How to Make Your Own Fashion Gloves: Sew, Knit or Crochet

Great Mittens and Gloves

colorful knitted gloves
colorful knitted gloves | Source
gloves from the Victoria and Albert Museum
gloves from the Victoria and Albert Museum | Source

Patterns for Making Gloves

Gloves are not just quaint relics from the ghost of fashion past. While you may not find the little white gloves many of us once wore to church very exciting, there is a whole world of gloves to consider. Bridal shops offer overpriced gloves for special occasions, but what if you could make your own gloves instead? You can! Sew, knit or crochet a wardrobe of gloves for your every fashion mood: sweet, whimsical, elegant, retro, or edgy. Here are some patterns to try.

Sew some gloves

Kwik Sew 3404 includes a pattern for over-the-elbow gloves in two-way stretch lycra spandex. Use white for bridal gloves or colored swimsuit fabrics for fun party or costume gloves.

Make a custom glove pattern from a tracing of your hand.

Crochet some gloves

Crocheted fingerless mitts are easy for anyone who can crochet a simple rectangle. Use sport or worsted yarn for warm gloves, crochet cotton for a dressier style. Those with more crochet experience can try a pair of pearl gloves from a vintage pattern. These gloves are crocheted in cotton thread and the pearls are sewn onto the finished gloves.

Knit some gloves

Patterns abound for knitted gloves. Here is a sampling of free patterns available:

Knit Fingerless Gloves for beginners with some experience

Opera Gloves for patient intermediate knitters

Finally, the most unusual gloves I found: cigar gloves with partial fingers on the thumb, index and middle fingers to facilitate holding a cigar. Although I don't need cigar gloves, this pattern would also be useful for folks who want key fingers free for unlocking doors or fastening dog leashes.

Make a few pairs of gloves and see if they don't become one of your favorite fashion accessories. Gloves are an affordable indulgence, since they require only time and a small amount of fabric or yarn.


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If you make gloves, would you prefer to sew, knit or crochet them?

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The Fastionista 4 years ago

I have to say, I'm terrible at knitting/sewing, but this hub actually makes me want to give it a go - thank you for including a variety of patterns (I really like the mesh pattern) and for some great ideas here! Voted up and interesting.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I'm sure if you made gloves they would be fabulous! Just start with a simple one like the mesh gloves or the Kwik Sew pattern and follow the directions. Plenty of us Hubbers could help you if you get stuck.


The Fastionista 4 years ago

Thanks Kschimmel!! :)


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Jlikejulie 4 years ago from Atlanta

Great idea! I'm going to try sewing the 1st pattern by hand. I'll let you know who they turn out.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Great! I'd love to know which of these patterns are most useful. Take pictures of your gloves as you make them and put them in your own hub.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I notice from the poll that nobody prefers to knit gloves--not even me! I have to admit the idea of separately knitting 10 fingers on double-pointed needles would be quite a labor of love. I may try it some day if I find the most amazing pattern and yarn ever known to man--that would make it worth the effort!

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