Knitting Gloves

When knitting gloves for yourself or a loved one, you will find that this is one style of knitting that you might just get hooked onto. Knitting gloves is a wonderful use of the craft to creating something that's extremely useful, doesn't go to waste and looks really pretty. Whether you are knitting gloves as a gift for someone or just looking to make yourself something useful, knitting gloves will give you just the thing you need!

Knitting gloves is for knitters of all skill levels. While most people usually consider them as a great way of starting on something a little more complex than a scarf or a pair of socks, you will find that even if you are an experienced knitter, there are plenty of things that you can try to make your glove-making process more interesting.

Forego the Yarn

Normally, when you choose to knit something, you pick a yarn that is the basis of the entire garment. However, why not try knitting gloves without yarns? Think about it - you will get a fantastic new garment that's completely different from everything you normally have, give your gloves some elasticity if required, and also give you something a bit more interesting than a regular, woollen glove.

There are plenty of yarn-varieties available today and if you do want to try something new, then look in the direction of wool-mixes and synthetic wool substitutes for some additional properties along those lines. Whether making plain or textured stitches, you will find that these yarn-substitutes give you an incredibly different experience when it comes to knitting gloves.

If you are looking to make gloves, you will find that elastic or stretchable yarns are a lot better than those that are inelastic. The inelastic variety are better suited for garments that are meant to drape around your body, while your gloves need something a little more flexible, that's also interesting to touch.

Picking the Needles for knitting Gloves

Normally, every ball of yarn will come with its own recommendation of the size of the knitting needle that you need to use with it. However, you will find that, eventually, this is one decision that rests solely on your shoulders and depending on how your trial swatch comes out at first, you can increase or decrease the size of the needle by one or two points, as you think comfortable.

If you are using a yarn-substitute, then you will also need to ensure that the gauge of the substitute is almost the same as that of the regular yarn that you are comfortable with, or were planning to use. That will ensure that your final product does not have too many variations in terms of the size of the stitches.

The Actual Knitting

Once you have all the equipment, you need to start knitting and that means you start off by casting the yarn (or yarn-substitute) onto the needle. In either case, for a yarn and yarn-substitute, the process remains the same. The casting-on process will need about 20 knit or purl stitches to be placed onto the needle. For knitting a pair of gloves, you need to divide these onto four needles.

Then you put in the rib stitches, about 10 rounds of them, before adding in the regular stitches. You need to stitch in an increasing knitting pattern, which means putting in 22 stitches in the next row, 24 in the one after and so on. After every two rounds of increasing stitches, knit two more rounds without increasing the stitches. Therefore, after 22 stitches, you get a round of 24, followed by two rounds of 24 stitches each and then a row of 26-stitches, a 28-stitch row and then another two rows of 28-stitches and so on.

Continue this progression until you reach about 36-stitches, which is when you need to prepare for the fingers to come in. Take the last four stitches from the last needle and the first four stitches of the first needle and use them for the thumb. The remaining stitches will be joined together through 5 rows of stitches, following which everything will be shifted onto 2 needles. Divide these equally amongst the two needles and they will become the basis of your fingers as well as of the palm and the back of the hand.

The Fingers

Start working on the fingers with the ones closest to the thumb. Two of the needles will be used to hold the stitches while two will become your working needles. To begin creating your index finger, move four stitches from the front needle and three from the back one onto 2 separate working needles. The third needle will be used to knit 12 rounds of the pattern and create the thumb before casting off.

Now, begins the process of finishing up each finger as you go along. The basic concept for each finger remains exactly the same as mentioned above, although the fingers will have a different stitch and row count. For e.g. the middle finger will require you to pick off 4 stitches from the front and 2 from the back needle, while the ring finger will need 4 stitches from the front and 3 from the back. For the little finger, you will need to take one stitch from the side of the ring finger while stitching for only 8 rows, and, finally, the thumb requires 2 stitches from the side of the glove with 9 rows of stitches sealing the deal.

Sew off the loose ends and with that, you create a fantastic glove that's perfect for any occasion!

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