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Knitted Hand Warmers

Updated on September 5, 2012
Handmade knitted hand warmers.
Handmade knitted hand warmers.

Hand warmers or fingerless gloves are terrific for keeping your hands cozy in cold weather, while still allowing your fingers to move freely. They are great for outdoor projects that require you to use your fingers. Of course, they're cute too and a fun and quick knitting project.

I've followed several knitting patterns over the years to make these for myself and my daughters. The following pattern is my favorite and works well with a variety of yarns. I suggest using a beautiful wool yarn for warmth and comfort or a baby alpaca yarn for an extra soft and fussy look. This is an easy knitting project and can be done by a beginner who knows how to knit and purl to create the rib stitch shown in the picture.

The pattern can be altered and done in a simple knit stitch if preferred, but the hand warmers will not be as thick. To do this, cut back on the recommended number of stitches cast on to your needle, depending on the hand size.

If the rib stitch is new to you, be patient. View the video below for visual instructions. You may have to start over a few times until you get a feel for it and it does take a little time to master. If you are not familiar with the purl stitch, I've included a video to help with that as well.

Supplies to make knitted hand warmers / fingerless gloves.
Supplies to make knitted hand warmers / fingerless gloves.


Gather all your knitting materials together and make yourself comfortable. You will need a skien of yarn, needles ( I love using bamboo or wood needles for this project), scissors and a large sewing needle to complete the finishing stitches. Depending on how quickly you knit, a hand warmer / fingerless glove could be completed in just a few hours of knitting. Unless you are very familiar with the rib stitch, I would recommend giving This knitting your full attention! Too many distractions can cause mistakes with this stitch.

  • Using #8 needles, cast on 36 stitches (I suggest 28 stitches for child size hand warmers)
  • Work in Knit 2 Purl 2 rib.
  • Work rib for 7" (or measure to fit a small child's hand)
  • Bind off stitches loosely.
  • Sew  4" up from the bottom and 1" down from the top, leaving a 2" thumb opening.
Then repeat to make the second hand warmer / fingerless glove.

The knitted fabric before finishing stitches.
The knitted fabric before finishing stitches.

How to do the Rib Stitch

The finished knitted hand warmers / fingerless gloves.
The finished knitted hand warmers / fingerless gloves.

Hand warmers and fingerless gloves make a wonderful homemade gift for children and adults. Match them to a knitted scarf and hat for a completed look, or make them in a solid color that will match your outerwear.

For kid sized fingerless gloves, a full skein will be enough for at least two pairs. Try making your own design by mixing yarn colors and thickness or making them longer to warm the entire lower arm. Have fun and create your own unique look.

If you would like to make these hand warmers more like arm warmers that extend up the arm, just add on additional stitches when you cast on. Measure the fabric to be sure that you have the length that you would like. The rest of the pattern can stay the same!

I hope you enjoy this fun and cozy knitting project. See below for more articles about knitting!


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      6 years ago

      Thanks and I'll come back to see more of your articles too. I love hand knitting!

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      7 years ago

      Nice page, fingerless gloves would make a nice gift and they are a great way to use up left over yarn in a useful way.

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      7 years ago

      I like knitting. it is very interesting. Thank you.

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      You're welcome! I hope you enjoy this knitting project!

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      8 years ago

      I knit baby booties and hats and in the process of knitting a sweater. I'll be trying this knitting pattern thanks!

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Steph! I made the pair above for my daughter this year and all her little middle school friends wanted a pair. I was very busy knitting for a while there! You really will love knitting - it's so relaxing. And the kids seem to love having things "made by mom" just for them. Let me know if you need any help getting started! :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Awesome project - so easy to follow with your instructions and photographs. Love the videos, too. I really want to take up knitting as a craft in 2011. Now that the craziness of Christmas is behind me, I think I can focus on this! :-)

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks everyone for the comments! I'm glad to see that this hub is being enjoyed. :) WildIris, I love bamboo and silk as well. They are such a pleasure to knit with - and the outcome is always beautiful!

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! I just wanted to comment on the yarn sources you've listed. The Bamboo/silk and bamboo/angora yarns knit beautifully. They produce a nice soft fabric perfect for hand warmer, a.k.a. fingerless gloves, and hats.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Amy Jane,

      My Mother was a big knitter. I was wondering about this. I wish she had taught me. I love hand warmers - this is great!

      Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah !

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      My sister perhaps could knit these... Thanks for sharing.

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      Chris Simiriglia 

      8 years ago from Pitman, NJ

      Hi Amy... thanks for the pattern. This will be a great stash buster. Can't wait to knock a pair out this afternoon.

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      8 years ago

      Those Knitted Handwarmers look cool, I mean warm, but cool. ;-) I love to knit! If I make a mistake though, like drop a stitch somewhere, I have to take it apart and start all over again. lol

      I look forward to trying to make these. :-)

      Thank you for sharing your great hub! Happy Holidays!


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