Winter Buzz – Part 2

Are you enjoying the lofty softness of Simpliworsted in your cuff?  Now it’s time to get to the real fun!  Today’s clue has us adding one of my favorite cable stitch patterns.  This classic design makes for a beautiful and interesting knit that only looks complicated.

The cable design will be worked over the top of the hand with the palm remaining in stockinette.  The simple palm allows us to easily insert a full fashioned thumb gusset.  The use of the Make One Left and the Make One Right gives our thumb a sophisticated opening.  The pattern directs you to begin the thumb shaping at the base of the thumb.  The base of your thumb is the lowest joint, or knuckle, at the bottom of your thumb.

The directions for this clue are the same for both the mitten and fingerless mitt versions except for the length.  Mitten knitters will stop 1 ¾” from the top of the hand (tallest finger).  Fingerless mitt knitters will stop 1” less than the total desired length – generally about 6” to 7” from the cast on edge.

A few reminders:

  • Switch to the larger size needles after the Increase Round.
  • Work the appropriate thumb directions for the left and right hand.

Part Two

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C4B – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.  See “Cables” Video

C4F – slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle. See “Cables” Video

cn – cable needle.

kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See “kfb” Video

M1L (Make One Left) – With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from front to back.  Knit the lifted strand through the backSee “Make One” Video

M1R (Make One Right) – With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from back to front.  Knit the lifted strand through the front.  See “Make One” Video

sl – slip.

Hand

Increase round:

*(k2, p1, kfb, k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p1; repeat from * to end of round.  (48 stitches)

First 24 stitches of round form Top of Hand.  Second 24 stitches of round form the Palm.

Change to larger size needles.  Work Cable Pattern (see below) over Top of Hand and stockinette (all knit) over Palm stitches for 16 rounds, or to base of thumb, ending after an even numbered row.

Cable Pattern

1.  Knit.

2.  *C4B, C4F; repeat from *.

3.  Knit.

4.  Knit.

5.  Knit.

6.  *C4F, C4B; repeat from *.

7.  Knit.

8.  Knit.

 

Right Mitten Only

Work pattern across Top of Hand.

On Palm stitches:  k2, place marker, M1R, k2, M1L, place marker, knit to the end of the round.

There are 4 Thumb Gusset stitches between the markers.

Next Round:  Work in pattern across Top of Hand and knit across all Palm and Thumb Gusset stitches.

Left Mitten Only

Work pattern across Top of Hand.

On Palm stitches:  k20, place marker, M1R, k2, M1L, place marker, knit to end of round.

There are 4 Thumb Gusset stitches between the markers.

Next Round:  Work in pattern across Top of Hand and knit across all Palm and Thumb Gusset stitches.

BOTH Mittens

While continuing to knit in established pattern, increase 2 Thumb Gusset stitches every other round as follows:

Round 1.  Pattern across Top of Hand.  On Palm: knit to 1st marker, slip marker, M1R, knit to 2nd marker, M1L, slip marker, knit to end of round.

Round 2.  Pattern over Top of Hand.  Knit all Palm stitches with no increases.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 12 stitches between the markers.

Next Round:  Pattern across Top of Hand.  Knit to 1st marker.  Place 12 Thumb Gusset stitches on a stitch holder removing markers.  Cast on 2 stitches onto Right Hand needle using Backward Loop Cast On.  (See “Backward Loop Cast On” Video)  Knit to end of round.

Mittens Only:  Continue knitting in established pattern until mitten reaches 1 ¾” less than desired length, measured from top of tallest finger, ending after Round 4 or 8 of Cable Pattern.

Fingerless Mitts Only: Continue knitting in established pattern until mitt reaches 1” less than the total desired length, generally about 6” to 7” from the cast on edge, ending after Round 4 or 8 of cable pattern.

STOP!

Next week’s clue will have us finishing the mitten tops with a discriminating touch.  Happy knitting!

37 thoughts on “Winter Buzz – Part 2

  1. I am thinking that by US 7 cable you mean a circular needle? If so, your mittens will be fine knit with dpns or a circular needle. I use the magic loop method (one long circular needle) throughout and then dpns for the thumb. The entire process can be made with dpns or a combo of both. I think your mittens will look just fine!

  2. so I guess I didnt read my instructions thoroughly (probably because I was wrestling them away from my 3 year old) and I only purchased a US 5 cable and US7 DPN and not a US 7 cable! Are my mittens gonna be totally wonky now?

  3. Lifelines act as a safety net to protect the rows below this threaded piece of waste yarn that is inserted into your work. Check out my Lifeline video for a demo!

  4. Me again! OK, so I’m behind! LOL! Once I put the 12 stitches on a holder and I make 2 more, do I still need to keep the markers there?
    Thanks!
    Chrissy

  5. Sharon, I do so wish you were sitting right next to me and we could have this solved in a jiffy! The magic loop is a needle technique and should not have any effect on the cables. Can you describe how the mittens are different? I am thinking that maybe you are not holding the cable needle in the same way on each mitten. Begin mitten #1 in Row 2 with a cable of stitches held to the back(C4B) and follow it with a cable of stitches held to the front (C4F). Work the C4B, C4F two more times and then do the same on mitten #2. Please let me know how you are doing!

