This pattern can also be found in Peggy Ehrhart’s cozy mystery, Silent Knit, Deadly Knit, coming 10/29/2019
90 yards of medium-weight yarn
1 pair of size 8 knitting needles (though you could use 7 or 9)
1 yarn needle
4 stitches to the inch
This pattern makes fingerless gloves that fit a woman’s rather large hands.
- Cast on 28 stitches, using either the slip-knot cast-on process or the “long tail” process. If you are adjusting the size, the number of stitches you cast on must be an even number, and preferably a multiple of 4. If it’s a multiple of 4, the joint where one edge of your ribbing meets the other after you sew your gloves up will look nicer.
- Knit 2, purl 2, until the end of the row, ending with purl 2 unless you have changed the number of cast on stitches to a number that is not a multiple of 4.
- If you ended last row on purl 2 begin with knit 2, if you ended row 1 with knit 2 begin with purl 2. Continue the row in the knit 2 purl 2 pattern.
- Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 1 to 2 inches of ribbing.
- Continue in stockinette stitch, knitting on right side rows and purling on wrong side rows, for 18 rows. At this point you will begin creating the hole for the thumb, but if your work does not measure long enough to reach your thumb continue knitting until it is long enough. End on a purl side row.
- Knit 4, cast off 4, knit the rest of the row.
- Purl the next row until you reach the cast off stitches. Cast on 4 stitches using the slip-knot process, then continue purling for the rest of the row.
- Continue in stockinette stitch, knitting on right side rows and purling on wrong side rows, for 1.5 inches. Measure the progress of the glove against your hand at this point and continue in stockinette if the work does not measure to the base of your fingers.
- Cast off and leave a long tail.
- For the other glove you will knit as you did the first with one exception. Instead of making the hole for the thumb by knitting 4 and then casting off 4 you will knit the row until the last 8 stitches, cast off 4 and then knit 4.
- To sew the gloves up fold each glove so that the right sides are facing each other and the wrong sides are facing out. Thread your yarn needle with the yarn tail left from your cast off. To make a neat seam, use an overcast stitch and catch only the outer loops along each side. Continue until each glove is fully sewn up, thread your needle through a loop in your yarn to make a knot, and hide the yarn tail in the seam.
This pattern is included in Peggy Ehrhart’s cozy mystery, Silent Knit, Deadly Knit, the newest title in the Knit & Nibble series, coming 10/29/2019!