My Favorite Fingerless Gloves (PATTERN)
Here's the pattern to my favorite pair of fingerless gloves. I'm currently making a pair for my brother, so I will be posting the pattern to this specific pair (I often make small changes to size and colors depending on who I'm making them for). This will have two different colors, but you can easily opt for one color (or even more!)
For this, you will need:
- US 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles. I use five needles, but you can use four.
- Row/stitch counter (or some way to keep track of your rows).
- 6 oz of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Dark Sage; medium (4), suggested for use with US 8 needles.
- 6 oz of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Grey Heather; medium (4), suggested for use with US 8 needles.
- Threading needle. You can also use a crochet hook.
- Two stitch holders; size does not matter here.
- Stitch markers. You can also use spare bits of yarn.
- Spare yarn, preferably of a different color than what you're using.
These are the colors that my little brother wanted, but we will not be using all 6 ounces of each color. The cuff and finger nubs will be gray, and the hand will be green. You can throw this out the window, if you want, and have stripes, one color, three colors...colors are probably the easiest thing to change in a pattern. Just know that if you change the amount of colors, the amount of yarn with each color will increase/decrease.
This will fit someone with slightly larger hands. These fit my brother, but my hands are a lot smaller and these are a little roomy on me. I also don't do gauges, so I'm sorry if this effects anyone who is used to using them. If you want to make this for someone with smaller hands, you can change the needle size to US 2, or find some thinner yarn.
Whenever I'm knitting, I always try things on as I go. Gloves are easy to slip on while you're knitting, and you can adjust the amount of rows as you go. This is very helpful when it comes to knitting the fingers.Once you have all the materials, you're ready to start the pattern!!
k1tbl: knit one through the back loop. I will be making my own tutorial about this.
k2tog: knit two together, a way to decrease your number of sts.
m1: make one.
cast on: use a long tail cast on!
cast on (with live sts): I use the "purl on" method. I can't find a tutorial online, so I will be making one about this.
cast off: always cast off loosely!
Moving sts to spare yarn: This can be difficult, and I will be making a tutorial on this as well.
Switching colors: I don't know how most people switch colors while knitting, but I will be making another tutorial on how I do it. I find it's easier to hide the ends while knitting instead of going back and threading the ends into the finished piece.
With Grey Heather yarn, cast on a total of 54 stitches and spread them out over three needles. There should be 18 stitches on each needle.
Rows 1-16: *p2, k1tbl. Repeat from * until you've finished the round. Remember to keep track on your row counter.
Rows 17-18: k all.
Rows 19-20: Change to Dark Sage yarn, then k all sts. Put the grey yarn away for now.
Row 21: *k to two stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog. Repeat from * until you've finished the round. You will now have 17 sts on each needle.
Row 22: k all.
Row 23: *k to two stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog. Repeat from * until you've finished the round. You will now have 16 sts on each needle.
Rows 24-27: k all.
Row 28: k14, m1, place marker, k1, m1, k to finish round.
Row 29: k all.
Row 30: k to marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to finish round.
Row 31: k all.
Rows 32-49: Repeat rows 30 and 31. On even rows, you will be making new sts, and on odd rows you will be knitting the whole row. After you finish row 49, you should have a total of 71 sts.
Row 50: k to 8 sts right of the marker. Move the next 17 sts onto a spare bit of yarn, making sure that you have plenty of yarn on each side so that the sts won't fall off.
Rows 51-62: k all.
Row 63: k to the middle of the thumb (where you stitch marker was, you should be able to follow the seam from the center of the thumb up to your needles). Slip 27 sts onto one stitch holder, and the rest (27 stitches) onto another stitch holder. From now on, the stitch holder on the back of the hand will be known as the back holder
, and the stitch holder on the palm of the hand will be known as the palm holder
.I now change back from green yarn to grey.
Slip 8 sts from the back holder
onto one needle, and 8 sts from the palm holder
onto another needle. I find it easier to split this second needle into two (four sts on one needle and four on another), so that you have a total of three needles.
Your yarn will be between two needles, and should transition easily to the fingers.
Knit 8 sts, then cast on three sts, then finish the row. The length of the finger numbs will be up to you. I use 8 rows on each finger (7 on the pinky), for this pattern, but if you have smaller hands then 6 rows (5 on the pinky) will fit better.
Slip 7 sts from the back holder
onto one needle, and 6 sts from the palm holder
onto another needle. You can spread these 6 sts onto two needles again.
Knit 7 sts, then cast on three sts, knit 6 sts, now pick up three sts from the base of the index finger. These will be the three sts that you cast on when you knitted the index finger.
Knit 8 rows (more or less, depending on how many rows you knit with the index finger).
This is exactly like the middle finger, but when you pick up stitches from the "index finger", pick them up from the middle.
Slip remaining sts onto needles (5 sts from the back holder
and 7 on the palm holder
), spread these out over three needles.
Knit 12, then pick up three stitches from the base of the ring finger.
If you knit 8 rows for the other fingers, knit 7 rows. If you knit 6 rows for the other fingers, knit 5. Since our pinkies are always shorter than the rest of our fingers, I find gloves more comfortable if the pinky is a shorter length than the rest.
Pick up all 17 sts from the yarn at the thumb. Remember to knit with grey yarn instead of green.
Starting from the corner by the palm of your hand, k all 17 sts, then pick up three sts on the gap between your thumb and hand.
Knit 8 more rows.
Now, use your threading needle to hide all of those loose ends. Make sure that when you're weaving these ends in, that you don't cross colors. If you're hiding a green thread, hide it in green knitting, and not grey.THE END
I hope someone finds this useful. I love fingerless gloves and this is the pattern I use every single time (making small adjustments for size/color). If you find yourself using it and posting pictures, I'd appreciate some credit.
I will be posting pictures of the finished product when the second glove is done (yes...I'm only halfway there!), and will have a link to the pictures.If you've noticed anything off or confusing about my pattern, please please please let me know so I can fix it!