The gloves have no name – any suggestions would be gratefully received. Answers on a postcard.
The cable pattern is taken from a book: Cable and Aran Stitches: 250 to Knit, edited by Erika Knight. It’s called ‘twisted and crossed cable’ and found on p151.
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Aran (main colour: charcoal, contrast colour: blood)
Needles: Set of 4 4mm double-pointed.
Gauge: 9 stitches/14 rows = 2 inches in stocking stitch.
Abbreviations: MC – main colour, CC – contrast colour, C4B – cable 4 back (slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 2 sts from left needle, then k sts from cable needle), C4F – cable 4 front (slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle), T3B – twist 3 back (slip next st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then p st from cable needle, T3F – twist 3 front (slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, p next st from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle).
Cast on 36 stitches in CC and divide over three needles: 16 on needle 1, and 10 each on needles 2 and 3.
Knit 8 rows in rib. K1, P1 to end.
Switch to MC and knit one row
1. P2, C4B, P4, C4F, P2. K to end.
2. P2, K4, P4, K4, P2, K to end.
4. P1, [K2, P2] x3, K2, P1, K to end.
5. [T3B, P2, T3F] x 2, K to end.
6. K2, P4, K4, P4, K2, K to end.
7. K2, P4, C4B, P4, K2, K to end.
8. K2, P4, K4, P4, K2, K to end.
9. As row 7.
10. As row 8.
11. [T3F, P2, T3B] x 2, K to end.
12. As row 4.
13. P1, T3F, T3B, P2, T3F, T3B, P1, K to end.
14. As row 2.
15. As row 1.
16. As row 2.
17. As row 3.
18. As row 4.
19. P1, [K2, P2] x2, K2, slip last 6 sts worked onto cable needle & wrap yarn 4 times anti-clockwise around these sts, then slip the 6 sts back onto right needle, P2, K2, P1, K to end.
20. As row 4.
21. As row 13.
22. As row 2.
23, 24, 25: Repeat rows 1, 2, & 3.
26. (Thumb row) P1, [K2, P2] x2, K2, P1. Don’t break yarn, but using a piece of scrap yarn, knit the next ten stitches (final 5 of needle 1, first 5 of needle 2), return to mc yarn, K to end. (The object here is to have ten stitches on scrap yarn, which can later be removed, leaving twenty ‘live’ sts with which to knit the thumb).
27 – 44: Repeat rows 6 – 23.
Switch to CC, K 1 row.
4 rows of rib. K1, P1.
Bind off in rib.
Remove scrap yarn and arrange the 20 stitches over three needles: 10, 5, 5. Reattach MC.
[K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1] x 2 rows.
4 rows of rib, K1,P1.
Bind off in rib.
Repeat for second glove (without forgetting to reverse shaping so that the thumb is in the correct place!)
(And thanks to Ma for being my hand model.)
In summary: somewhat more complete.