Jo's gloves 5

This is easily my favourite of all my knitted mitts patterns


T3F (Twist 3 Front) – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, purl next st from left hand needl, then knit sts from cable needle
T3B (Twist 3 Back) – slip next st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left hand needle, then purl st from cable needle
C4F – slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next 2 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle
C4B – slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle

3.5 mm DPNS (or circular needles if you prefer)
Aran yarn (I used 2.5 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran) – it’s roughly around 250yrds of yarn

Cast on

CO56 sts using long tail method place marker before joining in the round.
Rib for 8 rows (k2,p2)

Left glove

Knit 22 sts from the marker and start cable pattern (when not knitting the cable pattern, you knit round)
(unlike my previous pattern there is no knit row between the ribbing and the cable as the cables appear to continue the rib

Cable pattern

Round 1: p2, k2, p2, t3f, t3b, p2, k2, p2
Round 2 and all even rounds: knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts
Round 3: p2, t3f, p2, c4f, p2, t3b, p2
Round 5: p3, t3f, t3b, t3f, t3b, p3
Round 7: p4, c4b, p2, c4b, p4
Round 9: p3, t3b, t3f, t3b, t3f, p3
Round 11: p2, t3b, p2, c4f, p2, t3f, p2
Round 13: p2, k2, p2, t3b, t3f, p2, k2, p2

In this pattern I have worked the cable pattern a total of 7 times.

After 1st repeat of the pattern, start shaping for the wrist.

Wrist/arm shaping:

Dec 2sts either side of the cable pattern on rounds 2 and 9 for the next 3 repeats of the pattern (12 st dec in total) as follows:
(1st repeat)
Round 2: knit to 12 sts BEFORE cable pattern, ssk, k10, cable pattern next 18sts, k10, k2tog, knit to marker
Round 9: repeat as above
(2nd repeat)
Round 2: knit to 11sts BEFORE cable pattern, ssk, k9, cable pattern next 18sts, k9, k2tog, knit to market
Round 9: as above
(3rd repeat)
Round 2: knit to 10 std BEFORE cable pattern, ssk, k9, cable pattern next 18sts, k8, k2tog, knit to market
Round 9: as above
44sts in total

Thumb gusset (left glove)

On the 5th repeat of the cable pattern, begin the thumb gusset, from marker, repeat the following 14 rows in conjunction with the cable pattern

Round 1: K7, p1, k2, p1, k5, continue in cable pattern (on each occasion)
Round 2: k7, p1, m1, k2, m1, p1, k5
Round 3 & 4: k7, p1, k4, p1, k5
Round 5: k7, p1, m1, k4, m1, p1, k5
Round 6: k7, p1, k6, p1, k5
Round 7: K7, p1, k6, p1, k5
Round 8: k7, p1, m1, k6, m1, p1, k5
Round 9 & 10: k7, p1, k8, p1, k5
Round 11: k7, p1, m1, k8, m1, p1, k5
Round 12: k7, p1, k10, p1, k5
Round 13: K7, p1, k10, p1, k5
Round 14: k7, p1, m1, k10, m1, p1, k5
(54 sts in total)

Repeat cable pattern once more with no increases in the thumb gusset (but continue purling the purl stitches)
After this repeat (6 cable repeats in total), put 12 thumb sts onto waste yarn, CO 6 sts and rejoin yarn (48sts) and repeat the cable pattern one last time.


Starting P2, K2, rib for 4 rows, Cast off in rib.

Rejoin Thumb

Put 12 sts back on the needle, pick up 6 sts across the gap by the hand, knit 1 row.
On next row, decrease 2 sts across the gap 6 sts: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1
Knit 2 more rows then 4 rows of k2, p2, ribbing, Cast off in rib

Weave in ends.

