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October 17, 2005

Glove Patterns

The Peaceful Palms Knit Along is just underway and what better way to start then with a collection of Glove Patterns and Resources. 

In General

  • Interweave Knits Winter 2003 contains a wonderful -- and I mean wonderful -- glove article called "Progressive Gloves", which describes how to design and knit fingerless, tip-less, and full fingered gloves.   
  • Knitting Help offers its own listing of free mitten and glove patterns here.
  • For inspiration check out Interweave Knits' Glove Gallery -- no patterns, but lots of interesting gloves and mittens.

Full Fingered Gloves

  • June recommends the book Latvian Dreams, which contains a glove pattern for creating custom made, everything from the top down, so they should fit -- "like a glove" -- gloves.
  • Margene took my breath away when she mentioned using I-Cord for the glove fingers.  Meg Swansen includes a pattern for i-cord fingered gloves in her book, Handknitting with Meg Swansen.
  • The current Rowan magazine (#38) includes several nice glove patterns, including a pair of gloves embellished with buttons.
  • Just for kicks, here is a Japanese pattern for a pair of Herringbone GlovesWinnie is looking for someone to knit these with her.

Fingerless and Tip-less Gloves

Fingerless Gloves with Mitten Covers

Do you have a glove resource or pattern to add to the list?  What pattern are you using?

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I also want to join the KAL!!! I'm knitting fingerless mittens (gloves?) from Garnstudio in Alpacka. The pattern is found here: http://garnstudio.com/sider/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=93&&d_id=8&&lang=se

Posted by: Carina | Oct 17, 2005 10:24:03 PM

I've knit one thrummed mitt using Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's pattern. Her description of a "hand furnace," is entirely accurate. These are great for us cold weathered gals (or guys).

Also, redlipstick.net has a pattern for "glittens," or hunter's mitts as they are sometimes called. A glitten consists of a separate thumb and index finger with the middle, ring and pinkie fingers huddled together in a mitt. I'm working on a pair of those, also.

Posted by: Christina | Oct 17, 2005 10:30:54 PM

The book Homespun Handknit edited by Linda Ligon is a great source for glove patterns.

Posted by: Laura | Oct 17, 2005 11:16:54 PM

I'll be knitting Broad Street Mittens from Knitty for my brother. If time allows, I'll then try the Opera gloves for myself. :)

Posted by: Agnes | Oct 18, 2005 1:45:46 AM

I'd like to join the fun as well. I'll be knitting one pair of side-to-side garter stitch wristwarmers for my neighbour, and two pairs of the Cigar Gloves in the men's issue of knitty. Now, where's that yarn shop ...?

Posted by: AmyP | Oct 18, 2005 3:49:22 AM

Here's a good simple starter pattern for fingerless mitts,worsted weight. I used smaller needles to make them denser. They're so quick, they're addictive. Should be called the Gateway Pattern!

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Oct 18, 2005 4:35:37 AM


I am knitting some fingerless for my guitar playing son. No pattern. A mix of past experience. I love the way malabrigo looks in garter.

Its a two needle garter knit in malabrigo with skimpy elastic knitting in. Fast fast fast. I insist on the elastic as too may fingerless balloon out at the knuckly after some wear..

Posted by: kathy b | Oct 18, 2005 6:35:58 AM

Man, you just had to post patterns didn't you. Just teasing. Now I think I need to make the Urban Necessity ones too. I did Broad Street, but besides the fact that I messed them up (can barely get a couple fingers in their places) they're not very thick and warm in the thinner yarn. There's no rule against making to gloves is there? :)

Posted by: Vicki | Oct 18, 2005 8:11:15 AM

I would like to sign up for the KAL. I also would like to say that there are gloves both fingered and fingerless in the book Knitting Fair Isle Mittens & Gloves by Carol Noble. I've never done Fair Isle so here's my chance to try it out.

Posted by: Alison | Oct 18, 2005 8:35:47 AM

Here's another site with a pile of pattern links...

