Learn to Knit Gloves

No matter what time of year you’re reading this, I have to ask – have you started knitting your Christmas gifts yet? Gloves are a great gift, and you’ll be surprised by how quickly they knit up.

This pattern is for a warm pair of thick gloves. We use size 3 US needles and worsted weight yarn to make learning the techniques easier. After you’ve worked through this pattern, it will be no problem to move on to other, more complicated patterns that use smaller needles and thinner yarn, to make more delicate gloves.

The only required skills are knitting and purling. The pattern includes links to NINE instructional videos that will explain using double-pointed needles, working the thumb gusset with Make 1 stitches, working the fingers, and doing tidy finishing work.

Sizes: Women’s Small (Women’s Medium, Women’s Large/Men’s Small) [Hand circumference 7” (7.5”, 8”)]
Needles: Set of 4 size 3 US double-pointed needles (3.25 mm)
Yarn: Any worsted-weight yarn, preferably wool or wool blend, approx 75 grams (170 yards)
Additional Materials: 2 ring stitch markers, 1 clippie stitch marker or safety pin (optional), tapestry needle, scrap yarn
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette

Pattern + links to 9 instructional videos $8 US via PayPal

97 comments on “Learn to Knit Gloves

  1. Hi Staci!!

    I just wanted to let you know I made my first pair of gloves for my grandma following your video and pattern. Thank you! She loved them! I made it a set, by knitting a scarf I followed on Craftsy, and then a rose from a tutorial on youtube. I attached the rose to a pin so she can put it anywhere on the scarf or jacket and wear it now until the cold weather kicks in. She was amazed I learned to knit so quickly, so I showed her your site! She and my mom have always wanted to learn to knit but had no one who could teach them. I am so happy to have found your site, thanks to you, we are all learning now! I can’t wait to pick up more projects!!

  2. Staci,

    I have made two pair of your gloves, never imagining that I would ever even make one! I saw a video today, though, that was knitting gloves from the fingertips down on circular needles. They were already past the point of joining the fingers and working the thumb, but I wondered if you ever thought of doing a finger-down glove pattern?

  3. Hi Staci, I love your videos. I’m having the same problem as Michelle Pang. In your viedo you have a working yarn after you finish the Pinky. But there is none.I’m trying to fugure out what to do. Please do a correction.Thank You! Please forgive my spelling. I forgot the knitter is Michelle Pang December 7 2011.@2:18pm.

  4. Gloria – yes, you have to reattach the yarn to continue, at the base of the pinkie finger. When you finish knitting the pinkie, the working yarn was cut at the tip of the pinkie finger.

    This video will help if you’re confused how to do this. It demonstrates how to attach a new yarn when you’re changing colors, but the technique is exactly the same if you’re using the same color, and attaching a “new” strand.

    S t a c i

  5. Thks. I understand now!!.in the video it looks different. the only thing now is picking up the 2 stitches at the base of the pinkie. im watching the video more closer. and thanks for the super quick answer!!

  6. Hi Staci! I’m excited to get going on some gloves. Once I’m done, I plan to knit some fingerless gloves for my niece as a Christmas present.

    I have been wondering if you have any special tips for blocking gloves. Do you just lay them out flat? Do you pin them? Do you have a hand-shaped blocking form that you use?

    Thanks for all your help!

  7. hello staci, i don’t have words for thanking u . u helped me a lot in knitting the pattern and i finally gifted the gloves to my beloved one. and surprisingly it fits him so comfortably,and they like it too
    thank u thank u thank u dear

  8. Hi Judy – I don’t have a pattern for men’s large gloves, but there are a couple of things you can do. You can knit it in a slightly larger gauge for a larger mitten, or you can learn the techniques I teach here, and use those skills to knit other gloves patterns. Once you work through any of my tutorials, you have the skills you need to move on to all kinds of patterns, including ones that are designed for whatever size you need.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  9. Hi Staci! You are amazing. The videos are so clear and easy to learn from. Getting the pattern as a gift (picked it out) for my birthday. Can’t wait to make my first pair of gloves, along with other’s for my family. Getting the letterman sweater as well.

    Thanks again, Robbie

  10. Hi Staci ~ I ordered your glove pattern and I’m looking forward to making my first pair of gloves! I have avoided these due to the thumb and fingers. I made my first pair of mittens last week…didn’t turn out too badly. I made it past the thumb gusset and now will tackle the “pinkie”. I like being able to view the tutorials…I’m more a “visual” person, so these are quite helpful. I have a question though; about the thumb gusset. I noticed your directions indicate M1L,K1,M1R. I thought it would be M1R,K1,M1L. Your expertise will be greatly appreciated. I used your tutorials to help with the Christmas stockings. Thank you so much for sharing all your helpful techniques and knowledge. Happy Knitting! ~ Sly

  11. Hi Sly – either is fine, as long as they are “mirrored” increases. I prefer the way I have it in the pattern, but you are welcome to have the Make 1 increases lean the opposite way, if you prefer.

    S t a c i

  12. I have a silly question but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’m following along with your video and the pattern but for some reason as I’m knitting the gloves the tube is forming towards me as opposed to away and as a result my glove is forming inside out. Also, when it comes time to knit the pinky if I follow your video the pinky loop will be formed away from the rest of the fingers as opposed to facing the ring finger and I have to reverse the position of my needles. I obviously am doing something in reverse as I start the cuff but I can’t for the life of me figure out what. Any ideas?

    Thank you so much!

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  14. Hi Staci,
    Good Evening ! I started to work on this pattern, after casting on, Its so difficult to work the first row. I was wondering, is it possible to use circular needles ? Would That serve the purpose or I HAVE to use the 3 DPNS plus 1 working DPN?

