Go-To Gifts: Cabled Mittens

Go To Gifts Cabled Mittens | Ask Me Monday

Go-To Gifts Mittens

This week on Ask Me Monday, we’re rounding out our month-long focus on Go-To Gift projects from my book, The Knit Vibe. So far, we’ve covered the Go-To Chunky Hat, Go-to Slouchy Beanie, and Go-To Chunky Cowl. Next up: the gushy, Go-To Mittens!

For this tutorial, I show how to knit the Horseshoe Cable pattern that really makes these mittens shine, plus demonstrate how to set up and work a thumb gusset. Give Ask Me Monday a watch, use the practice swatches I’ve written up instructions for below, then make the Mittens from the book (available in my YarnYAY! shop, on Amazon, IndieBound, or wherever you get your books.)


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Go-To Gifts Mittens: Learn How


Go-To Gifts Mittens:  Practice Swatches

HORSESHOE CABLE (in-the-round)


Koigu Chelsea Aran, or equivalent-weight yarn

Size US 9/5.5 mm Knitter’s Pride Ginger or Smart Stix DPNs

Knitter’s Pride Cable Needle



C3/3R: Sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold back, k3, k3 from cable needle.

C3/3F: Sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold front, k3, k3 from cable needle.


Note: Horseshoe pattern is worked over 12 sts. The other sts are in REverse Stockinette and there purely for the purpose of creating a swatch in-the-round, as well as to prepare you for the Go-To Gifts Mittens pattern.

CO 26 sts. Divide sts evenly amongst dpns; join taking care not to twist.

Rnds 1-2: P7, k12, p7.

Rnd 3: P7, C3/3R, C3/3L, p7.

Rnds 4-7: P7, k12, p7.

Rnd 8: P7, C3/3R, C3/3L, p7.

Repeat Rnds 1-8 until piece measures 4″/10 cm from CO edge.




Note: The purpose of this swatch is only to practice setting up a thumb gusset in Reverse Stockette, and does not focus on the cable panel.

CO 26 sts. Divide sts evenly amongst dpns; join taking care not to twist.

Rnds 1-4: Purl.

Rnd 5: P5, pm, M1, p1, M1, pm, purl around.

Rnd 6: P to marker, sm, p to marker, sm, purl around.

Rnd 7: P5, sm, M1, p to marker, M1, sm, purl around.

Rnd 8: P to marker, sm, p to marker, sm, purl around.

Repeat Rnds 7-8 until you feel like you’ve got it. 



Go-To Gifts Mittens

Put your skills to work by making the Go-To Mittens from my book, The Knit Vibe, available on Amazon or wherever you get your book!

The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell Cover

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