DIY Diva: Ribbed (for YOUR pleasure) Fingerless Gloves
Heyo Broke-Ass fans! The DIY Diva here with a quickie knit craft that works TREMENDOUSLY well as a last minute gift. Seriously — my hipster friends love these silly Ribbed (for YOUR pleasure) Fingerless Gloves more than fat kids love cake.
Basically, a pair of these gloves take one solid three-hour knitting session to make. I make them while watching movies and drinking wine. What could be finer? Plus – you only need one complete skien of worsted weight cotton yarn (or, a half a skien each of two different colors of sport weight yarn) to make three pairs of these gloves.
That’s a cost of between $6.99 and $12.99 (depending on how fancy the yarn you get is) for three rad handmade gifties. Woo!
Here’s how you do it…
Making two 28 stitch X 28 knit row Ribbed (for YOUR pleasure) Patches:
-Using Size 11 knitting needles, cast on 28 stitches. Mark the top of your knitting with a place marker or a safety pin so you know what side is the side you started knitting down on. (You may want to have a notebook handy to keep track of you rows. Just remember it takes TWO complete passes to make one row.)
-Next, you’re going to create the RIBBED ROW PATTERN:
a. Knit four stitches.
b. Bring the yarn forward of your needle holding the stitches and purl four stitches. (If you don’t know how to purl, click here to view a helpful instructional video by the Knit Witch.)
c. Repeat this down your needle.
a. Purl four stitches.
b. Bring the yarn behind your needle and knit four stitches.
c. Repeat down the needle… you’ve just created your stitch.
-Once you’ve done that, do it again 27 more times then bind off. Use a #7 darning needle to weave your tails at either end of the fabric into the square. I like to use the whip-stitch you’ll use in the second part of the glove to finish the edges of the knit square. If you’re going to do that you’ll need to leave at least a six inch yarn tail at either end of the project.
It just makes it look nice. If you want to be fancy, you can edge your square in a complimentary color of poshy yarn. For example: I made a pair of these gloves (in a smaller size adjusted for a kid) for the daughter of a friend and I edged the purple gloves in a fuzzy pink chenille yarn.
Once you’ve made TWO of these squares you’re ready to put together your gloves. This part is so easy it’s SILLY.
Putting together the gloves:
-The top of the glove will be the part that is fluted and the bottom will be your bound off edge.
-Lay the fabric out and fold it in half.
-Using straight pins, pin the edge together.
-An inch from the top you’re going to leave an opening for your thumb. It helps to mark this spot with a flagged straight pin.
-Next you’re going to stitch together the glove. Using a whip stitch, stitch the two edges of the glove together (remembering to skip the opening for the thumb.)
-Once you’re done with this step you can turn your glove inside out and VOILA! it’s done!!
-Now do it one more time and you have a pair of gloves.
Some helpful hints:
#1 If you’re going to use two types/colors of sport weight yarn to knit this project, it’s helpful to pick ones with similar elasticity. For example: Wool and cotton? Don’t work so great together. Chenille and anything else? HORRIBLE to knit with. Whereas: cotton and a cotton based elastic yarn – make a terrific fabric that actually feels really good on, washes well and retains it’s shape. (Not to mention, fits most adult hands.)
#2 If you need to reduce the size of the glove for someone with petite hands/arms you can do so successfully by subtracting four from your stitch/row count until you have a size which suits who you’re making the gloves for. Example: to make the afore mentioned gloves for the kiddo I subtracted by four and stitched a 16 stitch X 16 row piece of fabric. Make sense?
#3 If you want to be all fancy-pants like you can finish the thumb hole (haha, I said HOLE!) using a button hole stitch (basically a whip stitch in a circle). If you don’t want to leave knots, use a slip knot to start, finish with a slip knot and then weave in the tail of your thread to the body of the glove (on the inside).
Back next week with another cool craft for y’all!
*Though this pattern is not that unique, it was created by lil’ ole me… Kate Kotler.