Lately, I’ve been making a lot of knitted gloves for family and friends. Most of them needed them right away since it’s still freezing here so I didn’t stop to really take pictures of most of them. But I did share some pictures of my Fairy Tale Gloves and you all loved them! These convertible gloves are my definition of a winter staple. They’re soft and warm, and super easy to make since it’s entirely in stockinette, but the bright berry yarn and the half fingers make this piece a little more fun and interesting. Keep reading to get the Fairy Tale Gloves knitting pattern.
The color of these gloves is amazing to me, and the pictures here really don’t do it any justice. I used Knit Pick’s Brava yarn to make these in the colors Dove Heather and Fairy Tale (hence the name) and it was perfect for this project. The yarn is warm and soft, but it also has a slight sheen to it that shows off the stitches and patterns you make with them.
I also knew I wanted this to be a convertible gloves knitting pattern rather a crochet one. The reason so that is really just because I prefer the look of knitting and I think the less holey fabric would be warmer for my niece. Crocheted mittens are always a bit too stiff for my liking and I didn’t think the half finger would be very comfortable in a crocheted fabric.
Before you start working, there are a few things you should know. Gloves are not difficult to make, 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 the provisional cast on and the Kitchner stitch as I was coming up with this gloves knitting 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 so you know what to expect in the pattern.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- Worsted weight (#4) yarn in two colors
- US #5 (3.75mm) circular needles/DPNs
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders
- Spare yarn
- A tapestry needle
- Tape measure
- K – knit
- P – purl
- M1 – make one stitch by picking up a stitch between two others
- pm – place marker
- k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
- Skill level – Intermediate
- Sizing – Girls large (additional sizes are in the printable PDF)
- Gauge – 6 sts/inch x 8 rows/inch
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.
Fairy Tale Gloves Knitting Pattern
Round 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.
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.
Round 3: Knit 22, pm, M1 stitch, pm, knit to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all. You should have 45 stitches.
Begin Thumb Gusset
Round 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.
Round 6: Knit all.
Round 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.
Round 8: Attach color B at the start of the round and begin working the Gloves Body Chart (above) 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.
Round 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.
Round 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.
Round 11: Using only color A now, knit one round. Remove marker.
Round 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.
Round 13: Knit all stitches until the little finger is 1 inch tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
Round 14: Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn (A) and knit one round.
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.
Round 16: Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.25 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
Round 17: Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn.
Round 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.
Round 19: Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.5 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
Round 20: Move the remaining stitches back onto needles, attach new yarn.
Round 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.
Round 22: Knit all stitches until the finger is 1.25 inches tall. Bind off and trim the yarn.
Round 23: Move all thumb stitches from the scrap yarn onto the needles and attach new yarn.
Round 24: Knit all stitches, then pick up and knit 3 from the edge of the hand and join to work in the round.
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 knitting pattern 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 afterward.
Round 1: Using spare yarn, cast on 22 stitches using a provisional cast on and a spare bit of yarn.
Round 2: Attach yarn in color A and knit all.
Round 3: Purl all.
Round 4: Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more.
Round 5: Knit 22, then cast on another 22. Join to work in the round and place a marker to mark the beginning.
Round 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.
Round 7: Attach color B and work the Cap Chart over the next 7 rounds.
Round 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.
Round 9: *Knit 5, K2tog* around.
Round 10: Knit all.
Round 11: *Knit 4, K2tog* around.
Round 12: Knit all.
Round 13: *Knit 3, K2tog* around.
Round 14: Knit all.
Round 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. Finally, 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 made these, you can make any! Every gloves knitting 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. 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 it 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 ton of ideas if you’d like something slightly more advanced. And don’t forget, to get the larger sizes, get the PDF from my Etsy shop!
Thanks for reading!
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