How to knit gloves easy

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How to knit gloves easy
Knit gloves can be difficult, but fingerless gloves are a great beginner project (Knitting image by Maria Vtyurina from

Knit gloves are the perfect winter accessory--both stylish and warm--and when you knit them yourself, you can make a pair to match any outfit. Unfortunately, knitting gloves is not the perfect project for beginner knitters. Advanced techniques like working with double-pointed needles and knitting the fingers can be difficult and frustrating for new knitters looking for an easy project. Beginning knitters looking for an easy glove pattern should start with a simple, fingerless design. Because trendy fingerless gloves are knit on two straight needles, you won't have to worry about knitting in the round or fussing with double-pointed needles. To complete a pair of fingerless gloves you need only basic knitting knowledge. If you can cast on, knit and purl, you can make a pair of easy gloves.

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size 7 straight knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cast on 38 stitches to your straight needles.

  2. 2

    Knit two stitches, purl two stitches across to finish your first row of knitting.

  3. 3

    Purl two stitches, knit two stitches across to finish your second row of knitting.

  4. 4

    Continue knitting these two rows of knitting (knit two, purl two; purl two, knit two) until your piece of knitting is 7 inches long. This size will fit a women's medium.

  5. 5

    Cast off your knitting. For best results, keep your cast-off stitches loose by not pulling them tightly as you move them off the needles. The stretchy edge will make it easy to pull the gloves over your hands.

  6. 6

    Fold your knitted piece in half width wise. You should now have a tube that is open along the top, one side, and bottom.

  7. 7

    Thread your yarn needle with a long length of yarn. Sew the open side (but not top or bottom) of your glove for 1 inch. Any sewing stitch will work, but a stitch designed for knitting (like the mattress stitch) will work the best and give the most professional results.

  8. 8

    Cut your yarn. Move 3 inches down the open side, and then resume sewing until you reach the bottom edge of your glove. The 3-inch gap you left in your sewing will create your thumb hole. Weave in the ends of your sewing yarn and tails.

  9. 9

    Repeat to make your second glove.

Tips and warnings

  • You can easily make these gloves bigger or smaller by casting on more or less stitches, but be sure to keep a multiple of four so that you will preserve the ribbing pattern. You can also make the gloves shorter by working for less than 7 inches, or longer by working for more than 7 inches.
  • This knitting pattern assumes you are familiar with basic knitting terms like casting on and knitting. If you are not, check out a free online knitting help site for directions. Many even have videos.

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