Jane's glove 1 compressed

This is a pattern for a gorgeously long, warm pair of cable fingerless mittens. So thick and warm, they’re almost sweater sleeves!

Knitted for a friend, I was very sad to see them go, especially in this cold weather.

This is the first of a few cable mitten patterns I intend to put up over the next couple of weeks, once I get them typed up from the back of envelope stage!


C8F = Move next 4 stitches to cable needle and hold in FRONT, knit next 4 stitches, then knit 4 on cable

C8B = Move next 4 stitches to cable needle and hold in BACK

Using aran weight yarn and 3.5 mm needles (this gives a really tight neat finish, perfect for gloves so the wind can’t get in), I used around 250 yards of yarn

CO 60 sts using long tail cast on (or any cast on you like to do)

Join in the round, place marker and rib (k2, p2) for 10 rounds

Knit 1 round

Cable pattern

Knit 20 sts from the marker and then start cable pattern, this is an 8 round pattern with 4 purl stitches either side.

Round 1: p4, knit 12, p4
Round 2: p4, k12, p4
Round 3: p4, C8F, k4, p4
Round 4: p4, k12, p4
Round 5: p4, k12, p4
Round 6: p4, k12, p4
Round 7: p4, K4, C8B, p4
Round 8: p4, k12, p4

During this 8th Round (and every 8th round after) there is a 2 stitch decrease:

Dec 1 stitch 10sts AFTER the marker (using ssk) and 1 stitch 10sts BEFORE the marker (using k2tog), this will create a dart up the side of the glove, creating shaping in the wrist.
Repeat the cable pattern (including the decrease stitches) 6 times in total (48sts)

Thumb gusset (left glove)

Starting on the 1st row of the cable pattern, begin creating the thumb gusset, 8sts BEFORE the cable pattern starts (including the purl stitches)

Round 1: p1, k2, p1
Round 2: p1, k2, p1
Round 3: p1, m1, k2, m1, p1
Round 4: p1, k4, p1
Round 5: p1, K4, p1
Round 6: p1, K4, p1
Round 7: p1, m1, K4, m1, p1
Round 8: p1, k6, p1
Repeat until 14sts between the the two purl stitches (60 sts total)

For the next 8 rows (1 repeat of the cable pattern), continue straight, purling the gusset stitches as you find them

Next round:

Move the 14 sts between the purl stitches onto some waste yarn, cast on 2 sts and join after the gap.
Continue to knit hand for one more repeat of the pattern (twice if you want the hand/finger part) to be really long)

After final 8th round of the cable pattern


Knit one round
Rib (k2, p2) for 5 rows and CO

Thumb gusset (right glove)

Exactly the same as for the left glove EXCEPT start the gusset 4sts AFTER the cable pattern (including the purl stitches)


Put 14sts back on the needles, knit round, pick up 4 stitches along the hand edge and join (18sts)

Next row: knit round until the last 6 sts (2 sts plus those you just picked up) and ssk, k2, k2tog (16sts)

Next row: knit

Last rows: rib (k2, p2) for 5 rows


Weave in ends, wear, LOVE.

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27 thoughts on “Lady Jane Grey’s gloves

  1. Do you do these to order, Sarah? I’m no knitter but I’d love to get some for C, maybe for xmas or birthday (December).

  2. Hey Steve
    I don’t make them commercially (more interested in making up the patterns really) but I’m sure I could make some for C. Really booked up until Christmas though. Let me get the next 2 pairs out the way and lets talk then!

  3. Hi Sue,

    I am just a beginner, but I would like to try making the lady-jane-greys-gloves. Should I be using the round needles, so we don’t have to sew up the side at the end ??

  4. Hi Sarah,
    I have knitted 6 cables and as stated in the pattern, I have 48 stitches. I have to start the thumb gusset at the beginning of the 7th cable, but in the illustration, it looks like the gusset starts at the beginning of the 8th cable. It shows a total of 11 cables, but unless I am missing something, the pattern says 9 or 10.

    Would very much appreciate, if you could please advise what it should be.


  5. Hi Janet – I actually didn’t use as much as you’d think! It was less than 2 100g balls of aran weight.
    Ravelry has calculated it as 150yards but that doesn’t sound like enough!
    Will go back and check for you!

