Fisherman Friends 1 small

The third in my series of cable knit long gloves – this time with fingers and using a cable pattern called Fishernet. This is a 24row cable pattern which may seem daunting but is fairly easy to work out once you’ve done the first repeat.

Using 3.75mm needles and DK yarn – bought mine from the wonderful King Craig Fabrics in Scotland

t3b – slip next st onto cable needle, hold at back, knit next 2 sts, then purl st from cable needle
T3f – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, purl next sts then knit sts from cable needle
C4b (or c4f) – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back (or front), knit next 2 sts then knit 2 sts from cable needle

Cast on 56sts, join in round, place marker

Cuff: K2, p2 for 10 rounds

Main arm throughout: k18sts, then 18st cable pattern, then 20sts to marker
Row 1: p2, T3F, T3B, p2,T3F, T3B, p2
Row2: p3, k4, p4, k4, p3
Row 3: p3, c4f, p4, c4f, p3
Row 4: p3, k4, p4. K4, p3
Row 5: p2, t3b, t3f, p2, t3b, t3f, p2
Row 6: p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
Rows 7-12: repeat the above 6 rows
Row 13: p1, t3b, p2, t3f, t3b, p2, t3f, p1
Row 14: p1, k2, p4, k4, p4, k2, p1
Row 15: p1, k2, p4, c4b, p4, k2, p1
Row 16: as per row 14
Row 17: p1, k2, p3, t3b, t3f, p3, k2, p1
Row 18: p1, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p1
Row 19: p1, k2, p3, t3f, t3b, p3, k2, p1
Row 20: p1, k2, p4, k4, p4, k2, p1
Row 21: p1, k2, p4, c4b, p4, k2, p1
Row 22: p1, k2, p4, k4, p4, k2, p1
Row 23: p1, t3f, p2, t3b, t3f, p2, t3b, p1
Row 24: p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2

Wrist shaping
Repeat 24 rows once more, decreasing 2sts on rows 6, 12, 18 & 24 (until 48 sts) by using the following method:
12 sts before cable pattern: ssk, k10, continue in cable pattern, knit 10sts after cable pattern, k2tog

Thumb Gusset (left hand) 
Continuing in cable pattern
Next round: knit until 7 sts before cable pattern – p1, k1, p1, k4, begin repeat of 24 row cable pattern
2nd round, repeat as above
3rd round: knit until7 sts before cable – p1, m1, k1, m1, p1

Next round: knit to the first purl stitch, p1, k to second purl stitch, p1, work rest of pattern
Next round: as above
Next round: knit to first purl stitch, p1, m1, k to second purl stitch, m1, p1, work rest of pattern

Repeat these 3 rows til end of 24 row repeats
Repeat first 12 rows of cable pattern again with no increases but continuing with purl gusset, then put thumb sts (all 17 between purl sts) onto waste yarn like so:

Thumb gusset:
Knit to the stitches to put on waste yarn, knit the purl stitch, slip 17 stitches onto waste yarn, knit to the end of the needle.
Cast on one st and rejoin the gap (48sts in hand)
Continue with cable pattern until 24th row done

this is the first time I’ve written a pattern for cabled fingers, so please bear with me, the initial “cable” sts in the 1st row will line up with those from the cable pattern in the hand so if it is unclear where the start of a round is, please work backwards from these sts and place a marker at this point. By this stage in the pattern you’ll be so used to the cabling process that it should come as second nature to you, I hope!


Ensuring the glove is folded in half along the thumb gap(24 palm sts and 24 back of hand sts), keep 7 sts from the back of the hand and 7 sts from the palm of the hand across three needles and put all other hand stitches on waste canvas (34sts)

Left Finger 1
With 14 sts on needles, rejoin yarn by cast on 1 stitch between gap (on inside of finger)Round 1: starting K10, p2, k2, p1
2: k8, t3f, p1, k2, p1
3: k8, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1
4: k8, p1, k2, t3b, p1
5: k8, p1, k4, p2
6: k8, p1, c4b, p2
7: k8, p1, k4, p2
8: k8, p1, k2, t3b, p1
9: k8, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1
10: k8, p1, t3f, k2, p1
11: k8, p2, k4, p1
12: k8, p2, c4b, p1
13: k8, p2, k4, p1
14: k8, p1, t3f, k2, p1
15: k8, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1
16-19: as round 15
Cast off 

Finger 2
Put 6 sts from palm on needle and 6 sts from top of hand on needle,  pick up 3 sts from base of finger 1 (15 sts)

Row 1: k9, p2, k2, p2, CO2
Row 2: K9, p1, t3b, p2, k2
Row 3: K9, p1, k2, p3, k2
Row 4: k9, p1, k2, p2, t3b
Row 5: k9, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1
Row 6: k9, p1, t3f, t3b, p1
Row 7: k9, p2, k4, p2
Row 8: k9 p2, c4b, p2
Row 9 and 10: k9, p2, k4, p2
Row 11: k9, p2, c4b, p2
Row 12: k9, p2, k4, p2
Row 13: k9, p1, t3b, t3f, p1
Row 14: k9, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1
Row 15: k9, p1, t3f, t3b, p1
Row 16-19: Repeat rounds 8-11
Cast off 

Finger 3
Put 6 palm and 6 top sts on needles, pick up 3 from the base of finger 2 and cast on 1 between gap
1: k8, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1
2: k8, p1, t3f, t3b, p1
3: k8, p2, k4, p2
4: k8, p2, c4f, p2
5&6: k8, p2, k4, p2
7&8: repeat rounds 4&5
9: k8, p1, t3b, t3f, p1
10-19: repeat rounds 1-9
Cast off

Finger 4

Put remaining 10 sts on needles and pick up three from base of finger 3 (13sts)
Knit every round until desired length
Cast off

Pick up 17sts from waste yarn, pick up 5 sts on thumb base*, knit until desired length, cast off.
*if this isn’t enough to ensure no gaps, pick up more sts and decrease them using ssk or k2tog in the first round

Thumb gusset (right hand)
After cable pattern: k4, p1, k1, p1
Repeat as per left thumb

Weave in all ends

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9 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Friends

  1. There are no increases anhywere. When you wrap the stitch twice you are creating an elongated stitch, as is stated in the tutorial. You are not dropping the second stitch, you are dropping the second loop from the double wrap. All you are doing is making bigger stitches to work the p1, k1, p1 into. Does that make sense?

  2. I love this pattern but for some reason but cables are no way near what you have. Help!

  3. Your patterns are lovely; buy I am a USA citizen, I am having trouble trying to knit your mitts, because their is no gauge to follow. Trying to experiment with your patterns; where is the gauge for these patterns?

  4. Hi Colette

    I’m afraid I’m not a gauge knitter so there isn’t one for this (or any of my patterns). My advice is to cast I as suggested, knit the cuff and see how big/small that looks/feels for you and adjust accordingly.

  5. Hi Erica

    Without seeing your gloves it’s hard to help I’m afraid – are you on Ravelry? Might be best to find me there and add photos so I can do my best to help!

  6. Sarah!
    Thanks so much for the speedy answer and extra thanks for the tip on increasing a stitch. Haven’t knit since my kids were small ( in their 50s now) am knitting the mitts for my granddaughter

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