How to Knit Fingerless Gloves

How to knit fingerless gloves at home.

Check out the video version of this guide on Howcast.com:
How To Knit Fingerless Gloves

You Will Need:

Size 9 knitting needles
A ball or skein of bulky, worsted weight yarn
A yarn needle
And a pair of scissors
A row counter (optional)

Step 1: Tie slipknot & cast

Tie a slipknot, leaving an 8-inch tail of yarn after it, and cast on 24 stitches.

Step 2: Knit 15 rows

Knit 15 rows of two-by-two rib stitch – knitting two stitches, purling two stitches, etc.

Using a row counter makes it easier to keep track of how many rows you’ve finished.

Step 3: Knit 12 rows

Knit 12 rows in stockinette stitch – alternating between a knit row, then a purl row, etc. You should be ending on a purl row.

Step 4: Knit 4 rows

Knit 4 rows in rib stitch again.

Step 5: Cast off & tie

Cast off and cut the yarn, again leaving an 8-inch tail. Tie a knot in the tail.

To keep the wrist opening stretchy enough to get your hand through, be sure to cast off in rib stitch.

Step 6: Fold in half

Fold the piece in half so that the knitted side—the side covered in little V’s—is on the inside and the edges are lined up.

Step 7: Sew top edges

Starting at the top, finger-end of the glove (where there are 4 rows of rib stitching), use a yarn needle and the knotted tail of yarn to sew about 2 inches of the edges together. Cut off the yarn, leaving a shorter tail of about 2 inches—but don’t knot it.

Step 8: Sew bottom edges

Starting at the bottom, wrist-end of the glove (where there are 15 rows of rib stitching), use the yarn needle and the other knotted tail of yarn to sew about 3 inches of the edges together. You should be left with a hole—for the thumb opening—in the middle your sewn edge.

Step 9: Try on glove

Put your hand in the glove with your thumb sticking out of the hole. If it needs to be bigger, take out a stitch or two until it fits. If it needs to be smaller, make another stitch or two. Now finish off the two sewn ends—knot the yarn, cut off the excess, and weave in your loose ends.

Step 10: Repeat process

Turn the glove inside out and—tah-dah!—you’ve just finished half your pair. Repeat the entire process for a second glove, or just rock one for that vintage ’80s look.

Did you know? Although Madonna “single-handedly” re-popularized them in the early 1980s, lace fingerless gloves were originally a fashion trend in the early 1860s.

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