    Looking forward to your reply.


  15. Hi Staci,

    My Above comment was meant for the “How to knit the Mittens” video. I am so sorry.. LOL.. I had two windows open one for gloves and other for mittens. Silly of me. Anyways, The question about the circular needle is for the knitting Mittens.


  16. Shay – if you’re comfortable using the magic loop method for circular knitting, you can use that in patterns any time DPNs are called for. No problem. It’s really just a matter of knowing how to do it, and personal preference. You may find that you want to go back to DPNs when you knit the thumb (or fingers of gloves), but for most of the pattern, magic loop is fine.

    S t a c i

  17. This was a fun and very manageable pattern! You did a great job explaining everything; I’ve made fingerless gloves before but felt intimidated by regular ones, although now I know there was no need to be! When finishing up, do I just pull the finger thread from the outside to the inside and finish up as you demonstrated with the between-the-fingers thread? Also, when blocking (new to that as well), can you wrap both gloves in the same towel or do you recommend separate towels for each piece?

  18. Thank you for the note, Sam. To answer your first question, yes – all ends are handled the same way. Pulled to the inside of the glove, and woven in. To answer your second question – one bath towel is enough to block a pair of gloves.

    S t a c i

  19. I love doing magic loop and would like to know how to generally convert DPN to Magic Loop because I don’t like DPN’s since the markers I use slip off and it is hard for me to see where I am in the round. I do like circulars though because the markers don’t slip off and it is much easier for me to see where I am.

  20. If you’re comfortable using the magic loop method, there is no special trick to using any pattern with magic loop when DPNs are called for. The only trick is that if the pattern repeat is split into thirds (on three DPNs), you have to think about how that works split into halves (on magic loop). You can use stitch markers if that is the case.

    S t a c i

  21. Hi again Stacy, I’m using this wonderful tutorial again as I make a pair of gloves from the One Skein book: Unisex Gloves. It is SO helpful.

    I also watched your dryer ball video and wanted to enter the contest but couldn’t find a link to do so or to subscribe at the end of it.
    I also tried to email you but the email was returned as unable to deliver. So I decided to leave a comment here as a last resort.

    My green house tip for the contest:

    Place small containers of baking soda (about one cup in each) throughout the house as an easy and chemical-free way to freshen rooms, Cheap, safe and effective. I usually change these every 3 months.

    thanks again for all your resource videos and for the contest too!

    Happy Week, Geraldine

  22. Staci i’ve just finished just finished the cuff but i’m stuck at the part after the M1L ML and then it says K to last stitch M1, K1. What does it mean?

  23. I bought the beginners glove pattern awhile ago and made a couple of pairs and thought I would make a pair again but I don’t know where to go to download it again.

  24. Sorry, Just thought to look to see if I printed it out and put in my favorites book. And low and behold there it is. Thanks anyway. Love your pattern.

  25. […] As I mentioned in my last post, I have been doing some serious organising recently and trying to find patterns for my stashed wool. Thanks to the fab search tools on Ravelry I was able to find some great suggestions! Just in time for the really cold weather, I found a great first glove project that comes with handy YouTube vids to help with the most complicated parts from the lovely Staci of verypink.com. […]

  26. These are what I have been searching for for ages! I want to make these gloves for my husband but cannot find a pattern using DPNs. Could I go a size up in needles, would that make these a bit bigger?

  27. I also want to make these for a medium man’s hands. If I went up a needle size would that make them a bit bigger?

  28. Debbie – yes, you can alter the size of the gloves by changing the needle sizes a bit. I have not test knit these that way, so it may require some experimentation on your part to get the size just right. Good luck!
    S t a c i

  29. Hi staci
    i noticed that the 2 by 2 rib for the cuff was very loose and i redid it over and over again to see if I did something wrong but i got nothing

    I was wondering if you could tell me the tightest rib for the cuff so that it fits my hand and stays on??

    Thanks u r the best!!!

  30. Staci, I have very small hands (5.5″ circumference at widest part). I am hoping to find a glove pattern that fits me, or to learn how to modify a pattern to fit me. Is this pattern adjustable to fit a hand like mine, and do you have any tips for making such a modification? Would I be better off looking for a child’s glove pattern? Thank you!

  31. Linda – this glove pattern comes in three sizes, but the smallest (women’s small) is 7 around. I just looked, and 5.5″ falls into the kids/teen glove sizes. I think your best bet is to find a kid/teen glove pattern.

    S t a c i

  32. Hi Staci,

    Just purchased your glove pattern and working on them now. Through you, your clear patterns and your great videos I now knit socks for many people in my family. I really didn’t think I would ever knit gloves but after watching your video and downloading your pattern I don’t think there will be any problems at all.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and for your great patterns.

    • excuse me , but when i download video,i can’t view subtitles .i don’t understand english very well and subtitles in video help me . please help me . thank you very much .

  33. Afsaneh – hopefully you’re not downloading the video (that is illegal), but you’re just watching it in your browser, correct?

    Here’s how to enable auto-translated captions:

    Click on the captions icon at the bottom of the video.
    Click Options.
    Click Translate Captions.
    Click to select a language.
    Click OK.

  34. Hi Staci. I’ve just started working the thumb gusset and I’ve hit a snag. Round 1 of the pattern repeat says: K to marker, SM, M1L, K to marker, M1R, SM, K to end. If I knit to the second marker, there’s no stitch with which to make 1. If I knit until there is one stitch left before marker to M1R, I’d be creating another stitch to be knit before slipping the marker. I’m confused. Hope you can help. Thanks.

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