Knit Along: Custom-Fitted Gloves Part 4

No-Gauge Custom-Fitted Knit Gloves

If you’ve been knitting your custom-fitted gloves along with us, you have your fingers and thumb joined and it’s really starting to look and fit like a glove. If you are joining us a bit late, you can read about the knit alongget the patternsee what we did previously, and knit along! From this point on, the knitting gets much easier.

Knit on for a few rounds as directed in the pattern. We’ll be decreasing for the thumb gusset in just a moment, but you need a few straight rounds to encompass the entire width of the hand, including the thumb. Don’t hesitate to do a few more rounds than directed in the pattern if you want a bit looser thumb connection. I’m thinking I should add a round or two to the directions. Let me know what you think when you get to that point.

Knitting the Gusset

No-Gauge Custom-Fitted Gloves KnitI got so excited that it was time to decrease that I forgot to pause my binging on Midsomer Murders to take pictures. What you see here is a close-up of the finished glove gusset. You are working decreases between the markers until you get down to a few stitches between the markers. The decrease rate I’ve given seems to work best for most people, but feel free to add another plain round between the decrease rounds if you think you have a wide thumb base.

Don’t forget to take notes on the worksheet, especially if you’ve made any changes to the pattern. For example, if you’ve changed the decrease rate on the gusset, you’ll want to do that on the second glove.

Knitting the Rest of the Glove

No-Gauge Custom-Fitted Gloves Knit

Now it’s smooth sailing! Knit until the glove is as long as you want it to be, then do some ribbing for as long as you like. Remember that the glove will change shape as you wear it, so be sure to try it on every now and then. If you live in a cold climate, make that ribbing nice and long so the ribbing goes up your forearms.

Knitting the Second Glove

You took good notes, right? Unless your hands are very different shapes and sizes, you can probably just use those notes to knit a second glove. If you aren’t sure that your hands are symmetrical enough, you can always try on the second glove as you work.

Fingerless Glove Variation

No-Gauge Custom-Fitted Gloves KnitAs I was knitting along on the first glove, I was thinking about what one of our knit-alongers asked me about fingerless gloves. I mentioned this adaptation earlier, but as I started Glove #2, I decided that I’d leave the fingertips off the Index Finger and Thumb to make for easier touch-pad use.

Since this was the second glove, I already knew how many stitches I’d need for the Index Finger, so I just cast on that number and started knitting straight until it was long enough from my first knuckle to the base of the index finger. I did the same on the thumb, and it worked out fine, as long as I don’t mind having non-identical gloves. Which I don’t.

Now my fingers will stay warm as I shovel the snow, but I can still control that all-important snow-shoveling music playing on my phone.

A Final Note to Knit Along  Participants

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I’d love to incorporate your feedback in the updated and revised pattern. Either leave your comments below, or email me. You have a few weeks to finish, but don’t wait too long! My goal is to have the new pattern ready before the end of February, so get those needles clicking and share your thoughts. You’ll get the revised pattern when it is published. Thanks for knitting along with me!

Previous Knit Along posts can be found here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Knit Along: Custom-Fitted Gloves Part 3

How are your gloves coming along? If you have the fingers finished, it’s time to put them all together. If you are joining us a bit late, you can read about the knit along, get the pattern, see what we did previously, and knit along!

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Joining The Fingers

At this point, you’ve knit four fingers and a thumb. The stitches are on holders or needles as described in the pattern, The next part is probably the fiddliest bit of the entire glove; it gets much easier from then on.

Following the pattern instructions, knit the stitches in the order given, working from the waste yarn. Ignore the stitches on safety pin markers for now. You are only joining three fingers at this point: the index, middle, and ring fingers. Don’t fret about the holes between the fingers or the long yarn tails between the fingers. We’ll take care of those later.

For most people, these fingers are set up a bit higher than the little finger, so you’ll knit a few plain rounds around three fingers until they reach the base of the little finger. As you work, keep trying on the glove until you’ve reached the base of the little finger.

Joining the Little Finger

Now join the Little Finger in the same way you’ve worked the others, placing the stitches between the fingers on safety pin holders. You’ll now have four fingers joined together. Work around for several rounds until you reach the base of the thumb.

See that big mess between the fingers, with yarn tails hanging out everywhere, and those pesky stitches on holders between the fingers? Now’s the time to attend to them.

Graft the stitches at the base of the fingers, set aside the stitch holders, and weave in the ends  Once I grafted the stitches on the right side of the gloves, I turned the fingers inside out to weave in the ends. I made sure that I tightened up any holes left by the grafting before working the yarn tails diagonally along the wrong side.

You may be tempted to save this weaving-in until the end, but I encourage you to do it now. It is much easier to reach this spot now, before you knit the rest of the hand.

If you have trouble getting to the stitches, you can always put the hand stitches on a waste yarn holder while you weave in the ends.



Joining the Thumb

You know what’s next, right? The thumb! Join it in the same way you’ve joined the previous fingers, and join me back here next week to work the gusset and cuff.



If you have questions along the way, leave them in the comments below. I’ll be monitoring it and responding daily.

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Knit Along: Custom-Fitted Gloves, Part 2

No Gauge Custom Fit Gloves Cascade 220

We’re knitting custom-fitted gloves to see us through the winter. Read about them, get the pattern, and knit along!

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Cascade 220

The Yarn

I’ll be using Cascade 220, a classic worsted-weight wool yarn in a beautiful raspberry color (7803 Magenta). The multi-colored version you see in the pattern photos was made with Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, and the blue pair you see in the previous post was worked with a worsted weight wool from my stash. Silly old me can’t remember what it was, but they turned out great!