Right Glove

Exactly the same as the left glove EXCEPT:
18 sts after the marker, start cable pattern

Thumb gusset (right glove)

AFTER the Cable Pattern
Round 1: k5, p1, k2, p1, knit 7 (til marker)
Round 2: k5, p1, m1, k2, m1, p1, k7
Round 3 & 4: k5, p1, k4, p1, k7
Round 5: k5, p1, m1, k4, m1, p1, k7
Round 6: k5, p1, k6, p1, k7
Round 7: K5, p1, k6, p1, k7
Round 8: k5, p1, m1, k6, m1, p1, k7
Round 9 & 10: k5, p1, k8, p1, k7
Round 11: k5, p1, m1, k8, m1, p1, k7
Round 12: k5, p1, k10, p1, k7
Round 13: K5, p1, k10, p1, k7
Round 14: k5, p1, m1, k10, m1, p1, k7

Please note: there is another, gorgeous pattern on Ravelry that uses this cable pattern but is very different in construction. If you’re after a shorter pair, without the wrist shaping – this pattern may be for you: Vancouver Fog Mitts

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52 thoughts on “Winterwonderland Mitts

  1. Approximately how much yarn is used in this pattern? I can’t wait to make these!

  2. Hi Jenny
    I used 2.5 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which, according to Ravelry, is about 225 yards.
    Please post pictures when you’re done, can’t wait to see them!

  3. Hi again! I started these and I finished the left glove. I am not sure why, but my thumb ended up being too far to the inside of the glove and it makes the cable pattern sit way over on the left side of my arm. I am not quite sure what I did wrong. I followed the directions to the letter. I am starting the right glove shortly to see if I can correct it. The other one is just going to be a little off because I don’t want to rip back that far! lol.

  4. Hi!

    I love these gloves! Awesome pattern!

    I just wanted to point out a little error in the thumb gussets though. By the time you start the gusset on either side, there are 16 stitches. In your pattern, the left side gusset accounts for all 16 stitches but the right side gusset does not. It adds up to 14 stitches.

    I am just starting the gusset on the right gloves (left glove is done), and I have started each row with a K7, instead of a K5, like the left side.


  5. Hi Patsy
    Apologies for the delay in coming back to you – you’re right that the right glove doesn’t account for all the stitches but the K7 should be AFTER rather than before as the gusset should be 5 sts away from the cable pattern on both gloves – I’ve amended the pattern to reflect that.

  6. About to start these glorious mitts and just wanted to check gauge and needles with you. Debbie bliss cashmerino Aran is usually an 8 needle, 18 stitches is 4″/10cm gauge…which makes a 56 cast on seemingly big and using the 3.5 needles makes it tIght. Have I misinterpreted your instructions? They are beautiful mitts and I don’t want to start off wrong! Thanks

  7. I just finished knitting a pair of these today! Had no problem with the left glove, but I ended up having to knit the right one three times. 🙁 Your instructions say to start the cable pattern after 18 stitches, which leaves 20 stitches after the cable (18-18-20). However, after the decreases, I came up two stitches short for the thumb gusset. I ended up starting the cable pattern after 16 stitches to get the two stitches I was missing, and reversing the cuff ribbing to make it match up with the cable pattern (16-18-22). I look forward to wearing these when the weather starts cooling off! 😀

  8. Hi Ilana
    I’m not a gauge knitter unfortunately and 56 sts on that size fitted my friend’s very slender arms very well. It is to fit on the forearm, rather than the wrist so shouldn’t be too big. As the cable is down the middle of the arm, if it does feel too big for you, I’d recommend taking a stitch or two from either side of the round join in order to keep the cable in the middle.
    Hope that helps – shout if not and I’ll see what I can do!

  9. These are lovely. How do you keep your fingers warm while wearing these? My fingers always get so very cold in RI. Would this pattern work if i were to finish them like a mitten? I have made many pairs of mittens in the past.

  10. Fell in love with your pattern and finished knitting them a couple of days ago and I love them. Have worn them and friends love them too. Pattern was well written and worked out perfectly, the thumb gusset is so neat. I’ve posted them (in the making) on my blog, referencing you of course, and will add a photo of the finished article soon (take a look).
    Thanks so much fo the pattern 🙂

  11. Hello , I’m stuck with the thumb gusset … I turn the work to the public side to do the thumbs of the scarp yarn , or keep working in the round since cast on with the ‘public side’ sstill inside ? Any help most appreciated , it’s so simple the easiest part and I’ve gone blank !
    Reagrds Chess.

