Lately, I’ve been really into making gloves and I’ve shared some pictures of them on my Instagram. They’ve all been for family and because I wanted to work on them quite quickly, so I didn’t plan on sharing a tutorial or a gloves pattern. But, last week, I shared a picture of some gloves I made for my niece and a lot of people really seemed to like them. I got a few requests for the pattern, so I decided to share the Fairy Tale gloves pattern.
Note: These are a girls’ large, but I’ve also included the pattern for women’s small, medium, and large in the downloadable PDF. However, I haven’t been able to test those larger sizes since I only made the one pair. They should be fine, but I wanted to let you know.
Fairy Tale Gloves Pattern
Before you start working, there are a few things you should know. Gloves are not difficult but you will need to be familiar with a couple of skills and techniques for these:
- working in the round
- increasing (M1 stitches)
- picking up and knitting stitches
- stranded/fair isle knitting
- provisional cast on
- Kitchner stitch
These are all fairly easy to learn, so don’t worry. I learned provisional cast ons and the Kitchner stitch as I was coming up with this gloves pattern so don’t be daunted by the list. I find it just helps to know in advance if there are any specific skills involved.
- Worsted weight yarn in two colors
- Main color (A) – Wool of the Andes in Dove Heather
- Contrast color (B) – Brava Worsted in Fairy Tale
- US #5 circular needles
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders
- Spare yarn
- A tapestry needle
- Tape measure
Size: Girls’ Large (you can get the women’s sizes in the downloadable PDF)
I made both gloves at the same time using the Two-At-A-Time method (video here), but you can make them individually as well. Or, if you’re really good, make two pairs at a time 😮 Hats off to you if you can do that!
1. With color A, cast on 44 stitches using a long tail cast on and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
2. *Knit 2, purl 2* around. Continue working in 2×2 ribbing until the cuff measures 2.5 inches from the cast on edge.
3. Knit 22 , pm, M1 stitch, pm, knit to the end of the round.
4. Knit all. You should have 45 stitches.
Begin Thumb Gusset:
5. Knit until first marker (after the one that marks the beginning of the round), slip marker, M1, knit to next marker, M1, slip marker, knit to the end of the round. You should now have 3 stitches between the markers.
6. Knit all.
7. Repeat round 5 and 6 another three times. You should now have 9 stitches between the markers. The stitches between these markers are the thumb stitches, and the rest are hand stitches.
8. Attach color B at the start of the round and begin working the Gloves Body Chart across the hand stitches. At the same time, continue increasing the thumb gusset until there are 13 stitches between the markers. Make sure to loosely wrap color B after every stitch in the thumb gusset so that the color is carried to the other side without making the thumb stitches tight.
9. On the next round, work the chart normally, then move the 13 thumb stitches onto a bit of spare yarn. Continue knitting to the end of the round, being careful to knit the first stitch after the thumb stitches slightly tighter than normal. You should have 44 stitches.
10. Continue working the chart until the hand measures 3 inches from the cuff. You should be done with the chart, so cut the yarn for Color B and let it drop for now.
11. Using only color A now, knit one round. Remove marker.
12. Knit 6, place all but the last 5 stitches onto stitch holders, cast on 1 stitch over the gap and knit 5 . Join these stitches to work in the round.
13. Knit all stitches until the little finger is 1 inch tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
14. Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn (A) and knit one round.
15. Knit 6, place all but the last 5 stitches onto stitch holders, cast on 2 stitches over the gap and knit 5 . Pick up and knit 1 stitch from the base of the little finger, and join these stitches to work in the round.
16. Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.25 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
17. Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn.
18. Knit 6, place all but the last 5 stitches onto stitch holders, cast on 2 stitches over the gap and knit 5. Pick up and knit 2 stitches from the base of the ring finger, and join these stitches to work in the round.
19. Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.5 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
20. Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn.
21. Knit all, pick up and knit 2 stitches from the base of the middle finger, and join these stitches to work in the round.
22. Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.25 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
23. Move all thumb stitches from the scrap yarn onto the needles and attach new yarn.
24. Knit all stitches, then pick up and knit 3 from the edge of the hand and join to work in the round.
25. K2tog once, then knit all until the thumb is 1.5 inches tall after the gusset. K2tog all around. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread the end onto a tapestry needle. Pull the yarn through the remaining stitches to close the top of the thumb and bind off.
The main part of the gloves is actually done, but to make these convertible, we need to make a cap for the fingers. This is made separately and then attached to the hand afterwards.
1. Using spare yarn, cast on 22 stitches using a provisional cast on and a spare bit of yarn.
2. Attach yarn in color A and knit all.
3. Purl all.
4. Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more.
5. Knit 22, then cast on another 22. Join to work in the round and place a marker to mark the beginning.
6. Knit the first 22, then work in 2×2 ribbing over the next 22. Continue in this way until the ribbed half is 1 inch tall.
7. Attach color B and work the Cap Chart over the next 7 rounds.
8. Trim the yarn for color A, leaving a long tail, and let it fall for now. Using only color B now, knit 5 rounds. K2tog, knit 20, k2tog, knit 20. You should now have 42 stitches.
9. *Knit 5, K2tog* around.
10. Knit all.
11. *Knit 4, K2tog* around.
12. Knit all.
13. *Knit 3, K2tog* around.
14. Knit all.
15. Continue decreasing in the established pattern until you get to *k2tog* around. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail and thread the end through a tapestry needle. Pull the yarn through the remaining stitches to close the top and fasten off, leaving a small loop for a buttonhole.
To attach the cap, pick up 22 from where the knuckles would be on the gloves. Using another needle, unzip the provisional cast on of the cap and move those 22 stitches onto the needle. Then, attach a new piece of yarn in color A and join the two pieces together using the Kitchner stitch. (This video helped me out a ton!)
Once you’ve attached the pieces, trim the excess yarn. Then, sew on a small button to secure the cap when not in use. Weave in all the loose ends in the glove, making sure to close any gaps you may have at the fingers, and you are done!
If you’ve been able to make these, then you can make any. Every gloves pattern is basically the same, but they’re made to look and feel different because of the extra touches, like the colorwork design. Or using a lacy pattern for the hand, or textured stitches. or even just having full fingers. Either way, the structure of the glove is the same all across the board. So, if these did seem a little difficult, try it without the chart and the second color. Follow the same gloves pattern using only one color and see what you have difficulty with or if gets easier.
I really hope you like this pattern, and if you’d like more in the future, let me know in the comments! I tend to stay away from posting anything too complicated because I want beginners to be able to follow along, but I have a tons of ideas if you’d like something slightly more advanced. And don’t forget, to get the larger sizes, download the PDF from the resource library! It’s completely free and you’ll get access to other bonuses and the weekly newsletter where I sometimes share deals and sales alerts.
Thanks for reading!