September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.
Today I want to introduce Wendy from Sunshine Creations. Wendy is a crocheter and knitter extraordinaire (she also sews amongst many other creative endeavours). You might know Wendy through some of her expert visual tutorials – my favourites are her crochet yoyo afghan and her paper piecing tutorials – Wendy also has a book on how to crochet yoyos.
Fall is here. Which for me means cold hands while warming up the car in the morning. I have Osteoarthritis so this just kills my hands. Plus I have never liked having cold hands but don’t like gloves hiding the ends of my fingers making it difficult to open things. So fingerless gloves are in order.
Quick and easy fingerless knitted glove pattern
Here is a simple pattern that is warm for the hand and lets you have your fingers free and it still stylish plus you can make it unique as discussed at the end of the pattern. You can hold your tools and keep your hands warm. If you do not knit I have also made a similar pair in crochet on my blog to make both sides of the fiber art community happy.
Here is a way to make mittens with out double pointed needle you knit each needle with the other end of its own circular needle this makes it easier to not have laddering in your work plus it means it is harder to loose a needle.
One size fits most adults
3 circular needle size 1 ( this is easier to do with the shortest circular knitting needles you have but long will work too it just has more stuff (tubing) hanging down.
1 skein Sock yarn size 1 super fine 1.52 oz minimum
Cast on 64 stitch place 32 stitches on 1 circle needle and 32 on the 2nd circular needle
rounds 1-22 (2 inches): do a 2 x 2 rib that means k2 p2 around all 64 stitches ( If you want this part longer make more rows of ribbing)
rounds 23-36 (1 1/4 inches): just plain knit around all 64 stitches Make sure last round is tight between stitches 32 and 33
thumb gusset (3 circular needles)
round 1: knit 32 on needle one (using new needle) create 2 stitches between needle one and needle two between what was stitch 32 and 33 on previous round ( this is why you wanted them tight or you might get a gap or hole here when done). knit last needle. ( I am assuming you know how to do a left and a right increase and where to do them as this isn’t a tutorial on how to do stitches but a simple pattern that assumes you have prior knowledge) If you do not know there are lots of tutorials on you tube and you can go step by step making fingerless gloves is way easier than making socks.
round 2: knit plain over all three needles
round 3: knit plain on needle one increase on needle two then knit the stitches on there plain then increase one more time at the end of needle two, knit needle three
repeat round 2 and 3 till you have 26 stitches on the thumb gusset needle end with round 2 top of palm area (skipping thumb gusset needle)
– knit in the round for 12 rounds
– knit a 2 by 2 rib for 4 rounds
– cast off loosely or use the stretchy cast off hand finishing thumb
split the thumb stitches so you have half (13 each) on two separate circular knitting needles add yarn and knit for two rounds (doesn’t matter where you add the yarn inside of thumb or outside but I do like to do it on the inside of the thumbs that way if there is a little gap I can stitch it close for added strength when I finish threads) Just make sure it is neat.
– knit for two rounds
– knit in 2 by 2 rib for 4 rounds cast off loosely or do stretchy cast off.
– finish all tails
Repeat for second glove these gloves can be worn on both hands there is no front or back to them. This is fine for use with solid or patterned sock yarn. That is if you make the pattern go all the way around the hand other wise make your pattern on first needle on first glove and last needle on last glove.
How to make the pattern more yours to show off your personality
Since this is just simple knit stitch you can do two or more colors to make an interesting design.
Or you can add lace patterns to your 1st needle on first glove and your last needle on the last glove you make. Just make sure you leave at least the first 5 and last 5 stitches in knit stitch on the needle you are doing the lace on are left plain knit stitch so the sides of your mitten are solid also leave the thumb gusset solid knit.