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Fingerless Gloves are Functional, Fun Fashionable Winter Accessories

Updated on December 6, 2013

The "Must Have" Unisex Accessory for Winter Texting and Typing

Fingerless gloves are becoming a fashionable necessity as more people are trying to wear something on their hands and use their cell phones, touch screens and e-readers at the same time.

Mittens without fingers are a becoming a geek chic functional, fashion accessory necessary for anyone who carries around a touch screen pad.

Using special winter hand garments allows one to stay warm and keep hands covered while texting, typing and turning pages.

The gloves are welcome gifts for a trendy tween or a family member who gets cold easily sends messages on the phone, working on the computer, reading an e-book or knitting during the winter.

These functional hand coverings are so practical; they allow people to keep working while keeping their hands warm, mittens without fingers are also being worn more by men while texting, cycling, fishing and working outdoors.

Who knows, you might even find a pair to gift for yourself.

Black long arm warmers available on Amazon

You can text and type wearing mittens without fingers!

— Holiday Elf

Stylish Texting Gloves

Etre Touchy Texting Gloves (M, Black/Grey Trim)
Etre Touchy Texting Gloves (M, Black/Grey Trim)

A 'go to' style of fingerless gloves that works well for men.


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Fingerless and Texting Gloves available on Amazon

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Available from Amazon

Evolution of Fingerless or Half Gloves

Hand coverings without fingers were an evolution of the full glove that covers the entire hand and fingers. Some versions only cover the palm of the hand, others have partial glove fingers so they look like part of the finger has been cut off at the lower knuckle.

Originally used by church organists and cigarette smokers these half mittens have become useful for anyone needing their dexterity. Cyclists, fishermen, skateboarders, roller-bladers and weightlifters may all wear some hand coverings in their sports.

There has been an element of rebellion to wearing leather half gloves in particular, since they were popular with rocker, punk and gothic looks.

These specialized hand garments have evolved over the years from gauntlets, glovettes or glittens into new types of hand accessories for using typing or texting that have been dubbed by some as twittens.

Since they are so practical, mittens without fingers may becoming a unique fashion necessity for anyone who wants to keep their hands warm and still use their electronic devices (cell phones, ebooks and touch screen pads) which have also become a part of daily life.

Texting Accessories available on Amazon

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A Must Have Functional Winter Accessory

Image by Miles B.
Image by Miles B.

Wearing Gloves without Fingers Makes Sense

Using half or partial gloves (ones without fingers or only partial fingers) makes a lot of sense for people who want to keep their hands warm during the winter and still be able to use their fingers. Obviously these are times when wearing regular hand coverings just doesn't work.

Twittens (texting mittens) work well for those wanting to type, to text or to turn pages. These winter hand coverings are are becoming a must have fashion necessity for those wanting to keep their hands warm and still text messages when it is cold on their smart phones.

Additionally anyone using a touch screen pad like an iphone, ipad or eBook during the winter means needs to wear hand coverings that lets their fingers touch the screen.

Mittens without fingers, hand or wrist warmers have become an essential part of my winter wardrobe, since I wear them when my hands get cold typing on the computer or laptop keyboard.

Typing with covered hands by Miles B. Used under Creative Commons License

Unisex Knit Mittens without Fingers

Gravity Threads Unisex Warm Half Finger Stretchy Knit Gloves, Black
Gravity Threads Unisex Warm Half Finger Stretchy Knit Gloves, Black

These are my standard 'go to' style of fingerless gloves.

Since black goes with everything I keep a couple of these in my jacket pockets.


Knit Wrist Warmers on Amazon

Wrist warmers, arm warmers or hand warmers come in many different lengths, styles, fabrics and colors.

Knit Handwarmers on eBay

You can also find knit handwarmers on eBay.

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

A Functional Winter Wardrobe Essential

Call them what you want (glovelets, pulse warmers, handwarmers, texting mittens) but this fashion accessory has become a functional winter wardrobe essential for me during the cold winter months.

As I get older and more sensitive to the cold, wearing something around my hands and wrist has become a wardrobe requirement to deal me with the winter chill.