Posted by: Sockbug | Oct 18, 2005 8:52:57 AM

A couple more, these I haven't tried but they seem promising - the charm mitts (with a custom fit pattern listed below it) and further down the fringed mitts , although I'm not sure about that squared off top, at:

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Oct 18, 2005 9:24:18 AM

I just finished the Hooray-for-Me fingerless gloves I started this summer, so I won't be joining your knitalong. But I'd like to contribute some patterns since I highly enjoy your blog:

elbow-high Opera gloves:

full-fingered gloves with sock yarn:

pattern generator for handknit gloves:

custom-fit fingerless mitts and two other patterns from Aussie knitmag Southern Cross Knitting:

Sanquhar gloves:

Posted by: Urraca | Oct 18, 2005 9:45:26 AM

I just made some fingerless mitts based on the Potluck Mittens pattern Gale posted. I made a lot of changes to the pattern but it was a good jumping off point.

The Knitter's Book of Handy Patterns also has a glove pattern with multiple sizes and gauges that's great.

Posted by: Jessica | Oct 18, 2005 9:46:27 AM

I'm going to use a Nancy Bush pattern from Folk Knitting in Estonia. One of her test knitters used the I-cord technique and no one could tell. Great resources...Thanks!

Posted by: margene | Oct 18, 2005 10:26:24 AM

I'm doing the karaoke fingerless gloves from SWTC


top pattern on left

Posted by: Hollis | Oct 18, 2005 1:12:06 PM

I want to try 'His Gloves' by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts in the winter/93 issue of Knitters' on pages 64 and 65. Very interesting. The fingers are started at the tips!

Posted by: Esther | Oct 18, 2005 3:25:43 PM

I was going to do a pair from the "Twined Knitting" book that's been out of print for years now, but realized I didn't have any yarn in the house the right weight in a solid color to accent the twisted stitch patterns, and so started digging through other books, and yes, came across Meg's I-cord finger gloves and immediately recognized a winner when I saw it. If all goes as planned, I'll do these in Topaz-colored Manos . . . unless something else hits me in the meantime. (Entirely possible. My entire yarn stash is on the top shelf of my closet and regularly hits me over the head with "Don't forget about me!" reminders, but really, that's another story.)

Posted by: --Deb | Oct 18, 2005 3:32:03 PM

I love, love, love those Herringbone Gloves! My Japanese is very rusty and I don't think I can manage a translation of the instructions, but if anyone else is able to do it I would definitely knit a pair!

Posted by: Mary | Oct 18, 2005 3:51:34 PM

There is a neat pair of mittens whose finger covering flips back (can't remember the name of them) in Melanie Falick's new book. Handknit Holidays.

Posted by: Ingrid | Oct 18, 2005 6:59:55 PM

I definitely want to make some long(ish) gloves. The Opera Gloves seem kinda appealing at the moment. I adore Nicky Epstein's enbroidered gloves from the last issue of vogue knitting, but I'm not too hot at embroidery...maybe thats a whole new challenge that I should consider meeting though.

Louisa Hardings "Gathering of Roses" accesories collection has a few cute pairs of gloves and fingerless mittens if anyone is interested in checking that out.

I'm also considering knitting some old school mens gloves from "Odhams Encyclopedia of knitting" which was published about 50 years ago.

Whatever pattern I choose , I am already decided I am going to be using Rowan cashsoft 4 Ply in the scarlet colourway. Most glove patterns should work alright with that yarn I should think....

Posted by: Uknitty | Oct 19, 2005 9:58:17 AM

I am doing that most ill-advised of all things-- making it up as I go along. I have a portrait in my blog that is the basic inspiration, but I'm just sort of winging it.

Posted by: Kris | Oct 19, 2005 5:56:44 PM

I was looking for a pattern for fingerless gloves and found this site. Its great to see another person named Nona knits, and it seems we have similar tastes as well as names.

Posted by: Nona | Nov 24, 2005 3:11:17 PM

I just finished a pair of fingerless gloves with a leaf and lace stitch. Check them out! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=17470669

Posted by: Mary Ann | Nov 19, 2008 7:04:20 AM

thank you for the tip on the site for gloves....I'm starting Christmas 2010 now.


Posted by: Debra Emanon | Dec 10, 2009 9:27:06 AM

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