Making gloves with straight knitting needles requires a little more work than making them in the round but still yields a lovely pair of gloves. Gauge is very important when knitting gloves. Take the wrist measurement of the recipient and the length of each finger and thumb from the base to the tip. These gloves are made with a worsted weight yarn at a gauge of four stitches to the inch. The gloves are made to fit a wrist measuring eight inches. Increase or decrease stitches as necessary to fit the recipient. Use a merino wool or alpaca yarn to hold in warmth on cold winter days.
Cast on 16 stitches. Work in knit one, purl one rib for 2 inches. The rib is worked by knitting the first stitch, then purling the second stitch. Repeat to the end of the row. Repeat the same row until the desired length is achieved.
Change to stockinet stitch and work for 1 inch. Stockinet stitch is worked by knitting all the stitches on the right side of the piece and purling all the stitches on the wrong side. End after working a wrong side row.
Work the thumb gusset. For the back of the hand, knit to the last stitch and place a marker. Make one stitch after the marker by sliding the needle into the yarn between the last stitch worked and the next stitch and placing it on the left-hand needle. Knit into the back of this stitch. Knit to the end. Purl the next row. Repeat the last two rows until you have 5 stitches after the stitch marker.
For the palm side, knit one stitch, then make one stitch and place a marker. Knit to the end of the row. Purl the wrong side row. Knit to the marker and make one stitch. Knit to the end of the row. Repeat the last two rows until you have 5 stitches on the needle.
Place the thumb gusset stitches on hold. Thread the waste yarn onto the needle and slip the 5 thumb gusset stitches to the scrap yarn. Continue working the rest of the glove in stockinet stitch for 2 inches, or to desired length to the base of the fingers.
Knit the fingers. Each finger is worked individually over four stitches. Place the remaining stitches on scrap yarn until you are ready to work the stitches. Work in stockinet stitch for the desired length of each finger and bind off all stitches. Slip four more stitches back to the needle and work the next finger in stockinet stitch for the desired length. Repeat for the last 2 fingers. Make sure to reverse the order for the other side of the glove.
Work the thumb. Slip the 5 stitches back onto the needle. Work in stockinet stitch for the desired length and bind off all stitches.
Sew the two sides of the glove together. Thread a length of yarn approximately 2 feet long onto the yarn needle and hold the wrong sides of the glove together. Slip the threaded needle under two bars of yarn between the first and second stitch at the edge of the work and pull through, leaving a 4-inch tail. Repeat for the other side of the glove with the same length of yarn and pull tight. Repeat around the sides of the glove, the thumb and each finger until the glove is sewn together, leaving the cuff edge open.
Weave in the ends on the wrong side of the work. Repeat all steps for the second glove.
Things you need
- Worsted weight yarn
- Straight needles, size 8
- Scrap yarn
- Stitch marker
- Yarn needle