This tutorial accompanies my free pattern for simple crocheted fingerless gloves. The photos and instructions below show you how to finish these gloves.
If you want to block your gloves, take care of that before proceeding with the steps below.
Please note that you can click on any of the photos in this tutorial to see them enlarged.
How a Fingerless Glove Looks Before Finishing: It's Basically Just a Rectangle.
The photo at left shows you how one glove looks after I've crocheted it, but before I've transformed it into a glove. When you sew the side seams together (leaving an opening on each glove for the thumbs) the result is a fabulous pair of stylish fingerless gloves.
When you end off after crocheting your gloves, be sure to leave enough yarn so that you can stitch the side seams and weave in the remainder. You can see from the picture that I've left quite a bit of yarn at both the top and bottom of each glove. Why did I do this? Well, to make the side seam the sturdiest it could be, it's actually going to be two seams: one at the top, and one at the bottom. The top yarn will only be used for stitching the top seam; then it will be woven into the glove securely. The loose end at the bottom will only be used for stitching the lower seam; then it, too, will be woven in securely.
You might find it helpful to use safety pins for tentatively pinning your gloves together to try them on before you stitch the seams. Adjust the pins until you find the most comfortable fit; then you can use the pins as guidelines for how much of a seam you want to stitch at each edge.
Stitching the Side Seams on the Fingerless Gloves
I used whip stitch for stitching the seams on my sample gloves. This is not the only possible join you could use; there are plenty of alternatives. Feel free to take a look at some of the other methods you could use for joining crocheted pieces together.
If you're using a sewing technique (rather than crocheting the seams) then thread your tapestry needle using one of your long tails of yarn.
At left, you can see a picture of how my tapestry needle looks when it has been threaded. Notice the large eye on the tapestry needle; it accommodates my worsted weight yarn easily. I'm using a cheap plastic needle; For a task like this, I prefer plastic needles rather than metal ones. For some reason, and it could just be me (I'm not sure about that) I don't run into problems with splitting the yarn when I stitch with a plastic needle; whereas, with a metal needle, sometimes I make a mess of the stitching.
Fold the fingerless gloves in half so that the sides are touching each other and the outside (right side) is facing inward.
Match up your sides as closely as possible; when you stitch, you'll be stitching the side of one row to the other side of the same row.
Try to be as consistent as possible with your stitches. You want to sew firmly, and make the seam tight enough that it will hold; on the other hand, the seam should not be too tight. You don't want it to pucker; it should lay flat.
When you sew the side seams, you want to make sure to leave an opening for your thumb. On my sample gloves, I sewed a seam at the top measuring 1 1/4 inches. I then wove in that end of yarn securely.
Then I threaded the other loose end of yarn onto my tapestry needle and stitched from the other end. I stitched for about 3 inches, then wove in that end of yarn. Between the two seams, I left an opening of about 1 3/4 inches for the thumb. Everybody's hands are a little different, so feel free to adjust these seam measurements to your liking.
When you are finished sewing, weave the remainder of your yarn 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.
Want to see some larger photos of these fingerless gloves, and the other matching accessories? Use the following links to visit the photo gallery for this set.
- See the fingerless gloves, beanie and scarf crocheted in Red Heart Super Saver acrylic.
- See the fingerless gloves crocheted in red wool yarn.
- See the fingerless gloves and headband crocheted in black wool yarn.