Light Knit Easy Fingerless Gloves


Beginner Fingerless Gloves Bamboo

My first blog post was a pattern for a bulky, knit flat fingerless glove (you can see here).  The whole reason I made that pattern was out of frustration of not finding a pattern that was done flat when I was trying to make some for Christmas gifts.  Since then, I’ve loved my own pair of fingerless gloves, but the weather is getting a bit warm.

These are knit with bamboo and silk yarn. I know. Luxury!! It was so fun to knit with because it is sooooo soft.  It’s also great because it takes the chill off in the mornings but doesn’t make me feel like I’m still living on the frozen tundra (this is how I felt this winter).

*These are knit flat, and seamed, making them beginner friendly

* You need to know how to knit and purl

Knit flat fingerless gloves

You will need:

  • US Size 8 Knitting Needles
  • One Skein Worsted weight yarn ( I used Yarn Bee Oriental Teal in silk and bamboo from Hobby Lobby)
  • Two differing worsted weight contrast colors for details ( I used off white and magenta )
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors


Cast on 30 Stitches, leaving a tail to sew up the seam

Row 1: *Knit 2, Purl 2, across row (you are working in a 2X2 rib)

Row 2: Purl 2, Knit 2, across row *

Repeat this pattern from * to * of a 2X2 rib for about 1 1/4 inches

Once you have 1 1/4 inches of rib stitch, you will begin stockinette

To knit in the stockinette stitch:

Row 1 of stockinette: *Knit across row

Row 2: Purl across row*

Continue from * to *, making the stockinette stitch pattern for 3 1/4 inches

Once you reach the length of 3 1/4 inches, you will do garter stitch to finish. This will prevent curling, and give it a finished look.

Knit three rows of knit stitch (Garter), then knit cast off. Leave a tail to seam.

Seam your gloves (If you are going to embroider details, wait to seam until AFTER you have embroidered details):

Using either the tails, or a length of yarn, fold the glove together in order to seam.  Seam from the bottom up, to the point where your thumb will go through.  Use the mattress stitch. (If you’ve never done it, just look it up on youtube.  It is really easy, and you won’t even be able to see the seam at all!) Then, with a length of yarn, or tail, seam from the top down, stopping where the thumb will go through.

Weave in all ends.

Embroidered Detail

The details are stitched on after I made the flat glove.  The details are added, and then the glove is seamed.  I really like these details because they are so easy to add, and you can be as creative as you want! Feel free to play around, and make your stitches in different places than mine.

Step Two Duplicate Stitch Embroider

I used a technique called the duplicate stitch to add detail. See my tutorial here on adding these to the gloves. You will simply use a length of yarn, your tapestry needle, and weave over stitches to make the details.

beginner knit spring fingerless gloves
See my tutorial on how to add these easy stitches. I made sets of two and three stitches near the bottom, and a group of five on the center of the glove.

Use the contrast colors you have chosen to add these details. My stitches are placed, in sets of two or three, every two rows just above the cuff of the glove.  The pink detail is centered over my hand.  Enjoy making your details, and make sure to see my picture tutorial to see my glove details being added in pictures!


knit fingerless mitts

As always, let me know if I can improve the pattern or instructions. I’m no pro! Ha ha!

Have fun with your luxurious gloves!

You can also see my bulky fingerless knit in the round here!

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  1. Jessica, I too love making fingerless gloves! Do you have a pattern for little girls? I have 3 granddaughters (ages 11, 9 & 4)who would love these, but I’m not sure how many to cast on to begin with? Any advice to this beginner would be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Marcie!
      I wish I had a pattern for little girls that I could give you, but I just don’t right now. Maybe that is something I should do in the future! I would say that this pattern would probably fit the 11 year old as it is a small pair, and just stretches a lot. You have lucky granddaughters who have a grandmother that makes them fun things like fingerless gloves. 🙂 I wonder if you could check ravelry and see if there is a pair for little girls there?

  2. This is my new favorite fingerless glove pattern! I have been looking for a fast easy pattern. Every year i knit around 100 hats to send to a Michigan food pantry that gives them to people who come in and have been wanting a glove pattern to do as well. I played with your pattern and adjusted it for children by using sport weight yarn and size 5 needles. Working pattern as given except doing stockinette stitch for 2 1/4 inches will give you a child size . THanks for the great pattern!

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