Instructions for knitting children's gloves

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Instructions for knitting children's gloves
Homemade gloves will warm the hands and hearts of the wearers. (Colourful Striped Winter Glove image by bayu harsa from Fotolia.com)

Homemade knit gloves are a warm and cosy winter accessory that your child is sure to love. This pattern for children's knit gloves uses sport-weight yarn and size 9 knitting needles. The finished glove is roughly a size medium, and measures 20 cm (8 inches) long from cuff to fingertips with a diameter of 15.7 cm (6.2 inches) around the widest point. This pattern is adapted from the Hand Knit Gloves pattern generator found at The Knitting Fiend, and assumes the user has some knitting knowledge and is familiar with knitting patterns.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 57 g - 113 g (2 to 4 oz) of sport-weight yarn
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Size 9 double-pointed knitting needles
  • Size 10 double-pointed knitting needles
  • 1 safety pin
  • Short length of scrap yarn
  • Stitch holder
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Instructions

    Knitting cuff and palm

  1. 1

    Cast on 31 stitches using your size 9 knitting needles. Place stitch marker at the end of the cast on row. This stitch marker will indicate the beginning of a new round. Join knitting and work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.

  2. 2

    Change to size 10 double-pointed needles and work 5 cm (2 inches) of knit one, purl one ribbing, and stop when you reach your stitch marker.

  3. 3

    Switch to size 9 double-pointed knitting needles and knit 1 round, ending at the stitch marker.

  4. 4

    Knit 7 stitches, and increase one in the next stitch by knitting into the front and back of the stitch.

  5. 5

    Continue knitting in this knit 7, increasing one pattern until you have come to the end of your round. You should have increased four stitches and will have a total of 35 stitches on your needles.

  6. 6

    Knit 7 more rounds, ending at the stitch marker.

    Knitting thumb gusset and upper palm

  1. 1

    Knit 17 stitches. Increase one in the next stitch by knitting into the front and back. Place a safety pin into this stitch as a marker. Knit the final 17 stitches in the round, ending at the stitch marker.

  2. 2

    Knit across one round, ending at the stitch marker.

  3. 3

    Knit to one stitch before the stitch marked with a safety pin. Increase one in the next stitch by knitting into the front and back of the stitch. Knit one stitch (this should be the stitch marked with the safety pin). Increase one in the next stitch by knitting into the front and back of the stitch. Continue knitting the round, ending at the stitch marker.

  4. 4

    Knit across one round ending at the stitch marker.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have increased a total of 10 stitches. These 10 stitches, including the stitch you marked with a safety pin, will form your thumb gusset.

  6. 6

    Knit the next round across, stopping to remove the 11 stitches (10 increased stitches plus the stitch you marked with a safety pin) to your length of scrap yarn. Cast on 2 stitches and continue to knit across the round, ending at the stitch marker. At the end of this round, you will have 35 live stitches on your double-pointed needles and 11 stitches on your scrap yarn.

  7. 7

    Knit 7 rounds, stopping at the stitch marker. You have now finished the thumb gusset and upper palm of your glove.

    Fingers and finishing

  1. 1

    Knit 22 stitches. Leave the next 10 stitches on your needles, and slip all other stitches (including the 22 you just knit) onto your stitch holder. Cast on 2 stitches directly adjacent to the 10 active stitches on your needles; you will now have 12 live stitches. These stitches will form your index finger.

  2. 2

    Knit 12 rounds, or until your index finger is roughly 4.3 cm (1.7 inches) in length.

  3. 3

    Knit two stitches together across the next round. Knit around for one round.

  4. 4

    Knit two stitches together across the next round. Cut your yarn and weave in ends using your yarn needle. You have now finished your index finger.

  5. 5

    Slip 5 stitches from either side of the stitch marker onto your double-pointed needles. It is important to make sure you have 5 stitches from both the front and back of your glove. If you do not, your next finger will not be formed correctly. Pick up one stitch from the base of the index finger. Knit around to the end of the row, and cast on 2 stitches. You will now have 13 live stitches, which will become your middle finger.

  6. 6

    Knit 15 rounds, or until your middle finger is roughly 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in length. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to finish the middle finger.

  7. 7

    Move 4 stitches from each side of the stitch holder to your double-pointed needles. Pick up one stitch from the base of the middle finger, and knit around to the end of the row and cast on 2 stitches.

  8. 8

    Knit around for 12 rows, until the ring finger measures roughly 4.3 cm (1.7 inches). Repeat steps 3 and 4 to finish the ring finger.

  9. 9

    Slip your remaining 8 stitches from the stitch marker to your double-pointed needles. Pick up one stitch from the base of your ring finger, and knit around; do not cast on any additional stitches. These 9 stitches will form your pinky finger.

  10. 10

    Knit around for 10 rows, or until the pinky finger measures roughly 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) in length. Break yarn and weave in ends.

  11. 11

    Form your thumb by slipping the 11 thumb gusset stitches held on scrap yarn to your double-pointed needles. Pick up 2 stitches from the edge of the upper palm.

  12. 12

    Knit around for 8 rows, or until your thumb is roughly 2.8 cm (1.1 inches) in length. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to finish your thumb.

  13. 13

    Weave in any lose ends to finish your glove. Wash and block your glove if desired.

  14. 14

    Repeat all steps to make a second glove.

Tips and warnings

  • This knitting pattern assumes knowledge of basic knitting terms such as knit, purl, and increase. If you do not know what these terms mean, check out an online knitting resource such as Knitting Help.
  • This pattern is highly adjustable: simply change the size of your double-pointed knitting needles or yarn to make a larger or smaller glove.
  • Blocking your knitting is a process that smooths and evens your stitches. If you find that you are unhappy with the look of your finished glove, try blocking. You can find basic blocking instructions on any online knitting reference site.
  • When working the glove's fingers, be careful to slip stitches from both sides of the glove. If you do not, your finger will be flat and not round.

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