  6. Hi Tara!
    You start the thumb gusset on the 7th repeat of the cable pattern (apologies that the photo isn’t clearer!) and you do 3 repeats of the pattern during the increase of the thumb gusset, then the 10th repeat while you knit the thumb straight (with no increases) and then once more on the hand, once you’ve put the thumb sts onto waste yarn. You can do it for an 12th time if you want the hand part to be longer.
    My version is 11 cable repeats in total – Hope that helps
    Are you on Ravelry? If so please link to the pattern there – can’t wait to see photos!

  7. Which are easier, these or the winter wonderland?
    I’m not the most accurate knitter. They are both beautiful.

  8. Hi Kathy
    To be honest, the Lady Jane Grey’s are an easier cable pattern to remember but if you’re worried about being accurate, that might mean you don’t keep the pattern to hand.
    My tip with cable patterns is to mark off each row repeat as you go with ‘five bar gates” and start a new line of them when I start the cable pattern repeat again.
    That way not only do you know which row of the pattern you’re on, you can easily count, which repeat of the cable you’re on and where you are in the pattern. I find it helps if you ever get lost in the pattern!
    Good luck and looking forward to seeing the pictures

  9. Me again. I’m finally ready to start. What does “five bar gates mean”? Also what is the gage?
    I’m using alpaca spun from a friend’s animal and a strand of mohair/silk Schulana, kid-seta – at least that is what I’m attempting.
    Thanks again.

  10. That yarn sounds exciting Kathy! I’m not a gauge knitter I’m afraid so can’t help you with that!
    A “five bar gate” is where you put four vertical lines like this: |||| and then put a diagonal like across them, so it looks like a gate. It’s a quick way to mark down in 5s

  11. Help, am working on them now, they so far look great but am totally confused about the thumb gusset- i was going to begin working it on row 1 of cable pattern- firslty i don’t even understand where to begin the rounds- can you please help me- i bought expensive yarn to make them, am loving the work so far but am truly stuck on this whole gusset thing, thanks,adrienne

  12. I’m confused as to how to repeat the cable when decreasing. Do you keep doing 8 cables and less pearling or what?

  13. Hi Brittany,
    None of the decreases happen within the cable pattern (so not near the purl stitches) and happen in the knit section either side of the cable. You should always have the same amount of stitches in the cable pattern with the purl ‘gutter’ either side of it.

  14. I think these are so elegant and just irresistible. I was sitting down with the pattern and reading it over, getting myself accustomed to it. I can not find the gauge. I hate to just jump in without some idea. I would cry if I knit a pair and they fit the umpalumpahs or the jolly green giant.
    Can you email me the gauge?

  15. I know the size needles. Are they done in double pointed, straight, or circular needles?

  16. I’m afraid I’m not a gauge knitter so I’m unable to give you that, my advice would be to knit the ribbed cuff and try them on – you’ll be able to adjust them at this point (without ripping back) by inc or dec in your first knit row, allowing for the cable panel and then carry on with the pattern.
    Also, I designed these to be almost up to the elbow and some people have larger forearms than others – if you’re worried about fitting, I suggest making them slightly shorter so not to have the issue at the largest part of the forearm.

  17. These gloves are beautiful, so of course I had to give them a try 🙂 I’m getting confused on the thumb gusset though. How does it continue with the cable pattern? Would the first row end up being K10, P1, K2, P5, K12, P4, K14? If that’s right I can figure it out from there. Thank you so much!!

  18. Hi Heather
    The first round of the thumb gusset (as per above) happens on the 1st round repeat of the cable pattern. So, from the marker it will go:
    Knit 14 sts, THUMB: p1, k2, p1, knit 4, CABLE ROUND 1: P4, knit 12, p4, knit 20

    Hopefully that makes sense?

  19. Love this pattern and thank you! I had some confusion around the thumb gusset and ended up working the gusset 4 stitches before the pattern not 8. Is the number 8 a typo because there are only 4 stitches at the start of the gusset? At any rate, they turned out very nice. 🙂

  20. Hi there! Lovely patterns DN I hope I can make them. The cable itself seems simple enough. Hope you’re still active though because I’m confused about the gusset!

    You say to repeat the pattern until there’s 14 knit stitches between the 2 purl stitches but I’m not sure what to repeat. Do you m1 twice after three rows or after two rows or what? Also I’m not sure what purling gusset stitches as you find them means.

    Sorry if these questions are a bit more amateur, this will be the first cable I’ve attempted.

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