Simple Crochet Fingerless Gloves Free Pattern

This is the perfect accessory and easy to make!

Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless gloves keep you warm but still active. Sol de Zuasnabar Brebbia / Getty Images

These textured fingerless crochet gloves are made using only the chain stitch and single crochet. They belong to a matching set of accessories that also includes a scarf, a headband, and a beanie. All of the crochet patterns in the set are easy enough for beginners, including these gloves. It's a perfect pattern for making your first pair of crochet wristers and a pattern you may want to use again and again!

Design Notes:

This pattern includes instructions for crocheting multiple sizes using different materials. Information in parentheses () pertains to sizing; the pattern directions are given in the smallest size, and changes for the larger sizes are contained inside the parentheses. You may wish to highlight the instructions for your size before you begin crocheting.

The brackets [] denote a set of instructions to be repeated.

Required Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn: One 7 oz. skein of worsted weight yarn is a sufficient amount to crochet any size gloves in this pattern. To crochet the size medium uses about 1 1/3 ounces / 36 1/3 grams of yarn. This will vary depending on your yarn choice.
  • Crochet Hook: The hook size you use will depend on several factors: which size you plan to make, which materials you are going to use, and your individual preferences and way of crocheting. See sizing information below for further guidance on which hook size to use.
  • Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle is handy for finishing your fingerless gloves; each glove has a side seam that will need to be stitched, and you will also use the needle for weaving in ends when you are finished.
  • Safety Pins: You'll want to use a safety pin, stitch marker, or similar device for temporarily marking a stitch in this pattern. Safety pins are also handy if you'd like to check the fit on your gloves before you finish them.

    Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

    • ch = chain
    • ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row (In this pattern you'll be crocheting into chain spaces; these are abbreviated as ch-1 sp in the pattern.)
    • rep = repeat
    • sc = single crochet
    • st = stitch

    Crochet Hook Size and Finished Glove Measurements:

    First, figure out which size you need to make: measure the circumference around your hand (or the hand of the intended wearer) at the widest point above the thumb but below the finger.

    If you are using a stetchy or resilient yarn such as wool, you may wish to make your gloves a smaller size than your actual hand measurement; the yarn will stretch enough to make a comfortable fit. If you are using an inelastic yarn like cotton that does not stretch much, it's better to make the gloves a size that's closest to your actual hand measurement.

    Note that these sizes DO NOT necessarily correspond to the clothing size you normally wear.

    • Size Small - Start by trying a size K crochet hook, but adjust hook size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 6 3/8 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing. Switch to a size J crochet hook for a slightly smaller glove.
    • Size Medium - Aside from your crochet hook size and finished glove size, the instructions are exactly the same as those given for the size small; when you crochet this pattern, use the materials and finished measurements listed in this section but follow the crochet pattern instructions for working the gloves in size medium. Glove size is 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
    • Size Large - Start by trying a size K crochet hook; adjust if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 7 5/8 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
    • Size Extra Large - Start by trying a size K crochet hook; adjust if necessary to get the correct gauge. Glove size is 8 1/4 inches wide and 6 inches tall before finishing.
    • If You Need a Different Size: If you need a smaller size than any specified, you can make your starting chain shorter by subtracting stitches in multiples of two. If you need a larger size, make your starting chain longer by subtracting stitches in multiples of two.

      Gauge:

      Stitch Gauge: To check your stitch gauge, crochet 7-10 rows of the pattern and then measure the width of the piece. Compare that measurement against the finished measurement specified above for your size.

      If your glove is turning out to be significantly wider than the measurement specified above, start over using a smaller crochet hook; if your glove is turning out significantly narrower than the measurement specified above, start over using a larger crochet hook. If your glove is a bit different than the specified measurements but despite that it seems like it will fit the intended wearer, there is no need to start over.

      Check the Fit: Before deciding whether to proceed or start over, you may find it helpful to do a quick fitting. You can put a safety pin in your active loop and then pin the sides of the glove together and see how it fits around the hand of the intended wearer. Is it comfortable? Too tight? Too loose? If it's comfortable, keep crocheting. If it's too tight, start over with a larger crochet hook. If it's too loose, start over with a smaller crochet hook.

      Row Gauge: Work at whatever row gauge is comfortable for you; simply stop crocheting when your piece measures 6 inches tall (or however tall you want your gloves to be.)

      Crochet Fingerless Gloves Free Pattern

      Before making your first slip knot, pull out a length of yarn measuring about 12 inches or so. Leave this unworked; you will use it later for stitching the side seams of your fingerless gloves together. Ch 23 (25, 27, 29).

      • Row 1: Place a marker in the first ch from your hook. sc in 3rd ch from hook. [ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the row. Ch 1, turn.
      • Row 2: [sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets across the row. At the end of the row, work a sc st into the st where you placed the marker; you can remove the marker before working the stitch. Ch 1, turn.
      • Rows 3 and Up: The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, with one minor difference: at the end of the row you'll work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row. Rep this row until the piece is as long as you want it to be.

        Finishing the Fingerless Gloves

        End off, leaving enough yarn for you to stitch the side seams and weave in the remainder.

        If you would like to block your gloves, now is the time to do it. Blocking isn't necessary, but it's a nice touch if you used wool yarn.

        There are many possible stitches you could use for sewing (or crocheting) the side seam. A good choice is whip stitch; you can check out some other ways to join crocheted pieces if you'd rather try a different method.

        To use the recommended whip stitch:

        Thread your tapestry needle using one of your long tails of yarn.

        Fold the fingerless gloves in half so that the sides are touching each other and the outside (right side) is facing inward.

        The goal here is to sew the side seams leaving an opening that's large enough for your thumb. This is approximately 1 3/4 inches for the average adult thumb but measure your own hands before sewing your seams, because you might achieve a more comfortable fit using slightly different seam measurements.

        When you are finished sewing, weave the remainder of your ends into the work so that they cannot be seen.

        Turn the gloves right side out. They are now ready for you to wear, or to give to their new owner.