The winter season is upon us. This means it’s time to treat your hands to a pair of knitted fingerless gloves. In the spirit of the season, we’ve decided to share a free knitting pattern for you to enjoy.
If you’ve ever wondered how to knit fingerless gloves, this pattern is for you. 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.
If you’re a more seasoned knitter, this will probably be a quick knit for you while you Knitflix and chill.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to get started.
- Size US 8 (5.0 mm) needles
- I Love this Yarn! Agean Stripes (Worsted Weight-4), Acrylic. About 3oz needed for both gloves.
- 1 large eye blunt needle
- 1 crochet hook
- Measuring tape or Ruler
This acrylic yarn is functional and easy on the budget (you can get it here for less than $5). If you suffer from wool allergies, this yarn is a good alternative. It is surprisingly soft for acrylic and requires little fuss. But feel free to use whatever works for you.
Before you start knitting you will need to know how to:
- Make a Slip Knot
- Long-Tail Cast-On
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 the Craft Yarn Council’s Master List of Abbreviations.
- Make a slip knot.
- Cast on 30 stitches leaving a long cast on tail (about 5”).
- Row 1: Knit.
- Row 2: Purl.
- Repeat these 2 rows until each glove measures about 10” long or to mid-forearm.
- Bind off.
NOTE: Before cutting bind off tail, measure the length of the fingerless glove. Cut 2-3 lengths 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.
Cut your yarn. Now, go ahead and grab your blunt eye needle to begin seaming.
- When you’ve finished knitting, place them purl side down.
- Now thread your blunt eye needle with the tail end yarn of one of your wristlets.
- Begin seaming with the knit side facing up, purl side down.
The WHY: The knit side (the bumpy side) of these fingerless gloves will be on the inside and unseen. Your purl side (the smooth side) will be the visible side. You want to knit with this side out so you can see what your seam will look like.
- Start from the bottom and work about half of the way up.
- Next, with your long cast on tail, take your needle and seam several rows down from the top to assist with thumb placement.
Seam from both the top and bottom to determine thumb placement.
The WHY: Seaming from the top and bottom will help to keep the edges in place. If you’re using variegated yarn like this one, seaming from both ends will keep the color stripes in line and even.
- When you’ve finished, take your crochet hook and weave in the tails.
The WHY: 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 2-4 rows of ribbing just after cast on and right before bind off.
Suggestions when seaming:
- 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. It will not so it is best to undo it and start over. You will 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 yarn colors.
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