Do your fingers turn to ice cubes every winter? Do stiff and aching hands keep you from knitting when the temperatures drop? Well, banish the cold with this free fingerless gloves knitting pattern!
- Why You Should Wrap Your Arms In Wool This Winter
- And Did I Mention That Wool Is Warm?
- The Perfect Pattern for Beginners
- The Details for This Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern
- The Low Down on Free
- The Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern
- Pin It So You Don't Ever Lose It!
- Cast On & Finish This Month Because…
Why You Should Wrap Your Arms In Wool This Winter
We all know that wool can keep us warm, but this powerhouse fiber can do so much more!
Does your skin dry out when the temperatures drop? That itching and flaking can get worse and worse as the air dries out around us. But wool combats that dryness unlike and other fabric.
In addition to regulating temperature, wool regulates moisture!
When it’s worn next to the skin like in this free fingerless gloves knitting pattern, wool can create a micro-climate between it and your skin. The wool traps twice as much moisture vapor as cotton and thirty times more moisture than synthetics, and it releases that vapor as needed to soothe your drying skin.
And Did I Mention That Wool Is Warm?
Just like with the moisture, wool regulates your temperature. It traps the heat from your skin and the environment around you and releases it back to you as needed, creating that same micro-climate of warm woolly protection.
Just don’t get too warm! That itch that people complain about from wool yarn comes in to play when both you and the wool are too hot! The scales on the wool puff out, trying to releases the excess heat and this causes that prickly sensation.
So if you’re getting hot (or itchy) take off those mitts until you’re feeling cool again.
The Perfect Pattern for Beginners
Are you new to knitting and looking for a series of patterns to grow your skills? Then look no further than the Desert Sage pattern pack!
The Desert Sage Mitts below help you master ribbing and small circumference knitting. The Desert Sage Hat will teach you mirrored decreases. And the Desert Sage Socks will show you how to utilize Judy’s Magic Cast On, mirrored increases, and turning a heel!
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The Details for This Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern
Unstretched Circumference: 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)”/16.5 (19, 21.5) cm
Length: 12.5”/32 cm (with notes for adjustments)
Since it’s entirely in ribbing, these have a TON of stretch. My 6.5” arm warmers can stretch up to 15”. They work better when tight fitting, so choose a size close to the circumference of your wrist.
MC – 170 (195, 225) yds/155 (180, 205) m
CC – 80 (95, 105) yds/75 (85, 95) m
Knit Picks High Desert Worsted Weight (100% USA Grown Shank Wool) 217 yds/ , 100g – 1 in Dusk (MC) and 1 in Lupine (CC)
Needles & Notions
US 8/3.50 mm – Magic Loop or DPNs
Low – You’ll get into a great rhythm with the knitting and you’ll only need to pay enough attention to know when to change yarn for the stripes!
Techniques to Indulge In
Knitting in the round & knitting flat
The Low Down on Free
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The Free Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern
Using MC and a German Twisted Cast On, CO 52 sts. Pm and join in the round.
Rounds 1-6: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Round 7: Using CC, k around.
Rounds 8-12: * K2, p2, rep from * around. (Cut CC after last round.)
Round 13: Using MC, k around.
Rounds 14-31: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Round 32: Using CC, k around.
Round 33: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Round 34: Using MC, k around.
Rounds 35-36: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Repeat Rounds 32-36 three more times, and Rounds 32-34 one additional time. Cut CC.
Rounds 37-54: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Round 55: Using CC, k around.
Rounds 56-62: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Move BOR marker back one stitch (last stitch in the round, between the two purl stitches). You will now be working flat for the next 12 rows.
Row 63 (RS): Using MC, k to end.
Row 64 (WS): Sl1, * p2, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, sl1.
Row 65: K3, * p2, k2, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 66: Repeat Row 64.
Row 67: Using CC, k to end.
Rows 68-74: Repeat Rows 64 & 65 three times and Row 64 one additional time.
Move BOR forward one stitch to its original place. Resume working in the round.
Round 75: Using MC, k around.
Round 76-78: * K2, p2, rep from * around.
Bind off in pattern using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off or preferred stretchy BO method.
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