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

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

Step 2: Cut!

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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

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

Step 4: Seam Thumb Opening

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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

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


anna.merrill.35762 (author)2014-12-30

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!!

austinshiflett2 (author)2014-09-12

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!!!

lil smartie (author)2014-07-26

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

white dragon (author)2013-06-01

Is this unisex, girls or..... just wondering

I'd suspect that it's unisex, all dependent on what style of sock of course!

white dragon (author)2013-06-01

Is this unisex, girls or..... just wondering

tseemann (author)2011-10-03

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

AmericanColleen (author)2011-04-02

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

Tamaresque (author)2011-01-09

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!

tarzioo (author)Tamaresque2011-01-09

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.

HEY YOU (author)tarzioo2011-01-10

Nice Job tarzioo!!

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


BtheBike (author)HEY YOU2011-01-10

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 !

Light_Lab (author)BtheBike2011-01-10

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.


HEY YOU (author)Light_Lab2011-01-11

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.


Light_Lab (author)HEY YOU2011-03-19

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. {^_^}

BtheBike (author)Light_Lab2011-03-20

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

BtheBike (author)Light_Lab2011-01-10

Super interesting info Light Lab. I suppose one could make a quick pair o steptoes with an old sock and a stapler =) . I will certainly try steptoes since I like saving on electric bills .
Cut Poly socks seldom need stitching I've noticed . The pair I've worn on hikes and bikes haven't frayed either. The heal hole does indeed make a great thumb hole . Its in the perfect spot too =)

I plan to also try cut off old sock as Gaiters for hiking to keep dirt out of my low cut shoes , and leg warmers on cool rides.

Light_Lab (author)BtheBike2011-03-19

No need for stapling or stitching if cut right.

IamTheMomo (author)2011-01-09

I have several pairs of knee socks I didn't want to throw away because I couldn't find any to buy here in Florida, but they are worn out on the toes. I will use them for fingerless gloves and throw away the worn foot area! (Yes, it does get very cold in this part of Florida!) I was able to get new knee socks in Texas, so I'll be good to go! Thanks!

werekitty13 (author)IamTheMomo2011-02-10

I have a lot of worn out toe socks which made me sad because I love the stripes.
Now I can fix them ! Yay gloves!

snake_ala (author)2011-01-10

btw cool tattoo...
I thought it was in Arabic! But "taranah" is not an Arabic name. so after some googling it turned out to be farsi

keep the good work

signalelektronik (author)2011-01-10


PoisonedFrogs (author)2011-01-09

This is one of those instructibles where I roll my eyes and think :
"Now why didn't I think of that?" lol.
Love It, Great Job ^_^

gigabad (author)2011-01-09

oH very cool

merijnvw (author)2011-01-09

Where did you get those plastic legs? just joking, but you definately have barbie legs. The gloves look cute.

Woglinde (author)merijnvw2011-01-09

Yeah, I honestly couldn't figure out if her legs were plastic or not until I zoomed in. :P

tarzioo (author)merijnvw2011-01-09

haha, hands down, weirdest comment. thanks? lol

BenBagheri (author)2011-01-09

Hi Taraneh! Love the Persian tatoo. :)

tarzioo (author)BenBagheri2011-01-09

thank you =D

3BEER (author)2011-01-09

SO cute *_^

Your name in farsi the same way of writing in Arabic :)

tarzioo (author)3BEER2011-01-09

really? that's neat. I know that there are some different letters between our alphabets but I really don't know all of them.

happyjo (author)2011-01-08

Wonderful job! here are mine:

tarzioo (author)happyjo2011-01-09

awesome!! they look very cool =D

happyjo (author)tarzioo2011-01-09

Thanks! I love them!

SewSassy1 (author)2011-01-09

What about the ankle part that was left? I can't see if they roll as knits do when cut. So what if anything did you do to be able to wear the socks? Nice

tarzioo (author)SewSassy12011-01-09

the ankle part does roll a bit but I just wore mine with shoes and they didn't roll that much. If you wanted you could probably add a small 1/8" elastic to it? I haven't tried that yet since I didn't focus too much about the sock part.

saied1347 (author)2011-01-09

ghorbooneh saghe pat beram taraneh joon

chibiusa (author)2011-01-09

so cool!! thanks for sharing \ ( ^ _ ^ ) /

Fanny Fink (author)2011-01-08

very practical. I will try soon. thank you.

sanazjun (author)2011-01-07

كارت عالي بود
good job taraneh!

luiz94 (author)2011-01-01

god job, and nice legs (respect from brazil!)

tarzioo (author)luiz942011-01-01

thanks, but they rarely see the light of day.

luiz94 (author)tarzioo2011-01-03

wow! =D

rammstein2 (author)2011-01-01

OT: what's the meaning of the tattoo??

tarzioo (author)rammstein22011-01-01

I'm half persian and it's just my name in farsi.

aliyevzaur1989 (author)tarzioo2011-01-02

I thought that you are a Moslem.and i was thinking why she exposed her bare feet?? :)))

tarzioo (author)aliyevzaur19892011-01-02

no i'm not muslim. My mom's native american and I take after her religion.

pandyaketan (author)2011-01-01

Good work!

"May the good belong to all the people in the world.
May the rulers go by the path of justice.
May the best of men and their source always prove to be a blessing.
May all the world rejoice in happiness.
May rain come in time and plentifulness be on Earth.
May this world be free from suffering and the noble ones be free from fears"
---- Vedic blessing

strange_f (author)2010-12-28

Very cute. I see these in all the Brit shows but can't find them here in the US for anything under $20. I'll give making a pair a go.

tarzioo (author)strange_f2010-12-28

thanks. I got these socks at target for about $2

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