How to knit gloves easy

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

Cast on 38 stitches to your straight needles.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Repeat to make your second glove.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size 7 straight knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
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From the Bronx, N.Y., Shannon Lea has been writing social science and art history-based articles since 2000, with works featured on various websites. Lea is currently perusing her Master of Arts in the history of the decorative arts at the Bard Graduate Center, where she is writing her thesis on ninth-century Arab ceramics.