Who here has a yarn stash? Raise your hand. It’s a necessary part of being an avid crocheter.
Chances are, you have some yarn stored away somewhere that is just itching to be used but it doesn’t really go with anything else. In any case, you are not alone. I have a stash.
I admit I am a bit of a magpie. I see pretty and shiny colors and must have all of them. My stash is the result of buying lots of yarn with no plan to use it, so I have a lot of single skeins of yarn, many of which are too small to make most projects.
Not only that, I am a busy working single mom of two boys. I have limited time to devote to making stash-busting blankets and sweaters. I have spent a lot of time trying to solve this problem…enter fingerless gloves.
Fingerless gloves are the perfect project to get rid of that leftover yarn in your stash. They are easy enough that you can spend an evening making a set or put it down and spread it out over a few, it’s completely up to you.
Reasons Why Fingerless Gloves Rule!
There are many reasons why fingerless gloves are so popular. They are always in style, they’re relatively easy to make, and they’re perfect for when the cold weather starts creeping in.
Autumn Is Perfect for Fingerless Gloves.
Autumn is the perfect time to wear fingerless gloves. It’s not cold enough weather to put the heat on inside the house, but not always warm enough for your hands.
As someone who writes on a daily basis, trying to type when your hands are cold is near impossible. Fingerless gloves are the perfect answer. They keep my hands warm enough to write for long hours.
They Are Quick and Simple To Make
This simple pattern is very beginner-friendly, and is super adaptable, as you measure it against your hand and arm for a custom fit. I have included detailed instructions on how you can adjust the pattern for yourself.
This pattern uses big chunky yarn and one stitch-the back loop double crochet, which is easy to learn and creates an amazing textured effect. The yarn thickness gives these gloves a cozy feel.
These gloves also crochet up quickly, making this an ideal project for busy people on the go.
They Make Great Gifts
Gifting the special people in your life a pair of fingerless gloves is a personal and thoughtful present. They make particularly great stocking fillers at Christmas!
How To Crochet Fingerless Gloves
- 1 skein or almost full skein of chunky yarn, any color you want(I used a leftover Red Heart bulky weight yarn in a bright red color). I like to use acrylic-based yarns that can be machine-washed, but you can use any bulky or chunky yarn you have available
- 7mm hook
- 2 Stitch markers, if you struggle to keep count of your stitches or plan on coming back to the project over a few days.
- Darning needle, to sew up the seams
- BLdc-back loop double crochet
- YO-yarn over
- Sc-single crochet(this is used once and it’s through both the front and back loop)
- FO-fasten off
This pattern is worked in rows of double crochet. All stitches are worked in the back loop, except the single crochet, which is used to add shape to the thumb opening.
Fingerless Glove Pattern
Make a slip knot and ch. 32 (take the chain and measure from where your fingers meet your palm. Chain to the desired length and add 2 extra chains. Note the total number, as you will need it for the next step.) Turn.
Skip the first two chains and BLdc into the third stitch. BLdc in the next chain. Continue until end, ch. 3, turn(30 sts. Note: if you have a different number of base chain stitches than I did, your total stitch count should be two less than your total number of chains, due to skipping the first two chain stitches.)
From here on out, the ch.3 counts as the first dc. YO, insert your hook into the second stitch, in the back loop, yo, complete BLdc. Continue BLdc to the end, ch.3, turn
Repeat row 2 until the end of row 9, ch.3, turn.
Please note: The number of rows here may need to be increased or decreased depending on the size of your hands and arms. This pattern was made to be adjusted so don’t worry if you have to make it smaller or bigger.
If you need extra rows, keep repeating Row 2 until you can wrap your work around your hand and forearm and it almost reaches your thumb but not quite. Then proceed and do rows 10 and 11 as normal.
BLdc 23 stitches, chain 4, sc in both loops in stitch 27, BLdc until end of the row, ch.3, turn.
If you need to make it smaller( if you are making some for a child for example), measure the glove around their hands and then start Row 10 further back in the pattern. This is the beauty of measuring against your own body, you get a perfect custom fit!)
BLdc until the end. FO.
Take your darning needle and turn your work inside out. Line up the edges and sew up your seams. Turn your fingerless glove right side out. Repeat for the second glove when finished. Weave in the ends. Trim. Enjoy your new fingerless gloves.
If you struggle with one of the instructions, don’t worry. There are a few YouTube videos that can help you learn how to make a chain and how to do a BLdc. In general, YouTube is a great resource for all things crafty, including crochet:
These fingerless gloves are a breeze to make. Use two colors for a more fun, vibrant look, or add embellishments; the possibilities are endless.