Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Crochet and Knit Fingerless Gloves

I love to knit and I love to crochet, these fingerless gloves bring both of those crafts together.
Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Photo credit Carla Nyanyo
Oh dear, this post has been a long time in the making.
I actually made these fingerless gloves for our daughter for Christmas 2 years ago! We've been meaning to take some finished shots since then but she was away at Uni, then we just kept forgetting. You can see that these finished gloves are not brand new, they have been well used for 2 years now, there is a little bobbling but that's real life. It shows what a great and useful make they have been!
Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Photo credit Carla Nyanyo
Let's go back in time a couple of years ..... I'd seen these beautiful gloves from Cherry Heart and just knew I had to make something along these lines, with those lovely little buttons.
Cherry Heart has a free crochet pattern so you may just like to mosey on over and make those. They are just so pretty I wouldn't blame you at all if you just click on over there right now!

I loved this edging and look but thought maybe I could make more stretchy gloves if the main body was knitted. I used a stitch that I have always known as Fisherman's rib, however a quick google shows that there are other types of Fisherman's rib - confusing! The one I do is:
row 1: *knit 1, purl 1 repeat from * to end of row
row 2: knit 
Also note all these crochet terms below are English ones. (also confusing!)

I chose a variegated yarn for a colourful effect but so I didn't have as many ends to sew in (#lovestripesbuthatesewingintheends) and constructed the edging in a slightly different manner to the original inspiration.

So this is what I did:

Crochet and Knit Fingerless Gloves

1 50g ball of Sirdar Click yarn in 'Verve'
6mm knitting needles
4mm crochet hook
A small amount of co-ordinating yarn of the same thickness for the edging. It was double knitting but I'm afraid I don't know how much, I just used up some leftovers. 
12 small buttons

This pattern makes fingerless gloves big enough for an average size woman. They are pretty stretchy.

Cast on 21 stitches.
Work 14 rows in knit 1 purl 1 rib
Then work 22 rows in fisherman's rib like this:
row 1: *knit 1 purl 1, repeat from *to end of row
row 2: knit
Cast off, leave a long tail for sewing up the sides.
It should look something like this:

Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
The fisherman's rib part is different on each side, you can pick whichever side you prefer to be the right side.

Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves

From the top, sew up the sides for approx 5cm/2".

Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Pop your hand inside, you are sewing up from your mid finger to your thumb, so adjust as you need to.

Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Now we switch from knitting to crochet for that pretty edging.
Take a 4mm crochet hook and join the contrast yarn at the bottom cuff edge. 
Row 1: Chain 2 then HTR 27 stitches along the knitting edge to the point where you have sewn the edges together.
Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Do 2 HTR in each of the next two spaces (either side of the seam) then another 28 HTR back down the other side. You should have 30 stitched on each side so 60 in all. Turn.
Row 2 forming the button holes: 1 chain, 1 DC in next stitch, *2chain, skip 1DC(makes button hole), 2DC in next 2 sts, repeat from * 6 times. Then finish row by DC in each st to the end. Turn.Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves crochet edging
Row 3: DC in each stitch until you reach the button holes. Work 3 DC in each button hole loop, SS into the DC's between the loops, repeating to the end then DC into the last stitch.
Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves crochet button band
Fasten off the ends and weave in the ends.

For glove 2 just flip the button border. Work row 1 as described above but then work the button holes on the other edge. So for row 2 you will work all the way to the top to the thumb space, then work 10 DC down the other side. Now start your button hole loops as described in the pattern. 
If you do make 2 identical gloves I really don't think anyone would notice though!
Sew the buttons on to the non loopy side of the border and you are done.
Knit & Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Photo credit Carla Nyanyo
You can be pretty flexible with this pattern; you can make your gloves longer just by knitting more, rib or fisherman's rib. If you do that you will need more crochet stitches for the edging of course and maybe more button holes. Don't get to worried about the edging, as long as it goes all the way round it's all good. You may have 60 stitches, you may end up with just a couple more or less, it's pretty forgiving and not especially crucial to be precise. 

Do you ever wear fingerless gloves? Our daughter likes them when she is using her camera outside and I know some people like them for touch screens, if they have to handle money etc. Personally I still wear these embroidered gloves from 3 years ago, so my fingers are cosy but then when I want to use my phone.......
Photo credit Carla Nyanyo
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Julia Nyanyo
Julia Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

27 comments:

  1. Wow. Such a great tutorial. The graduated wool is gorgeous!

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    1. It's pretty isn't it? I love the mix of colours it has.

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  2. Love! I haven't knit in years but I think I might try to crochet these.

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    1. I used to only knit and learnt to crochet more recently. I actually love both now, and being able to switch from one to the other (or even combine them like here) depending on my mood is fun.

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  3. Love them, the buttons are such a good idea and really make the design pop

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    1. The little buttons really make it don't they? That was what I loved most about the original inspiration from Cherry Heart.

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  4. How pretty, bright and colorful! Not to mention useful! It makes me wish I could crochet! Thanks for sharing that with us!
    #HomeMattersParty
    Jeannee

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    1. Crochet is really easy - honest! I'm always trying to persuade people to learn. It's a really quick and fun craft.

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  5. Just gorgeous, I love all the different buttons.

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    1. Thanks Anna, that was my favourite bit on the ones I had pinned. I have a big box of old buttons so luckily I was able to find enough in my stash.

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  6. They are lovely - the yarn is so pretty. I make lots of fingerless gloves for myself and for presents but only in Crochet these days. I sometimes wear them over gloves just for extra warmth on my arm if it's really chilly!

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    1. That's a good idea, a double layer for super cosy hands!

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  7. Love the look of these! As a crocheter learning to knit, the journey is hard and long, but I am pinning these to try my hand at it.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com
    P.S. I am running a year long Granny-Spiration Challenge. If you have any granny square project, would love if you came and linked up with us :) There’s also a yarn giveaway going on right now. It can be found here: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2017/02/chunky-like-preemie-granny-square.html

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    1. I learnt to knit first and crochet later, I don't know if that made it easier. Knitting is certainly a lot slower than crochet but I do love both in their different ways and if you can get to grips with them it's nice to be able to swap and change depending on your mood. Good luck!

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    1. Why thank you Midnight Cowgirl, thank you very much.

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  9. Great tutorial and beautiful gloves, I wish I knew how to knit. I used to do the basics as a kid but I totally forgot

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    1. It's like riding a bike Pili, I'm sure if you sat with a knitter beside you for a hour or so it would all come back to you!

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  10. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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  11. These are lovely, great colours.

    Thanks for linking up last week. You are one of my Creative Mondays features this week :)

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    1. Thanks so much Claire, I'm so pleased you like them.

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  12. What a sweet pattern! I love the variegated yarn with the contrast crochet edging. It looks gorgeous! BTW, I've also seen that rib pattern called "Broken Rib" I like the way it looks!

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    1. Thanks Lydia. I do find the names of stitches interesting and the fact they can have many different ones. It's like the whole different terms for the same crochet stitch in different countries. I'm sure it's just to confuse us!

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  13. These gloves turned out so well, I really like all the little colourful buttons and the pretty variegated yarn you chose. Your daught must love these.

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    1. She does, it means her hands are warm (and pretty!) but her fingers are still able to operate her camera, which she loves.

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  14. I love the colours and I will have to try this pattern, thank you for sharing Julie

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    1. Thanks Amber, the yarn is a really lovely colour way isn't it, then red for the trim was a nobrainer, red is always my first choice!

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