Need help knitting custom gloves and mittens for kids with missing fingers and/or hands

Gentlemen --

I am part of a group offering support to people with Amniotic Banding Syndrome (which I also have). It means that we have either missing or little fingers or no hand at all.

Folks in that group are looking for people to make custom mittens and gloves for hands with different number and sizes of fingers.

If you are interested in a knitting challenge drop me an email at and I'll try to connect you with a family who could use a custom mitten or glove.

I make all my own gloves with 5 fingers on the left side and 4 on the right -- all of varying sizes. I use a fingerless glove pattern and then modify for the number of fingers and lengths. The other adaptation I have found useful is to make the part that goes down the wrist about 1.5 to 2 times longer than the directions. With only a few fingers to add "grip" of the glove to the hand they fall off easily and making the arm part longer helps keep them on.

The other thing needed is mittens to fit the ends of arms with no hands whatsoever. I have no idea where to start but perhaps a very small stocking cap with a string to tie back to the elbow.

Thanks in advance -- James

CLABBERS's picture

Hi James...I had a suggestion for making a glove for a hand with no fingers. I made a seamless wine bottle cozy that was basically a sock for a wine bottle that also had an i-cord tie on it. I was wondering if something like that would work if it were made longer to the i-cord or any kind of string would reach the elbow, perhaps even elastic that wouldn't need to be tied. I used worsted weight yarn and put some cables in it to add a bit of interest. I have never written down the pattern because is it really just a very basic tube that used Judy's magic cast on.

Here is a picture of the wine cozy.

Here is a video to help with Judy's magic cast on if you have never done it.

I hope this helps.


AKQGuy's picture

It sounds to me like Mark's idea is a good sound one. I was going I suggest some ribbing but if I had to guess, his cable work did the same function of snugging up the fit a bit to keep it on a little more fitted. It would offer greater warmth than a "cap" like structure just on the ends of someones limbs and you could make it a touch longer to just simply go up past the elbow. I think having a fitted knitting sleeve past the elbow would be more comfortable than a tie, but I've little experience with it and simply find things that tie on constraining where as a good firm fit in certain types of clothing is more of comfortable firmness that constrain meant. Jut a personal preference I guess.

As for your own variation to mittens, I myself prefer a longer cuff for that same reason on my own hands so I tend to always add at least an extra inch to any mitt I make up from patterns.

michaelpthompson's picture

I kind of have to agree with Quinton about tying them on somehow. Seems like this would be uncomfortable. Perhaps not, I have no actual experience with it, but I would think ribbing or cables to make it snug would be a better option. Or perhaps, that string that goes through your jacket sleeves like we used to have when we were kids. :-)

For the mittens, I would imagine you could just use a small mitten pattern but leave off the thumb, or perhaps adapt the techniques used for the foot of a sock but make it longer. All you'd really need is a tube with decreases and a bind-off at the end. A ribbed cuff might make it more secure.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."