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  • Ginevra
  • Ginevra
  • Ginevra
With cable and button detail Helen Ardley's Ginevra armwarmers are both striking and stylish

A toasty pair of fingerless mitts are just the ticket for keeping out the chills this October. Knitted on straight needles, they're ideal for those of you who find dpns tricky to manage and the thumb hole is created by leaving stitches on holders then working the sections separately. Made in chunky Rowan Cocoon, the armwarmers knit up quickly and are super soft with a slightly fuzzy finish, while the bright red shade is sure to get them noticed. The buttons are fastened using stitches so there's no need to worry about making lots of buttonholes, and combined with the cable patterns, the completed look is one of vibrant colour and interesting texture.


Pattern Instructions

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  • GINEVRA PATTERN

    Left arm
    NOTE: the armwarmers are worked from the top cuff down
    Using 6.5mm needles, cast on 32 sts
    ? Row 1: * k2, p2, rep from * to end
    ? Rep Row 1 twice more
    ? Row 4 (inc row): work in rib for eight sts, m1, rib eight, m1, rib eight, m1, rib to end.
    35 sts
    Change to 7mm needles
    ? Row 5: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Row 6: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 7: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Row 8: as Row 6
    ? Row 9: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Row 10: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 11: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Row 12: as Row 10
    ? Row 13: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Row 14: as Row 10
    ? Row 15: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, C6B, k1, C6F, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Row 16: as Row 6
    Work split for thumb as folls:
    ? Row 17: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work on these sts only
    ? Row 18: p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 19: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1
    ? Row 20: as Row 18
    ? Row 21: as Row 17
    ? Row 22: as Row 18
    ? Row 23: as Row 19
    ? Row 24: as Row 18
    ? Row 25: as Row 17
    Break yarn and rejoin to sts on holder, leaving sts just work on holder
    ? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1), three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
    ? Next row: p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Now work across all sts including sts on holder as folls:
    ? Row 26: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 27: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Row 28: as Row 10
    ? Row 29: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, C6B, k1, C6F, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Row 30: as Row 6
    ? Row 31: as Row 7
    ? Row 32: as Row 6
    ? Row 33: as Row 5
    ? Row 34: as Row 6
    ? Rows 35-52: as rows 7-16, 31-34, then 7-10
    ? Next row: k2, p2tog, p1, k2, * p2, k2 rep from * to end. 34 sts
    ? Next row: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
    ? Next row: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end
    These two rows form rib
    ? Work in rib for a further three rows
    ? Cast off

  • RIGHT ARM

    Work as for Left arm until split for thumb
    ? Row 17: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, turn, leaving last nine sts on a holder
    ? Row 18: k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 19: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2
    ? Row 20: as Row 18
    ? Row 21: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2
    ? Row 22: as Row 18
    ? Row 23: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2
    ? Row 24: k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
    ? Row 25: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2
    Break yarn and rejoin to nine sts on holder
    ? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
    ? Next row: k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
    ? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
    ? Next row: k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
    ? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
    ? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
    ? Now work as for right arm from Row 26

  • THUMB (MAKE 2)

    With 6.5mm needles, cast on 14 sts
    ? Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end
    ? Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end
    ? Row 3: cast off two sts, rib to end
    ? Rep Row 3 until six sts rem
    ? Work one row
    ? Cast off

  • RIBBED EDGE

    work all four edges the same)
    With RS facing using 6.5mm needles and starting at corner edge pick up and k 46 sts evenly down one side of work
    Row 1: * p2, k2, rep from * to last two sts, p2
    Row 2: * k2, p2, rep to last two sts, k2
    Row 3: As Row 1
    Cast off

  • Making up

    Sew first two rows of thumb together to make tube shape. Sew thumb into hole in glove with cast off edge and shaped sides sewn to glove and thumb seam facing up. Weave in any loose ends. Down one side of each glove stitch seven buttons and use the sts on the other side as buttonholes

Pattern Instructions

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GINEVRA PATTERN

Left arm
NOTE: the armwarmers are worked from the top cuff down
Using 6.5mm needles, cast on 32 sts
? Row 1: * k2, p2, rep from * to end
? Rep Row 1 twice more
? Row 4 (inc row): work in rib for eight sts, m1, rib eight, m1, rib eight, m1, rib to end.
35 sts
Change to 7mm needles
? Row 5: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Row 6: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 7: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Row 8: as Row 6
? Row 9: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Row 10: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 11: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Row 12: as Row 10
? Row 13: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Row 14: as Row 10
? Row 15: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, C6B, k1, C6F, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Row 16: as Row 6
Work split for thumb as folls:
? Row 17: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work on these sts only
? Row 18: p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 19: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1
? Row 20: as Row 18
? Row 21: as Row 17
? Row 22: as Row 18
? Row 23: as Row 19
? Row 24: as Row 18
? Row 25: as Row 17
Break yarn and rejoin to sts on holder, leaving sts just work on holder
? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1), three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
? Next row: p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2
? Next row: p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2
? Next row: p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Now work across all sts including sts on holder as folls:
? Row 26: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 27: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2, k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Row 28: as Row 10
? Row 29: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, C6B, k1, C6F, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Row 30: as Row 6
? Row 31: as Row 7
? Row 32: as Row 6
? Row 33: as Row 5
? Row 34: as Row 6
? Rows 35-52: as rows 7-16, 31-34, then 7-10
? Next row: k2, p2tog, p1, k2, * p2, k2 rep from * to end. 34 sts
? Next row: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
? Next row: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end
These two rows form rib
? Work in rib for a further three rows
? Cast off

RIGHT ARM

Work as for Left arm until split for thumb
? Row 17: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2, turn, leaving last nine sts on a holder
? Row 18: k2, p3, (k1, p1) four times, p2, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 19: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2
? Row 20: as Row 18
? Row 21: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k4, (p1, k1) three times, k3, p2
? Row 22: as Row 18
? Row 23: k2, p1, C4B, p1, k1, p2, C6F, k1, C6B, p2
? Row 24: k2, p13, k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p2
? Row 25: k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k13, p2
Break yarn and rejoin to nine sts on holder
? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
? Next row: k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
? Next row: k1, p1, C4F, p1, k2
? Next row: p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
? Next row: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2
? Now work as for right arm from Row 26

THUMB (MAKE 2)

With 6.5mm needles, cast on 14 sts
? Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end
? Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end
? Row 3: cast off two sts, rib to end
? Rep Row 3 until six sts rem
? Work one row
? Cast off

RIBBED EDGE

work all four edges the same)
With RS facing using 6.5mm needles and starting at corner edge pick up and k 46 sts evenly down one side of work
Row 1: * p2, k2, rep from * to last two sts, p2
Row 2: * k2, p2, rep to last two sts, k2
Row 3: As Row 1
Cast off

Making up

Sew first two rows of thumb together to make tube shape. Sew thumb into hole in glove with cast off edge and shaped sides sewn to glove and thumb seam facing up. Weave in any loose ends. Down one side of each glove stitch seven buttons and use the sts on the other side as buttonholes