Barbara’s Knitted Cable Wristwarmers

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.


2 responses to “Barbara’s Knitted Cable Wristwarmers

  1. I really like these, can they be knit in the round so there is no seam to sew up? Thanks, Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne, thanks for commenting!

      You can definitely knit these in the round. Just cast-on and join, making sure not to twist your stitches, and then start knitting. I reccommend putting a stitch marker at the start on the round so you know when you have completed another line of the pattern. Also remember that because you are not knitting back and forth, you will always be knitting on the ‘right side’ of your work. If you need me to re-write the pattern or the cable design so it is approprate for knitting in the round just let me know :)

      Hope you enjoy knitting these! I would love to see a photo of your finished mitts!

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