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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

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

pafcat1 month 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.

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.

DebbieR13 months ago

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

99EEKS5 months ago
I knit these, and they turned out wonderfully. Thank you!
violetvp9 months ago
love you gloves thanks for sharing your pattern
lynnmc10 months 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)  lynnmc10 months 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 lynnmc10 months 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!
paublina11 months 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)  paublina11 months 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?
meowmom1961 Necra12 months ago
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)  Necra12 months 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 =)
plzsendchocolate (author)  leoncatangela12 months ago
Hi leoncatangela,
If you are creating these for a man, a man with small hands would probably fit a glove with 28 stitches across. I am afraid that 24 will actually be too snug, and the thumb will be uncomfortable, so go ahead and do 28 across. As you can see from the picture of the completed glove without the hand in it, the knitting is "stretchy" and so it will conform to a man's hand. The photos of the hand are actually my daughter's hand, and she was 12 when the photos were taken, so her hand is about a small woman's hand with the 28 stitches.
Hallofo1 year ago
Nicely done! I will be making a few sets of these for myself and friends!
esta4knit1 year ago
if i was to make this pattern for my 2 -3 year old daughter approximately how many stichers should i cast on do you think?
plzsendchocolate (author)  esta4knit1 year ago
Hi esta4knit,
That would be a TINY hand, indeed. I would compare her hand to yours, and if it looks about 50% of the width of yours, then cut the number of stitches in half (12 or 14). If it's even smaller, then I would go down to 8 or 10. Have fun :-)
i like your knitting and i am following u on instructable!
Cool! Thanks!!!!
smusavi1 year ago
Excellent;;;;;Great job,& valuable instruction method to learn knitting for everyone.Keep it up please!!! God bless u...
plzsendchocolate (author)  smusavi1 year ago
Thank you!
Olarex1 year ago
Hey there! I've followed your pattern and have finished my first glove! The pattern is great, and thank you for your step-by-step instruction. I would suggest to others to not use a thick yarn because the glove becomes a bit stiff. Although mine was a tad stiff, it was hella warm! cheers!
ChiXbaby1 year ago
Love this!! I'm actually working on mine right now ^_^ I do have one question though, I don't have a tapestry needle is there anything else I could use or do to weave the yarn through to finish the glove? Thanks! :)
plzsendchocolate (author)  ChiXbaby1 year ago
Hmmm. I guess you could use a crochet hook but it will be a lot more cumbersome than a tapestry or yarn needle. But you could certainly try it. :-)
good job! luv ya gluvs
pechenique3 years ago
Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! the only detail you could add is that people with thin arms (like me) should use less stitches, because the first glove I made was a little loose and I really wanted it to be tight, so I will make the other one with 24 instead of 28 stitches, to see if it helps :)
plzsendchocolate (author)  pechenique2 years ago
Thanks for the tip!!
Hi there, I also have skinny hands and arms. And was wondering how dropping the 4 stitches worked for you?

Thanks you :-)
bnorem2 years ago
Success! Thank you!
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plzsendchocolate (author)  bnorem2 years ago
Beautiful! Well done! That's my favorite color, too. :-)
Well done!
Lady_Love2 years ago
Yayy my first attempt EVER at knitting! Thank you :-)
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plzsendchocolate (author)  Lady_Love2 years ago
Great job!!! Thanks for sharing your pics. They look fabulous!!!
Lady_Love2 years ago
rhrandle2 years ago
I agree with Pendlma and Knistory - the top wrist area looks like seed stitch, but the bottom by the fingers looks like some sort of ribbing - 1x1 maybe, or perhaps with the knit sts knit thru the back loop to make them "pop"? These are beautiful mitts!
mariaincola2 years ago
I am with FuzzyRaspberry: Finally - a pattern for straight needles! I tried knitting in the round and had a mess. DPNs are hard to use. I can't wait to make these gloves!

Knit on! :0)
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