I work in Mr. Math’s office when I format book interiors and upload content to the retail portals. It’s colder in there than in my office, and my hands get chilled. Recently, I decided to solve that. I dove into the stash and found two colours of Koigu, then knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves.
The two colourways coordinate so well that it’s hard to see that there are two colours. The second one had that darker aubergine in it and a brighter chartreuse.
I knit the cuff in the first colour, striped them through the hand, then did the fingers in the first colour again. This is a pattern that I just made up as I went. The directions are below, mostly in case I need them again to knit another pair. 🙂
I do like the thumb gusset.
• Wool: 55g of sock yarn in one colour, or 30g colour A and 25g colour B for stripes
• 2.75mm needles. (I used DPN’s but a pair of short circulars would also work)
• stitch holders
• Cast on 60 stitches in A and join in round. PM at beginning of round.
• Work 2/2 rib for 24 rows.
This is the cuff.
• For the hand, if making stripes, work 6 rows of B, 2 rows of A, 6 rows B. If not making stripes, work 14 rows.
Begin thumb gusset, continuing in stripe pattern:
• work to first knit ridge. M1 before the knit ridge, PM, K2, M1, then finish the round. Work 1 round, knitting the new stitches.
You now have a 4-stitch knit ridge. The outside stitches (which you just made) will be the outer boundary of the gusset and new stitches will be made on either side of that same central knit ridge. The marker will stay before the two central knit stitches and indicates the place for the first increase.
• Next row, work to the 4-stitch knit ridge. K1, M1, keep marker here, K2, M1, K1, continue to end of round. Work one row, knitting the new stitches.
• On R13, work to the 6-stitch knit ridge. K1, M1, K1, keep marker here, K2, M1, K2, continue to end of round. Work one row, purling the new stitches.
• Continue, increasing 1 stitch before and 1 stitch after the central 2 knit stitches to 84 stitches. You will have increased twelve times for a total of 24 new stitches, and the 2/2 rib will be complete all the way around.
• Keep the 26 stitches of the thumb gusset on your needles and place the stitches for the rest of the hand on a stitch holder. Work once around in A in 2/2 rib, making two new stitches in the gap that will be the base of the thumb. On the second row, purl these stitches. Work 3 more rows and cast off thumb.
• Put the remaining stitches back on your needles. Work 1 round, picking up two stitches at the base of the thumb from those two cast-on stitches. They’ll be knit stitches on the next round. Work 6 more rounds in B, finishing the last stripe, and break B.
• For index finger, put 16 stitches on your needles (8 on either side of the thumb), make two stitches on the side opposite the thumb, join in round and work 8R in A, then cast off.
• For middle finger, put the next 8 stitches from the back of the glove on the needles, using A, pick up two stitches from the two created on the side of the index finger, knit the next 8 stitches from the front of the glove, make two more stitches in the space that will be between the middle and the ring finger, join in round. Work 8 rows, then cast off.
• For the ring finger, repeat, picking up 8 stitches from the front and back, and two on each side.
• For the small finger, work on the remaining 12 stitches, picking up two between the small finger and ring finger. You might want to only knit 6 rows before casting off.
Sew in the ends and be warm!