[Update, 12/7/11- There was a glaring mistake in the cable set-up row. It's now fixed, and for those who have attempted this before, I am sorry.]
This is a pattern (more of a recipe, actually) I devised for a new pair of mitts for my lil sis. There are dozens of similar styles, but these were designed to fit our largish wrists, wide hands, and to incorporate one of my favorite cable patterns. They include a thumb gusset, and should be very easy to size. For smaller hands, simply go down a needle size or eliminate one repeat of the rib. Any cable pattern using 12 stitches would also work.
I have never written a pattern before, so I'm kind of winging this. This pattern is untested, and may have errata. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, etc., please feel free to comment here, message me on Ravelry, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I use one long circular and knit both at the same time in magic loop, though this will work just as well for two circs and dpns.
Approx. 75 grams of any worsted weight yarn. This pair was knit in Cascade 220 Quattro. Any smooth wool or wool blend should work, as well as acrylic (though it's likely to cause sweaty palms.) Fuzzy yarns might cause loss of stitch definition in the cables.
Size 6 circ or dpns
Stitch markers (optional) I don't like them personally, but I will include instructions to use them for the thumb gusset.
Waste yarn (I prefer cotton crochet thread)
C6B- Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold to back. Knit 3 stitches from left needle, then 3 from the cable needle
C6F- Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold to front. K3 from left needle, K3 from cable needle.
CO 40 stitches. When using magic loop, I use a long-tail cast on, as I find it works the best, but any stretchy cast on will work.
Ribbing set up round: *K3, P1* repeat around.
Repeat 9 times for a total of 10 rounds. If you would like the ribbing longer, feel free to continue until desired length.
Cable set up:
Round1: K3, P1, K5, M1, K6, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Round2: k3, p1, k12, p1, *k3, p1 to end
Repeat round 2 twice
Round 1: K3, P1, C6B, C6F, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Round 2: K3, P1, K12, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Rounds 3-6: Repeat round 2
Cable Pattern will be repeated a total of 8 times.
(Right) Thumb Gusset:
On round 3 of the 4th cable repeat, K3, P1, K12, P1, K3, P1, K1 (PM if you want), inc 1, K1, inc 1, pm, K1, P1 *K3, P1 to end
Left Thumb Gusset
K3, P1, K12, P1, *K3, P1* to last 5 stitches, K1 (PM if you want), inc 1, K1, inc 1, pm, K1, P1
Continue working the cable pattern, increasing 1 stitch after the first marker, and 1 before the second every third round until you have 13 stitches between (16 rounds). Work one more round. The following round, continue in the established pattern, remove the stitches between the markers to waste yarn, CO1, and finish the round as usual.
Continue as established until round 3 of the 8th repeat of the cable pattern.
Next round: K3, P1, K3, P1, K1, K2tog, K1, P1, *K3, P1 to end.
Complete 10 rounds of the rib, then bind off loosely.
Knit the Thumbs:
Pick up the live stitches from the waste yarn, and the one stitch you cast on. I actually pick up one extra stitch to help close the hole that will be left. Knit in the round for 5 rounds, and bind off loosely.
Weave in ends, using the tail from the thumb to close up any holes resulting from the picked up stitches. Put them on and enjoy!
To make them longer, simply use more repeats of the cable before starting the thumb. You want to start the thumb gusset at the base of your palm.