Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Slip-Stitch Mesh Fingerless Gloves

Slip-Stitch Mesh Fingerless Gloves

The idea behind this pair of fingerless gloves was simple; not everyone likes to knit on double pointed needles, but even the dpn-adverse should be able to enjoy a nice fingerless glove. And as far as these bad boys are constructed, we'll begin by working the thumb, then we'll make the body of the glove, and then we'll put them all together!

Thumbs up, if you will...
Sizes: smaller (for a hand roughly 7 1/2" - 8" in circumference at the base of the thumb) and larger (for a hand roughly 8 1/2" - 9" in circumference at the base of the thumb) - directions for larger size will follow those for the smaller size in parentheses

Yarn: Berroco Vintage (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; 218 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #5120 Gingham - one skein

Needles: One set of straight needles in size US 8 (optional: another set of straight needles in size US 7)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches

So, as I mentioned, we'll begin with the thumb. And, if desired, here's your chance to use a smaller gauge needle, if you want the thumb to fit a little more tightly. Either way, the thumb will look better if you knit on the tighter side of things through the short rows. Anyway, cast on 14 stitches (16 for the larger size) loosely, and then purl one row across. And then we'll work the following (notice that you will be working short rows from row 4 - 12. There's a nice tutorial on the technique here, if you're rusty):

Rows 1 & 3 (wrong side): purl

Row 2: knit

Row 4: k8, w&t (for larger size: k9, w&t)

Row 5: p2, w&t

Row 6: k1, m1l, m1r, k2, w&t

Row 7: p6, w&t

Row 8: k7, w&t

Row 9: p8, w&t

Row 12: k3, m1l, k2, m1r, k4, w&t

Row 11: p12, w&t

Row 12: k5, m1l, k2, m1r, knit until end of row

Row 13: purl

Knit rows 1 - 13 and then bind off loosely. Seam thumb along short edges and put aside, for later (your cast-on edge is the top of the thumb; your cast-off edge the bottom). And now, we'll begin working on the body of the glove, which uses a variation on Slip-Stitch Mesh from page 156 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. So let's get started by casting on 34 stitches loosely and then proceeding as follows:

Row 1 (right side): knit

Row 2: k3, purl until there are three stitches left in the row, k3

Row 3: k5, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1; rep from * until there are three stitches left in row, end k3

Row 4: k3, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in front * until there are five stitches left in row, end k5

Row 5: k4, * yo, k2tog * until there are four stitches left in row, end k4

Row 6: same as row 2

Knit rows 1 - 6 eight times (nine times for the larger size), knit row 1 one final time, and bind off loosely. And now, it's time to assemble this bad boy, which we'll do by first seaming the glove part, and then adding the thumb. To begin, then, pick up the rectangle you just knit and match your cast-on edge with your cast-off edge. Determine where, exactly, you want the thumb of your mitt to be positioned, and then seam the top and bottom of the glove as appropriate, leaving a hole where you'll stitch in the thumb (I suggest planning to put the top seam of the thumb a little over 2" below the top of your glove, but since this isn't knit in the round, you can do whatever you please). If you need any tips on seaming, I recommend Vogue's Beyond the Basics page. Then, once you're done with these seams, stitch in the thumb and tuck in ends. And finally, make another!


  1. I don't mean to complain, but I think you forgot to add the ribbed cuff at the beginning and end of the pattern. It is not difficult to add it but it is confusing to read the description where it is not mentioned.

    1. Hi there!

      This ribbing is actually done in garter stitch, since the glove is knit side-to-side rather than top-to-bottom. Therefore, it's built into the first and last 3 stitches of each row. And please, let me know if you have any more questions. :)

  2. Hi! is your needle size in US or other?

    1. Oops! Sorry about that. They're all in US sizes, but I have older patterns where I didn't specify (like this one!). I'll update it now. :)

  3. Replies
    1. Of course! Please let me know if you have any other questions. :)

  4. Gretchen, these fingerless gloves look like they would work, but I want to knit them to match the Sailor's Ribbed Cowl pattern. Deborah Prather - prather.deborah@gmail.com

    1. Hi Deborah!

      I am going to reply to all of your comments on the Sailor's Rib Cowl. Just letting you know! :)

  5. I love your patterns! So great for making gifts, and it is so nice of you to give them away! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Glad you're enjoying them. :) And please, let me know if you have any questions.

  6. Hi Gretchen, Thank you for the pattern. I still consider myself a novice but one that likes to take on any pattern and work it through. I have a question, what is "w&t".

    1. Hi Monica!

      That's a term from short row knitting. It means "wrap and turn." You can find more information here: http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2008/06/18/short-rows/

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)