This year at Stitches West, I took a wonderful class from Marly Bird on how to knit gloves. The course was geared for beginners, and was very clearly explained and illustrated, step by step. By the end of the three hour class, I had knitted almost an entire glove!
I hadn’t expected to produce an actual garment out of the class, so I brought scrap yarn with me. Luckily, it was a 200 yard ball of Plymouth Encore, as I quickly knitted up a matching glove just in time for our trip to chilly Colorado. I wore the gloves every day, and found them quite warm and comfortable!
I highly recommend Marly as a glove knitting teacher, I thought she was excellent. You will find the link to her Craftsy class by clicking on her name, above. The glove pattern Marly used in the beginners class I took was called, My First Pair of Gloves, and this approach used an afterthought thumb. This means that as you knit up the palm, you put your thumb stitches on waste yarn and then don’t pick up those stitches again until you have finished knitting the other fingers. It was a relatively painless approach for a novice to this type of knitting, and I enjoyed it.
However, I discovered the pitfall of knitting gloves with an afterthought thumb when my husband, inspired by my efforts, asked me to make him a pair for our Colorado trip. I knitted his gloves like a maniac, trying to get them done in a week and ended up finishing the fingers on the airplane! I used Woolfolk Far [http://www.woolfolkyarn.com/] , the chainette version of the ultrafine merino that has been taking the knitting world by storm.
Although I insisted that my husband try each finger of the glove on for fit as I knitted, the fingers still ended up too short. Why? I realized later it must have been because of the afterthought thumb. In future, if I knit the fingers first, I will compensate for the awkwardness of fitting them on the hand without space for the thumb by really pushing the gloves down on the web between the fingers. I didn’t do this when I tried the gloves on my husband’s hand and I believe that is why I received the erroneous impression that they were long enough. It wasn’t a complete fail, though. My husband wore the super soft black gloves the whole week we spent in Colorado and now they are MINE!
I plan to cast on another pair for my husband soon. I will use the afterthought thumb again because in this case, I know I just have to make the fingers one inch longer than I did last time. But if anyone knows of a good glove pattern in worsted weight yarn that uses a thumb gusset, please let me know! I searched on ravelry and mostly found patterns in fingering or sport weight, and I just don’t have the skill yet to knit in the round and shape fingers with such fine yarn. But there are so many gorgeous glove patterns in those weights that I want to knit someday! Here are my favorites:
The Openwork Gloves by Jennie Atkinson:
The Helena Gloves by Kristen Jancuk
The Houndstooth Mitts by Amy Keefer:
and Hetty’s Sunday Cuffs by Danielle Sorensen:
So far, I have been using two small circular needles to knit my gloves but I wonder if anyone feels double pointed ones are a big advantage? Readers, if you have knitted gloves before, what is your preference?