Keep the cold out and the warmth in with a pair of knit fingerless gloves. When you want toasty hands but still need plenty of dexterity, fingerless gloves are just perfect.
Whether you call them fingerless gloves, mitts, or wristwarmers, you’re sure to find your new favorite pattern on our list of 27 fingerless gloves knitting patterns. With so many different styles, there’s a pair of fingerless gloves out there for everyone.
Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Patterns
It seems like nearly everyone struggles with cold hands at some point during the fall and winter months. Fingerless gloves offer the perfect solution for helping your hands stay warm while allowing you to still go about your daily tasks.
Whether working at the office, going for an autumn bike ride, knitting away, or enjoying a cup of tea, fingerless gloves are ideal for keeping your hands toasty yet usable.
Already have a pair? Knitted fingerless gloves also make excellent gifts! They’re a perfect small project that you can knit up quickly. If you love making fingerless gloves, you could also whip up a few more sets to sell.
How to Knit Fingerless Gloves
There are a few different methods that work well when it comes to knitting fingerless gloves: some are knit in the round from wrist to fingers, and others are knit flat and seamed at the end.
Here are the basic steps for knitting fingerless gloves in the round:
Cast on a number of stitches, and join to work in the round. Then, knit the cuff section. Most cuffs are made in a ribbing stitch.
Continue knitting, before dividing the stitches to create the thumb gusset (or thumb hole).
Continue working in the round, and finish the hand section with another section of ribbing.
Go back and work the thumb. (Some patterns include a knit thumb, while others feature a simple thumb hole).
Last but not least, repeat these steps to make your second glove.
Supplies You’ll Need
Here are some supplies you’ll most likely need to knit your fingerless gloves.
Yarn (many patterns require only one skein for a pair of gloves, but check your pattern details before getting started)
Knitting Needles (knit fingerless gloves can be made with straight needles, DPNs, or circular needles)
This simple mitten pattern comes with instructions for both regular and fingerless mitts. It’s also offered in sizes toddler to adult large, so you can keep the whole family warm with this cozy pattern!
These knitted fingerless gloves will keep not only your fingers warm, but your forearms, too! They feature plenty of fabric to provide lots of warmth for your arms and wrists. They also feature a drawstring with a button to collect the fabric.
These knit fingerless gloves are made with circular needles, but you can easily exchange them with double-pointed needles if you prefer. This project features simple colorwork, which is perfect for those who are just learning colorwork techniques.
These fingerless mitts feature two different textures that are created using the garter stitch and the stockinette stitch. These are designed in women’s medium, but could be adjusted to fit a different size.
This pattern offers multiple color palette suggestions so that you can easily choose the color combination that represents you the best. These gloves feature a simple thumbhole for maximum finger dexterity.
Create plenty of interest with the angled ribbed stitch that’s featured in these gloves. These stretchy gloves are ideal for women’s small or medium. Check the pattern notes for instructions for adjusting the size.
Get cozy with these log cabin mitts! These fingerless gloves are created in separate, small blocks of color, which makes them excellent for using up scrap yarn. Since they’re knitted with a simple garter stitch, they’re also great for mindless knitting and adding a few rows whenever you find yourself with a free moment.
Here’s a simple cable pattern that’s great even for beginners. The cabled wrists not only look lovely, but also help the gloves to stay securely on your wrists. These mitts are easy and quick to make and don’t require a lot of yarn.
These stylish mitts are great for keeping your hands warm while typing, knitting, drawing, or driving. They’re just right for anyone who tends to get cold hands and needs that extra touch of warmth without being too hot.
These gloves are knit from bottom to top and are made up of ribbing all the way around to offer plenty of stretch. This pattern is offered in three sizes (adult small, adult medium, and adult large) and two lengths (short and long).
If you can increase and work in the round, you can make these gloves. Their simple beauty is perfect for any knitter to enjoy. They’re made with a comfy ribbing that offers plenty of stretch for all your outdoor (or indoor!) activities.
Inspired by the often-cold temperatures of lambing season, these mitts will keep you warm whenever duty calls. The top portion of the fingers can be rolled up or down depending on whether you need extra warmth or extra dexterity.
In addition, be sure to read through your pattern thoroughly before you start to ensure that you know the required techniques for your specific glove pattern.
Tips for Knitting Fingerless Gloves.
Read these tips before starting your first pair of fingerless gloves.
Choose the right yarn.
You’ll want to select a yarn that is the correct yarn weight and fiber content. It’s essential to check your pattern details to see what yarn weight is recommended. This will ensure that you get the best fit for your gloves.
And, since fingerless mitts can get dirty, you’ll want to choose a durable yarn that you can easily wash. Look for superwash or acrylic yarn if you’re going to machine wash your gloves.
Make a gauge swatch.
Knitting a gauge swatch is especially important for clothing items or anything that will be worn, such as gloves. If you get the correct gauge, you can be confident that your finished gloves will fit.
Try on as you go to check the fit.
Usually, fingerless mitts will look small during the knitting process. Don’t worry too much – they will stretch when you put them on! If you’re nervous, you can try on your gloves a few times throughout the knitting process to check the fit.
FAQs about Knitting Fingerless Gloves
Here are some commonly asked questions about knitting fingerless gloves.
How much yarn do I need for a pair of fingerless gloves?
Many knitted fingerless gloves only require one skein of yarn. However, you’ll want to check the specific pattern to see how much yarn you need. Larger or longer pairs of gloves may require more than one skein.
What’s the best yarn for knitted fingerless gloves?
When choosing yarn for your fingerless gloves, you’ll probably want to look for something durable and easily washable. Look for superwash wool or acrylic yarn if you’re going to wash your fingerless gloves in the washing machine.
And as far as yarn weight goes, you’ll want to check your specific pattern for that information.
More Knitting Patterns
After you finish up that pair of fingerless gloves, check out some of these other free knitting patterns.
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