Simple Crochet Fingerless Gloves Free Pattern

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Overview
  • Skill Level: Beginner

These textured fingerless crochet gloves are use only the chain stitch and single crochet. They belong to a matching set of accessories that also includes a scarf, headband, and beanie. All worked in Moss Stitch, the crochet patterns in the collection are easy enough for beginners. This one is a perfect pattern for making your first pair of crochet mitts and is a pattern you may want to use again and again.

Sizing / Finished Measurements

Instructions for the fingerless gloves are written for four sizes. Measure the circumference of the intended wearer's hand at the widest point, above the thumb but below the fingers. Choose the size nearest your hand circumference, or perhaps slightly smaller for a closer fit. If you are using a stretchy or resilient fiber such as wool, the yarn will stretch to cover your hand. If you are using an inelastic yarn such as cotton that does not stretch much, it's better to make the mitts in a size that's closest to your actual hand measurement.

The pattern directions are given for the smallest size, with changes for the larger sizes given in parentheses. You may wish to highlight the instructions for your size before you begin crocheting.

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large)

Finished circumference: 6 3/8 (7, 7 5/8, 8 1/4) inches

Length: 6 (7, 7 1/2, 8)

Gauge

14 sts and 15 rows = 4 inches (10 centimeters) in Moss Stitch

Check your stitch gauge by crocheting seven to 10 rows of the pattern and measuring the width of the piece. Compare that measurement against the finished measurement for your size. If your measurement doesn't match the size, you will need to try again with a different hook size. If your glove is turning out to be significantly wider than the measurement specified above, start over using a smaller crochet hook. If your mitt is turning out significantly narrower than the measurement specified above, start over using a larger crochet hook.

Work at whatever row gauge is comfortable for you. Simply stop crocheting when your piece measures the length for your size or whatever length you desire.

Abbreviations

  • beg = beginning
  • ch = chain
  • ch 1 = chain 1 stitch
  • ch-1 sp = chain-1 space; the space formed where you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
  • dc = double crochet
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • [ ] = repeat instructions within brackets as directed

Notes

In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces; these are abbreviated as ch-1 sp in the pattern. You'll want to use a safety pin, stitch marker, or similar device for temporarily marking a stitch in this pattern. Safety pins are also handy if you'd like to check the fit on your gloves before you finish them.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

Equipment / Tools

  • US K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch markers or coilless safety pins
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Materials

Materials

  • 150 to 250 yard worsted weight yarn

Instructions

  1. Make Foundation Row of Chain Stitches

    Before making your first slip knot, pull out a length of yarn measuring about 12 inches or so. Leave this unworked; you will use it later for stitching the side seams of your fingerless gloves together.

    With slip knot on hook, ch 23 (25, 27, 29).

    Tip

    For a smaller size than any specified, you can make your starting chain shorter by subtracting stitches in multiples of two. For a larger size, make your starting chain longer by subtracting stitches in multiples of two.

  2. Working Into the Chain

    Place a marker in the first ch from your hook. Sc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end. Ch 1, turn.

  3. Foundation Row

    Next row: *sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to end.

    At the end of the row, remove the marker you placed in the first ch from the hook and work a sc st into the space above it. Ch 1, turn.

  4. Begin Moss Stitch

    The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as the last, with one minor difference: at the end of the row you'll work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row.

    All rows:*sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to last st, sc.

    Rep this row until the piece is 6 (7, 7 1/2, 8) inches, or as long as you want it to be.

  5. Finishing

    Leaving a 6 inch tail, cut yarn and pull it through the last stitch. Block with a little spritz of water or steam to even out your stitches. Make the second glove.

  6. Seaming

    There are many possible methods for seaming crochet, from whip stitch to slip stitch and other methods using a hook. For the fingerless gloves you will use whipstitch.

    The goal here is to sew the side seams leaving an opening that's large enough for your thumb. This is approximately 1 to 1 3/4 inches for the average adult thumb but measure your own hands before sewing your seams, because you might achieve a more comfortable fit using slightly different measurements.

    Fold the fingerless gloves in half so that the sides are touching each other and the outside (right side) is facing inward. Thread the 6 inch tail from the last row worked on the yarn/tapestry needle and whip stitch the upper hand from knuckles to thumb for 2 (2, 2 1/4, 2 1/4) inches. Fasten off.

    Thread the 12 inch length of yarn at your cast on end on the yarn/tapestry needle and whip stitch from the cuff to bottom of thumb, approximately 3 (3 3/4, 3 3/4, 4 1/2) inches. Fasten off. Weave in yarn tails.

    Turn the gloves right side out. They are now ready for you to wear or to give to their new owner.