Gloves or mittens keep your hands warm in the wintertime, but come at a trade-off in flexibility. You cannot use your fingers at all with mittens, and with gloves, you may have a hard time feeling small items. A good alternative is a pair of fingerless gloves. These cover your hands nicely, but leave your fingers free for such tasks as typing or using keys. There are many patterns for them using traditional knitting needles, but a Knifty Knitter is ideal for making a pair quickly.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Blue round Knifty Knitter
- Worsted weight yarn
- Knitting loom hook
- 3 Stitch markers
- Yarn needle
Measure your hand from below the wrist to your thumb joint; make a note of that measurement. Take another measurement from just below the wrist to just above the knuckles, and note that measurement.
Use two strands of the yarn. Make a slipknot. Attach the yarn to the peg at the side of the loom. Begin wrapping the yarn around the upper pegs so that the yarn crosses at the back on the inside of the loom in an "e-wrap". Wrap 20 pegs.
Come back around the front of the 20th peg. Hold the yarn above the 20th and 19th pegs and, using the loom hook, lift the loop up and over the yarn you are holding in place on each peg.
Hold the yarn below the loops on the next two pegs. Slide the loom hook beneath the loop and draw up the yarn from underneath to make a new loop. Pull the first loop off the peg and use your fingers to replace the new loop onto the peg, making a purl stitch. Repeat this on the next hook.
Alternate two knit and two purl stitches. You should end the row with two purl stitches. Bring the yarn back around the last stitch and work back in the direction you came from, purling the purled stitches and knitting the knitted stitches. Work back and forth in this manner until you have 1 inch of ribbing.
E-wrap the next row, and knit off. Work back and forth until you reach the first measurement. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of that row. Continue working in the e-wrap stitch until you are 1 inch short of the second measurement.
Switch back to the rib stitch. Work for 1 inch. Cast off by lifting the loop on the peg to the left of the last peg. Put the loop on the left over the top of the last one. Work that loop over. Lift it up and place it on the empty peg. Continue until you have only one loop left on the loom. Lift it off, cut the yarn and draw the tail through.
Hold the glove around your wrist and hand, with the stitch marker just beneath the joint of your thumb. Place a second stitch marker just above your thumb. Thread the yarn needle and sew up the side, leaving a gap for the thumb.
Try it on, and place a marker between each finger. Use the yarn needle to take a couple of stitches at each marker, to make holes for the fingers.
Tips & Warnings
- These gloves will fit a woman's wrist of an 8-inch diameter. Decrease the size by subtracting four pegs. To increase the size, use the next larger loom, and add four pegs.
- Use only one strand if you prefer a bulky weight yarn.
- Bobby pins make excellent and inexpensive stitch markers.