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Fiddle Mitts revisited – cable pattern

This post is in answer to a question I received about the cable pattern used in my Fun Fiddle Mitts post from ages ago. Actually, it was the first post I had ever written!

So, here is the pattern for this cable piece, and here is how to colour change invisibly.

Abbreviations:

k – knit
p – purl
C4B – slip 2 sts onto the cable needle and hold at the back, knit 2, knit 2 from the cable needle.
C4F – slip 2 sts onto the cable needle and hold at the front, knit 2, knit 2 from the cable needle.
Cr4R – slip 1 st onto the cable needle and hold at the back, knit 3, purl 1 from the cable needle.
Cr4L – slip 3 st onto the cable needle and hold at the front, purl 1, knit 3 from the cable needle.
Cr3R – slip 1 st onto the cable needle and hold at the back, knit 2, purl 1 from the cable needle.
Cr3L – slip 2 sts onto the cable needle and hold at the front, purl 1, knit 2 from the cable needle.

Cable pattern (5.00mm needles, DK wool)
Cast on 90 sts

1. P1, (p2, C4B, p2) x3, p2, k4, p2, (p2, C4B, p2) x3, p2, k4, p2, (p2, C4B, p2) x3, p1.

2. For every even numbered row, knit all the knit sts and purl all the purls!

3. P1, Cr4R, Cr4L, p2, k4, p2, Cr4R, Cr4L, p2, C4F, p3, Cr3R, (Cr4L, Cr4R) x2, Cr3L, p3, C4F, p2, Cr4R, Cr4L, p2, k4, p2, Cr4R, Cr4L, p1.

5. P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, C4B, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k4, p2, Cr3R, p1, (p2, C4F, p2) x2, p1, Cr3L, p2, k4, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, C4B, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.

7. P1, Cr4L, Cr4R, p2, k4, p2, Cr4L, Cr4R, p2, C4F, p2, k2, p2, (Cr4R, Cr4L) x2, p2, k2, p2, C4F, p2, Cr4L, Cr4R, p2, k4, p2, Cr4L, Cr4R, p1.

9. P1, (p2, C4B, p2) x3, p2, k4, p2, (k2, p2) x2, p2, C4B, p2, (p2, k2) x2, p2, k4, p2, (p2, C4B, p2) x3, p1.

11. P1 (Cr4R, Cr4L) x3, p2, C4F, p2, k2, p2, (Cr4L, Cr4R) x2, p2, k2, p2, C4F, p2, (Cr4R, Cr4L) x3, p1.

13. P1, k2, (p4, C4F) x2, p4, k2, p2, k4, p2, Cr3L, p1, (p2, C4F, p2) x2, p1, Cr3R, p2, k4, p2, k2, (p4, C4F) x2, p4, k2, p1.

15. P1, (Cr4L, Cr4R) x3, p2, C4F, p3, Cr3L, (Cr4R, Cr4L) x2, Cr3R, p3, C4F, p2, (Cr4L, Cr4R), x3, p1.

16. If you want to change colour, do so on this row using only knit sts. If you continue with purls and knits using your new colour the sts will show through and look really weird! I know it feels odd having a row of just knit sts, but you can’t really see it.

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With knits and purls
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With the knitted row
You can just about see where the line of knits are, separating the colours and interrupting the purl columns, but overall its pretty hidden!

So that’s all there is to it! I hope you guys give it a go, or try something similar – just experiment! If anyone is having difficulties or needs some help please get in touch 🙂

Victoria x

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