I wear wrist warmers when my hands get cold typing on the computer or laptop keyboard.

I also wear them when out walking and sometimes (at least at the start) when I am running.

This year, I may be treating myself to a long pair of hand warmers (like the ones to the right) made from alpaca wool or maybe I'll just knit one from my abundant yarn stash using one of the many patterns available online.

Alpaca long texting arm warmers available on Amazon

Black Fingerless Gloves on Amazon

Black goes with everything, so it a good color choice for men, women and teens.

Fingerless Skeleton Hand Work Gloves with White Bone Print
Fingerless Skeleton Hand Work Gloves with White Bone Print

One of my favorite styles to wear with skeletons.


Wool Ragg Half Gloves

These ragg partial mittens are great options for guys who need to keep their fingers warm.

Fox River Fingerless Ragg Glove
Fox River Fingerless Ragg Glove

Price depends on the size selected.


Texting Hand Accessories in Use

Available from Amazon
Available from Amazon

Texting Gloves available on Amazon

Available from Amazon
Available from Amazon

Gloves that Let You Send Messages

Without a doubt, mittens minus the fingers make some of the best hand coverings for texting helping to solve the problems of how to text on a cell phone and wear something on the hands for warmth at the same time.

Different styles of hand coverings expose a different number of fingers and thumb. Some leave the index finger and thumb open for quick message sending.

Some styles have pop off fingers for the index finger and thumb, so these texting digits are quickly exposed.

Other versions are convertible, so a cover flap can be moved backwards to expose fingers for typing on touch screen phones.

Alki'i Thinsulate Mittens available on Amazon

Insulated Texting Gloves + Mitten

Alki'i 3M Thinsulate Thermal Insulation Fingerless Texting Gloves with Mitten Cover - Grey
Alki'i 3M Thinsulate Thermal Insulation Fingerless Texting Gloves with Mitten Cover - Grey

These Texting gloves let you flip back the thumbs and index finger for easy texting.


Smart Phone Texting Gloves

These texting gloves come in several different styles. Many feature gloves missing the fingers with an adjustable flap over mitten, when you need to keep warmer.

Klondike Sterling Wool Fleece Lined Glomit Fingerless Half Gloves
Klondike Sterling Wool Fleece Lined Glomit Fingerless Half Gloves

A great option for guys who need to use their iPhone while keeping warm.

Isotoner Women's Hybrid Convertible Fingerless Glove (One Size, Concord Grape)
Isotoner Women's Hybrid Convertible Fingerless Glove (One Size, Concord Grape)

A great option for women who need to use their iPhone while keeping warm (and stylish).


Fashionable Long Gloves (without Fingers)

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Black, Long and Fashionable.

A Fun and Fashionable Accessory

Long Gloves without Fingers on Amazon

These long arm warmers are finding their way into the emo and goth scenes as well.

Lace Gloves without Fingers

Black lace gloves have more of a Gothic look. White and other lace colors are often paired with a party, dance dress or a sexy dress up costume.

Warmen Opera Long Sexy Lace Fingerless Uv Protection Sun Block Dressing Wedding Gloves (White)
Warmen Opera Long Sexy Lace Fingerless Uv Protection Sun Block Dressing Wedding Gloves (White)

These long lace gloves (without fingers) provide UV protection and come in different colors


Knit or Crochet Fingerless Accessories

Image by Lacuna 007
Image by Lacuna 007

Try Making Your Own Hand and Wrist Coverings

There are many knitting patterns and crocheting patterns available for making your own gloves without fingers.

I've been knitting my own glovelets or wrist warmers for the past two winters. They really make a difference keeping my hands warm especially when I am working on the computer.

I've been collecting patterns and am working on compiling a lens just with patterns for wrist and arm warmers, glittens and glomits.

To get started you can visit Raverly for the knitting pattern to the Fishtail Wrist Warmers shown on the right or with Knits by Britt Multicolor Basket Weave Gloves found in the links below.

