Subtle Cable Knit Mittens, designed by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixelsSubtle Cable Knit Mittens, designed by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels

Subtle Cable Mitten Knitting Pattern


This knitting pattern guides you through making subtle cable knit mittens in four sizes with step-by-step instructions. Order here to download, save, and print a PDF of this pattern.


Knitting Subtle Cable Mittens

A Pattern by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels

These cable knit mittens are more subtle than most; the cable knitting pattern is inlaid into the glove and isn’t bordered with purls like many cable patterns. This simple pattern is an excellent introduction to cable knitting, and you’ll learn to make a simple twisted cable pattern on the back of each glove.

Make these mittens in solid colors or mix it up with variegated yarn for a vibrant look. This easy to follow knitting pattern walks you through how to make these mittens, with row by row written steps. This design comes with instructions for woman, child, toddler, and baby sizes.

How these Subtle Cable Knit Mittens are Made

Subtle Cable Knit Mittens, designed by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixelsMaterials

You will make this pair of mittens with Caron Simply Soft Yarn and Double Point Needles. Or, substitute any brand of worsted weight yarn in any color. Just be sure to check your gauge when substituting yarns.

These mittens are made one at a time, and worked from the bottom up. They’re double-thick, so you’ll hold two strands of yarn together while you make these mittens.

If you are familiar with the magic loop knitting method, you can work these mittens on long circular needles instead of using DPNs.


This is an intermediate knitting skill level pattern that requires a general understanding of knitting in the round, double point needles, increases, and decreases. This is an introduction to cable knitting as well. There is no cable chart in the instructions, as I find it confuses things when simple written instructions are clear. You will need a cable needle and you’ll learn to slip stitches onto it to create a twisted cable effect on your gloves.

Size Notes

– Woman size fits most older children & adult women; measures 10 inches top to bottom; fits 6-7.5 inches around hand (without thumb)
– Child size fits most boys and girls age 4 to 10 years; measures 8 inches top to bottom; fits 5.5-6 inches around hand (without thumb)
– Toddler size fits most boys and girls age 6 months to 4 years; measures 6 inches top to bottom; fits 4.5-5 inches around hand (without thumb)
– Baby size fits most infants age 0 to 6 months; measures 5 inches top to bottom; fits 3-3.5 inches around hand (without thumb)

Find my full size chart and how to measure here.


If you use the materials suggested in this pattern, your final product will be machine washable. To keep your mittens looking their best, hand wash or machine wash separately on delicate cycle in cold water. You may tumble dry on low heat, but laying flat to dry is recommended.

Please note

This listing is for a digital download of my knitting pattern, and is not a physical item. You will be able to download a PDF file immediately after your purchase has been processed. If you have any trouble with your order, please email purlsandpixels@gmail.com.

This pattern is for personal use, gifting, and charitable donation of completed items. You may also sell handmade items created using this pattern. Do not copy this pattern and distribute it. If you’d like to share the pattern, refer your friends to my website, purlsandpixels.com/shop/, so they may obtain a copy.

I’d love to see your finished work! Tag your photos with @PurlsAndPixels on Twitter or Instagram.

Subtle Cable Knit Mittens, handmade custom knit or knitting pattern by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

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Woman, Child, Toddler, Baby


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