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Handspun Fingerless Gloves

November 4, 2008


These are really easy, fast and satisfying. They’re a great project that takes very little yarn, which is good for a beginner hand-spinner.

These were designed to fit a fairly average female hand measuring 7 1/2″ to 8″ around just above the thumb.
Any yarn that will allow you to make gauge will do. I’ve used a combination drafted hand-spun single that is 11 WPI (wraps per inch), and looks like somewhere between DK and sport weight. I used about 110 yards, but your yardage may vary depending on the row gauge you get.
4.5 sts / inch, 8 rounds / inch in stockinette stitch on US #6 needles (or size to obtain gauge)

I knit these gloves on a long circular, using the magic loop method. They could just as easily be knit on double pointed needles.


CO 30 sts.

Place marker at start of round, and work 15 rounds (@2″) in *K2, P1* rib. (30 sts)

Knit 10 rounds knitting all stitches. (30 sts)

To increase for thumb, alternate these 2 rounds 4 times:

Increase round A: K2, inc 1, K to last 2, inc1, K2
Increase round B: Knit

Now there will be 38 sts on the needles.

Now knit around to last 3 sts. Drop live yarn, and using scrap yarn, knit the next 3 stitches (to end of round), then the first 3 stitches of the next round, so you have 6 stitches knitted in the scrap yarn. Then transfer these 6 scrap yarn stitches back onto the left-hand needle, and pick up the live yarn, and knit over these scrap yarn stitches again, using the live yarn. Finish this round knitting straight. (38 sts.)

To decrease after thumb, alternate these 2 rounds 2 times:

Decrease round A: K2tog, Knit to last 2, SSK
Decrease round B: Knit

Now there will be 34 sts on the needles.

work 10 rounds (@ 1 1/2″) in *K2, P1* rib. (34 sts)

Bind off using decrease bind off:
K2tog through back loops, put the stitch created back on LH needle, then K2tog tbl again, … etc.


pull out scrap yarn, and put the 11-12 live loops created onto needles.

1: With new yarn, starting by working across bottom loops (closest to the wrist), knit 6, knit up 3 stitches in gap between bottom and top stitches, then knit across 6 top stitches, then knit up 3 more stitches in gap between top and bottom stitches. (18 sts.)

2: K10, K2tog, SSK, K4 (16 sts)
3: Knit

Knit 7-8 more rounds even, then BO using decrease bind-off (described above).


Knit second glove same as the first. Weave in ends, block if you find it necessary, and enjoy!!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. joaninpa permalink
    August 11, 2011 4:10 am

    Perfect , plain and simple. Great pattern that lets the yarn steal the show.

  2. Nancy Franzino permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:59 am

    These gloves look great! I’m trying to knit them for my girlfriend, but I’m having a hard time figuring out the thumb…I left those 6 stitches knitted with scrap yarn and I don’t know where the 11 come from when I come back later to it? Am I not doing something right with the “knitting over those stitches” part? I’d be happy to call you if it requires more of an explanation. Just let me know. THank you!


  3. La Crumpet permalink
    July 12, 2009 7:40 pm


    I was wondering if you would be willing to let me print and share your pattern at a beginning spindle class I teach.

    If you do not agree, I completely understand and will rig up a pattern on my own.


    • dampcityknits permalink
      July 27, 2009 5:40 pm

      Sure – you’re welcome to use the pattern, but please if you print it note down where it came from, so it is clear that it is my design! Have a good class – Emily

  4. Yvonne permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:10 pm

    Just what I was looking for, thanks so much. I don’t have homespun wool though. I am just learning and wouldn’t even know how to make home made spun wool. I sound really stupid but I got to learn somehow. Again thanks for pattern. Don’t know if it well work on ordinary bought wool???
    I love the look of the wool you have in the picture it’s really lovely

    • dampcityknits permalink
      August 2, 2009 2:32 pm

      Yvonne – any yarn will work, it doesn’t have to be handspun. A yarn that knits to 18 sts / 4″ or 4.5 sts/inch or thereabouts would work fine.
      – Emily

  5. December 25, 2008 3:07 pm

    Very nice gloves! I have some handspun I need to knit up. This might be just the thing.


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