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I created this pattern for knit fingerless gloves after making many pairs using patterns out there, but finding none that "hug" your hand.  By adding a thumb wrap and using a ribbing stitch for the top portion of the pattern, these really fit like a glove should!  

The pattern can fit a woman's small thru large glove sized hand, and a man's small to medium glove size.   I hope you enjoy the pattern!
 
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Step 1: Gather supplies

To knit one pair of fingerless gloves, you will need the following supplies:

1 pair size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.  (Size 8 will also work)
1 skein Worsted Weight yarn, any color.
1 tapestry needle

All these supplies are available in the U.S. at JoAnn Fabrics stores and Michaels Craft stores.  Total cost probably will not exceed $10.

I am an experienced knitter, and each glove takes me about 2-3 hours to make, depending on how many interruptions I get ;-)

Step 2: Cast on 24 or 28 stitches.

To start the first glove, grab one of your knitting needles and cast on 24 stitches if you have a smaller hand, or 28 stitches for an average to large woman's hand/medium men's hand.  Be sure to include the slip knot as the first stitch, so that there are 24/28 and not 25/29 stitches.  Here are instructions for casting on if you are not familiar with the process. 

Step 3: Row 1

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The first four rows of this pattern are known as ribbing.  This type of knitting lays nice and flat against your forearm, and won't roll up like other stitches when used on the edge of a pattern.

Instructions in this step are for the first row of ribbing.

**Knit one stitch.
Bring yarn from "back" to "front".  First picture below shows yarn in back; second picture shows in front.

Purl one stitch.
Bring yarn from "front" to "back".

Repeat from ** all the way across to complete the row.

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Lerrinus made it!2 months ago
Just finished this pair, two hours each! Made using 24 stitches, worsted weight Red Heart yarn on size 8 straight needles! :-)
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What is the gauge for this pattern? I would like to figure out how to make these with smaller needles and a lighter weight yarn. Thanks.
flattail made it!4 months ago

Thanks! I made a pair for my little sister for Christmas. She wanted them similar to the ones worn by "Ahsoka Tano" in "The Clone Wars" so I made them a bit longer, and exposed the fingers a bit more.

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Love your work! I had to adjust the tops also!

Instructions detailed and accurate, thank you! The only thing I would say to prospective knitters of this pattern is to measure for size. I did the 24 stitch cast on and it was WAY too tight for me, plus the glove part went way past my fingers. There is room to customize here and don't be afraid to do so before you finish. Its sad to finish a project you can't wear!

scubalaura4 months ago

can't get my image to load, any clue?

yay I am almost done all I have to do is sew :D yay!

This is a cool gift for a birthday. I am doing this for my mother and I am a beginner at kitting and this really helps a lot better then those store bought books. :)

sparks_mcgee7 months ago

Do you tie off the yarn at the end? Or does the "weaving back through about three inches" keep it from unraveling? Thanks!

plzsendchocolate (author)  sparks_mcgee4 months ago

Hi sparks_mcgee,

No need to tie off the end. the weaving through keeps the yarn in place. Hope you had a chance to make the gloves and had some fun with it!

KathrynC16 months ago

Hi, I have a skein of sock weight yarn that calls for size 1-2 needles. Can this pattern be adapted for thinner yarn? I am a beginner so I wouldn't have the slightest clue in making the adjustments myself. Thank you!!

plzsendchocolate (author)  KathrynC14 months ago

Hi Kathryn,

No - this pattern is not suitable for sock weight yarn. Sorry, but you need worsted weight, or equivalent, to keep the gauge correct.

sue.slauson4 months ago

I am on row 28 and have pulled across. Need to cast on 5 but my work shows the knit side. How to I cast on as can't tell by pics? Thanks!

plzsendchocolate (author)  sue.slauson4 months ago

Hi Sue,

After finishing row 27, you should be seeing the "wrong" side of the work. If you do not, then perhaps the row count is off. Your solution to knit across is actually what I would recommend, OR, you could rip out one row, but it is easier (if you are a beginner) to simply knit another row than to try ripping and risk dropping stitches. Then, you can proceed with purling the next row and that will keep you in synch for the rest of the pattern.

plzsendchocolate (author)  sue.slauson4 months ago

Hi Sue,

After finishing row 27, you should be seeing the "wrong" side of the work. If you do not, then perhaps the row count is off. Your solution to knit across is actually what I would recommend, OR, you could rip out one row, but it is easier (if you are a beginner) to simply knit another row than to try ripping and risk dropping stitches. Then, you can proceed with purling the next row and that will keep you in synch for the rest of the pattern.

plzsendchocolate (author)  sue.slauson4 months ago

Hi Sue,

After finishing row 27, you should be seeing the "wrong" side of the work. If you do not, then perhaps the row count is off. Your solution to knit across is actually what I would recommend, OR, you could rip out one row, but it is easier (if you are a beginner) to simply knit another row than to try ripping and risk dropping stitches. Then, you can proceed with purling the next row and that will keep you in synch for the rest of the pattern.

plzsendchocolate (author)  sue.slauson4 months ago

Hi Sue,

After finishing row 27, you should be seeing the "wrong" side of the work. If you do not, then perhaps the row count is off. Your solution to knit across is actually what I would recommend, OR, you could rip out one row, but it is easier (if you are a beginner) to simply knit another row than to try ripping and risk dropping stitches. Then, you can proceed with purling the next row and that will keep you in synch for the rest of the pattern.

plzsendchocolate (author)  sue.slauson4 months ago

Hi Sue,

After finishing row 27, you should be seeing the "wrong" side of the work. If you do not, then perhaps the row count is off. Your solution to knit across is actually what I would recommend, OR, you could rip out one row, but it is easier (if you are a beginner) to simply knit another row than to try ripping and risk dropping stitches. Then, you can proceed with purling the next row and that will keep you in synch for the rest of the pattern.

