Texters Gotta Text Fingerless Gloves

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Here’s a pattern I came up with after watching an episode of Knitting Daily talking briefly about creating an “after thought thumb”. If you don’t know what that is…it will rock your knitting world! Ok, maybe not that extreme. Let me just say this, it will offer you an opportunity to make gloves and mittens without having to have 10,000 needles on your work, wonking up the pattern, and alleviate worries about such words like gusset.

Hurry up and make these because texters gotta text.

Materials needed:

Sport weight yarn – less than one ball – not sure how much as I used scrap yarn

Size 5 knitting needle or whatever size to achieve gauge

gauge – 10 stitches and about 14 rows to make a 2 x 2 inch square in stockinette

Cast on 36 and join in the round.

K2 P2 rib in the round for 6 rows

R1 – K2, P2, right twist, P2, right twist, P2, right twist, P2, K20 – To right twist, first knit two stitches together, and then, before sliding the two stitches off the needle, knit the stitch closest to the end of the needle once more.

R2 – K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K20

R3 – K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K20

Repeat rows 1-3 until you reach desired length to base of thumb (mine measured about 4.75 inches – or 28 rows-ish including the ribbing rows)

For the right glove:

Continue in the pattern until stitch 18. Using waste yarn knit in the afterthought thumb for 7 stitches turn the work and purl back for 7 stitches. Here’s a youtube video that shows detailed instructions on how to place an afterthought thumb. Here’s part 2. You’ll need to watch both.

Using the main color yarn continue in the pattern until you reach the base of the fingers or desired length. This was 9 more rows for me.

K2, P2 ribbing for 6 rows and then bind off. Make sure it’s a stretchy bind off!

Working in the after thought thumb. Pick up 8 stitches below the waste yarn and pick up 8 stitches above the waste yarn. You can unpick the waste yarn and remove from the glove completely. Divide the 16 stitches on double pointed needles or on a circular needle using the magic loop method. Here’s a good youtube video on how this method works. Another technique to rock your knitting world!

Knit for 8 rows.

K2, P2 ribbing for 2 rows and bind off.

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After thought thumb set up using contrasting waste yarn

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This is the front side of the right glove

 

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pick up 8 stitches above and below the waste yarn knitting

For the left glove:

Continue in the pattern until stitch 29. Using waste yarn, knit in the after thought thumb for 7 stitches and purl back for 7 stitches.

Using the main color yarn continue in the pattern until you reach the base of your fingers or desired length. 9 rows for me.

K2, P2 ribbing for 6 rows then bind off.

Working in the after thought thumb. Pick up 8 stitches below the waste yarn and pick up 8 stitches above the waste yarn. You can unpick the waste yarn and remove from the glove completely. Divide the 16 stitches on double pointed needles or on a circular needle using the magic loop method. Here’s a good youtube video on how this method works. Another technique to rock your knitting world!

Knit for 8 rows.

K2, P2 ribbing for 2 rows and bind off.

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Afterthought thumb for the left glove

 

Weave in all those ends and admire your work!

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I’m a terrible photographer.

 

 

 

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