Crocheting your own gloves and accessories can provide you with quality, custom-made pieces at an affordable price, including the currently popular half-finger gloves. A finer, softer yarn is recommended as it prevents the gloves from getting too bulky, but these instructions will work with any standard yarn. To create the half-finger gloves, we will modify a typical glove pattern by removing the finger ends. These gloves are very useful for keeping hands warm without sacrificing dexterity.
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Things you need
- Glove crochet pattern
- Crochet hooks
Choose a glove pattern that suits your style and needs. Patterns for crochet are available at fabric and craft supply stores where yarn and crochet supplies are sold. A large number of free patterns are also available online. The resource section below has an index of free, online glove patterns in a variety of styles.
Read through the pattern you choose completely before beginning. If you are unfamiliar with any of the stitches, take a piece of yarn and one of your hooks and practice until you feel confident you have mastered the stitch so the finished product is smooth and uniform.
Select a yarn that represents the colour and feel you desire in your half-finger gloves. You can choose a multicoloured yarn or a solid. Textures range from soft chenille to thick wool.
Choose the hook size you will need based on the gauge noted on your chosen pattern and your comfort level. Gauge is the number of stitches in a certain number of inches. It varies from pattern to pattern. Make a select number of stitches in the hook size recommended on a practice piece of yarn to be sure they match the gauge. If not, size your hook up or down accordingly to adjust the stitches to the correct number for the gauge.
Size your glove pattern based on the size of your hands. Gloves will stretch with time, and some designs are made with a one-size-fits-all pattern; others can be sized to your hands. The pattern will have instructions for this. When you get to the finger section, follow the variation that allows you to finish off the finger at half-length rather than create finger caps on each one.
If there is no variation, finishing them off is simple; try on the glove as you advance on each finger, and sight when the finger length is crocheted to one row beneath the middle knuckle. Take the glove off and single chain stitch on the last row made, slip stitch on the last stitch to finish. Weave in a short tail and clip the end of the yarn, the last row should bring the finger length to the middle knuckle.
Weave in loose lengths of yarn and snip off any excessively long tails. Enjoy your half-finger gloves!
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