Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran [55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; Approx. 98yd/89m per 50g ball]; Shown in Olive 501 and Black 300; 1-2 balls [many knitters have completed a pair with just one ball, but every knitter is different. Buy two, and if you don't need both for your first pair, make a second.] 1 set of US #6/4mm double-point needles
Safety pin or split ring marker
Cable needle (a double-point needle may be used if you have a set of 5; only 4 are used for this project)
Approx. 12 inches smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color (mercerized cotton works well)
21 sts / 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch Note: Yarn is worked more tightly than recommended gauge to produce a firm fabric.
C48: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle (or spare double-point needle) and hold to back of work; k2, k2 from cable needle. C4F: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle (or spare double-point needle) and hold to front of work; k2, k2 from cable needle. 4x1 Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of 5 sts): Round 1: [K4, p1] to end.
Repeat this round for 4x1 Rib.
Instructions for Cable Cast On can be found here.
CO 45 sts. Divide between needles, placing 15 sts on each needle. Join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. After first round, place safety pin or split ring marker in work to indicate beginning of round.
Work 4 rounds in 4x1 Rib. Cable Round: [C4B, p1] to end.
Work 5 rounds in 4x1 Rib.
Work Cable Round.
Repeat these 6 rounds once more.
Work 18 rounds in 4x1 Rib. Next Round: Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn; work in 4x1 Rib as set to end.
Work 4 more rounds in 4x1 Rib.
Work Cable Round.
Work 4 more rounds in 4x1 Rib. Picot Bind Off
BO 5 sts, [slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO 6 sts] until all sts have been bound off, slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO remaining st.
Break yarn and draw through last st. Thread yarn tail on tapestry needle and sew yarn tail to beginning of BO round. Weave in end. Thumb
Carefully remove waste yarn and place resulting live sts on two double-point needles; there will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts in space between upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. 17 sts.
K 4 rounds. BO loosely (so you don't cut off the circulation in your thumbs when you're wearing the gloves!).
Weave in ends. Right Hand
Work as for Left Hand, EXCEPT work Cable Round as follows: Cable Round: [C4F, p1] to end.
This way, the cables on each hand will twist fetchingly toward your thumbs.