- See a large photo of the simple fingerless gloves crocheted in red wool yarn.
- See a couple of large photos of the simple fingerless gloves crocheted in black wool yarn.
- See a large photo of the simple crocheted accessories set, including the fingerless gloves, beanie and scarf.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner
This pattern is easy enough for beginners, but I am hoping that everyone, even more experienced crocheters, will enjoy making these.
This pattern includes instructions for crocheting multiple sizes using different materials. Information in parentheses () pertains to sizing; the pattern directions are given in the smallest size, and changes for the larger sizes are contained inside the parentheses. You may wish to highlight the instructions for your size before you begin crocheting.
The brackets  denote a set of instructions to be repeated.
In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces; these are abbreviated as ch-1 sp in the pattern. If at any point you have a hard time finding the chain spaces, try carefully poking your finger at the row of stitches from back to front. I find it easier to locate the spaces by touch than by sight.
- Worsted Weight Yarn: I tested the pattern for these gloves using Red Heart Super Saver, an acrylic yarn available in a wide range of colors. One 7 oz. skein of Red Heart Super Saver is a sufficient amount to crochet any size in this pattern. To crochet the size medium in Red Heart Super Saver, I used about 1 1/3 ounces / 36 1/3 grams of yarn.
I also tested the pattern using Paton's classic wool yarn.
- Crochet Hook: The hook size you use will depend on several factors: which size you plan to make, which materials you are going to use, and your individual preferences and way of crocheting. See sizing information below for further guidance on which hook size to use.
- Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle is handy for finishing your fingerless gloves; each glove has a side seam that will need to be stitched, and you will also use the needle for weaving in ends when you are finished.
- Safety Pins: You'll want to use a safety pin, stitch marker, or similar device for temporarily marking a stitch in this pattern. Safety pins are also handy if you'd like to check the fit on your gloves before you finish them.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
- ch = chain
- ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- st = stitch
Gauge, Crochet Hook Size, and Finished Sizes:
First, figure out which size you need to make: measure the circumference around your hand (or the hand of the intended wearer) at the widest point above the thumb but below the finger.
If you are using a stetchy or resilient yarn such as wool, you may wish to make your gloves a smaller size than your actual hand measurement; the yarn will stretch enough to make a comfortable fit. If you are using an inelastic yarn that does not stretch much, it's better to make the gloves a size that's closest to your actual hand measurement.
Note that these sizes DO NOT necessarily correspond to the clothing size you normally wear.
- Size Small, Red Heart Super Saver Acrylic Version: Start by trying a size K crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 6 3/8 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
- Size Small, Patons Classic Wool Version: Start by trying a size J crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 6 1/2 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing. Aside from your crochet hook size and finished glove size, the instructions are exactly the same as those given for the size medium; when you crochet this pattern, use the materials and finished measurements listed in this section but follow the crochet pattern instructions for working the gloves in size medium.
- Size Medium, Red Heart Super Saver Acrylic Version: Start by trying a size K crochet hook; adjust if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
- Size Large, Red Heart Super Saver Acrylic Version: Start by trying a size K crochet hook; adjust if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 7 5/8 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
- Size Extra Large, Red Heart Super Saver Acrylic Version: Start by trying a size K crochet hook; adjust if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 8 1/4 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
- If You Need a Different Size: If you need a smaller size than any specified, you can make your starting chain shorter by subtracting stitches in multiples of two. If you need a larger size, make your starting chain longer by subtracting stitches in multiples of two.
Stitch Gauge: To check your stitch gauge, crochet 7-10 rows of the pattern and then measure the width of the piece. Compare that measurement against the finished measurement specified above for your size.
If your glove is turning out to be significantly wider than the measurement specified above, start over using a smaller crochet hook; if your glove is turning out significantly narrower than the measurement specified above, start over using a larger crochet hook. If your glove is a bit different than my specified measurements but despite that it seems like it will fit the intended wearer, there is no need to start over.
Check the Fit: Before deciding whether to proceed or start over, you may find it helpful to do a quick fitting. You can put a safety pin in your active loop and then pin the sides of the glove together and see how it fits around the hand of the intended wearer. Is it comfortable? Too tight? Too loose?
If it's comfortable, keep crocheting. If it's too tight, start over with a larger crochet hook. If it's too loose, start over with a smaller crochet hook.
Row Gauge: Work at whatever row gauge is comfortable for you; simply stop crocheting when your piece measures 6 inches tall (or however tall you want your gloves to be.)
How to Crochet the Fingerless Gloves:
Before making your first slip knot, pull out a length of yarn measuring about 12 inches or so. Leave this unworked; you will use it later for stitching the side seams of your fingerless gloves together. Ch 23 (25, 27, 29).
Row 1: Place a marker in the first ch from your hook. sc in 3rd ch from hook. [ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: [sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets across the row. At the end of the row, work a sc st into the st where you placed the marker; you can remove the marker before working the stitch. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 and Up: The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, with one minor difference: at the end of the row you'll work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row. Rep this row until the piece is as long as you want it to be.
Finishing the Fingerless Gloves
End off, leaving enough yarn for you to stitch the side seams and weave in the remainder.
I've created a photo tutorial which includes pictures of the finishing process. Click here to see the tutorial for finishing these gloves.
If you would like to block your gloves, now is the time to do it. Blocking isn't necessary, but it's a nice touch if you used wool yarn, especially if you plan to give these as a gift to a friend.
There are many possible stitches you could use for sewing (or crocheting) the side seam. I used whip stitch for mine; you can check out some other ways to join crocheted pieces if you'd rather try a different method.
If you plan to use whip stitch like I did, thread your tapestry needle using one of your long tails of yarn.
Fold the fingerless gloves in half so that the sides are touching each other and the outside (right side) is facing inward.
The goal here is to sew the side seams leaving an opening that's large enough for your thumb. On my sample gloves, I sewed a seam measuring 1 1/4 inches at the top. I left an opening of 1 3/4 inches for the thumb, and sewed a 3 inch seam at the bottom of the gloves. Feel free to use these measurements as a guideline if you like, but please don't feel obligated to follow them precisely. I encourage you to measure your own hands before sewing your seams, because you might achieve a more comfortable fit using slightly different seam measurements.
When you are finished sewing, weave the remainder of your ends into the work so that they cannot be seen.
Turn the gloves right side out. They are now ready for you to wear, or to give to their new owner.
Be sure to check out our free patterns for the other accessories in this set!
In the photo above, you can see a red pair of the fingerless gloves crocheted in Paton's classic wool yarn.
If you click the link for "more images" above, you can see another couple of pictures. The second photo shows the fingerless gloves, the beanie and the scarf, all of which were crocheted in Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
The third photo shows a different color of the finished gloves together with the matching headband; I crocheted another pair using Paton's classic wool and black yarn.
I learned about glove sizing when I ordered gloves from Leatherglovesonline.com. Sizing crocheted gloves is a little different than sizing leather gloves, since the materials are quite different, but the system I use is similar to theirs.