Easy Custom-Fit Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern!
The Most Fun Part Of Making These Gloves Is Picking The Toastiest Yarn You Can Find!
Fingerless gloves are all the rage, and for good reason! It's wonderful to be able to tweet or text without having to yank off those toasty gloves! Trouble is, if they don't fit exactly right, they're not so wonderful. People's fingers are not all created equal! Gloves need to be sized to cover up exactly the right amount of your hand to give you maximum warmth with just the right amount of freedom. The solution? Make them to fit yourself, perfectly!
When you're shopping for a yarn to make a "warmer-upper" item like gloves, hats or scarves, try the "heat-up" test. Simply hold the skein of yarn in both hands. After half a minute, are your hands feeling significantly warmer? Some yarns generate a surprising amount of heat, and those are the ones you will want!
For my fingerless gloves, I have chosen a discontinued yarn that I had on hand here, Paton's Carmen. You can still find it quite frequently on eBay and occasionally at other online outlets. But there are dozens of other equally nice yarns out there which would be wonderful for gloves - just pick one! You will want it to be at least hand washable, of course, because gloves do touch a lot of stuff!
I'm making a pair in Hobby Lobby's Enchantress sequin yarn now. I thought the photos of the stitching would be more clear so I've included them after the pattern.
As with almost of all my patterns, the directions for these gloves are written in what I call "customizable size." That means you crochet to fit YOU, not a number! Tends to work out a lot better that way.
I hope you'll enjoy making up a pair of these for yourself as well as for a few special holiday gifts!
What You Will Need
1 Skein of Worsted Weight Yarn of Your Choice
Crochet Hook Size I or your preferred size
Here's A Version in Enchantress by Hobby Lobby
Here's An Intarsia Version In Enchantment from JoAnn That I'm Working On Now
Learn Intarsia Crochet On YouTube!
I went "freeform" with the my intarsia design, just varying the number of gold single crochets each row. You can do the same thing! It doesn't matter, start with your foundation chain adding one or two gold chains to the end of the purple chain (or whatever colors you're using) and work from there. Vary your number of odd-stitches anywhere from 1-3 per row (you want to keep your alternate thread pretty close so you can pick it right up next row).
Learn To Crochet With YouTube!
If learning to crochet from a book didn't work out for you, maybe it's because you're a visual learner! How about trying to learn from one of these videos! The first three are for right-handers, the last two are for left-handers. Good luck!
How To Make The Magic!
Chain enough to fit vertically from the point on your wrist/forearm where you want the glove to start to the base of your thumb, without stretching at all. Now chain one more chain.
SC in each ch across. CH 1, turn.
SC in back loop only of each SC across. CH 1, turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece fits comfortably around your wrist and will just touch around your hand at the level of the middle of your thumb if you move the glove up there. (The ribbing will have some stretch). When you have achieved your perfect hand/wrist fit, slip stitch your two ends together. Do not fasten off.
Shaping The Glove
From this point on, check for fit every round or two. If you need to make the glove tighter, decrease a stitch or two. If you need it bigger, increase a stitch or two.
Ch 10, or amount required to fit comfortably around the base of your thumb. Skip equivalent of 4 SC and SC on side of work as shown in photo, working to your left. (NOTE: this will leave a hole for your thumb, which we will deal with later on).
Continue to SC evenly around the edge all the way around. Stop at the beginning of your ch-10. Slip stitch in the first chain. Slip stitch in the second chain. Ch 1, TURN. SC in all the SC's back around to the other end of the ch-10. Repeat from * until there is no ch 10 part left to slip stitch into. At that point, work a slip stitch in next stitch if needed to level out the row.
Check again for fit! And check again each row from now on out. When your glove needs to get a bit tighter, work a decrease or two in your next round.
CH 2, HDC in each stitch around. Join with sl st to ch 2.
Work this round until your glove is your perfect length. If you need to, you can use a SC round or two.
Attach yarn anywhere on edge of thumb hole.
Ch 2, work HDC's evenly around edge. Join with sl st to the ch 2. Ch 2, turn.
Work HDC in each HDC around. Join with sl st to first CH 2. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat Row 2+ until your thumb is desired height. You may need to substitute a SC row, which is fine. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Forming The Hand
Making The Thumb Hole
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A Word About Yarn Selection...
I think for gloves, fuzzier yarns tend to be warmer. Just my opinion! Use whatever feels best to your touch.
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