Keep your hands warm and toasty with this beginner crochet project! It uses basic chain stitch and treble crochet stitch to make a pair of simple fingerless gloves.
If you're new to crochet, this is a perfect way to practice treble crochet stitch while making something useful. However, the pattern might also prove to be of interest to crocheters of all skill levels. You may even be able to work up a glove or two in an evening!
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Gather Your Materials
Yarn: The sample gloves use Bernat Softee baby yarn to crochet my sample gloves. This yarn is a number "3" on the Craft Yarn Council's yarn weight system. Alternative names for this weight are"DK," "double knitting," or "light worsted."
For all sizes of these gloves, one 5.00 oz / 140 g ball of Bernat Softee [Length: 362 yd / 331 m] is more than sufficient. If you want to substitute another yarn, you'll need an estimated 45 meters / 50 yards of a similar yarn for the small sizes and more for the larger sizes. Please note that this is only an estimate. Be sure to allow plenty of yarn to avoid running out.
Crochet hook: Use a size G/6 -- 4.25 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle or yarn needle: You need a needle with an eye that's large enough to thread your yarn through. In addition to sewing the sides of the fingerless gloves together, it's also helpful for weaving the ends in. You might also find that a needle threader is handy to have, although it isn't a necessity.
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Pattern and Gauge
Gauge isn't vital on these gloves, but it does make a difference in the size and fit.
Stitch gauge affects the length of the gloves. Adjust the number of chains in the foundation chain to make the gloves longer or shorter.
Row gauge affects the width and sizing of the gloves. Adjust the number of rows to make the size you need.
Row 1: tr in 4th ch from hook and in ea st across the foundation row. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Work 1 tr in ea st across the row. Ch 3, turn.
Rep row 2 until piece measures approx. 6 1/8 inches or desired size.
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Size the Gloves With More or Fewer Rows
To determine which size gloves you want to make, measure the circumference around your hand (or the hand of the intended wearer) at the widest point above the thumb but below the finger.
If you are using a stretchy or resilient yarn such as wool, you may wish to make your gloves a smaller size than your actual hand measurement; the yarn will stretch enough to make a comfortable fit. If you are using an inelastic yarn that does not stretch much, it's better to make the gloves a size that's closest to your actual hand measurement.
For teen size/adult size extra small: Rep row 2 until piece measures approx. 6 1/8 inches or desired size.
For adult size small/medium: Rep row 2 until piece measures approx 7 inches.
For adult size medium/large: Rep row 2 until piece measures approx 7 7/8 inches.
Check the fit: Before finishing the gloves, it's helpful to do a quick fitting. Put a safety pin in the active loop and then pin the sides of the glove together and see how it fits around the hand of the intended wearer.
If it's comfortable, it's time to finish the gloves. If the fit is too tight, crochet another row (or as many rows as it takes) until the fit is comfortable. If the fit is too loose, carefully unravel a row of stitches.
Finishing the Fingerless Gloves
When you are satisfied with the fit, end off, leaving a tail of about 24 inches of yarn, which you will use for stitching the side seams of your gloves.
If you would like to block your gloves, now is the time to do it. Blocking isn't necessary, but it's a nice touch if you used wool yarn or if you plan to give these as a gift to a friend.
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Assemble the Fingerless Gloves
Use whip stitch to sew the side seam of the gloves. Thread the tapestry needle using the 24-inch tail of yarn.
Fold the flat glove in half so the top and bottom edges match.
Begin whip stitching in the corner. If you're right-handed, stitch from right to left. If you're left-handed, stitch from left to right.
Go through six or seven stitches, or about two inches, then leave a gap for the thumb hole.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Form the Thumb Hole
Reinforce the start of the thumb opening by sewing through the same stitch several times. The thumb opening is likely to see a lot of wear and tear, so this step is an important one.
Continue whip stitching in the same direction across the piece, but stitch through only one side. Go through eight or nine stitches or about 2 1/2 inches.
At the other end of the thumb opening, sew a few more stitches in the same spot for more reinforcement.
Continue whip-stitching through both layers to complete the gloves.
Repeat these steps again to finish the other glove. Make sure they match each other before you weave in your ends.
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