How to Make Your Own Fashion Gloves: Sew, Knit or Crochet
Great Mittens and Gloves
Book with Lace Glove Pattern
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.
Will you make some gloves?
If you make gloves, would you prefer to sew, knit or crochet them?
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