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Knitting Gloves in worsted weight yarn

Knitting Gloves in worsted weight yarn

Gray Gloves


Needles: Size 3 U.S. bamboo dpns (set of 5)

Yarn: Worsted weight wool, (Lion Brand WoolEase used here)

1 medium stitch holder will be needed.

Gray Gloves

DESCRIPTION - pseudocode file 002 by RheLynn the KnitOwl

This is a 'PSEUDOCODE' or narrative pattern - which gives the necessary instructions for figuring something out, but not the step-by-step execution of the pattern. Some problem-solving skills, observation and adaptation will need to be applied. This will allow you, with practice, to make a glove for your own use (or a family member) that is well-fitting. A knowledge of how to make socks would be helpful, as grafting and picking up stitches is necessary.

Useful information: picking up stitches tutorial is under 'Assorted Topics' on this page. Grafting stitches with the Kitchener Stitch

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Cast on 46(48) and knit in k1p1 ribbing until the wrist of the glove is from the desired point on the arm up to the point just above the bump on the wrist.

This glove can have a gauntlet of approximately 4 - 5\u2033 from the wrist, or begin directly at the wrist.

Change to stockinette stitch

Knit in stockinette until hand of glove has reached the point just beneath the bottom of the thumb joint. (2nd knuckle on thumb).


Using your stitch holder, separate off enough stitches on that side of the thumb to go around the front and back of the thumb (for example the knit glove shown had 6 stitches separated on the stitch holder)- but not between the thumb and other fingers. That will come later.

Continue knitting around the hand until you have reached the point of separation. Knit back and forth until the hand now reaches to the gap between finger and thumb, usually about 3 - 5 rows. Cast on 2-4 stitches to bridge the gap, tightly join back to what will continue the hand of the glove, leaving the stitches on the stitch-holder hanging there.

Your glove will soon look like this:

Gray Gloves fingersGray Gloves fingers


Continue knitting up the hand towards the finger knuckles. If necessary, decrease the stitches cast on between thumb and hand once to gain shaping. When you have reached the finger knuckles, knit to the edge of the hand outside the index finger, and then 4 to 6 stitches across the front of the index finger.

Separate off the front index finger stitches onto another needle (you may have to push all the other hand stitches onto two needles, then you should have three free) Cast on 2-4 stitches after the front index stitches, then join tightly to what will be the back index finger stitches (which should also be on their own needle). Using two needles to hold the finger stitches and one to work the stitches - knit up the finger until the finger reaches the tapered top. Decrease at the edge of each needle until the finger has reached the correct length - then graft remaining stitches on fingertip together (as for socks).

Repeat finger instructions for remaining fingers - EXCEPT - instead of casting on stitches for bridging the gap, pick up stitches from the inside edge of the finger last worked to make up the difference. There should be four front and four back stitches remaining for each finger - and the rest of the required width will be made up by picked stitches (more for middle and ring, less for pinky).

When all fingers are completed - weave in all ends to prevent anything coming undone.


All 5 needles should be free again. Transfer stitch-holder stitches to a needle (or two) and pick up stitches around the edge of the thumb using your hand as a guide. Begin to knit up the thumb, decreasing as necessary, until the thumb has been completed. Remember to decrease evenly up the thumb. Weave in ends from the thumb.

This has completed one glove. Begin mirror-image work for it's mate, using your hand and the completed glove as guides.

SIZING - remembering your changes

Consider also making these gloves in smaller gauge yarn - and with smaller needles. They can be useful and beautiful, with care and practice. Try to write down your specific alterations and numbers of stitches, so that you can easily make more for the specific person, without having to measure and try-on multiple times. Eventually, you will be able to knit a pair of gloves to fit common sizes, or to fit a hand traced out on paper.

Also, consider this hand knit glove pattern generator

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