Socks Into Fingerless Gloves





Introduction: Socks Into Fingerless Gloves

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I'm a big fan of fingerless gloves. I love the warmth along with the functionality, not to mention they look wicked cool! This is my first real instructable to please bear with me...

Materials needed:
•snazzy high socks
•basic knowledge of a blanket stitch

Step 1: Lay Out the Sock

Get your sock and lay it out. Smooth out any bumps to prevent an uneven cut

Step 2: Cut!

Cut at least one inch before the heel.

The cut part of the sock will now be the bottom on the fingerless glove. I like to keep this part raw without any seaming.

Step 3: Cut for Thumb

Cut a .75 slit starting 2 inches from the top of the sock.

Step 4: Seam Thumb Opening

I did a blanket stitch for the thumb seam. You can easily google help with this if you are unfamiliar with this stitch.

I stitched in about .25 inches from the cut. The fabric should roll in a bit to allow the stitch to hide the raw edge.

Step 5: Try On

You're done!  Try it on and see how it fits.



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54 Discussions

Cool and not too hard! Mine turned out awesome and I used the spare below-the-heel bits to make an iPod case.

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somebody please help me!!! when i try to cut the sock, it does not cut!!! i have scissors so big and sharp i could mow my lawn with them. is my sock too thick? HELP!!!

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what if you have smaller hands and fingers? Then what size should I cut the hole?

I love this!! It's so simple and easy, the steps were super easy to follow. This is something that I can just do at home. Thanks!!

that waa so cool im going to make them for my friend

I just finished mine! Thanks very much for this, they fit perfect! ^_^

What happens to the edge that you cut? How do you finish it off? Use a serger machine? If not, doesn't it fray / unravel?

Very cool, by the way!

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i left the cut raw and so far it hasn't frayed. The edge does roll a bit which i think may help from keeping it from fraying. I tried hand sewing the edge but it ended up being too tight so i removed the stitches. I imagine a serger machine would work great but I haven't personally tried that.

Nice Job tarzioo!!

You could use Fusible tape AKA Stitch Witchery on the cut edges to avoid sewing.


Great I dea, I have some of that for hems .

A similar sock use is to just cut toes off . The Heal area goes near the elbow ,the elastic on the bicep . Its a great cycling warm warmer. Also for sun protection on hot or cool days. Considering cycling arm warmers are like $30 bucks plus ,this is a good use for old or dollar store socks . Add a pair of dollar store gloves ,one is set !

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Perhaps you don't need to seam the cut edges with most commercial socks; I have been making these for many years from my old "Explorer" socks. I invariably wear out the heels and the rest of the sock is still good. I don't even seam the thumb hole because my worn out sock supply is endless. Nevertheless mine have been through the wash dozens of times without fraying; I suspect commercial knitting is a different stitch from hand knitting (at least for "Explorer" socks).
These are known to us oldies as "Steptoes" after the old English sit. com. "Steptoe and Son" aired in the mid 60's. The elder Steptoe wore fingerless gloves that looked like they were cut from an old sock.
I wear my Steptoes in winter to use my computer in winter because my wife is a fresh air fanatic. They provide much more finger freedom than even commercial fingerless gloves. They are also excellent for any fine work in cold weather eg photography.
Two refinements:
(1) Make the thumb hole a very small slit parallel to or slightly angled away from the top of the sock. This keeps the bottom half of your thumb covered. (The hole always ends up bigger than you cut anyway.)
(2) Make the thumb hole further down the sock so that all of your fingers are covered. Then you can fold/roll the sock back to expose as much of your fingers as you need. When I am mousing I leave my left hand fully covered.


Good Point

If you used 100% wool socks you could "felt" them by washing them in hot water and then they would not fray when you cut them.


Yes, if you are not allergic to wool like I am.
Silly idea using 'sheep wrapping' for clothes. Primitive man just did that because he couldn't make synthetics. {^_^}

yea. we have enough plastic floating around to suit us all in cool polyester gear for a few decades for sure.