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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.

Step 4: Check your work


Did you end the first row with a knit stitch or a purl stitch?  If you cast on an odd number of stitches,  you may have ended the row with a knit stitch.  In that case, ignore step 5 and proceed to step 6. 

Otherwise, continue with step 5.

Step 5: Rows 2-4 for even numbered stitches

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Repeat Step 3 three more times.  When finished, your work should look similar to the picture below, but run farther across your knitting needle.

Skip step 6 and proceed to step 7.

Step 6: Rows 2-4 for odd numbered stitches

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You are here because you ended the first row with a knit stitch. 

Row 2:
**Purl one stitch.
Bring yarn from front to back.

Knit one stitch.
Bring yarn from back to front.

Repeat from ** across to complete the row.

Row 3:
Repeat Step 3 in this Instructable.

Row 4:
Repeat Row 2, as described above.

When all four rows are complete, they will appear as shown in this picture, but there will be more stitches on the needle.

Step 7: Rows 5 through 27

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The next group of rows will be done in stockinette stitch, alternating one row of knit, then one row of purl.

Row 5 - Knit all the way across.
Row 6 - Purl all the way across.

Rows 7-27: Repeat rows 5 and 6, ending will a row of knit.

Your work should look like the picture for this step -- ribbing at the bottom, and stockinette above.

Step 8: Row 28

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Purl all the way across.

At the end of the row, cast on 5 stitches (see screenshots showing casting on the first stitch and then what it looks like after all five are cast on).

Step 9: Row 29

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Knit all the way across.

At the end of the row, cast on 5 stitches (see screenshots showing casting on the first stitch and then what it looks like after all five are cast on).

Step 10: Rows 30-33

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Row 30 - Purl all the way across.

Row 31 - Knit all the way across.

Row 32 - Purl all the way across.

Row 33 - Knit all the way across.

Step 11: Row 34

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Row 34 - Cast off the first five stitches. Purl all the way across.
See first picture.



Step 12: Row 35

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Cast off the first five stitches. Knit all the way across.

Step 13: Rows 36-40

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Row 36: Cast off one stitch. Purl all the way across.

Row 37: Cast off one stitch.  Knit all the way across.

Row 38: Repeat Row 36.

Row 39: Repeat Row 37.

Row 40: Purl all the way across.

Step 14: Row 41

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We are going to do the ribbing pattern again for the rest of the project.  Picture shows rows 41-45 as completed.

**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.

If you have an odd number of stitches and ended this row with a knit stitch, skip step 15.

Step 15: Rows 42-52 for even numbered stitches

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Repeat Step 14  (row 41) eleven more times.  Picture shows all completed rows.

Skip step 16 and proceed to step 17.

Step 16: Rows 42-52 for odd numbered stitches

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You are here because you ended row 41 with a knit stitch.

Row 42:
**Purl one stitch.
Bring yarn from front to back.

Knit one stitch.
Bring yarn from back to front.

Repeat from ** across to complete the row.

Row 43: Repeat Step 14 (row 41).
Row 44: Repeat this step (row 42)
Rows 45-52: Repeat row 43, then 44.

Step 17: Bind off

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Bind off, or cast off all the stitches.   When you cut the yarn, leave a long tail, as shown in this picture, for sewing.

Here are instructions if you need them.

Step 18: Prepare for sewing

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Because this glove fits so snugly, it has an odd appearance when it lays flat and unworn.  However, you can clearly see the thumb sleeve now. 

Fold the glove in half, lengthwise, lining up all edges.

As you sew, you want to keep the edges as closely aligned as possible.

Thread the tapestry needle with the thread from the tail.

Step 19: Sew edges together

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Insert the needle into the opposite edge of where the thread exits the glove.  For example, if it is hanging on the left side of the glove, insert the needle into the right edge of the glove and bring it up through the left edge, performing a single whip stitch.  Repeat this stitch (right to left or left to right) until you reach the edge of the thumb where your thumb will stick out.

Step 20: Weave around thumb sleeve

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You don't want to close off the opening of the thumb sleeve, so you will weave the yarn around it. 

If it helps you understand exactly where the thread should be woven, slip the glove on your hand and stick your thumb through the sleeve.   Simply weave the needle through the stitches as shown in the picture, until you reach the next edges of the glove that should be sewn together.  If this step is confusing, I can possibly create a drawing or picture to assist further (please post feedback).

Continue whip stitching the rest of the glove edges, keeping them aligned, until complete.  Weave the yarn back through about 3 inches of whip stitches to hide the end, then cut the thread. 

Step 21: You're Done!

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Try on your glove and revel in your accomplishment!  Then, make one for your other hand.  The glove can be worn on either hand, so the instructions are exactly the same for both hands.  Enjoy!
sparks_mcgee9 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!