Hand warmers by Lacuna 007. Used under Creative Commons License.

Patterns to Knit or Crochet Your Own Wrist or Arm Warmers without Fingers

Some of the online video tutorials so you can craft your own. They make great last minute Christmas gifts.

History of this Lens

Squidoo Gift Guide

Real recommendations for the best gifts of the season.

The Squidoo's Holiday Gift Guide is a retired Squidoo Project. The point of the Gift Guide was to provide readers with some of the best recommendations for holiday gifts while making an instant (free) donation to charity at the same time.

During the years the Holiday Gift Guide was active, for every sale, Squidoo donated $1 to charity!

While the project is no longer active, the Gift Guides created are still helpful holiday resources for readers, so I have continued my Gift Guide lenses.

Look for the Holiday Elf and you'll know your shopping is making a difference.

Do you own any gloves without fingers or wrist warmers?


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    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @kimberlyschimmel: I've knit a lot too to wear during the cold months.

    • kimberlyschimmel profile image

      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I knit fingerless gloves to wear over thin driving gloves or for fashion's sake.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @geosum: Thank you

    • geosum profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens. I especially like the mitten style with button closure.

    • Afteretc profile image


      6 years ago


      .riap a evah I

      (writing backwards as part of a quest!)

    • davies86 profile image


      6 years ago

      i could do with some right now!!! brrrrr.....

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      6 years ago

      Nice work, a good pair of glove will give us a warm winter.

    • oxfordian profile image


      6 years ago

      Fabulous lens! Thank you. I've been looking for formal white/off-white fingerless goves forever and all I've been able to find is black. You did a great job.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens! My favorite gloves is the one in the main pic =)

    • vincente lm profile image

      vincente lm 

      6 years ago

      Stylish and geeky, this is how I like it. Great lens!

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't own any, but I like the ones that just have the cut out on the thumb and pointer -- makes sense

    • Merstarr profile image


      6 years ago

      Avon makes gloves that have this little tab on the finger that transfers heat so that you can text and such while your fingers are covered. Super cool! Nice lens :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      As an Android fan and living in Upstate NY these are a must! Great info for other smartphone users and great lens :) Android Fan Network>

    • Surferstorm profile image


      6 years ago

      Fingerless gloves = amazing!!!

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      6 years ago

      They are so cute! I have a sweater that doesn't fit right, I want to make some out of it. :)

    • curious0927 profile image


      6 years ago

      My daughter who just learned to crochet a few weeks ago designed her own fingerless gloves without a pattern. I was amazed at her perfect creation! Thanks for the great lens, I got a lot of good ideas from your layout as well! Blessed By An Angel!

    • Afteretc profile image


      6 years ago

      yup! very useful, but my fingers are always cold. i found a great pattern on etsy and a friend knitted them for me! they are sooooo cute. great lens!

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      hirephp lm 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      6 years ago

      I don't have any fingerless gloves yet, but I'm seriously considering getting some - my hand freeze when I'm using my iPhone... Thanks for your lens and for the links to crochet and knit patterns. Maybe I will make my own gloves.

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      6 years ago

      I wear fingerless gloves/glittens with my winter jacket when I go outside. I love the convenience of being able to use my fingers rather quickly, without taking the whole mitten or glove off my hand. I'm rather dextrous and have perfected bending down my pointer finger to shirk the mitten cover on just that digit.

      At home, I wear wrist warmers a lot, that I knit myself. They're basically a rectangle, folded to make a tube, and stitched up leaving a gap for my thumb to go through, which anchors the wrist warmer in place, so it doesn't creep up my arm.

      If my hands are really cold, I have a pair of glittens that actually have a USB connection on them (with a long wire) to plug in these mini heat pads on the backs of my hands. A friend bought them for me somewhere online. They're pretty excellent!

    • manicnymph profile image


      6 years ago

      Very thorough, excellent lens!

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      Great idea for gloves. I live in a warm country though, so I don't need gloves, but these are really good.

