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Knitting Pattern: Socrates Gloves

Here’s a knitting pattern to keep your hands warm and looking good! The Socrates Gloves knitting pattern is an easily customizable design for advanced beginner and intermediate knitters. What better gift for you or someone you love than a pair of warm handknit gloves?

These gloves feature an easy lace faggoting pattern on the back of the hand, with a stockinette stitch palm, fingers, and thumb.

flat lay photo of purple hand-knit gloves with a lace pattern on the back of the hands, on a snowy background, Socrates Gloves knitting pattern

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hand wearing a purple glove and holding a snowball, with a snowy background

The Yarn

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council

Use your favorite fingering weight yarn. Because of the lace design on the hand, a solid color yarn will look best. Of course, you can always ignore the lace stitch pattern and just make a pair of stockinette stitch gloves in any wild colorway you choose!

The original yarn I used for the Socrates Gloves is an alpaca/wool blend that has been discontinued. It was a light fingering-weight plied yarn composed of 30% alpaca, 30% merino wool, 20% rayon and 20% nylon. It is listed as a #1 lace-weight yarn, but I consider it more of a fine-weight or fingering-weight yarn.

Here are some other suggested yarns:

ball of turquoise yarn-Stroll Fingering from KnitPicks

Stroll Fingering Weight from KnitPicks, a blend of 75% fine superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. It comes in 50 gram balls of 231 yards each.

closeup of medium-blue yarn

Valley Yarns Huntington is a plied blend of 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. It’s machine washable and comes in 31 colors.

You can see other yarns that knitters have used for this project on Ravelry.

The Pattern

cover image of Socrates Gloves knitting pattern

The Socrates Glove knitting pattern has recently been reformatted to make it even clearer to read. It has been professionally tech-edited. This pattern originally appeared in Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders (see below).

The design is sized for adult women and the finger length is easily customizable.

You will complete the lace pattern before starting the fingers, so you don’t have to keep track of too many things at one time. The faggoted lace pattern is both written out and charted. And while the knitting itself is not difficult, the pattern is probably best suited for advanced beginner and intermediate knitters comfortable knitting in rounds on double-pointed needles or using the Magic Loop technique.

Other Glove Patterns

Looking for other glove patterns? Check these out:

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

cover image for Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

This pattern and one hundred others first appeared in Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, edited by my friend Judith Durant and published by Storey Publishing. 2010. This book, and all the One-Skein Wonders book in the series are terrific resources for one-skein projects of all types. Each contains 101 projects, making them a terrific value!

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