In my “real” life, as a photographer, I usually can’t wear gloves when shooting outside in the winter. So, I recently knit up a pair of fingerless gloves, which are perfect for me. They’re warm, cute, and I still have all the freedom and dexterity I need for shooting!
Diana’s Fingerless “Photographer’s Gloves” Knitting Pattern
- 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn, in two different colors (or 1 skein if you knit these in 1 color)
- Size 7 double pointed needles (4 needles total)
- Darning needle for weaving in ends
1. Cast on 32 stitches with MC (main color) onto one needle, and then move a third of the stitches to the second needle, and a third of the stitches to your third needle.
2. Making sure not to twist any stitches, join your stitches in the round, using the fourth needle. Using MC, work in 1×1 ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for about 13 rows, or roughly 2 inches.
3. Switch to CC (contrasting yarn), and switch to stockinette stitch (knitting every stitch). For the rest of the pattern (until you get to the top cuff), switch between MC and CC every 2 rows. Continue like this for 22 rows, or 11 stripes. You’ll notice that when you get to the end of every other row, the last stitch from the row before will seem a little lose. Make sure to pull from the yarn you aren’t currently using, to make sure it stays tight.
4. Next, you’ll start increasing for the thumb gusset. After you’ve completed 11 stripes, follow this pattern for the next 10 rows:
- Row 1: k1, k1f&b, k1, k1f&b, and k until the end of the row
- Row 2: k all stitches
- Row 3: k 1, k1f&b, k3, k1f&b, and k until end of the row
- Row 4: k all stitches
- Row 5: k1, k1f&b, k5, k1f&b, and k until end of the row
- Row 6: k all stitches
- Row 7: k1, k1f&b, k7, k1f&b, and k until end of row
- Row 8: k all stitches
- Row 9: k1, k1f&b, k9, k1f&b, and k until end of row
- Row 10: k all stitches
5. On the next row, k1, and then using a darning needle, put the next 12 stitches onto a piece of scrap yarn and tie the yarn to make sure the stitches don’t fall off. You’ll come back to these later to finish the thumb. k the rest of the stitches of that row, and continue in the stockinette stitch and stripes for 5 more stripes, or 10 more rows.
6. After you’ve knit 5 more stripes (10 more rows), ending on a CC stripe, switch back to your MC and begin ribbing again for the top cuff (k1, p1). Continue in ribbing for 7 rows, and then bind off loosely.
7. Your main section of the glove is complete. Now, using your needles, pick up the stitches from the thumb that are on scrap yarn. Separate them over the three needles, and pick up one stitch from the inside part of the thumb. You should have 13 stitches total. Continue in the stockinette stitch, switching colors every 2 rows, for as long as you’d like your thumb to be (I did 2 stripes), making sure to end on a CC stripe. Switch back to MC and work in 1×1 ribbing (k1, p1), for 4 rows. Bind off loosely. Your glove is finished! Make 2 if you’d like a full pair, or stick with one if you’d like to wear it Michael Jackson-style
About Diana [knitandbake.com]By day, I have my dream job, photographing musicians and celebrities, shooting ad campaigns, editorial work, and more. I live in New York City with my high-school sweetheart and husband Matt <3 When I need to de-stress from the craziness of everyday life, I love knitting, baking, cooking, making photo books, organizing & making gifts for the people I love. This blog is a collection of my projects and recipes, both original and borrowed. xo, Diana