Mutant fingerless glove

michaelpthompson's picture

Well, I have begun my adventures in making gloves, and the results are amusing, at least. I've wanted to make gloves for some time, especially fingerless, and I have a pattern I downloaded to get to "sometime" so when a friend asked if I'd make her a pair of gloves, I thought I'd take the plunge. The cuff and palm went fine, the thumb gusset seems to be ok, then the pinky finger, ring finger, so far so good, except the reserved stitches seemed to be in an odd place. Then I started the middle finger and something seemed to be seriously wrong. When I had finished that, I discovered the stitches on the holder for the pointer were in the middle of palm, still attached to the pinky. Obviously, I started something in the wrong place.

So I started a new one, and I'll be more careful about what order I do things. The pattern just says "pick up four here," or "cast on 4 there" and I'm obviously going in the wrong direction or something. On this one, I think I'll put the reserved stitches on two holders instead of one so I can make sure I'm working the correct stitches for each finger. If that works, I'll look at how to frog the fingers on the first one and try again.

Anyway, I thought someone might find this amusing.

michaelpthompson's picture

OK, so now the gloves are

OK, so now the gloves are finished and did not come out too badly, except that the pinkies are a bit long. The two holder strategy worked fine. You pick up four stitches from the previous finger, then five from one holder, then cast on four more (which are picked up on the next finger) and five off the other holder. Two holders made it work much better and kept the stitches visually where I could always know which ones to use.

This is a fairly simple pattern John, which is why I chose it. It's called "Fingerless Gloves for Men and Women" by EmptyKnits on Here's a link to the project on Ravelry. This does seem to be a fairly straightforward pattern once you figure out what order to pick up the stitches for the fingers. Knits up fairly quickly and is not terribly complicated. The fingers are a bit fiddly because of having three or four dpns in a small space, but that's soon overcome. And John, the pattern specifies Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, which is what I plan to use for the next pair.

Now that I have the experience, I do plan to make some in wool. I'm thinking of options like finishing the fingers in stocking stitch rather than the ribbing. I may also try this with my knitting sheath and see how it comes out, though I'll probably have to modify the stitch count.

Bob, the nice thing about these is that the thumb can go on either side, so the thumbs can oppose or not, as you wish :-) And Joe, don't be afraid of the glove. these are actually comfortably and not too difficult to knit. In face, you were an inspiration to me in ripping out the improperly done fingers and reinserting my needles.

Scott, there is definitely something Heinlein involved here. Perhaps the one where they passed through a space gate tunnel to another planet? Or perhaps I just didn't grok the instructions properly.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks for the update,

Thanks for the update, Michael. I'm not afraid of gloves - much. It's just that I prefer knitting mittens instead. If I knit any more gloves, I hope I remember the two holders...that is a big help.

michaelpthompson's picture

Oh yeah, mittens would be

Oh yeah, mittens would be easy peasy after this experience. Gloves weren't all that hard, but with mittens, I guess you'd just continue the palm and then decrease a bit and bind off. I learned that really cool Kitchener stitch bindoff on my socks which would probably work a treat for mittens. Actually, I have some convertible fingerless gloves with a mitten thing you can flip over the fingers. Bought them at the Army Navy Surplus Store. Probably make some of those at some point, though I want some plain fingerless gloves as well.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You summed up mittens

You summed up mittens perfectly. If you have an easy Kitchener bindoff to use, that makes them even easier for you. The convertible mitten/fingerless gloves is a great idea and you may even find something similar on Ravelry or the internet. Have fun with them and take care.

Spicemanknit's picture

Michael, You must have been

You must have been reading my mind. I am looking for a fingerless glove for a friend's wife who has MS. I lke what you are doing here very much. Do you or anyone have a suggestion on a pattern, yarn, etc. Thanks

michaelpthompson's picture

Here's a link to my project

Here's a link to my project page on Ravelry John. The pattern is by Anne Barach and calls for worsted weight yarn. She used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool for the example. I made this first pair for a friend, but that's what I'm planning to use for my own pair. It's pretty simple and adaptable.

scottly's picture

They remind me of a Robert

They remind me of a Robert Heinlein novel I read in high school or perhaps a knit version of something you can buy from a condom machine. lol Thanks for sharing - it makes me feel less alone.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I feel for you, Michael.

I feel for you, Michael. That's why I've only knit one pair of gloves over the past ???? years. [Yes, that is intentionally vague.] However, your idea of two holders is a great one. Let us know you it works out to avoid confusion. Otherwise, it looks like a great start on gloves.

bobinthebul's picture

Oh dear, opposable thumbs are

Oh dear, opposable thumbs are great but only one to a hand, please. :) Thanks for sharing! My first fingerless gloves were a bit mutant too - not in this way, but the pattern was clearly designed for a man who had hands that did not reflect the general trend in human evolution...