Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cuff'd Fingerless Gloves


 My best friend in high school had a pair of fingerless gloves she wore all the time. I could not for the life of me understand their purpose. Fingerless gloves? What is that? How are those supposed to keep you warm? It wasn’t until I made my first pair quite recently that I understood the allure. Now I’m a huge supporter. Fingerless gloves! Fashionable and functional!

In case you are a skeptic like I was, here’s a list of all the things you can do with fingerless gloves that you can’t do in regular, old, knit gloves:
  • Use your IPhone
  • Easily text
  • Pick up objects
  • Eat food without eating yarn hairs
  • KNIT (that’s a big one)
  • Turn pages
  • Show off your nail polish
  • Look bohemian
  • Pick your nose
  • Play guitar
  • Play the flute
  • Pet a dog
  • Do origami

If you’re not convinced yet, take a look at this adorable fingerless glove pattern, and then tell me you aren’t in love.


That’s what I thought.

This pattern uses a lateral braid, which, if you don’t know how to do, is a very useful little trick. Check here for an awesome tutorial on the lateral braid. If you’re still totally intimidated, you can eliminate the braid and simply purl those rows...but you should learn the braid!

Alright, let's get to the pattern!

CUFF’D
 Yarn: any variegated worsted yarn will do- the skein I used was homeless, and had tag or wrapper on it
Recommended Needle Size: US #8

Notions:
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Stitch holder or scrap yarn (scrap yarn works better for thumb gusset)

Gauge:
16 stiches x 25 rows = 4in by 4in in the round

Pattern Notes:
M1: make one stitch by picking up the yarn in between the stitches from back to front and knitting into the front
pm: place marker
sm: slip marker
CO: cast on. I recommend long-tail cast on for this
ssk: slip two stitches knit-wise, knit both together
k2tog: knit two stitches together
yo: yarn over
BO: bind off. I recommend using the k2tog bind-off method
wyif: with yarn held in front
sl1kw: slip one stitch knit-wise

Reverse Linen Stitch: worked over four rows
1: k
2: *(wyif sl1kw, k1); repeat from * around
3: k
4: *(k1, wyif s11kw); repeat from * around



Directions:
CO 30 stitches, place marker and join in the round
Rows 1-3: knit
4: *k2tog, yo; repeat from * around
5-7: knit
8: purl
9: k
10: p
11-12: k
13: *k2tog, yo: repeat from * around
14-15: k
16: p
17: k
18: p
19-20: k
21: *k3, k2tog; repeat from * around – 24 sts
22: work lateral braid
23-30: work reverse linen stitch, ending on a pattern row
31: work lateral braid
32: k

Both hands are worked exactly the same up to this point.

Right hand:
33: k1, pm, k1, pm, k to end
34: k1, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k to end
35: k
Repeat rows 34 and 35 until you have 13sts between the markers. Knit three rows plain, then set up before dividing for the hand:
k1, remove marker, k2tog, replace marker, k to last 2sts before marker, place marker, ssk, remove marker, k to end – 9sts between marker, 26 on hand
Divide for hand:
1: k2, place thumb sts on holder, k to end – 26sts
2-8: k
9-12: work in 1x1 ribbing
BO

Left hand:
33: k to last 2sts, pm, k1, pm, k1
34: k to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k1
35: k
Repeat rows 34 and 35 until you have 13sts between the markers. Knit three rows plain, then set up before dividing for the hand:
k to marker, remove marker, k2tog, replace marker, k to last 2 sts before marker, pm, ssk, remove marker, k to end – 9sts between marker, 26 on hand
Divide for hand:
1: k to marker, place thumb sts on holder, k to end – 26sts
2-8: k
9-12: work in 1x1 ribbing
BO

Thumb:
1: k 9sts from holder, pick up 7sts along the hand – 16sts
2: k
3-6: work in 1x1 ribbing
BO
Repeat on the other hand


And that’s it! Wear them around looking fancy, or have your artistic roommate take pictures of you drinking out of a mug that isn’t yours.

Please do not sell the pattern or the finished product, as I’m planning on selling these in my Etsy store once I get it on it’s feet, but make as many pairs as you’d like for yourself or your loved ones! As always, credit back to The Life Artistic. Ciao!

4 comments:

  1. I just discovered your blog and love it!!! I've been looking for a pattern for fingerless gloves and I really am going to give them a try. TFS

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  2. I love the look of these fingerless gloves but wondering what stitch you used to start yours? It looks like a picot edge.

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  3. Love this pattern, oh so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. what does work lateral braid mean?

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