My sister in law lives on a farm in Australia and in the winter it gets pretty cold there, so I designed these wooly wrist warmers for her, a combination of pretty and practical.
100g of New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed (in 'Cobalt')
Set of 4mm (US size 6) DPNS or 4mm (US size 6) circular needle or whichever style of needle you like to use to knit in a round.
Cable needle of appropriate size
5 stitches = 1 inch in 2x2 rib
CO Cast on
C4B Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at the back of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle
C4F Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at the front of work, K2, then K2 stitches from the cable needle
Cable Panel (Worked over 24 stitches)
Rnd 1: P1, K6, C4B, P2, C4F, K6, P1
Rnd 2 (And all even Rnds): P1, K10, P2, K10, P1
Rnd 3: P1, K4, C4B, K2, P2, K2, C4F, K4, P1
Rnd 5: P1, K2, [C4B] twice, P2, [C4F] twice, K2, P1
Rnd 7: P1, [C4B] twice, K2, P2, K2[C4F] twice, P1
Rnd 9: P1, K2, [C4B] twice, P2, [C4F] twice, K2, P1
Rnd 11: P1, [C4B] twice, K2, P2, K2[C4F] twice, P1
Rnd 13: P1, K2, C4B, K4, P2, K4, C4F, K2, P1
Rnd 15: P1, C4B, K6, P2, K6, C4F, P1
Rnd 16 : As Rnd 2
CO 46 stitches
If you are using DPNS then divide the stitches up into 24, 12, 1o, this will make it easier for you to work the cable design, as it will be laid across one needle, these 24 stitches will be the top/back of the wrist warmers.
If you are working on circular needles, divide the stitches into 24 and 22, the 24 stitches will be the top/back of the wrist warmers and the 22 will be the palm side of the wrist warmers
Rnd 1 start knitting on the palm stitches as follows:
[ P2, K2 ] 5 times, P2
now accross the 24 stitches, set up the cable design. P1, K4, P2, K4, P2, K4, P2, K4, P1
Continue in this pattern for 5 Rnds
Rnd 6 : [ P2, K2 ] 5 times, P2,
P1, [ work Rnd 1 of Cable Panel as above ] , P1
Rnd 7 : [ P2, K2 ] 5 times, P2,
P1, [ Work Rnd 2 of Cable Panel as above ], P1
Continue working in this way and following the cable pattern until you have completed 2 repeats of the cable panel, where you will be ready to work the slot for the thumb.
The pattern for the wrist warmers is exactly the same for both hands except the thumb slot, which is worked on opposite sides of the wrist warmers... see below and remember to knit one for each hand!
[ P2, K2 ] 3 times, P2, K1. now take a piece of waste yarn, preferably in a different colour so it is easy to see and knit the next 7 stitches with it. Now slip those stitches back onto the left hand needle so that you can go back over them, re-knitting them in the original pattern, which would be K1, P2, K2, P2
Take the waste yarn (as above) and knit the first 7 stitches , now slip those back onto the left hand needle ready to knit them in the pattern, which will be [ P2, K2 ] 5 times, P2,
Now that you have completed the appropriate thumb slot, continue knitting rounds in the pattern, completing one more repeat of the cable panel and cast off. You've finished the main body of the wrist warmers, all that remains to be done is to go back and knit the thumbs.
Go back to the thumb slot and remove waste yarn carefully, so as not to lose the live stitches that are left there. Arrange the live stitches either on 2 needles, if using DPNS or on top and botton of a cicular, the idea being that you have 6 live stitches above and 7 live stitches below.
Now attach your yarn and knit the 7 stitches on the lower needle, pick up 2 stitches between the upper and lower needle, knit the 6 stitches on the upper needle and pcik up two between the upper and lower needle. You should now have 17 stitches. Knit 4 rnds, or to desired length and Cast off losely.
This pattern was very kindly(and efficiently) test-knit by Marit, and so there shouldn't be problems with the pattern, but feel free to contact me if you have any difficulty.