Barbara’s Cabled Wristwarmers
Designed by Barbara Wendel-Sands
This is a very easy pattern for lovely cuffs to keep your hands warm during these cold, frosty winter days and nights (and if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere like Little Fire, a project to start now so you’re all prepared for winter to come!)
If I can do it, anyone with basic knitting skills can!
- 50g aran-weight wool
- 4.5mm needles
- Cable needle
- Darning needle
Wristwarmers approx. 30cm long, to fit average women’s hands. Suggestions for adjusting length are given in pattern.
- k – knit
- p – purl
- CO – cast on
- BO – bind off
- c6f – put 3 sts on cable needle, bring to front of work, knit next 3 sts, then knit 3 sts from cable needle.
CO 36 sts
Row 1: (k1, p1) repeat to end.
Continue in this manner until ribbed section is 2cm long.
Knit next 4 rows in stocking stitch (1 row knit, then 1 row purl), ending with purl row.
Thumbhole row: k8, BO 4 sts, k to end.
Next row: p24, CO 4sts, p8 (36sts)
Continue knitting in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl, repeat) until entire piece measures 15 cm, ending with purl row.
*Feel free to lengthen or shorten wristwarmers by knitting more or less in stocking stitch section.*
Then begin Cable pattern:
Row 1: k12, p3, k6, p3, k12.
Row 2: p12, k3, p6, k3, p12.
Row 3: k12, p3, k6, p3, k12.
Row 4: p12, k3, p6, k3, p12.
Row 5: k12, p3, c6f, p3, k12.
Row 6: p12, k3, p6, k3, p12.
Repeat cable pattern 4 times (24 rows in total).
Knit 2 cm in ribbed pattern as before (k1, p1,repeat).
Sew together along longest edge and weave in ends.
Knit a second wristwarmer, working thumbhole on the other side of the piece (so thumbhole row becomes: k24, BO4, k8. next row: p8, CO4, p24)
Wear with a big smile!
P.S. If you can’t be bothered with the cable pattern, just knit your cuffs plain and decorate with a nice button, felt flower, whatever you fancy!
This is Barbara Wendel-Sands’ first published pattern. Originally from Germany, she now lives in County Down, Northern Ireland. A creative soul, she knits, bakes, paints, makes stain glass hangings and generally adds colour and life to all she touches.