    • goldenecho profile image


      6 years ago from Texas

      I love these types of gloves! Your hands stay warm but your fingers are free to do stuff, and don't have that thick feeling between your fingers.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile image


      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I have a couple of sets of fingerless gloves, one was a gift. However the way they make them for me I need them to be a bit closer to the tip of my fingers as one main reason I used fingerless gloves is my nails! If they aren't fingerless... my nails just about shred the tips anyway! I included your lens on my fave lenes lens

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      6 years ago

      I don't own fingerless gloves myself, but I always thought they were cool.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have a pair of fingerless gloves and I really like them. It's nice to be able to navigate on my phone without taking my gloves off. Great lens!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Fingerless gloves have really become popular with the advent of today's electronic devices. I see lots of them handmade on Etsy too. :) Saw this on the Front Page today -- congrats.

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      6 years ago

      Great fashion lens!

    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      6 years ago

      I Love these ...I have recently purchased a pair of gloves for texting... They are quite amazing! Great work on your lens.

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      6 years ago

      fingerless glove I love them

    • pyngthyngs profile image


      6 years ago

      Not personally but after learning about the benefits I may buy my wife a couple pairs.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed this. Nice lens!!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Young ones really love them.

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      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I've always wanted a pair, but guess I'm just too cheap to purchase any! Didn't realize there were so many styles. I need the wool ones, as I work outside so much. Thanks so much for all of the information!

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      I love your page, fingerless mitts are fashionable and beautiful, but most of all fun to knit. blessed.

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      6 years ago

      good lens.............

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      6 years ago

      good lens.............

    • victoriuh profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. I've never had them before but I checked them out in the store today and was wavering about buying them.

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      scoobydeb lm 

      6 years ago

      fingerless gloves rock!

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      6 years ago

      Fingerless gloves are good because you still get that tactile sensation on your finger tips. It might not warm your fingers completely but at least you won't sweat with them. I hardly use gloves as it is and when I do it's fully covered for safety reasons.

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      6 years ago

      looks like you're prepared to be in a bar fight at any moment

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      6 years ago

      Yes! I especially love the variety of glove styles.

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      6 years ago

      These Fngerless Gloves are beautiful and useful too. It is very cold here and i think this is the right time for me to buy one.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens - you found some really interesting gloves. And you spend a lot of time make this lens and found all this offers ! Great!!!

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      6 years ago

      hello. i like this long lens

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      6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Brilliant idea - would make texting on the old iPhone a bit easier!

    • Retro Loco profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Great work on lens! I love my fingerless gloves, they're great for typing and texting in my cold house! I also like wearing them while running errands and driving. Digging in my purse for keys, phone or pen is easier with fingerless gloves than regular ones.

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      6 years ago

      wow, you have an amazing lens!!

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      6 years ago

      WOW! Great Lens.

    • bjslapidary profile image


      6 years ago

      Neat lens. I can see where they would be very popular for people that text etc.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      6 years ago from PA

      Thank you for including a section about making your own! I actually knit them for myself and others.

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      6 years ago

      Yes I do! I owned fingerless gloves since the 80's! I needed a glove that allowed me to give change at the drive through window that I worked at in the 80's! It's amazing to me how many different styles and kinds are now available for texting!

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      6 years ago

      This is a great lens! SO interesting and such cute styles! :)

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      Some of these showed up on Christmas!

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      Ken Parker 

      6 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      Fingerless gloves keep warm and still able to pick your nose. I am joking great lens.

    • katiecolette profile image


      6 years ago

      Not only do I own several pairs of fingerless gloves, but my Mom also knits fingerless gloves and then we sell them at an etsy shop to make extra money for christmas gifts :)

    • LeCordonDude profile image


      6 years ago

      Fingerless Gloves for Texting! YES!!

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      6 years ago

      These just make so much sense!! Now that we are practically typing all the time, even on our phones, I think everyone should have one

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, several pairs, but they are wearing out. Bookmarking this to come back after the holidays and buy a few pair. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tonie Cook 

      6 years ago from USA

      Whar a wonderful assortment of fingerless gloves! Excellent selection.


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