There are many combinations of stitches that can be used to knit the fingers of a glove. I created a series of diagrams, with three different examples (patterns), to explain how fingers are created in knitted gloves. This is definitely the case where a picture (or several) is worth a thousand words. Using the approach outlined here, you will be able to create custom fitted fingers appropriate to the number of hand stitches on your needles. Read more
These instructions apply to a thumb knitted from a slot, created with a waste yarn placeholder. The advantages of this style of thumb include its ease of construction, ability to accommodate many stitch and color patterns and simplified glove construction. You continue knitting the pattern as if the thumb weren't there, which it isn't until later. When using two circular needles and this thumb design both the right and left hands can be knitted identically to the start of the fingers, reducing construction complexity. Read more ... for stepwise instructions and photos.
This mohair glove can be knitted in two lengths. The gloves were knitted from a skein of yarn left over after knitting a lace sweater. I wanted to have long gloves to wear with the sweater, but wasn't sure if I had enough yarn remaining, so I decided to start with a provisional cast on 4" from the wrist bone. This ensured that I had enough yarn to complete a pair of short gloves and could invisibly pick up stitches to augment the length afterwards. Shown is the short length, with the provisional cast on (green yarn) at the cuff.
I found it helpful to analyze how a glove fits before I designed my own knitting pattern. I looked at leather gloves and the single pair of knitted gloves that I had purchased, and studied the wear and fit problems. Then I knitted a pair to size, and documented the process as I progressed. The first step is measuring the hand and understanding how the measurements translate into the knitting pattern. Read more ... to see the critical measurements and steps for knitting gloves. Click on any thumbnail to view a larger image.