Need a new knitting project? Cable on the side mittens!

Want a simple knitting project that you can knock out in a weekend?  This unique knitting pattern fits the bill and would make great handmade gifts!  A perfect project for a cold winter day.

cable on the side mittens

This fun knitting pattern was created by a designer named Maggie Menzel.  She was looking for some folks to review her pattern for cabled mittens.  I’m a self-taught knitter and I tend to learn as I go.  I have done quite a few pairs of socks in the last year- enough to be comfortable with knitting with double point needles, but I have never tried to make mittens.  I was frightened by the thumb.  Ha!

So, never one to let a challenge pass me by, I emailed her and volunteered to take on the project.  I then dug through my stash and found some royal blue worsted acrylic yarn made by Loops & Threads.

As a sock aficionado, I am used to knitting with tiny double points in US size 1 or 2.  This pattern calls for bigger yarn and US size 7 needles.  As a beginner to knitting mittens, this mix is ideal.  You work bigger, the project goes much faster and your results are instantaneous.

cable on the side knitted mitten pattern

Maggie’s pattern was very easy to read and I had no problem with the cable pattern.  It was easy enough to memorize so that I didn’t have to keep referring to the directions.  I love that.  I can watch The Big Bang Theory, knit a mitten and never miss a thing.  The best of all worlds.

cable on the side knitted mitten pattern

And the thumb.  Well, it was very anticlimactic.  So easy to do that I felt ridiculous for waiting this long to try it.  Knitting a mitten is just like knitting a sock- only with a thumb.  Who knew?

cable on the side knitted mitten pattern

Anyway, I highly recommend Maggie’s pattern, Cable on the Side Mittens.  You can purchase it yourself from Knit Picks for $1.99.  Just follow the link, purchase the pattern and they will email it to you almost immediately.  No shipping charges!

And think of all the mittens that you can whip up for gifts this year!

cable on the side knitted mitten pattern
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  • Katerina August 19, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Wonderful mittens. I love it! Beautiful deep color!

  • Molly Smith August 12, 2011, 7:12 pm

    The mittens turned out gorgeous! I love the royal blue, by the way 🙂 And yes, these would make perfect gifts. I like giving "practical" gifts!

  • Lynda August 12, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Very pretty mittens Suzy and hey, your mitten model looks somehow familiar to me, hehehe
    Now will you help me with a pair of mittens I'm working on? I'm also scared of the thumb and that's where I am on it, hehehe

  • Maggie Menzel August 12, 2011, 1:04 pm

    I'm glad that you liked the pattern and that the thumb was nice and easy for you! Thanks again for reviewing!

  • vanthia August 12, 2011, 11:15 am

    good to know, I'll bookmark it! ..I'm a crocheter (taught myself from books), but since more nice clothing patterns tend to be for knitting, I plan to teach myself that soon as well (I already have a couple of books to start me out on it, and my mom to reference if I get confused 😛 ).

    …not that those are the only crafts I do, but still.

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