Picture of How to make Glittens (fingerless glove-mittens)

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I love to wear big rings so i wanted to make a pair of gloves that didn't have individual fingers, and flap over mittens to keep my fingers warm.

This instructable shows you how to make an old cardigan into a pair of fingerless gloves that transform into mittens. Includes a free pattern that can be easily resized so you can make these for any sized hands.


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Step 1: You will need

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A donor cardigan - i picked one with cabling detail as i thought it'd look cute on the backs of the gloves. What the cardigan is made of is down to personal preference, but one with a tightish weave will be easiest to work with. You could always use a sweater you'd just have to buy matching buttons separately

a) pins
b) scissors
c) needle
d) thread
e) pen

Printed copy of the pattern

Step 2: Cut all your pieces out

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1) Select which part of the fabric you want as the main feature of your gloves. I decided to have the cabling on the jumper running down the middle of the gloves.

2) Mark and cut out the hand part of the gloves, placing the cabling in the centre of one half of the glove. Cut another with the cabling on the opposite side

3) this is what your two main hand parts should look like, with the cabling design on opposite sides on each piece.

4) cut the mittens out - two with cabling running through the middle and two without.

5) Cut the thumbs from a plain part of the cardigan

6) Cut the ribbing from the rib at the bottom of the cardigan

7) Cut the hanging ribbons off the cardigan, these are for the button loop later. If you cardigan doesn't have these just use a coordinating ribbon. Cut off two buttons.

Brookibear2 years ago
i love these i know its late but for future how do you vote i only just joined
Up the top there's a bar saying "is this a winner? [Vote]"
whoa these are great! your fingernails are lovely and totally match :D
chatool1014 years ago
Nicely done, thank you for posting this
Kahpow4 years ago
They look really nice, I'm a fan of your instructables ;)
alanabert5 years ago
How do I get the pattern for the glittens?
Try this:
and this:
karacolor5 years ago
In your pattern it looks like the cutting line is inside the sewing line, but I think it is supposed to be the other way around.
Nikki2135 years ago
You're awesome, I love this 'ible!
Your instructable came just in time...I was about to throw away a wool sweater that shrunk four sizes in the dryer. I was going to throw it out but now I can have a better use...I shrunk a cashmere sweater too but will have to find it...that would be awesome a cashmere mitten.
Never throw away shrunken wool/animal fiber garments!

There is a whole plethora of fun things you can do with them.

Once felted (or fulled I guess) the wool won't unravel when you cut it so you can make appliques or cut strips and add buttons for coffee sleeves. You can make these mittens or cut flower shapes for broaches or earrings. You can make a coin purse or a big purse. The only limit is your imagination.

I would suggest stuffing it in a pillowcase and rewashing on hot with a little soap, 1/2 cup baking soda (increases felting) and a few towels or old pairs of jeans. This will tighten it up even more making a thicker fabric which won't fray when cut. The pillowcase will protect your washer from the ton of fuzzies that the felting will release.

Then I would google "felted sweater crafts" or something like that.

Good Luck!
Thanks for the tip. I didn't know it wouldn't unravel but it makes sense. I plan on making the mittens but probably with half fingers added in. I am hoping to design a way to put the seams on the back of the hand and fingers rather than between the fingers or on the palm. We'll see what happens.
waa i hate when that happens! My washing machine has no gentle cycle, so i have to save up my delicate cardis for when i see my mum cos im so worried ill 'felt' them! look at me - a 26 year old saving up her washing for her mum ha ha!
My problem tends to be the humidity. Nothing gets dry unless I set it to HOT then promptly forget to take the wools out to hang dry. I rarely wore that sweater but it still irritates.
imrobot5 years ago
your instructables are awesome and ur really crafty so do you mind reviewing my instructable? tell me what to change.


ps it was like my 4th time sewing
alittlestranger (author)  imrobot5 years ago
no probs ill go have a looky now...
 Awesome, I can't wait to go to find an old sweater to try making my own!!
They're amazing!! I have a pair I bought but  the they have fingerless thumbs so when I wear them as mittens my poor thumb gets chilly! These are soooooo much better! When I figure out what material I wanna use I'll make some n send a pic =]
firehorse5 years ago
I  love it!  How do you keep the fabric from stretching while sewing???
alittlestranger (author)  firehorse5 years ago
try adjusting the tension on your machine or place a layer of tear away interfacing underneath when you sew :)
maniminy5 years ago
I love love love these!!!!! I just made some... check them out on my blog....
alittlestranger (author)  maniminy5 years ago
thats great!

Would you mind crediting my website ( at the top of the post - i put a lot of time and effort into my instructables and pictures :)
Oh for sure, I love your website :]
sarahfish5 years ago
 And the glitten catches on! well done!
alittlestranger (author)  sarahfish5 years ago
yes! glitten makers unite! :D
 we both have the same t-shirt mod as well, except, yours seems to be in british...   hehehe :)
alittlestranger (author)  sarahfish5 years ago
great minds think alike! :D
Jur5 years ago
I got a bought pair of glittens from my parents for christmas, and apparently they weren't very high quality since the seams are already starting to fail in different places. Someday I'm gonna get my sewing machine up and running again and fix them or make a pair of my own =)
Raikou-san5 years ago
I'll have to get my mom to make me some out of an old sweater sometime. Those look comfortable. Well done.
alittlestranger (author)  Raikou-san5 years ago
ooh if you make some please share a picture! :)