I love to knit and I love to crochet, these fingerless gloves bring both of those crafts together.
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!
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 x 50g ball of Sirdar Click yarn in 'Verve' ( sadly I can’t find this particular yarn anywhere in stock these days, something like this King Cole yarn from Deramores would probably be a good substitute)
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:
The fisherman's rib part is different on each side, you can pick whichever side you prefer to be the right side.
From the top, sew up the sides for approx 5cm/2".
Pop your hand inside, you are sewing up from your mid finger to your thumb, so adjust as you need to.
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.
Chain 2 then HTR 27 stitches along the knitting edge to the point where you have sewn the edges together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. I have some for when I need my fingers free, and also my favourite gloves, these old red ones that I gave an embroidery makeover to.