Sometimes, you really truly have only a small amount of yarn. You buy that great big skein of 300 or more yards, you make a hat... And what to do with the leftovers? Fingerless gloves are a handy (see what I did there?) addition to your wardrobe, and so quick to make!
The pictured gloves were made with only 80 yards of sport weight handspun Merino yarn on size 7 double-pointed needles (DPNs) You may also use 24” or longer cabled needles using the magic loop method of working in the round.
The gloves are made in the round, expanding the stitch count for the thumb gusset, and then the thumb is finished after the main hand is done.
You can try these on as you go. If the gloves are too short or long enough, you can continue or stop as desired. Likewise, if the thumb gusset appears to be getting too big for your hand size, you can stop increasing and just knit straight up in the thumb gusset until it fits your hand.
Abbreviations: SM = slip marker Kfb = knit into the front and back of the next stitch
CO 48 sts. (This is 16 sts per needle when using DPNs.) Join without twisting.
R1-10: K2, P2 around for 10 rows.
R11: K2, P2 around until the last 2 sts; PM; kfb in the next 2 sts. This begins the thumb gusset.
R12: K2, P2 around, SM, K to end of row.
R13: K2, P2 to marker, SM, kfb, k to last st, kfb.
R14-R34: Rep rows 12-13 until there are 26 sts in the thumb gusset (sts between marker and end of row). Remove marker and place gusset sts on spare yarn to hold.
R35: K2, P2 around; CO 2 sts.
R36-46: K2, P2 for 10 rows.
Bind off in K2-P2 pattern. Weave in ends.
Place the 26 thumb gusset sts back on needles. Join yarn to pick up and K 2 sts where the top of the thumb joins the hand. K around for 3 rows.
If you made any changes to this as you tried on the first one, make sure to note these where appropriate so that your gloves can match. (If you have asymmetrical hands like some of us, you can just try on the second one while in progress as well. There is no wrong way to do that!)
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