The following is my own interpretation of the pattern for “Knitted Cuffs, Shell Pattern” (Miss Lambert, My Knitting Book, 1843, pp.19-21) using fingering weight yarn:


These knitted cuffs are a pair of open tube wrist warmers that cover the forearm, wrists and bottom of the hands up to the fingers. The cuffs are knit in the round using a shell stitch pattern.

Sizing: Adult 7-7.5″ (17.5-19cm) hand circumference
Circumference x Height: 7” x 9.25” (17.5cm x 24cm)

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn (176yd/160m)
Sample made with Knit Picks Gloss Fingering (MC = Robot, CC = Kenai)

Needles: US4/ 3.5mm circular needle or double pointed needles
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge (in shell stitch): 24 sts x 32 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

• CO – cast on
• st(s) – stitch(es)
• rnd – round
• yf – yarn forward
• sl – slip purlwise
• k – knit
• psso – pass slipped stitch over knit stitch
• pm – place marker

CO 50 sts using preferred method.
Join to knit in the round being careful not to twist, pm to mark beginning of the rnd.

Knit the Shell Stitch pattern in the following colour sequence:
MC – 1 time, CC – 5 times, alternate MC and CC 5 times, CC– 5 times, MC – 1 times

Shell Stitch
Round 1: *p1, k1, p1, k7.  Rep from * to end of rnd (10 st repeat)
Round 2: *p1, k1, p1, k1, (yf, k1, rep 6 times). Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Round 3: *p1, k1, p1, sl1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Round 4: *p1, k1, p1, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Round 5: *p1, k1, p1, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

When the colour sequence is complete, finish by knitting one rnd in MC.
Bind off loosely and sew in ends.

Knit up another cuff and enjoy cozy arms and wrists this fall and winter!



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