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Fingerless gloves are an excellent way to keep your hands warm while still maintaining use of your fingers.  This is especially important for those with RSI, or poor circulation due to any number of ailments. 

Who needs fingerless gloves?  My husband's grandmother is a manic crocheter, but her hands will seize up if they're not kept warm - this is a trick that's worked well for her in the past.  I type lots as part of my job, so need to keep my hands warm to help stave off RSI.  They're also great for biking, driving, handling money, and anything else where you want your hands and knuckles covered but need fingers.

Since regular stretchy gloves are so ridiculously cheap, there's no reason to buy pricey fingerless gloves when you can make them yourself.  Here's what you need to know!

Thanks to carleyy for the video!

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Step 1: Buy gloves & find scissors

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First, buy yourself a cheap pair of gloves.  I find that the slightly stretchy ones work best, as the fingers will still fit snugly after you trim them. 

I'm also a fan of stripey gloves, as they give you cut lines!

These gloves came from Old Navy, $2.50 for two pair.  I got 4 pair for a whopping $5 and shared the rest around the office.

You'll also need scissors!  A nice pair of fabric scissors will do the job cleanly and quickly, but any scissors will suffice.

Step 2: Identify cut points

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Bend your fingers, and figure out where you'd like to cut.  Remember that the glove will stretch back from your cut point, so cut higher than you think you need to.  You can always cut more off later!

I chose to cut at the first knuckle, and the gloves retracted to the second knuckle.  Stretchy!
hahahippo=)3 years ago
Wait but don't the gloves unravel at the top where they were cut? I have tried to make some fingerless gloves like this and they unraveled a bunch!

i don't get it duct tape would be suitable ^^ just use a little bit on the tops of each glove

mine are ^^; I'll try to find a way to stop the unraveling, if you're still needing help with that

perhaps melting the ends would stop the unravel but then it might be scratchy...

Im using mine for a Kirito (Sword Art Online) cosplay for my school's costume day tomorrow, afterward I think I'll use them while I finish my crochet pair I started and never finished XD, of course i have lots of other crochet projects I wanna do, so these gloves will get plenty of use in the coming winter as I make up blankets and scarves and whatnot, so long as the finger's stop unraveling XD
freeza363 years ago
step one: get gloves
step two: cut fingers off (of gloves)
jamesdude4 years ago
I want a keyboard like that.
canida (author)  jamesdude4 years ago
It's a kinesis. Takes a bit of time to get used to the swap-over, but it's somewhat less likely to break your hands if you type lots.
carpfluff4 years ago
i love the stripes.
l8nite4 years ago
gardening gloves also work well and theres no unravelling problems. leather work gloves can also be cut but sometimes you need to restitch some of the seams, I don't have feeling in part of my left hand due to an accident so the leather glove protect from more than cold. Nicely done "ible" with quality pics !
I did this with a pair of fleecey purple gloves...pretty, but I learned that the fleece seems to attract dirt if you use them outside for much. :(

But I want *that* pair!!!! So cute.
kittknight4 years ago
I actually tried this about a month ago, before reading your instructable and the ends did fray, but if it is possible, maybe you could melt the tips a little just to keep them from fraying, but you might not be able to do that because of the material the gloves are made of. I do like the cut of glove Idea.
mirileh4 years ago
how do you keep the ends from unraveling after cutting the gloves?