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“In the Groove” Crochet Fingerless Gloves – Free Pattern

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These lightweight crochet fingerless gloves are perfect for “in-between” seasons. This free pattern features a ridged stitch pattern with a classic look and feel – your fingerless gloves will always be in style 🙂

This crochet pattern is written for 3 sizes – S, M and L, designed to fit a teen/adult hand.

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Fingerless Gloves Sizing & Fit

These gloves are designed to be quite fitted – there is absolutely no bulk to be found! Depending on your tension/gauge, they might feel a little snug at first but will stretch out with wear (I tend to prefer them this way anyway!)

The ribbing at the wrist and top of each glove is worked using only slip stitches. It is really, really important to maintain a loose tension when working these slip stitches. If you crochet them too tightly, you may find that your glove is just a bit too tight in these areas.

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Glove Construction

Each glove is crocheted flat, from the bottom up, and then seamed at the end.

The left and right-hand gloves start out the same, but the increases and thumb gusset are placed on opposite sides for each glove. Don’t worry, this will make perfect sense once you start crocheting 🙂

The first step is to work the ribbing – after this you will gradually add stitches to the width until you reach the base of the thumb.

Next, you will skip some stitches (roughly in the middle of the glove), to create the thumb hole.

Finish off the top part of the glove and work the thumb and you’re done!

Photo Tutorials

At the end of the pattern, you will find two “Appendix” sections:

  • Appendix A: Right Hand Glove will show you pictures of each step in the construction of this glove (the Left Hand will be worked in the same manner, just with differently placed increases).
  • Appendix B: Thumb has step-by-step photos of how to work into the “thumb gap” and crochet the thumb section.

What you’ll need for these Crochet Fingerless Gloves

For my gloves, I used some stash yarn in a #3/DK weight (Patons Crepe Wool DK). As far as I know, this yarn has been discontinued but any yarn (particularly a wool/wool blend yarn) in a similar weight would work great.

I used a 4mm (G-6) hook for my gloves, and a 4.5mm (US-7) for the ribbing.

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Free Crochet Pattern

Grab the print-friendly PDF here (it looks great on a tablet too!)

Pattern Notes

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain                               
  • st = stitch                               
  • sp = space                              
  • sl st = slip stitch                        
  • hdc = half double crochet 
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together       
  • blo = back loop only   
  • flo = front loop only                
  • INC = Increase
  • DEC = Decrease
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side
  • rem = remaining    

Construction

  • These fingerless gloves are worked flat in rows and then seamed.
  • Right and Left Hand Side gloves are different in that the thumb gusset increases and thumbs are on opposite sides.
  • Each glove is crocheted in 3 sections as follows:
    • Crochet the main glove section, starting at the wrist and then increasing the width to create the thumb gusset i.e. to the widest part of the hand.
    • Break to create the thumb gap and then work the ‘top’ part of the glove i.e. to cover the fingers.
    • Thumb – work additional rows around the thumb hole.

Step-by-Step Pictures

The following sections have step-by-step pictures, which can be found at the end of the pattern:

  • Appendix A: Right-Hand Glove
  • Appendix B: Thumb Step-by-Step

General Pattern Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a st.
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each row. If no stitch count is given, then the count is the same as the previous row.

Slip Stitches

The ribbing at the top and bottom of each glove is worked using slip stitches. It is very important that you maintain a loose tension when working these slip stitches. If they are worked too tightly, your glove will be too tight!

If you tend to crochet tightly, you may find it easier to work these slip stitch rows with a larger hook.


Special Stitches

Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)

Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated st and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop. [5 loops on hook]

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.


Finished Measurements

SizeTo fit hand circumferenceGlove length (incl. ribbing)
S7″ / 17 cm6″ / 15 cm
M7.5″ / 19 cm6″ / 15 cm
L8″ / 20.5 cm7″ / 18 cm

Gauge

18 sts x 18 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over alternating rows of hdc/sl st.


Materials

Hook

  • 4mm (G-6) crochet hook (or hook required to meet gauge).
  • Optional: 4.5mm (US-7) crochet hook for ribbing.

Yarn

Any #3/DK/Lightweight yarn.

The amounts given here are for Patons Crepe Wool DK (124m/136yds per 50g skein; Weight 3/Lightweight; 100% Wool).

S: 75 yds / 69 m (25g)

M: 95 yds / 87 m (32g)

L: 110 yds / 101 m (37g)

Misc.

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers

Written Pattern (US Terms)

1) RIGHT HAND GLOVE

Note: Please see Appendix A: Right Hand Glove for step-by-step pictures. For ROWS 1-8, you may find it easier to use the larger crochet hook (especially if you crochet tightly).

RIBBING & WRIST SECTION

ALL SIZES: S (M, L)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 31 (33, 35), sl st (loosely) in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [30 (32, 34)]

ROW 2 (WS): Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sl st (blo) in each st across, turn. [30 (32, 34)]

ROW 3: Ch 1, sl st (flo) in each st across, turn.            

ROWS 4 – 7: Repeat ROWS 2 – 3.

ROW 8: Repeat ROW 2.

ROW 9: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), hdc in each st across, turn.

ROW 10: Repeat ROW 2.

ROW 11: Repeat ROW 9.

ROW 12: Repeat ROW 2.

THUMB GUSSET

S ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 14 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [32]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 16 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [34]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 18 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [36]

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 19: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 21 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 20: Repeat ROW 2.

ROW 21: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 22 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [38]

ROW 22: Repeat ROW 2.

M ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 15 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [34]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 17 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [36]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 20 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 19: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 21 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [38]

ROW 20: Repeat ROW 2.          

ROW 21: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 22 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [39]

ROW 22: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 23: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 23 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [40]

ROW 24: Repeat ROW 2.

L ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 16 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [36]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 19 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 20 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [38]

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 19: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 21 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [39]

ROW 20: Repeat ROW 2.          

ROW 21: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 22 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [40]

ROW 22: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 23: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 23 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [41]

ROW 24: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 25: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 24 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [42]

ROW 26: Repeat ROW 2.

BREAK FOR THUMB

ALL SIZES: S (M, L)

ROW 23 (25, 27): Ch 1, hdc in each of first 16 (17, 18) sts, ch 3, sk 8 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [30 (32, 34) hdc / 3 ch]

ROW 24 (26, 28):  Ch 1, sl st (blo) in each of first 14 (15, 16) sts, sl st in each ch, sl st (blo) in each st to end, turn. [33 (35, 37)]

ROW 25 (27, 29): Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.

ROW 26 (28, 30): Repeat ROW 2.        

S ONLY

ROWS 27 – 28: Repeat previous 2 rows once more.               

ROW 29: Repeat ROW 3.

ROW 30: Repeat ROW 2.

ROWS 31 – 36: Repeat previous 2 rows three more times.

M ONLY

ROWS 29 – 30: Repeat previous 2 rows once more.              

ROW 31: Repeat ROW 3.

ROW 32: Repeat ROW 2.

ROWS 33 – 38: Repeat previous 2 rows three more times.

L ONLY

ROWS 31 – 34: Repeat previous 2 rows twice more.

ROW 35: Repeat ROW 3.

ROW 36: Repeat ROW 2.

ROWS 37 – 42: Repeat previous 2 rows three more times.

Cut yarn and fasten off.

THUMB

Note: thumb rows are worked around the thumb gap created in ROW 23 (25, 27).You will also“pick up” two sts in the side of each st that bridges the thumb gap. The thumb is worked flat in rows and then seamed.

Please see Appendix B: Thumb Step-by-Step for pictures.

ALL SIZES: S (M, L)

ROW 1: Join yarn to center ch of ch-3 at the top of the thumb gap, ch 1, hdc in center ch and next ch, hdc2tog in side of next st (i.e. ‘bridging’ hdc before skipped sts), hdc in each of next 8 sts, hdc2tog in side of next st (i.e. ‘bridging’ hdc after skipped sts), hdc in last ch, do not join, turn. [11 hdc / 2 hdc2tog]

ROW 2: Ch 1, sl st (blo) in each st around, turn. [13]

ROW 3: Ch 1, sl st (flo) in each st around, turn.           

ROWS 4 – 5: Repeat previous 2 rows once more.         

ROW 6: Repeat THUMB ROW 2.          

Cut yarn and fasten off.


2) LEFT HAND GLOVE

RIBBING & WRIST SECTION

Work as for Right Hand Glove.

THUMB GUSSET

SIZE S ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 14 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [32]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Repeat ROW 13. [34]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Repeat ROW 13. [36]

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 19: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 14 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 20: Repeat ROW 2.          

ROW 21: Repeat ROW 19. [38]

ROW 22: Repeat ROW 2.

SIZE M ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 15 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [34]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Repeat ROW 13. [36]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 15 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROWS 19 – 24: Repeat previous 2 rows three more times. [40]

SIZE L ONLY

ROW 13: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 16 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [36]

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 15: Ch 1, hdc in each of first 16 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each rem st, turn. [37]

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROWS 17 – 26: Repeat previous 2 rows five more times. [42]

BREAK FOR THUMB

ALL SIZES: S (M, L)

ROW 23 (25, 27): Ch 1, hdc in each of first 14 (15, 16) sts, ch 3, sk 8 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn. [30 (32, 34) hdc / 3 ch]

ROW 24 (26, 28): Ch 1, sl st (blo) in each of first 16 (17, 18) sts, sl st in each ch, sl st (blo) in each st to end, turn. [33 (35, 37)]

ROW 25 (27, 29): Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.                

ROW 26 (28, 30): Repeat ROW 2.

ROWS 27 – 36 (29 – 38, 31 – 42): Work as for Right Hand Glove.

THUMB

Work as for Right Hand Glove.


Finishing

Blocking

Block each glove before seaming.

Seaming

With RS facing, fold each glove in half.

Using the mattress stitch, first seam thumb edges, then seam sides together. Weave in ends. All done!


Appendix A: Right Hand Glove

Note: these pictures are for the Right Hand Glove. The Left-Hand Glove is constructed in the same way, except that the Thumb Gusset increases and Thumb are on the opposite side.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves - step 1
Figure 1: Wrist + Thumb Gusset
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - step 2
Figure 2: Break for Thumb
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - step 3
Figure 3: Fingers Section
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - step 4
Figure 4: Thumb

Appendix B: Thumb Step-by-Step

Before beginning the thumb rows, take note of the hdc row that bridges the thumb gap (marked below). As you work around the thumb gap, you will “pick up” two sts by working into the side of these marked st.

  1. With RS facing, find the center chain in the ch-3 at the top of the thumb gap.
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - Thumb - step 1
  1. Insert hook into center ch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Ch 1, hdc in center ch, hdc in next ch.
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - Thumb - step 2
  1. “Pick up” an extra stitch by working into the side of the hdc that bridges the thumb gap. Work one hdc2tog in the side of this hdc (the hdc2tog avoids creating any gaps on either side of the st – a single hdc would leave a gap).
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - Thumb - step 3
  1. Work one hdc in each st around the thumb gap, again working a hdc2tog in the side of the “bridging st” on the opposite side. End with 1 hdc in the remaining chain. Do not join.
Crochet Fingerless Gloves - Thumb - step 4

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Happy crocheting!

Sarah

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