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Symmetrical Braided Gauntlets Knitting Pattern

Designed by Rachel Calado

gauntlets knitting pattern

Materials:
1 skein Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (I used the entire skein, so be careful to compare yardage if substituting)
55% Merino wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere
98 yards/90m per 50g
Size 7 US dpns (set of 4)

Gauge:
18 sts = 4 inches

gauntlets knitting pattern

Above knit with 50/50 merino silk yarn called Silk Dream by Lang Yarns.

Instructions:
Terms:
C6F: place first 3 stitches of cable on a double pointed needle and hold them in front of the work. Knit next three stitches as normal, then knit the three stitches off dpn.
C6B: same as C6F, but hold the three stitches behind the work instead.

Right Gauntlet
Cast on 35 stitches, distributing as follows:
N1: 10
N2: 13
N3: 12

Ribbing: work six rows as follows:
N1 - k2, p2, k2, p2, k2
N2 - p2, k3, p3, k3, p2
N3 - k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2

Begin cable pattern:
*Needles 1 and 3 are to be knit stockinette throughout. Needle 2 is as follows:
Row 1 - p2, k9, p2
Row 2 - p2, k9, p2
Row 3 - p2, c6f, k3, p2
Row 4 - p2, k9, p2
Row 5 - p2, k9, p2
Row 6 - p2, k3, c6b, p2

Repeat from * 3 more times (or more if you like longer gauntlets). End with row 6 of cable pattern.

Begin gusset:
Needles 2 and 3 will be worked in the same manner as the cable section.

Needle one will be worked as follows (each line of directions is a row):
K5, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k1, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k3, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k5, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k7, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k9, m1, k5
Knit
K5, m1, k11, m1, k5
Knit

Slip the 13 "new" stitches onto a spare piece of yarn. This will later be the thumb.

Knit the rest of the live stitches for 1 round, again working cable pattern for needle 2.

Work 2 more rows following cable pattern. You should end with the last row as a row 6.

Repeat ribbing section.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Thumb:
Place stitches on needles and remove waste yarn. You'll be picking up 3 new stitches where the thumb meets the hand. Knit 1 round, then do 6 rounds of k2 p2 rib. BO loosely.

Left Gauntlet:
Basically the same as right gauntlet, except you'll distribute the stitches as follows:
N1: 12
N2: 13
N3: 10

Follow as for Right Gauntlet, switching directions for N1 and N3. You also may want to switch rows 3 and 6 of the cable pattern so the cables will start/finish the opposite way from the right cable.

©Rachel Calado. Please share, but do not publish or profit from the use or distribution.
Visit Rachel's blog knittyknotty at http://knittyknottyblog.blogspot.com

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.