Cabled Arm Warmers

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By Yarn Crafts Contributor Joselyn

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Finding your dream pair of gloves, mittens, or arm warmers is very tough. With all of the patterns out there, you’d think there would be at least one that fits all of your needs. Don’t feel alone if you haven’t found the right pair or even knitting pattern yet, the same thing happened to me. I invented this pattern  to be adaptable and something I could do while watching TV without too much counting. I’ve made tons of versions of these since I wrote up the pattern, some shorter, some with different cables, but always with the stretchy ribbing on the parts without a cable.

Here’s What You Need:

Here’s the Pattern…

  • Cast on 50 stitches, spread the stitches between DPNs 14 on the first needle, 20 on the second, and 16 on the third. Connect in the round. If you want to distribute the stitches evenly, you can just slip markers after 14 and 20 stitches to separate the cable needles.
  • Knit in a rib stitch for 4 rounds

CABLE PANEL (needle with 20 stitches)

  • Row 1, 3, 5: p2, k16, p2
  • Row 2: p2, k4, slip next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold in the back of work, k2, knit the stitches from the cable needle (BC), slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of the work, k2, knit the stitches from the cable needle (FC). k4, p2
  • Row 4: p2, k2, BC, k4, FC, k2, p2
  • Row 6: p2, BC, k8, FC, p2
  • Repeat this pattern for the duration of the work, until the last four rows.

ON RIB STITCH PANELS (needles with 14 and 16 stitches)

  • k2, p2 until work reaches 10 inches (or desired length to the bottom of your thumb)


  • Move all stitches on needle with 14 stitches onto stitch holders (I through them on a few safety pins). Redistribute stitches.
  • Knit the cable panel. K1, m1, k1, p2, repeat until you reach the cable panel
  • Repeat last row for another 3 inches, or until work reaches the bottoms of your fingers.


  • Rib stitch 4 rows
  • Bind off


  • Slip 7 stitches onto two of your DPNs. Pick up and knit 6 more stitches from inside of the hand section.
  • Rib stitch 6 rows. Bind off

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The pattern’s cable can be modified to be more complex or easier depending on your skill level. You can also continue up your hand and thumb and then decrease every 2 stitches once the length passes your pinky (on your hand) or your last knuckle on your thumb. Always knit a row between decrease rows. Once you have about 10-15 stitches left on the hand and 4-6 on the thumb, cut the yarn and pull it through each of the loops with a tapestry needle and tighten it to close.

One tip I have used to ensure both gloves end up the same length is to count the amount of cables I’ve made rather than the amount of rows. It’s a much smaller number to keep track of.

Let me know if you have any questions or issues with the pattern and happy knitting!

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3 thoughts on “Cabled Arm Warmers

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  2. Delores

    Have been knitting simple things for years and decided to up my game and learn how to make a cable. My daughter found this pattern but I don’t know if the pattern is missing something or it’s my newbie-ness. Under the Cable Heading (20 stitch section) Row 2: I’m not counting 20 stiches.p2,k4=6 plus the BC=10 plus the FC=14 total. End in k4,p2?

  3. joselyn Post author

    Yes, you want to keep everything symmetrical with this cable. Thank you for catching that! I’ll update the pattern.

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