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Mikado Ribbon Fingerless Gloves

Designed by Cathy Campbell
(Intermediate Level)

Size: one size fits all

Crystal Palace Yarns Mikado Ribbon, 3 balls
Crystal Palace Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles, US #5 & 7

Note: Click here for another pair of Mikado Fingerless gloves, a shorter style with buttons also designed by Cathy Campbell.
Gauge: 22 sts = 4" over St st

CO=cast on   
BO=bind off
St st=Stockinette stitch
K2 tog=knit 2 stitches together knitwise
ssk=slip one st knitwise, then slip the next st knitwise, then put left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit together

Pattern Cable Stitch:
(to be worked between stitch markers)
Rnd 1 (Cable Rnd): p3, sl 2 and hold in back with cable needle, k2, k the 2 slipt sts, sl next 2 st and hold in front with cable needle, k2, k the 2 slipt sts, p3.
Rnd 2-12: p3, k8, p3.

Note: You begin the glove by working 2" in rib, then one rnd to place markers, then begin the Pattern Cable Stitch.
On the first cable, you will NOT do any decreases. On the 2nd-8th cable rnds, you will dec one st before the first marker and one st after the second marker. You should then have 42 sts.
On the next (9th) cable rnd, you will work your increase. You should then have 44 sts.

Left Glove:
CO 56 sts on size 5 needles. Work k2 p2 rib for 2". Change to size 7 needles.
Work one round as follows: k14, place marker, p3, k8, p3, place marker, k to end of round.
Continuing to work in Pattern Stitch between markers, dec one st before 1st marker and after 2nd marker every 13th rnd once, then every 12th rnd 6 times to 42 st. (Shaping should be done on cable rnd.) Inc one st on next following 12th rnd before 1st and after 2nd marker once to 44 sts. Work 2 more rows even.

Begin Thumb Gusset:
First Rnd: K1, inc one st by working (p1, k1) both in next st, inc one st by working (k1, p1) both in next st, work to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: k1, p1, k2, p1, work to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: k1, inc one st by working (p1, k1) both in next st, k2, inc one st by working (k1, p1) both in next st, work to end of rnd.
Continue increasing in this manner at thumb gusset until there are 16 sts of gusset, not including purl sts.
Next Rnd: K2, thread the 16 sts of the gusset onto a scrap piece of yarn and tie loosely (these sts will be worked later), work to end of rnd.  Work even until entire piece measures 17". Change to #5 needles and work p2 k2 rib for 1". BO in rib.

Finishing the Gusset:
With #5 needles, divide the 16 sts between 3 needles and pull scrap yarn out.
Work one rnd even.
Work k2 p2 rib for ½". BO in rib.

Right Glove:
Work as for Left, reversing thumb gusset shaping.
Weave in all loose ends.

Designed by Cathy Campbell

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