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Double Gloves

By Weaverknits

Difficulty: Intermediate
The techniques used in these gloves are knitting in the round, picking up stitches from bound-off edges, and sizing as you work.

If you’ve never made gloves with fingers before, this is a perfect first pattern. The gloves are interchangeable, meaning no worries about “front” and “back” sides as you work, as sizing is achieved by going up or down a needle size, and once the cuff is finished the gloves are all stockinette.

When I saw photos of the Fall 2008 Missoni show, I could not take my eyes off what I immediately dubbed the “double glove,” the opera length knit gloves worn with sleeveless garments and loose sleeves, made in unexpected color combinations. While I love the drama of this length, a glove like this with fingers is not particularly practical for cool weather everyday wear. For my adaptation, I decided to maintain the trendy color combination (Grey and Yellow, does it get better? I don’t think so) and clean geometry, while shortening the length for wear with fall and winter coats and sweaters. I also “nested” the cuff inside the main glove to enhance my initial impression that these were “double gloves”.

[Photographer: Chris Bergh / Model: Ann Weaver]

SIZE: Hand measurements are taken around the hand just above the thumb.
Women’s hand Small (fabric stretches to accommodate a hand ranging from 6.5” to 8”)

Women’s hand Average (fabric stretches to accommodate a hand ranging from 8” to 9.25”) 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Palm: 6.25 [7] inches
Length: Length is customized, since you try these on as you knit
 
The pattern is designed to fit with between .25” and 2.25” of negative ease, so the glove molds to the hand to maintain dexterity. Note that using Size 3 needles for the Average size will create a slightly looser fabric and allow for more negative ease. You can pull out a few dollars to purchase coffee, leave your tip, add cream and sugar, and be on your way without taking these off! The glove shown is a Small, worn on a hand that measures 7.25” around.

MATERIALS
[MC] Nature’s Palette Hand Jive Fingering Weight [100% merino wool, 185 yds/50 g skein]; Spruce, 1[2] skeins. (NOTE: The small size used every bit of the 1 required skein. To be safe, purchase 2 skeins and return or exchange the second if you do not need it).
 
[CC] Nature’s Palette Hand Jive Fingering Weight [100% merino wool, 185 yds/50 g skein]; Acacia; 0.5 [0.6] skeins.
 
Though the gloves that inspired these are very matte, with flat colors, I wanted to use a rich, saturated yarn that was solid from a distance, but complex and multi-faced when viewed more closely.  Since it was the colors (Grellow, grey and yellow, is one of my favorite combinations) that drew me to the inspiration gloves in the first place, I searched for Grellow yarn in a fingering weight that was super-soft and also durable… when I caught a glimpse of the Nature’s Palette colors, I knew it was meant to be. Spruce, the Main Color, has both grey and grey/green shades, depending on the light.
 
1 set US Size 2 double-pointed needles for size Small
1 set US Size 3 double-pointed needles for size Average
 
an extra set of double-pointed needles of a comparable size
stitch markers, one of a different color or style than the others
scrap yarn (to hold stitches while working individual fingers)
tapestry needle
 
GAUGE
26 sts X 38 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch for size Small (using US Size 2 needles)
24 sts X 36 rows 4” in stockinette stitch for size Average (using US Size 3 needles)

 
PATTERN: Make 2 gloves. There is no front or back to this pattern, so the two are identical. No need to worry about right and left hands!
 
Cuff:
Lower Cuff
With CC, CO 58 sts. Distribute sts evenly among three dpns. Place marker (of a different color), and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Rnd 1: Purl. Rnd 2: Knit. Rep rnds 1 and 2 twice more. Work even in stockinette until cuff meas 3.5 inches from CO, or desired length. Sl sts to extra set of dpns.
 
