Monday, November 21, 2011

Fingerless Elbow Gloves/Mittens Base (Straight Needles)

Note: These gloves/mittens do not have stubs, as they have a thumb hole, and cut off at the fingers. Also, I like to use accessories for my projects, and without accessories, these might come off a bit plain. These fingerless glittens also happen to be about 13 inches long. Because the picture is not yet available, these glittens switch off from two colors, min are burgundy and navy blue, and are ribbed throughout the whole thing except on the tip near the finger cut off where this is about 3/4 inch stockinette.

Size 11 (8 mm) knitting needles
Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles (used for stockinette cut off)
Two different yarn colors in size 4 worsted (I used Red Heart Super Saver 376 Burgundy and 387 Soft Navy)
Yarn sewing needle
Pins (optional)
Acessories such as buttons, clips, business buttons, ribbons, ect (optional, but hightly suggested for glitz and glam!)

GAUGE: 4 stitches = 1 inch ribbing; unstretched.

1) Start by casting on 24 stitches (on the size 11 needles/8 mm) and knit a rib in knit 2 purl 2 for 2 1/2 inches.

2)Once your first color is 2 1/2 inches long, cut yarn and tie on second color. Continue the knit 2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches.

3) Once your second color is 3 inches long (total piece being 5 1/2 in), cut yarn and tie on first color, knit in a knit2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches.

4) Once your third color is 3 inches long (t.p. being 8 1/2 in), cut yarn and tie on your second color. Knit in a knit 2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches. You should have a total of 4 color changes, 2 in your first color and 2 in your second.

5) For the stockinette edging, transfer your stitches onto size 8 needles (5 mm, and start your stockinette purling your first row. Knit in stockinette for 3/4 inches. Bind off.


1) Fold your rectangle in half length wise. Be sure to fold your piece with what you want to be out inside, facing outwards. (We're going to flip it inside out in the end)Also, if you own them, it's good to using sewing pins to pin the edges together so that they don't move while you're sewing.

2) Next, take your yarn (should be one of the two colors your used) and run it along the length the glitten three times. Once up the side, once down the side, and once again up the side. Tie your yarn to the needle, and begin to seam the edges. (If unsure how to seam, be sure to look up a thorough video, we want the seams to look pretty :)

3) Continue sewing until about 3 1/2 inches of the glitten are left. Tie a knot and cut off. Don't sew for about 1-1 1/2 inches. This is going to be your thumb hole. My personal glitten has about a little less than 1 1/2 inch thumb hole, which is pretty good for me. To be sure, place your hand inside the glitten, place your thumb where the thumb hole should be, and mark where you want the thumb hole to end. Once your thumb hole location is decided, tie on and continue sewing to the end. Take out pins (if used), fip your glitten inside out, and try on!

4) I must admit without customizing and or accessories, this particular piece comes off a bit plain! You may like it, but feel free to add ribbons, bows, buttons, clips, etc. this pattern is however just a base to your extensive imagination!

Original pattern by Emily Pritchard

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