I made these last week for my friend Jen*'s birthday. They were easy and fast, and gave me some fun cable practice too!
I used about 130 yards of my own bulky handspun merino. I am a little embarrassed to be showing off my use of the banjo cable which is obviously soooooooo dorky compared to Adrian's complete and absolute ass-kicking excellence. Nonetheless, I hope to write a pattern for these mitts in the days to come. For now, the quick how to goes like this:
Cast on 28 stitches and divide on double pointed needles so that needle one has 12 stitches, and needles two + three each have 8. Rib (I did 2 x 2) for 2 or 3 inches, and then plug in the cable pattern of your choice on needle one. (You may need to fiddle with the number of stitches at this point depending on what your cable panel requires.) Or you could skip the cable idea all together and do whatever suits your fancy. After the first repeat of my cable pattern, I started thumb gussets, and continued with a second repeat of the cable pattern. I finished with a little more ribbing at the top, and added a bit of cozy in the way of thumb coverage (also 2x 2 ribbing). And that was that! I know I already said it, but- easy, quick and fun!
*Jen hosts knitting night for us in her living room week after week after week. She has many other fabulous qualities too, but for knitting night alone, I believe that she deserves lots of presents on her birthday!