Upper Cuff
With MC, CO 58 sts. Distribute sts evenly among three dpns. Place marker (of a different color), and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Rnd 1: Purl. Rnd 2: Knit. Rep rnds 1 and 2 twice more. Work even in stockinette for 3 more rnds.
Join Cuff to Main Glove
Insert Cuff inside of Main Glove so that each ndl is parallel to the other. Next rnd: *knit 2 sts tog by inserting working ndl into first st on front ndl (main glove) and first st on back ndl (cuff), wrap yarn around ndl and sl sts off tog; rep from * until Cuff sts are joined to Glove.
 
Main Glove:
Next rnd: knit, placing m after 14th, 29th (side “seam”) and 43rd sts. Knit 2 rnds. Dec rnd: knit to 2 sts before first m, ssk, sl m, K2tog, knit to next m, sl m, knit to next m, ssk, sl m, k2tog, knit to end. Work 3 rnds even in stockinette. Rep Dec rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Rep these 2 rnds, twice more. [42 sts rem] Knit 3 rnds.

Thumb Gusset
Next rnd: Kfbf, place m, knit to end. Knit 2 rnds. Inc rnd: kfb, knit to 1 st before second m, kfb, knit to end. Work 2 rnds even. Rep these 3 rnds, five more times. [15 sts for Thumb; 57 sts total]. Next rnd: sl 15 thumb sts to scrap yarn, remove second m, and CO 2 sts, knit to end. [44 sts]. Work even in stockinette for 1 inch, or until fabric covers knuckles and ends at base of fingers. 

Index Finger (16 sts)
Next rnd: k7, sl 30 sts to scrap yarn (for other fingers), CO 2 sts, k7. Divide sts evenly among 3 ndls, work even in stockinette until fabric meas approx .25 inch short of the tip of your finger. Next rnd: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 1 rnd. Break yarn and thread tail through rem sts, pulling tightly and weaving tail inside of finger.

Middle Finger (17 sts)
With first dpn, knit 6 sts from waste yarn, CO 2 sts; with second dpn, knit 6 sts from other end of waste yarn; and with third dpn, pick up and knit 3 sts at base of Index Finger. Divide sts evenly among 3 ndls, pm, and work even in stockinette until fabric meas approx .25 inch short of tip of your finger. Next rnd: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end k1. Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end k1. Knit 1 rnd. Break yarn and thread tail through rem sts, pulling tightly and weaving tail inside of finger. 

Ring Finger (15 sts)
With first dpn, knit 5 sts from waste yarn, CO 2 sts; with second dpn, knit 5 sts from other end of waste yarn; and with third dpn, pick up and knit 3 sts at base of Middle Finger. Divide sts evenly among 3 ndls, pm, and work even in stockinette until fabric meas approx .25 inch short of tip of your finger. Next rnd: *k1, K2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 1 rnd. Rep these 2 rnds, once. Break yarn and thread tail through rem sts, pulling tightly and weaving tail inside of finger. 

Little Finger (12 sts)
With first dpn, knit 4 sts from waste yarn; with second dpn, knit 4 sts from other side of wastr yarn; and with third dpn, pick up and knit 4 sts at base of Ring Finger. Divide sts evenly among 3 ndls, pm, and work even in stockinette until fabric meas approx .25 inch short of tip of your finger. Next rnd: *k2, K2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 1 rnd. Break yarn and thread tail through rem sts, pulling tightly and weaving tail inside of finger. 

Thumb (19 sts)
With first dpn, knit 7 sts from waste yarn (thumb sts); with second dpn, knit 8 sts from waste yarn; and with third dpn, pick up and knit 4 sts from join. Divide sts evenly among 3 ndls, pm, and work even in stockinette until fabric meas approx .25 inch short of tip of your finger. Next rnd: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end k1. Knit 1 rnd. Rep these 2 rnds once. Break yarn and thread tail through rem sts, pulling tightly and weaving tail inside of finger.
 
FINISHING
Weave in all ends. Steam or wet block. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE DESIGNER 

Former Assyriologist, current administrator, always a maker of things. When not on a bike, lifting weights or roaming about, Ann can usually be found on the couch surrounded by yarn. More designs and information can be found here.

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