How to Make Gloves With the Knifty Knitter

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How to Make Gloves With the Knifty Knitter
Loom knitting gloves will keep your hands warm all winter. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A nice, bulky pair of gloves is a necessary accessory for getting through a long, cold winter. Knitting your own pair allows you to adjust the pattern to make sure it fits your hand perfectly. Using a Knifty Knitter loom lets you make a pair rather quickly, without having to work with double point needles, which can be particularly difficult when knitting the fingers. Although using the loom is quicker and easier, this is not a beginner's project.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Bulky weight yarn
  • Blue Knifty Knitter loom
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wrap your yarn around each peg so you can knit a rib stitch.

  2. 2

    Knit in rib stitch for 9 inches or desired length. This will make a cuff that folds in half for a 3-inch cuff, and another 3 inches between the end of the cuff and the base of the thumb.

  3. 3

    Make the left thumb. Work until the last 4 stitches of the round. Working backwards, cast on 3 stitches onto the 3 pegs you just knit. Knit 7, cast on 3 stitches on the next 3 pegs. Work these 10 stitches in stockinet for 2.5 inches or until desired length for thumb. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread yarn on needle, thread through 10 thumb stitches, pull tight and leave tail to sew seam.

  4. 4

    Work rest of palm. Reattach yarn at beginning of round. Knit until last 4 pegs, cast 4 stitches onto the pegs used for the centre thumb stitches. Continue to work in rib pattern until entire work measures 11 inches or desired length. Knit first 12 stitches of round, bind off 12 stitches.

  5. 5

    Make the index finger. Cast on 2 stitches on the last 2 pegs bound off, knit 5, cast on 2 stitches on the next 2 pegs. Knit these 7 stitches in stockinet for 3 inches or desired length. Cut yarn, leaving a 7-inch tail. Thread yarn on needle, thread through 7 finger stitches, pull tight and leave tail to sew seam.

  6. 6

    Make the middle finger. Cast on 2 stitches on the last two pegs bound off, knit 5, cast on 2 stitches on the next 2 pegs. Knit these 7 stitches in stockinet for 3.5 inches or desired length. Cut yarn, leaving a 8-inch tail. Thread yarn on needle, thread through 7 finger stitches, pull tight and leave tail to sew seam.

  7. 7

    Make the ring finger. Cast on 2 stitches on the last two pegs bound off, knit 5, cast on 2 stitches on the next 2 pegs. Knit these 7 stitches in stockinet for 3 inches or desired length. Cut yarn, leaving a 7-inch tail. Thread yarn on needle, thread through 7 finger stitches, pull tight and leave tail to sew seam.

  8. 8

    Make the pinky finger. Cast on 2 stitches on the last two pegs bound off, knit 5, cast on 2 stitches on the next 2 pegs. Knit these 7 stitches in stockinet for 2.5 inches or desired length. Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread yarn on needle, thread through 7 finger stitches, pull tight and leave tail to sew seam.

  9. 9

    Sew the finger seams. Sew the bound off edge of the palm to the unattached portions of the finger bottoms.

  10. 10

    Make the right glove by placing the thumb on the first 4 stitches of the round. After completing the palm, bind off 12 stitches, knit 12 stitches. Make the pinky finger first, followed by ring finger, middle finger and index finger.

Tips and warnings

  • Knitting the fingers and thumb requires casting stitches onto pegs that already have stitches on them. When doing this, work with the top loop, ignoring the stitches already on the peg. Placing a stitch marker on the peg before casting on the extra stitches will keep them separate.
  • The rib pattern in the hand makes the glove fit a wider variety of sizes. You can also knit 6 inches of ribbing for the cuff and then switch to stockinet for the palm.
  • When working the fingers, varying the number of cast-on stitches will make them wider or thinner, depending on you needs.
  • Try holding together two strands of thinner yarn to add some or texture variation.

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