How Tuesday – Widdershins

17 Jan

It’s just starting to get cold here in California. I’m not knitting much these days, but still cast on when I’m craving the feeling of creating. Plus I wanted a simple pair of fingerless gloves to ward off the chill. Widdershins means to circle in a course opposite the sun. I am craving the sun right now,in this time that is opposite the sun, and the offset cables on the cuffs look like they’re circling each other, chasing each other in a sort of twisty dance. This pattern is a great introduction to cables and thumb gussets, and is suitable for an adventurous beginner who has experience working in the round. I hope these bring some joy into your winter!

Sized to fit a women’s hand. Use thicker yarn/bigger needles if you want a larger pair.

MATERIALS
One skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted. (It uses about half the skein, so you’ll have leftovers for a second pair.)
Set of US size 5 double-pointed needles. (Note: every knitter is different. Use a needle size that gets you the gauge listed below.
Cable needle
Stitch markers
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches

PATTERN NOTES
4×1 rib
 – knit 4, purl 1
C4F – cable four front: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of your work. Knit two stitches off of left needle. Knit two stitches off of cable needle.
C4B – cable four back: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of your work. Knit two stitches off of left needle. Knit two stitches off of cable needle.
M1R – make one right
M1L – make one left

Click here to see a very good video on how to do a cable. It’s so easy! Every time I taught a cable class people would look at me and say “that’s it?” That’s really it.

DIRECTIONS

Right Hand:

Cast on 40 sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist. Place your stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.
[Purl 1, Knit 4] to end (repeated a total of eight times.) This establishes the 4×1 rib.
Knit, continuing in rib pattern for 4 rounds. A total of 5 rounds have been worked.
[Purl 1, C4F, purl 1, knit 4] four times.
Knit in 4×1 rib for 4 rounds.
[Purl 1, Knit 4, purl 1, C4F] four times.
Knit in 4×1 rib for 4 rounds.
[Purl 1, C4F, purl 1, knit 4] four times.
Knit in 4×1 rib for 4 rounds.

Thumb Gusset:

Knit until you get to 4 sts before end of round marker.
Place a new marker, knit 4. This establishes where you will increase for the thumb gusset. It should be centered over the last cable column of the round.
Increase round: Knit to first marker, slip marker, M1R. Knit to second marker, M1L. (Two stitches increased.)
Knit three rows, work increase round.
Continue to work three rows, then an increase round until you have 14 sts between markers. (10 sts total increased.)
Work even until work measures 4 ¾ inches from edge of cuff, or until work hits the junction of your thumb and hand with the cuff on your wrist.

Thumb:

Thread tapestry needle with waste yarn and slide oll of the hand stitches onto yarn. (36 sts.) Remove markers and divide 14 thumb sts onto three needles. Join for working in the round.
Knit three rows, purl one row.
Bind off all stitches.

Hand:

Slide sts off of waste yarn and back onto needles. Join for working in the round.
Knit 7 rows, or until glove reaches desired length for covering hand.
Purl one row. Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.

Left Hand:

Follow all directions for right hand, substituting a C4B for every C4F.

If you make a pair, I’d love to see how they come out! Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll check them out.

Check out Widdershins on Ravelry and see what people are doing with the pattern!

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4 Responses to “How Tuesday – Widdershins”

  1. Cara Olsen January 17, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Love this tutorial . . .I have a few pairs of these, but I’ve always wanted to make my own, choosing the colors that I like. (Love the royal blue, btw) Living in Orange County, there isn’t always great need for gloves, but the ones you’ve knitted look light-weight enough to wear in the early mornings while walking my puppy, or in the nights when it gets chilly. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Feel free to stop by my blog if you are interested in trying out some crafts. It’s still very new in the making, so I am still in the process of uploading everything, but every Tuesday I publish a “Tutorial Tuesday” for my readers, and of course there are other bits of inspired life on there as well.

    Take care,
    Cara

    • affordablewonders January 17, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      I love these as well and have a ton of Malabrigo just waiting to jump on my needles.

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