How to knit half finger gloves

Updated April 17, 2017

Half-finger gloves, just like they sound, fit just like regular gloves, except that the finger of the glove extends only partially up the finger. These gloves are a popular choice for those who work in cold environments, either outdoors or in a chilly office, because the exposed fingertips allow for more dexterity. Instead of trying to find the perfect pair in a store, make your own with a luxury yarn and double-pointed needles. Glove knitting is recommended for intermediate or experienced knitters.

Decide on a knitted glove pattern from a knitting book or pamphlet. There are a variety of patterns on the internet as well. Choose a pattern that starts at the cuff of the glove, not at the fingertips.

Measure one your hands across the palm and around the back of the hand, to get the circumference just above your thumb.

Knit a gauge swatch and measure it against the gauge given in the pattern directions. This is a critically important step for something as fitted as a glove. If your swatch measures smaller than the pattern states, go up to a larger set of needles. If your swatch is too big, you will need to use smaller needles. Be sure to knit another gauge swatch with the new needles and measure again before proceeding.

Use your hand measurement to determine the glove size you should knit.

Cast on the required number of cuff stitches loosely. Join and knit in the round, following the pattern.

Knit until you arrive at the location where the thumb separates from the rest of the body of the glove. Put the required number of thumb stitches onto waste yarn.

Join the front and back hand stitches together by knitting to the thumb stitches (now on waste yarn). Skip these stitches and join with the hand stitches on the other side of the thumb stitches.

Knit the hand of the glove until you are ready to begin knitting the individual fingers.

Begin knitting the pinky finger stitches, placing the other stitches onto waste yarn. Knit the pinky stitches until they are the desired length. Bind off loosely.

Continue in this manner, knitting each finger individually while the other stitches stay on the waste yarn. Bind off all stitches loosely.

Pick up the stitches for the thumb, and knit until it is the desired length.

Complete the other glove in the same manner.

Weave in all ends with the yarn needle and trim excess yarn.


If your pattern features a thumb gusset, consider using place markers before and after the gusset stitches, so they are easier to recognise. You may need to try on the glove while knitting, to determine the correct finger length. Consider using a regular glove pattern and simply finish the fingers at the length desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Knit glove pattern
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn, size as stated in the pattern
  • Knitting needles, size and type as stated in the pattern
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Waste yarn
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Kelli Nottingham has been a freelance writer for more than five years, with published works on topics ranging from international travel to home decor DIY projects. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Colorado, Nottingham holds degrees in anthropology of religion, with a focus on religious ritual. She is also a recognized professional speaker with national experience.