Pattern: Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers


This is a bit different from my other knitting posts. Because this time, I not only finished knitting something… I designed it and wrote up a pattern for it as well.

I basically wanted wristwarmers that didn’t cover the thumb or the knuckles, because the ones I have that do interfere with my typing. And I wanted to try a cable, a really obvious one. But not just a plain rope cable, as that seemed a little too boring. So I went off looking for a cable pattern I liked that would fit on the back of the wristwarmers. I found a loose braid in the Knitters’ Bible (I think) and liked it, so that is what I used.

I gave the wristwarmers ribbed cuffs and a two-row buttonhole-style thumbhole. They are made of Cascade Pastaza, bulky yarn that is 50% Peruvian Highland Wool/50% Llama wool. I am wearing them now as I type this. πŸ™‚

You can download the pattern I wrote right here. If you like it, please let me know.

Here are a couple more pics (click to see the larger ones at Flickr):

Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers, shadowed Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

Some people have made these wristwarmers and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of wristwarmers knitted from my pattern:

28 thoughts on “Pattern: Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

  1. Cool cables – I haven’t mastered them yet… tried the other day and failed :o( Will try again.

    Very nice portfolio also – I really liked seeing your mini-clapotis before-during and after kool-aid dyeing!

  2. WOW! You are the first person I know of to finish these from my pattern. (Other than me, of course!) They look so cool, and with that cashmerino I bet they are really nice to wear! I am so thrilled to see that someone made something from a pattern I wrote. Thanks!

  3. It could be done. I’m not sure I’m up to it yet. πŸ™‚ I haven’t done any multi-color knitting like that yet. But it seems to me that it’s just a matter of using different colors for the two stitches that make up each strand of the braid, and as far as I can tell that’s not a big problem. Maybe I will try it sometime.

  4. I printed your pattern last week after admiring the photos you posted here… This was only my second cable project, and the first to have anything besides CF and CB. I was a bit stumped at first, but with careful attention to the pattern and my rows, I have successfully made up the first of the pair! I was thinking as I went along “this fancier cable had better be worth it,” remembering how easy the simple rope cable had been, but now that it’s done I’m so glad to have learned a new skill. By the 4th repeat it was coming much easier and I’m actually looking forward to doing the second one: the first one was finished during one evening’s t.v. watching, the second should go much faster, way less *pondering* to do. Thanks so much for posting the pattern! Local postcard will go in the mail next time I get into town πŸ™‚

  5. I have just realized that the pattern has an incorrect address. The zip code should be 98124, Oops! I will have to get it fixed on the pattern.

    I am so glad that you were able to do the cables! The funny thing is that I’ve never done the simple rope cable yet myself. I can see that it is way easy, though! πŸ™‚ I would love to see photos of your wristwarmers when they are done. Which yarn did you use?

    Thanks for letting me know how the pattern worked for you! πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled that people are making these.

  6. Address correction noted πŸ™‚ I used the Cascade Pastaza (that’s one thing that attracted me to the pattern, since I had a couple of skeins in off-white I wanted to use just sitting here). I’ll send you a link to pics once I get the second one finished and get them photographed. Thanks again, love the pattern!

  7. hi, there!
    I found your site while looking for a gauntlet pattern. The sad thing is that every time I try to download this pattern, it crashes my browser. Can you email me the pattern? I’d be most grateful!
    Many thanks,

  8. Thank you for posting those links! Your wristwarmers look great. Though I must admit, when seeing them on the baby, all I can think is how sticky they are likely to get… πŸ˜‰

    I like your blog design too — did you do that yourself or is it a readymade template? It’s really nice.

  9. I have been trying to download the pattern for Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers. I am not having any success. Is it not available any more?

  10. The pattern is still available. It is at . One person who had trouble downloading a pattern said this:

    “I was finally able to get the pattern. The fault was all mine. I had downloaded the newest version of Adobe and had not rebooted the computer. Once I figured out that I was unable to open any PDF I figured out what I had done. Sorry for the confusion.”

    So you could try that. Otherwise, try downloading , using right-click if you are on Windows (control-click on a Mac) and choosing “Download linked file” or the equivalent while you are right-clicking on the file address. Then, once it’s downloaded, double-click on the file and Adobe Reader or Preview or another PDF reader should start up for you.

    The file is in that location and I’ve tested it from multiple computers, so it does work. If it’s not working there is possibly something about your local system that is making it so you can’t read PDF files.

  11. I was trying to download this pattern (warm braid cable wrist warmers)and its gone! Help someone! Wanted to make a pair for my husband!

    Thank you


  12. I used this pattern for my first cabling project and it was so satisfyingly easy to follow and cute! I’m making a pair for my hubby and another pair for me (as I have lost my first pair) with longer arms.

  13. Love these! I knitted a hat from Pastaza and had leftover yarn. Googling around trying to find what to do with it and …voila! Thanks. My DD’s going to love these while she studies down in Bryn Mawr. Making a pair for myself, too, since I sit and type all…day…long…in…the….vermont…cold.

    What a talent you have!

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