Hello, everyone! Are you guys ready for a knitting pattern? I usually post crochet patterns, but sometimes, knitting is the way to go. Last year, I was gifted a hank of the most beautiful skein of merino wool, and I used it to make these convertible gloves for my cousin. These were so soft and warm, and perfect for winter with the blue, purple and pink tones of the yarn. I wanted the yarn to really show off the gorgeous colors, so I kept the pattern pretty simple, but I never had a chance to share the pattern before. So, you may have seen these on my Instagram, but let’s finally introduce the Athena convertible gloves!
Athena Convertible Gloves Pattern
The yarn for this pattern is a bit pricey, so feel free to substitute it for any that you like. I loved the multicolor look of this yarn, so if you want something similar, try the Hawthorne yarns from KnitPicks. Also, I used 2 strands of the yarn held together to make these gloves, thinking it wouldn’t be warm enough/thick enough, but that turned out to be unnecessary. They’re plenty warm with one strand.
- 220-445 yards of sock yarn – I used 1 hank of Manos Del Uruguay yarn, divided into 2 balls
- US #2 (2.75mm) 16” circular needles/ double pointed needles — I worked with two strands for thickness. Use 2.5mm needles if you’re only using 1 strand.
- Stitch holders
- Stitch markers
- Spare yarn
- A tapestry/blunt tip needle for sewing
- Tape measure
- 2 small buttons
Gauge: 7 stitches x 10 rows per inch
Size: Women’s Medium gloves
- 8 inches around knuckles (without thumb)/ 10.25 inches with thumb
- Total length (cuff to top of cap): 9 inches
1. Using 2.75mm needles and holding two strands of yarn together, cast on 48 stitches. If you’re only using 1 strand, use 2.50mm needles to match gauge. Then, being careful not to twist your stitches, join to work in the round. Place marker to mark the beginning of the rounds.
2. *Knit 2, purl 2* all the way around
3. Continue in K2, P2 ribbing until the cuff measures 2.5 inches from the cast on edge.
4. Knit around (48).
5.*Knit 5, KFB*, repeat this around so that you have 56 stitches.
6. Knit 3 more rounds (56).
Begin Thumb Gusset:
1. M1R, knit 1, M1L, place marker. These three stitches will be increased to make the thumb gusset. Knit the remaining stitches in the round. You should have 58 stitches total now.
2. Knit 1 round.
3. M1R, knit to marker, M1L, slip marker. Knit the rest of the round. (3 between markers)
4. Knit 1 round.
5-16. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have 15 stitches between the markers.
17. Move the 15 gusset stitches onto a piece of scrap yarn and ignore those stitches for now. Cast on 1 stitch in the gap over the gusset stitches and knit around (56). Be careful not to make the first stitch after the gusset too tight or the thumb won’t be able to move properly.
18. Continue working in stockinette with the remaining 56 stitches until the glove measures 3.5 inches from the cuff.
1. Knit the first 7 stitches in the round. Move all but the last 7 stitches onto stitch holders. Then, cast on 2 stitches over the gap and knit the last 7 stitches. These 16 stitches will be worked in the round to make the index finger.
2. Work in the round, knitting all stitches, until the index finger measures 1.25 inches tall. Loosely bind off.
1. Attach new yarn with a long tail and knit the first 7 stitches off the stitch holder. Cast on 2 stitches over the gap and knit the last 7 off the stitch holders. Then, pick up two stitches from the cast on edge of the index finger. Join to work these 18 stitches in the round for the middle finger.
2. Work in the round, knitting all stitches, until the finger measures 1.5 inches tall. Loosely bind off.
1. Attach new yarn and knit the first 7 stitches off the stitch holder. Cast on 1 stitch over the gap and knit the last 7 off the stitch holders. Then, pick up 2 stitches from the cast on edge of the middle finger. Join to work in the round, k2tog, and knit the rest of the stitches in the round. These 16 stitches make up the ring finger.
2. Work in the round, knitting all stitches, until the finger measures 1.25 inches tall. Loosely bind off.
1. Attach new yarn and knit all 14 stitches off the stitch holders. Then, pick up two stitches from the cast on edge of the ring finger. Join to work these 16 stitches in the round. K2tog, knit around to the last 2 stitches, k2tog.
2. You now have 14 pinky stitches. Work in the round, knitting all stitches, until the finger measures 1 inch tall. Loosely bind off.
1. Move the 15 thumb stitches from the scrap yarn back onto the needles. Attach new yarn and knit all 15 stitches, pick up 2 from the cast on edge where you separated the thumb and the hand, and join to work in the round.
2. Working in the round, knit all 17 thumb stitches until the thumb is 2.5 inches from the gusset (where the thumb separates from the hand). Knit 1, then k2tog around. You should have 9 stitches remaining.
3. Knit 1, then k2tog around (5 stitches remaining). Trim the yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Bring the needle through the remaining stitches to close the top of the thumb and fasten off.
Now that you are done with the main part, use a tapestry needle to weave in all the loose ends and trim any excess yarn. It’s easier to do this step now, before we add the cap, which can get in the way.
For the cap:
To make these into convertible gloves, we need to add in the cap to cover the fingers.
1. Pick up 28 stitches along the back of the hand (make sure you do this on opposites sides for each glove and that the thumb is on the correct side!). You can estimate where you want this cap to start, but it’s best to pick the stitches up from the same row as where the thumb meets the hand.
2. Attach a new piece of yarn and knit across the 28 stitches you just picked up.
3. Purl all.
4. Knit across the 28 stitches, pm, and then cast on another 28 stitches using a knitted cast on. Join to work in the round, placing a marker to mark the beginning of the round.
5. Knit the first 28 stitches (back of the hand stitches) and work in K2P2 ribbing across the next 28 stitches (palm stitches).
6. Repeat step 5 until the ribbing measures 1 inch. Then continue to knit all 56 stitches until the cap is 2.25 inches from the cast on edge where the ribbing started.
Decreasing the cap:
7. *Knit 6, k2tog* all the way around (49 stitches).
8-9. Knit 2 rounds.
10. *Knit 5, k2tog* all the way around (42 stitches).
11-12. Knit 2 rounds.
13. *Knit 4, k2tog* all the way around (35 stitches).
14-15. Knit 2 rounds.
16. *Knit 3, k2tog* all the way around (28 stitches).
17. Knit 1 round.
18. *Knit 2, k2tog* all the way around (21 stitches).
19. Knit 1 round.
20. *Knit 1, k2tog* all the way around (14 stitches).
21. *K2tog* all the way around (7). BO and trim the excess yarn.
With spare yarn and a tapestry needle sew on a button on the cuff where the top of the flap will be when it isn’t in use. Then, sew a small loop at the top of the cap for a buttonhole. Finish off by weaving in any loose ends and trimming the excess yarn.
And you’re done!
Now, make the second glove the same way, except add the cap onto the other side so you don’t have two right gloves! These convertible gloves are quite simple since they’re worked entirely in stockinette with a little bit of ribbing, but gloves in general can be a little bit tricky if you haven’t made any before. So take your time and make sure you follow the steps carefully. If you’re making the gloves for yourself, be sure to try it on when you work the fingers, so you can make them longer/shorter based on your preferences.
You might also like my Fairy Tale convertible gloves pattern. This has some colorwork added in and it’s available in more sizes.
Thanks for reading! In the comments, let me know if you prefer knitted gloves or crocheted ones, and I can work on some more designs. If you’d like more free patterns and updates from The Blue Elephants, use the box below to sign up for the weekly newsletter!
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