  6. Welcome to knitting, Tammy! I’m so glad my videos have been helpful to you.
    In the cable pattern, each number (one through eight) refers to a row in the design. This design is worked over the 24 stitches for the top of the hand. In Row 1, knit all of the top of the hand stitches and then work the palm in knit as well. The palm will always remain in stockinette (all knit). In Row 2, repeat from the * over the 24 top of the hand stitches. This means you will work a C4B, C4F, C4B, C4F, C4B, C4F and then knit all the palm stitches. Continue in this manner until you have worked the 8 rows in the cable design over the top of the hand and then begin again at Row 1.
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    each pattern focuses on a skill while creating a lovely square. The next square builds upon the previous square’s skills as your knitting expertise grows. All of the book’s techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction. At the end of the book you have 12 beautiful squares to assemble into an afghan (another skill covered in the book) and lots of knitting know-how. The book will be available at yarn shops this month. Subscribe to my newsletter for more details. Happy knitting!

  7. I am working on the magic loop. I have been working the cables for the second round. Why do I have to different looking mittens? The cables look different on each mitten. Help,!!

  8. I’m new to knitting. I have taught myself using your great videos. I am still a little confused. For the cable pattern…where it says
    1. Knit
    2. *C4B,C5F; repeat from*
    Am I supposed to do each number for a whole round or one stitch?

  9. I love the pattern Michelle! To figure out where to stop should I measure 1 3/4in from the top of my tallest finger back? I’m at the point where it’s hits the nail of my middle finger and was thinking i should stop (just finished row 8) thanks!

  10. I am loving these mittens and I cannot wait to finish them. It has finally turned cold here in Missouri and I could put them to good use.

  11. Thanks, Michelle – I may just try them in dk with smaller needles – do you think the length would take care of itself with the finer yarn? I love the cable.

  12. My mitten patterns are all used with worsted weight. If you want to use dk it would result in a smaller mitten, but that might be fine if the lucky recipient has smaller hands.

  13. I forgot about lifelines (useful tip from project #1) and had to rip back a bunch of cable rows after spacing out on the 2nd mitten. Maybe this reminder will help someone else!

  14. I’m at row 16 of cable pattern, ready to start gusset. To make sure I understand – is it the 3rd joint down from tip of thumb where the gusset is meant to fall? Thanks. Nice cable pattern btw!

  15. Hi, Michelle – one more question – do you have any mitten patterns in dk weight? I have a lot of that yarn in my stash and would like to make mitts for the snowsuit fund. Could I follow this pattern on smaller needles? Thanks!

  16. Thanks, Michelle – I can hardly wait to see your book – I have ordered it from Knitting Temptations but don’t know when I will receive it. I had bought all of the patterns from them last year and have done Block #1 but decided to wait for your book. A KAL with that would be great!

  17. The length you choose for the magic loop is really personal preference. I like a 32″ for one and 40″ for two at a time. Gauge will vary with needles. Using the same size needle but in different material (bamboo, metal, plastic) can give a different tension.
    I have no definite plans for a new KAL. For now, I will be concentrating on promoting my new book, Building Blocks. I would love to see some of my online friends form a casual KAL with Building blocks. I would be happy to chime in to that conversation!

  18. Hi, Michelle – these mitts are great! I did the first one but didn’t have 32″ addis for Magic Loop so I tried 2 needles, then I tried 24″ for Magic Loop and finally went back to dpns. I did the second one totally on dpns and the tension is quite different – more of my normal knitting. I have ripped out the first one and will redo it totally on dpns until I can get out and get 32″ addis (we have a snowstorm here so it won’t be today). What length of addis do you use for Magic Loop? PS – I am working on my Corkscrew mitts in between time – they are gorgeous – pink and cream. PPS – Do you think you’ll do a 3rd KAL – these have been amazing! Nancy

  19. Thank you so much for your tutorials. It makes so much more sense actually seeing you do the M1L, M1R then to just read the instructions. I’m learning so
    much doing these KAL’s !!

  20. I had the same misunderstanding. I thought that was all the cable row and it didn’t make much sense. Thanks for figuring that out Inga! Was a big help. I just got done tearing out my boo boo.

  21. Question…Maybe I’m reading this wrong, please help. The cable pattern is only for 22 sts we have 24 over top of hand?

  22. The cable pattern works over a multiple of 8 stitches. You should have 24 stitches for the top of the hand after working the increase round. The cable pattern is only over the top of the hand. Try this and let me know how you make out.

  23. I started the cable pattern and it does not work. If you follow the pattern and repeat it twice you need to have 28 stitches. So do I take four stitches from the back of the hand?

  24. Ms KnitPurlHunter! I would like to do my mittens in stripes. I’ve finsihed my cuffs in the first color, so there are 20 rows of that color. Can you suggest how many rounds should be in each color since you know about how many rounds are in the completed Winter Buzz?

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