How To Knit Fingerless Gloves In Three Hours

If you are wondering how to knit fingerless gloves, I knitted this pair up in about three hours.

The pattern is super easy and these fingerless gloves make a great gift. I love that you can still use your hands without feeling clumsy like you normally would using fingered gloves. You can even write with these gloves on.

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How To Knit Fingerless Gloves


For a pair of fingerless gloves, you will need 3 balls of double yarn.

Pair of 3.5 mm knitting needles

Pair of 4 mm knitting needles

Yarn Needle


Just for safety sake I would knit a few rows first and check that the glove is wide enough to go over your hand. You can use any wool, simply adjust the number of stitches you put on your needle. It is best to use an odd number of stitches.

For the pair above I cast on 35 stitches. It fits me, my husband and my 13-year-old daughter. They are quite stretchy.


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To Make:

Using 3.5 mm knitting needles cast on 35 to knit fingerless gloves

Rib Row 1(rs): P1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Rib Row 2: K1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Rep these two rows above 6 times more.

Change to 4 mm knitting needles and work in pattern as follows:

Rows 1 to 3:  K to end.

Row 4: P to end.

These 4 rows above form the pattern.

Repeat them 10 times more then work row 1 again.

Cast off k-wise to form a ridge on rs.fingerless gloves


Sew in the yarn ends.

Fold the glove in half with right sides together.

Pin the seam leaving an opening for the thumb.

Carefuly try on the glove and adjust the openiong if necessary.

Sew the seam closed.

Make another mitt in the same way.

Now you know how to knit fingerless gloves.

This is an ideal pattern for beginners as there is only ribbing, plain knitting and purl involved in the knitting process.

If you have lots of different coloured scraps of wool, try making stripey gloves. These can also be a lot of fun to put together.

For another easy pattern, try this neck warmer.

6 thoughts on “How To Knit Fingerless Gloves In Three Hours”

  1. These fingerless gloves look beautiful and comfortably warm to wear during cold weather. I think you have given very clear and easy to follow directions. So even me who hasn’t knitted since primary school can try to do one. 

    What measurements can I use for kids? I have a 7 years old daughter, I would love to make matching fingerless gloves for us.


    • For a child’s pair, provided you are using the same type of wool, I would knit them with six fewer stitches. Test your tension first though, especially if using a different yarn. the best way, in this case, is to cast on the required stitches on the bigger needles and knit a few rows. Then take the knitting off of the needle and see if it goes around your child’s hand comfortably.

  2. Oh, my Mam is always knitting, she knits anything you can think of.

    She even knits those sleeping bags that look like a mermaid tail for people that want to pay for them and it doesn’t take her long to be fair to her

    She has tried to show me how to knit on several occasions but I just can’t get the hang of it. She actually made me a pair of slippers last week that looked like sharks were eating my feet. lol

    I will have to show her your website, maybe you could both swap ideas?

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Matthew and hope your Mom also visits and comments on my website. She sounds like a very advanced knitter.

  3. My wife Cary is a wiz at knitting and loves the idea of sending out fingerless gloves to family in Northern California and Oklahoma. Both locations they deliver newspapers and work jobs that require fingers in very cold weather. What I like is in the photo examples you could easily make a fist and tuck your hand fully in the glove when not in use. Great work By the way.

    • I have made a couple of these gloves and they are really useful as you have full use of your hands without the clumsiness of ordinary gloves. They do make great gifts too, so hope your wife enjoys making them and getting creative with them.


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