Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

Introduction

First, learn How to Knit a Cable Stitchand How to Knit in the Round.

Gauge: 6 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch

materials

  • Yarn: 2 (50-gram) skeins sport-weight yarn

  • Needles: 4 double-pointed size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge, if necessary.

  • Cable stitch holder

  • 8 inches scrap yarn in contrasting colors

  • Tapestry needle, size 22

steps

  1. Cast on 39 stitches. Divide stitches among 3 double-pointed needles, and join in a round.

  2. Knit 4 rounds.

  3. Purl 15, knit 8, purl 16.

  4. Knit 1 round.

  5. For the next 18 rows, alternate steps 3 and 4.

  6. Purl 15, knit 8, purl 16.

  7. Knit 15, then create cable twist as follows: Slide 4 stitches from left-hand needle onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit 4 stitches from left-hand needle, then knit 4 stitches off cable needle, knit 16.

  8. For the next 8 rows, alternate steps 3 and 4.

  9. Purl 15, knit 8, purl 16.

  10. Repeat step 7.

  11. Repeat steps 8, 9, and 10 two more times.

  12. Knit 7 stitches off the beginning of your next needle with scrap yarn. (Note: When you knit the other mitten, later, knit the last -- not first -- 7 stitches with scrap yarn.) Then slip these stitches back onto the needle they came from. With your main yarn, knit across the scrap-yarn stitches, as well as the rest of the stitches on that needle.

  13. For the next 8 rows, alternate steps 3 and 4.

  14. Repeat step 6.

  15. Repeat step 7.

  16. Repeat steps 13, 14, and 15 four more times.

  17. Decrease by knitting 2 together for entire round.

  18. Purl entire round.

  19. Divide the 16 stitches among the 3 needles; join in the round. With a fourth needle, alternate knit and purl rounds until work reaches tip of your thumb.

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