Athena: Free Knitting Pattern for Fingerless Gloves

by Shehla Ahmed

A few years ago, I was given a gorgeous skein of multi-colored merino wool from Manos Del Uruguay. It was so soft and warm, I just had to make a pair of gloves out it so that I could feel it against my skin all the time. These fingerless gloves are perfect for when you still need to use your hands to text or type. Plus, I added a cap that closes over the fingers when you need the extra warmth. I really wanted the colors of this yarn to stand out,  so I kept the pattern simple and let the colors do all the work. It’s a little bit of a luxury project because of the yarn I used, but you can recreate these gloves with any fingering weight yarn you like. So, let’s get started!

 

 

These fingerless gloves look more complicated than they are. The colors and the way they move create the illusion of a really busy pattern when it’s really all stockinette stitch. I amplified the color a little by holding two strands of the yarn together so the colors changed a bit more and added thickness to the fabric, but they would be just as pretty and warm with only 1 strand. This yarn was pricier than I expected and it was given to me, but a great alternative would be the Hawthorne yarn line from Knit Picks. It’s cheaper and has amazing colors to choose from too, although it’s not merino.

 

Related: My Favorite Yarns for Every Kind of Project

 

 

 

I made this pair of fingerless gloves to fit a women’s medium. I’m not the most skilled at working out sizes for things like gloves since everyone has different hands, but I have some notes in the pattern for customizing the fit. I made another pair for myself after these in a small and I followed the pattern the same way, and just moved down a needle size. For a children’s size, you can also check out my Fairy Tale Gloves pattern, which I made for a niece. In general, though, you can adjust the sizing by increasing or decreasing in a few key places and varying the lengths you want for the fingers. More on that in the actual 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.

 

 

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Materials:

 

Abbreviations:

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • KFB – knit front and back
  • M1L/M1R – make 1 stitch left-leaning/right-leaning
  • BO – bind off
  • pm – place marker
  • sm – slip marker

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Sizing: Women’s medium – 8 inches around knuckles (without thumb) – Total length (cuff to top of cap): 9 inches
  • Gauge: 7S x 10R per inch

 

 

Athena Fingerless Gloves Pattern

 

 

Round 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.

Round 2: *Knit 2, purl 2* all the way around

Rounds 3-22: Continue in K2, P2 ribbing until the cuff measures 2.5 inches from the cast on edge.

Round 23: Knit around (48).

Round 24:*Knit 5, KFB*, repeat this around so that you have 56 stitches. If you want to make them larger, increase until you have more stitches in the hand. Another 5 or 6 stitches should be enough.

Rounds 25-27: Knit 3 more rounds (56).

 

 

Begin Thumb Gusset:

Round 28: 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 in total now.

Round 29: Knit 1 round.

Round 30: M1R, knit to marker, M1L, slip marker. Knit the rest of the round. (5 sts between markers)

Round 31: Knit 1 round.

Rounds 32-43: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have 15 stitches between the markers, 12 rows total.

 

 

Round 44: 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.

 

 

 

Rounds 45-x: Continue working in stockinette with the remaining 56 stitches until the glove measures 3.5 inches from the cuff. This should come up to just past your knuckles, so work more rows if you need to.

 

Next, we’re going to add some fingers to our fingerless gloves! These are just small, half-fingers really, but you want to, you can totally make full fingers and skip the cap. But, these are convertible fingerless gloves so let’s stick to the plan.

 

Index Finger:

 

Round 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. If any of the fingers seem too tight, cast on a stitch or two in the gap to make them looser.

 

Round 2-x: Work in the round, knitting all stitches, until the index finger measures 1.25 inches tall or as tall as you want it. Loosely bind off.