  12. Just finished these, they turned out so beautiful, I am sure I will enjoy them next fall and winter. Finished them just in time for spring.

  13. This pattern is really frustrating for a newer knitter to follow. No sooner had I finally finished the cabling pattern (all 7), that I see the instructions tell me I had to have started wrist shaping 5 repeats ago, even though they come AFTER in the page. I’m not even sure how to rip out that msny cabled rounds. I just feel this pattern could have been written with better instructions saying that the rounds need to incorporate the other changes before writing the cable pattern and some unwary crafter starts knitting the 7 repeats first.

  14. Hi Amanda
    This pattern is very much not a beginners pattern and I would not expect a new knitter to try it until they were familiar with cabling and complicated patterns where you’re instructed to do more than one thing at once.
    As you can see from the Ravelry page, many people have successfully completed the pattern with no problems.
    This is also a pattern I’ve published for free and most knitters understand that there’s a chance a pattern won’t be ‘perfect’ for everyone.

  15. Hi there, a quick question…I am at the repeat section and it says to make 2 decreases on rounds 2 and 9. Round 9 I get because it is on a knit round. But round 2 is a purl round. What gives? I am confused on where the decreases are to be, it says (round 2) knit it 12 stitches before the cable pattern. How can I knit them when I am working on the purl side. Love the gloves just a little lost on the round 2 of the decrease round.

    Thank you

  16. A icon popped up and I did not do this. I am not mad, just confused on the pattern

  17. Hi Tammy
    These gloves are knit in the round, after the ribbing, there are no all purl rounds, at all.
    There are some purl stitches either side of the cable pattern but no purl rounds…

  18. OMG! My brain locked onto knitting in stockinette and not just knitting. I am so glad that you can not see my face! I am sooooo… embarrassed that I had mis-read the pattern. Thank you for getting back to me. Now I will hang my head in shame.

  19. I have made these and they are fantastic I love them. I have also made a shorted variety and wear them all the time. make great presents too. rhanks for the pattern

  20. I love these gloves and the pattern, but I am confused by the lack of directions for the 4th repeat. The pattern jumps from decreasing for the wrist on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd repeats, getting to 44 stitches, then it goes to the 5th repeat to begin the gusset. Can anyone help me with this?

  21. Hi, just wondering how big these turn out to be the way you knit them. Would you recommend them for men as well as women when finished, or just for men? I’ve got a good women’s fingerless mitt pattern (which I found on a yarn company’s website), but I’m trying to find one to make for men too.

  22. I love this pattern and want to make it. I noticed from the comments that there was a mistake in the pattern. Has that been corrected on the current online version or not? Thanks for your reply.

  23. To be honest, these could be made for a man, depending on size of fingers, you might need to make some mods but I’d say go for it!

  24. You forgot to tell us what yarn and size knitting needle you used. Can you please let us know? Thanks Cindy

  25. I’m intending to have a go at knitting the winter wonderland gloves. They look amazing. Apologies if I’m being a bit thick but whilst you advise the type of wool to use I can’t see anything to advise how much you need – assume circa 400g but can you confirm.

  26. I few things already spotted which would be helpful to add.

    Knitted in the round.

    CO 56sts and join to work in the round. (as it’s currently worded someone could assume the joining comes when the item is finished.

    I almost missed the CO instructions as I wasn’t using Debbie Bliss yarn I only skim read that section and so missed the CO instruction. Perhaps add it to below the LEFT GLOVE heading. I know that means writing out 2 lines again but hey! it helps in the reading.

    Finally perhaps something near the top to say the pattern is intermediate.

  27. so i have to do the cable pattern 7 times then after that i start the wrist shaping

  28. also can i use super saver yarn red hearts or do i have to use that exact brand if so will it change the way it look if i use red heart super saver yarn

  29. Hi, have made these little beauties for our daughter. Had to adjust your pattern to work with two needles, as was unable to get the right length circular needle (and have never been able to master double point). Decided to do the cable pattern in a different colour from the rest of the mitt. They have been much admired. Thank you, going to make the Lady Jane Grey mitts next

  30. I just started this pattern, hope someone is still around to answer my question! I might be dense here, for the first repeat, I knitted 22 from the marker, then started the cable patter. On the second repeat, on round 2 with the decrease, the pattern says from marker knit 12, ssk, knit 10, then do the cable repeat. Since I only have 22 stitches after the marker and before the cable, after the ssk, I end up with 8 stitches not 10. What have I done wrong?? Thanks!

