Any time is the perfect time to treat your hands to a pair of knit fingerless gloves. In the spirit of the season, we’re sharing a free knitting pattern on how to knit fingerless gloves. Enjoy!
This is an easy knitting pattern for beginners to practice all the knitting basics. Knit on straight needles (flat) and seamed, you can knit these up in no time.
Let's talk about what you’ll need to get started with this easy fingerless gloves knitting pattern.
Fingerless Gloves Project Supplies
Here's a list of what I used to knit these fingerless gloves:
- Clover Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles, U.S. Size 8 (5.0 mm), 13" length.
- Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn! in Aegean Stripe (Worsted Weight-4). 100% Acrylic yarn, 252 yards/232 meters. I used about 3oz (out of 5oz) for both gloves.
- 1 large eye tapestry needle for seaming the edges together.
- Measuring tape or Ruler to check length.
- A sharp pair of scissors.
- 1 crochet hook (optional).
If you suffer from wool allergies, this worsted weight acrylic yarn is a nice option to experiment with. It is surprisingly soft for acrylic and requires little fuss. It's also functional and easy on the budget, too.
Here are some other worsted weight acrylic yarns that would be great yarn substitutes.
3 Yarn Substitutes for Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn:
Knitting Skills Needed
Before you start knitting you will need to know:
- How to Tie a Slip Knot
- The Long-Tail Cast-On
- The Knit Stitch
- How to Purl
- How to Bind-Off your knitting.
Not sure how? Follow the links to each item for in-depth photo tutorials.
The box pictured below shows you the common knitting abbreviations for the techniques and stitches used in this pattern. If you’re interested in seeing a more complete list, check out our post on knitting abbreviations and terms here.
How to Knit Fingerless Gloves
First, grab your yarn and knitting needles, and begin by making a slip knot.
Next, using the long tail cast on method, cast on (CO) 32 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Here's a helpful tip on how to cast on the right amount of yarn every time.
These gloves are knit in stockinette stitch, which means you'll knit one row, then purl one row.
Row 1: Knit (k) across row.
Row 2: Purl (p) across row.
* Repeat these 2 rows until each glove measures about 10” long or to mid-forearm, or until you've reached your desired length. Now, begin bind off (BO) taking care to not bind off too tightly.
NOTE: Before cutting bind off tail, take your ruler and measure the length of each fingerless glove. Based on your measurement, then add 2 to 3 times the length of this measurement in yarn for seaming.
For example, if your glove measures 10” long then leave about 20”- 30” of yarn as part of your bind off tail before cutting.
The bumpy side, or wrong side, of these fingerless gloves will be on the inside and unseen. The smooth side, or right side, showing stockinette stitch will be the visible side. You want to seam with this side out so you can see the join as you work.
Now, take your scissors and cut your yarn. Next, we'll go into how to seam your knits, so go ahead and grab your blunt eye needle to begin.
Seaming Your Knit Gloves
When you’ve bound off your fingerless gloves, place one glove with the stockinette stitch side face down.
Now, thread your blunt eye needle with the tail end yarn of one of your fingerless gloves.
Start from the bottom and work about halfway up.
Next, thread the other yarn tail through your tapestry needle. Now, begin to seam several rows down for thumb placement.
Seam from both the top and bottom to determine thumb placement.
Seaming from the top and bottom will help to keep the edges in place. If you’re using a self-striping, variegated yarn like this one, seaming from both ends will keep the color stripes in line and even.
When you’ve finished, take your tapestry needle and weave in the tails. This will give it a polished look and will keep the edges from coming loose later.
NOTE: The top and bottom of these fingerless gloves will roll from knitting in stockinette stitch. If you prefer a smooth edge instead of the rolled edge, substitute 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing just after cast on and before bind off.
Tips for Seaming Your Knits
- First of all, and most importantly, if you’re not in the mood for seaming, DON’T SEAM. This also holds for trying to finish in a hurry. It will show in your work and you are better than bad work.
- Do your seaming in good lighting. This can make all the difference in the finishing.
- If you’ve seamed a few rows and it looks janky, don’t think that it will work itself out later. Work your way back and start over. You'll be glad you did.
Take a look at the finished product. Pretty, don’t you think?
Now that you’ve accomplished this, you can go crazy by knitting these fingerless gloves in all your favorite worsted weight yarn colors.
Also, be sure to snap a pic of your finished project and share it with us on Instagram. #Knitfarious
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