How to cast on:http://m.wikihow.com/Cast-On
I'm having the same problem with my work showing the wrong side. I'll let u know if I figure it out.
I finally just knitted across and adjusted rest of pattern as I went.
How to cast on:http://m.wikihow.com/Cast-On
I'm having the same problem with my work showing the wrong side. I'll let u know if I figure it out.

I am confused. I am on step 11 row 34. Instructions say to cast off the first 5 purl across. If I cast off the first 5 it will be one row less than the other side because it wasn't the first 5 cast on. I know I have the right number of rows. Please advise. Thank you.

scubalaura4 months ago

I came across this pattern while searching for simple fingerless gloves. I was making a hat, scarf set and wanted to add some gloves for my daughter-in-law, but had never made gloves before. These were so simple! They came out beautifully! I can't wait to start on mine. No pic as I feverishly worked on them to get them finished for Christmas (Santa was up to 1am finishing and wrapping)! Thanks for a great pattern. As soon as I get my DiL to send me a pic, I'll post back.

lelliott96 months ago

I made some of these for my daughter. She loves them.

pafcat7 months ago
Thanks for the tutorial, I am working my second pair right now
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Hi, I am a beginner in knitting and am struggling to finish row 28. I did purl all the way across but I do not know how to cast on purl stitches at the end of a row. Could someone please help me do this or perhaps direct me to a video.

Thank you very much.

plzsendchocolate (author)  anushkathawani8 months ago

Hi anushkathawani,

The first picture on step 8 shows you how to cast on purl stitches. You simply loop the thread over the needle in the manner shown. Repeat this until you have cast on the appropriate number of stitches.

DebbieR19 months ago

Thank you very much for this pattern, just made myself a pair and they've turned out beautifully! Thank you! :)

99EEKS12 months ago
I knit these, and they turned out wonderfully. Thank you!
violetvp1 year ago
love you gloves thanks for sharing your pattern
lynnmc1 year ago
 
I finished a pair! The first one had the bind off done too tightly. And feels a bit snug after it passes my wrist (stretches over my palm). So this pair will be worn by my nine year old grand daughter. I also made a mistake at row 19 and purled when I should have knitted or vice versa giving one raised row. Rather than undo and possibly make a bigger mess, I noted the row and repeated the "mistake on the second glove at the same spot so they match with this unique pattern change! A new style! I've used a soft variegated yarn by Red Heart Boutique called Unforgettable.Color: dragonfly, medium "4" weight. I'd love to share a photo, but don't seem to be able to make it happen. Take my word, they are very pretty. Now I'll make a next pair for myself and switch at row 19 from size 7 to size 8 needle! Then bind off loosely and they should fit perfectly!
plzsendchocolate (author)  lynnmc1 year ago
Great job! And great idea to repeat the mistake on both gloves. Then it's a "feature", not a "bug", as we say in the software industry ;-) Happy Holidays!
Well, it took me four mitts/ fingerless gloves to get it perfect ! Size eight needle gave me the give I needed for great comfort yet still snug. I learned how taunt to pull yarn at ends of rows on thumb so there were no holes when I put it on! I loosened my tension on the top ribbing so I can fold it back to expose my fingers or leave it all the way up to cover them for warmth! I also figured out how to cast off loosely again making the top loosely comfortable. I will now make a fifth glove so I'll have a perfect pair.

I'll give my grand daughter a pair and a spare!

Thanks again for a great pattern. I've sent the link to friends!
lynnmc lynnmc1 year ago
Well, it took me four mitts/ fingerless gloves to get it perfect ! Size eight needle gave me the give I needed for great comfort yet still snug. I learned how taunt to pull yarn at ends of rows on thumb so there were no holes when I put it on! I loosened my tension on the top ribbing so I can fold it back to expose my fingers or leave it all the way up to cover them for warmth! I also figured out how to cast off loosely again making the top loosely comfortable. I will now make a fifth glove so I'll have a perfect pair.

I'll give my grand daughter a pair and a spare!

Thanks again for a great pattern. I've sent the link to friends!
paublina1 year ago
Just finished my first one :D I think I fudged it somewhere because I ended up with 29 stitches but I finished it just fine. I started knitting like 2 weeks ago and this was fairly easy to follow! Thanks!
plzsendchocolate (author)  paublina1 year ago
Hi puablina,
Congratulations on joining the knitting world. It's definitely a refuge for me (and crochet, as well). Glad you were able to get through the pattern. I'd love to see a pic, if you get a chance. Happy Knitting! :-)
Necra1 year ago
Hello,
The glove fits perfectly and it's a really good tutorial.
But the bind-off is too tight. Do you have any tips for that?
what I usually do for bind-offs that need to be loose (socks, gloves, etc) is wrap the working yarn around my finger one time less than I do for knitting (I knit continental style, holding the working yarn in my left hand, like crocheters do, with the yarn wrapped twice around my pinkie). That way I'm not holding it as tight as during the actual knitting, which makes the bind-off looser. Check out images.google.com, continental knitting how to hold yarn.
HTH
plzsendchocolate (author)  Necra1 year ago
Hi Necra,
Binding off is an art unto itself ;-)
You will want to bind off LOOSELY- do not pull the stitches tightly or it will be like fitting your fingers through a tightly pulled loop. If you have not yet cut the yarn after binding off, pull out your binding and re-do it loosely.
Hi, I would like to know who to fit it with a size l man, please =)
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