k.

Continue decreasing until you have 4 stitches on your needles. Thread through remaining stitches, pull tightly and knot.

how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step five
how to knit gusset section of the chunky cable knit mitten - step six
bottom view of the finished chunky cable knit right mitten
top view of the finished chunky cable knit right mitten

Repeat knitting pattern for the left mitten.

That’s it – chunky cable knit mittens are ready. Wear them with pleasure together with a cable cowl and a cable headband!

See you here next time or arrivederci in Italian!

Ann

chunky knit cable set - mittens, cowl, and headband

model woman wears a chunky knit cable set: mittens, cowl, and headband

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26 comments
AhmedDz 19th July 2016 at 00:35

Great work I love it.

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DOT 19th January 2017 at 19:59

Can circular needles be used instead of pointed ones? If so….will the pattern be the same to follow? Tks

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annanitato_175 22nd January 2017 at 09:19

Hi, of course you can use circular needles. There will be no changes in the pattern. Good luck!

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tammy 24th August 2017 at 20:05

beautiful work. thank you for sharing

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JoAnn 29th August 2017 at 03:34

I have the wicker stitch pattern for the mittens but I’m looking for the head band pattern. Could you please let me know if you have it?
Thanks

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editor 6th November 2017 at 11:12

hi, please check this link for the wicker stitch pattern headband https://crazyhands.net/wicker-knit-cowl-pattern/

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Denise 12th September 2017 at 23:32

Do you have instructions for a two year old?

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editor 21st September 2017 at 19:19

Hi. No, I don’t. But I am thinking of another mitten pattern for kids.

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brigid 3rd August 2018 at 14:58

please!!! that would be great

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Emerald 11th November 2017 at 17:44

Any suggestions for making this a bigger size? For wrist size 18cm – 19cm?

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editor 12th November 2017 at 00:47

Hi, just add 2-4 more stitches to a ribbing part. Main part will definitely suit you.

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Emerald 15th November 2017 at 04:50

Thanks! I added some stitches to the rib part and it fits well but I’ll still need to add another repeat of the body! I’ve got man hands lol

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Barbara 17th December 2018 at 17:58

For the mittens when you reach the cable part is row 1 knitted and then row 2 purled? I tried this and the result does not match the pattern of the headband

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Knitting Guru 18th December 2018 at 00:39

You knit mittens in the round so you knit all stitches around. There is no purl rows.

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Donita 19th June 2019 at 04:56

Loos good, may not try until fall. knitting a baby sweater right now- but don’t knit often in the summer.

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Knitting Guru 7th July 2019 at 03:03

Hi Donita. Try it and you will never regret 🙂

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Buffi 25th February 2020 at 05:35

I’d like to make a swatch to check gauge as I am using a different sport weight yarn. How many stitches and rows in stockinette should I have in a 4 inch sample ?

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Knitting Guru 25th February 2020 at 10:06

Hi, Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches.

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Holly 29th February 2020 at 04:02

Loving your pattern, not sure I understand the increase after band for mittens. Thanks for your help😊

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Knitting Guru 28th March 2020 at 04:35

Hi Holly. Please check this video of how to increase from the previous round https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmpvHzvJPm4, I am sure you will not have any problems with these knit mittens

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Sue 30th October 2020 at 06:26

The picture looks like you are using two strands of yarn held together but I don’t see anything in the pattern saying that- is that right?

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Knitting Guru 30th October 2020 at 10:38

You are right. Added this info. Thank you!

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Sherrie Thoren 17th November 2021 at 18:54

Where did you get the yarn for this? Also is it a fingering weight yarn or a dk/sport?

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Knitting Guru 17th November 2021 at 19:08

Hi. It is sport yarn. I know it is hard to find the same yarn, just look for something else with similar weight.

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Sherrie Thoren 22nd November 2021 at 10:24

Awesome. 2 strands of sport weight held together. Got it, can’t wait to try.

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Knitting Guru 24th November 2021 at 10:30

Good luck 🙂

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