Of course, you can use any yarn weight between fingering (#1) and worsted (#4) that you choose. I’m partial to 100% wool, but synthetic and synthetic blends will work, also.

Needles and Notions

Choose a needle size that will give a firm fabric, but not one that is too stiff. You’ll probably want to use a size or two smaller than you would normally use for your chosen yarn. With the yarn I’m using, I would typically use a 5 mm (US 8) needle, but I’m using a 4.5 mm (US 7) for these gloves.

You’ll also need some waste yarn to use as stitch holders, as well as safety-pin style or locking stitch markers to use as stitch holders. For the waste yarn find some non-fuzzy cotton yarn or thread. It’s best if the waste yarn is a smaller weight than your glove yarn, and in a contrasting color. Don’t count on using long straight stitch holders; they won’t work in this project.

Knitting Method

These gloves are knit in the round, using your choice of circular method. For the first couple of pairs I made, I started the fingers using double pointed needles then once I got to the Hand I started using the magic loop method. Use your favorite method, or mix them up.

Knitting the Fingers

Be sure you read through the pattern notes before you start knitting. There is important information there! In particular note that upper case labels refer to knitted parts (Ring Finger), while lower case labels are used for body parts (ring finger). When you are knitting, work the Fingers in the order given. I put a lot of thought into just where in the instructions things happen. But if, as you work, you have better ideas, please let me know in the comments below.

I am actually knitting along with you and making notes as I go. I’m making one glove all the way through first, then knitting the second one. Here are a few tips I thought of as I worked through the Fingers:

On the fingertips, the pattern calls for an M1 increase made by lifting the strand running between the needles and knitting into the back of that strand. That increase is pretty tricky at that point, so instead I just used a backwards-loop (e-wrap) cast-on style of M1 at the fingertips. If you want to use a different increase, let me know what works for you in the comments below.

Make sure you knit all the way to the base of the finger as the piece is worn. If you are knitting with negative ease, as I am, the Finger on the needles will be longer than it is when it is worn. You can see in the photo how the Ring Finger looks too long next to my finger.

Knit Gloves

However, when I try the knitting on, it fits just right, with the needles right snug down at the base of the finger.

If you prefer to knit gloves without fingertips, begin the Little Finger by casting on the number of stitches given at the end of Inc Rnd 1. Try it on as directed, and move on from there. Leave as much fingertip free as you choose, then knit the Finger the desired length. For subsequent fingers, you should be able to guesstimate the number of stitches to cast on, based on previous fingers.

Be sure to make notes of stitch counts on the worksheet provided. The second glove will go much faster with this information already calculated.

Following the instructions, knit all four fingers plus the thumb. Leave the yarn attached to the index finger as described, then meet me back here on Thursday, when we’ll join the Fingers and start knitting the Hand.

If you have questions along the way, leave them in the comments below. I’ll be monitoring it and responding daily.

Part 3 of the Knit-Along can be found here.

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Knit Along: Warm Up with Custom-Fitted Gloves, Part 1

It has definitely been hat and glove weather here in the Shenandoah Valley recently. I’ve been wearing my favorite pair of gloves, a bright multi-colored pair that fit me exactly right.

The Glove Challenge

For years, I struggled with gloves that didn’t fit my wide hand/short fingers at all. I especially had trouble with the placement of the pinkie finger; I always had a lot of empty space in the top of that glove finger, yet, the bottom of the finger didn’t sit comfortably in the crotch between my ring and pinkie. I’ve knitted and crocheted gloves for myself, and even designed a few (like these Socrates Gloves). Still, I was never quite satisfied with my results.

Each of my fingers is a different size, and even—dare I say it—a different shape. And by the time I do a gauge swatch in a particular yarn, I could have probably knit an entire glove.

The Perfect Glove for Me

I thought it would be great if I could design a glove that has all the following characteristics:

  • Fits each one of my fingers perfectly
  • Has exactly the (negative) ease I prefer in a glove, without being so tight it cuts off my circulation
  • Can be adapted to whatever yarn I have on hand
  • Doesn’t require knitting a gauge swatch.

So that’s just what I did!

No-Gauge Custom-Fit Gloves

Here’s why this pattern is one of my faves:

  • Use your choice of yarn weight (fingering, sport, dk or worsted),
  • Use your favorite method of working in the round (double-pointed needles, two circulars, or magic loop)
  • Skip the gauge swatch—just pick appropriate yarn and needles
  • The gloves are worked fingers-first, allowing you to custom-fit them as you knit.
  • In-progress photos help you with the techniques. Even if you’ve never knit gloves before, you can knit these
  • Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be adding embellishments and stitch patterns to further make them your own. Best of all, they will really fit!

The Knit Along

No gauge Custom Fit Glove

I wrote the pattern a few years ago, and I’ve been wanting to re-format it and provide better pictures. It occurred to me that I need to knit another pair of gloves to get those photos, so why not invite my knitting friends to join me in a Knit Along?

I’ll work just a little bit ahead of you, providing photos answer questions along the way, and when we are finished, you’ll get the newly reformatted pattern AND you’ll have a pair of perfectly-fitting gloves.

Start by downloading the pattern and choosing your yarn. Yarn amounts are given in the pattern instructions.

Get your yarn and needles ready for our next steps! Or just get started on your own and come with questions.

Part 2 of the Knit Along is here.