  31. Hi Sarah,
    Quick question – and i hope you don’t think i’m silly for asking this question. After the cable pattern instructions, you say that in total you have worked the cable 7 times. That’s fine. And then you say ‘After the 1st repeat’, start shaping the wrist.
    Can you please confirm if the wrist shaping starts on the 2nd work of the cable pattern or 3rd work of the cable pattern? Because if i follow through all your instructions after starting the wrist shaping on the 3rd word of the cable, I count 8 workings of the cable in total. I’m halfway through the 2nd working of the cable pattern, and will have to pull out a few rows if i need to start the decrease for the wrist shaping.
    Thanks so much

  32. Hi Ally

    It’s been awhile but I believe that means, once you’ve done the cable once, start the wrist shaping. But in all honesty, if you carry on from where you are, it will fine, you can adjust the shaping for you so you don’t need to follow those decreases to the letter. Just make sure that whatever you do on one, you do on the other!

  33. Hi Mandy

    I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong, it’s almost certainly that I can’t count! Let me take a look and I’ll update the pattern if necessary.

  34. Thanks for replying so quickly, Sarah!
    Yes, I see that you originally posted this a few years back – I found this gorgeous pattern in the wonderful land of Google. Can’t wait to wear them leading into an Australian winter. I’ll just adjust the shaping as you’ve suggested.

  35. Hi
    No, you do the cable pattern AT THE SAME TIME as the decreases for wrist shaping – otherwise you’ll have a very long glove indeed!

  36. Hi Mandy
    Having re-read the pattern, I’ve realised it’s correct – you’re not worrying about the other stitches, JUST the 12 (11,10) before the cable on those decrease rounds. It’s to ensure the wrist shaping happens evenly either side of the cable pattern.

  37. Hello Sarah,
    I nite that nobody else has asked about my problem so it must be me that is a. It thick! I have just begun the left glove on DPNs and have started the cable. I knitted 22 stitches and then purled 2, knitted 2 and then purled 2 which followed the 2×2 ribbing of the 8 rows before. I then did T3F. It then tells me to P2, K2, P2 and then knit round. My problem is that when I P2 K2 P2 AFTER the cable stitches, I am purling where there was a knit and knitting where there was a purl. This doesn’t match the other side of the cable stitches. Is this correct?

  38. Hi Sarah,

    I know I’m a bit late to the party, but thank you for such a beautiful pattern. I just have a question for clarification because this is my first DPN pattern and first glove(s), when rejoining the thumb, are we picking up those 6 stitches to have 18 stitches split up between 3 DPNs?

    Thanks in advance!

  39. Is there a row 14 of the knitting the knit sts and purling the purl sts in the cable pattern? I couldn’t tell precisely from the image and am not certain from the pattern itself.

  40. – So what exactly do we do for round 2 it just says knit knit sts and purl purl sts. How many and where ????
    – So we knit 22 then go into the cable pattern and then sts 16 that is going to put the cable pattern off centre.

  41. Oh darn, It’s a double pointed knitting pattern. I HATE double pointed knitting needle patterns. The thumb using double pointed needles is horrible. If I want to be frustrated I would use double pointed needles or crochet. Both are terrible. Yuk!

  42. So I am wanting to make these gloves because I like how long they are. I haven’t knitted in some time as I have lately been crocheting. I am kind of lost on how this pattern goes. When it says to rib for 8 rows, is that meaning going around the all 56 stitches 8 times or going 8 stitches? I am just trying to make sense of what I need to do. Is there some sort of video on all of the steps for these gloves?

  43. Hi Kate
    It means rib for 8 rows – so knit 1, purl 1 all the way round for 8 rounds (until you’ve got 8 rows of ribbing)

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