I wanted to make a pair of fingerless gloves/gauntlets this winter. To this end, I bought one skein of magenta organic merino at the Lion Brand Studio. It’s a limited edition yarn targeted at fancy yarn snobs with limited budgets. The $8.00 a ball yarn contains 300 yarns and can be used for a wide variety of projects. While I’m concerned about how the yarn will wear as a pair of fingerless gloves, the project is relatively inexpensive for quick-to-make, one season accessory.
After perusing Ravelery, I discovered that there were many, many options for knitting a pair of fingerless gloves. I prefer to call them gauntlets because it congers the image of a romantic medieval knight kissing my hand.
While the organic merino’s label calls for a size 6 needle, after several swatches, I found that I needed to use size 1 doublepoints to get the pattern to work. In addition, after several rows of knitting, I needed to restart the project by eliminating one pattern repeat or the gloves would have been way too big.
Here are my modifications:
- Small size less one pattern repeat (12 stitches)
- One less set of rows to make the gauntlets slightly beyond wrist length. They fit under a jacket without any gaps.
- Reduced the thumb stitches by 2 to keep the thumb tight enough.
I love the gauntlets. If I were to make them again, I would make the portion above the thumb shorter since it gets in my way when I work. I made these fingerless gloves specifically to knit on the subway.
Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief