I was in need for gym gloves because skin on some areas of my palms was getting pretty thick and peel off due to particular exercises. And gloves look cool ;)  Nice gym gloves cost a lot. I could have bought cheap bicycle gloves but who knows how much they would help. So the route of making was to be taken.

This might not be 100% successful project but it was worth doing. The gloves do lighten the pressure to my palms but at the same time a crease in them tends to direct some of the pressure to more gentle part inbetween where the palm ends and fingers start. But I have learned to pay attention every time a grab a bar and not let that evil crease form. Generally they do improve the after workout feeling in my palms. I have no experience with commercial gym gloves to compare to.

So I think it is worth sharing and you can make your own improvements - let me know if you get very good results in reducing damage to your skin. Possibly thinner leather could make it better.

These gloves have genuine leather palm sides and crocheted back sides and wristband that closes with velchro. The method is to crochet a back of the hand piece and attach it to the leather palm side with some zig-zag chain crocheting. The wrist band is crocheted separately.

Prerequisite skills:
  • Basic crocheting - chain stitch, double (and higher) stitches, growing and shrinking a row, confidence to freestyle :)

  • Leather - for palm parts of the gloves, suitable thickness for your training weights, but generally I think thinner and softer is better
  • Crocheting thread - something not stretchy might be better
  • Velchro - for closing wrist bands
  • Sewing thread

  • Hole punch - such size that your croheting needle can work through these holes
  • Crocheting needle - size depends on the thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Paper, pencils etc

Step 1: Making pattern

Lay one of your hands on paper and draw around it holding pencil as vertical as possible all times. Mark important spots like finger joints and the crease on the inside of your wrist (mark to the inside of the line because you are going to cut the outer part off). Then draw your other hand the same way.

Cut out just one of your hand patterns. Turn it around and lay onto the other that is not cut out yet. Draw around the cut out pattern, also transmit the joint markings. Now take a different colour pencil and make an approximation between the left and right hand patterns to get one nice average hand. Also draw the wrist line and decide on the length of fingers. Better to have shorter than longer fingers, because their length does make the leather crease and push into gentle areas. When you have finished the pattern that you think would suit for palm side leather part then cut that one out. You could also make a copy for cutting instead then you can revise your original "data" if the need arises. Lay the cut out pattern onto your palm and check if everything still seems good.
these are great but i think i would use leather all the way round.
That would be fantastic for trapeze, as we are always having ripped skin on our hands from the rough bar.
Those look awesome! Awesome idea :)

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