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Cotton Fingerless Gloves For Dry And Chapped Hands

After all leaves fall down and rustle under our feet and we notice that trees are all bare, suddenly, we realize that we have to face cold wintery air yet again. Our skin gets dry and chapped, especially on our hands. Sometimes our skin is so sensitive that the dry skin cracks. We need to keep it moisturized. One way to do it is to put cream on hands and then put cotton gloves on. And go to sleep. The treatment will help you keep moisturizer on all night long without getting on your sheets, where it doesn't belong.

If you are handy you can knit yourself cotton fingerless gloves for a couple of dollars. All you need is your time and one or two balls of 100% cotton yarn, depending on the size of gloves you would like to make.
The gloves in this post are made for a very small women hands. These gloves should fit snugly (I used K1/P1 ribbing for that purpose) so they do not slip off at night, and they should be long enough to go over knuckles, so they can get healed. The thumb should be long enough to cover a knuckle, too.

Make them for yourself, make them for your children or your friend's children, make them for anyone who has a problem with chapped knuckles throughout the fall, winter and spring.

You can knit along my FREE pattern (see below).
YOu can knit along my video - if you are:

  1. Right-handed knitter CLICK HERE
  2. Left-handed knitter CLICK HERE


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To knit these gloves you need to know how to:

  • cast on
  • do a knit stitch
  • do a purl stitch
  • increase stitches
  • bind off

DPN - double pointed needles
CO - cast on
st(s) - stitch(es)
K - knit stitch
P - purl stitch
K2tog - knit two stitches together
m1 - make one stitch (increase) by knitting into the stitch right below the next stitch (also so called "lifted increase")
BO - bind off

Materials used:
2 balls of Lily, Sugar 'n Cream,  #4 weight, 2 oz/56.7g; 95 yds/86 m; 100% cotton
Double pointed needles size #7 (4.5 mm)
string of bulky yarn (for use as a stitch holder; note: do not use stitch holder as it cannot bend)
Hook or yarn needle to weave ends in (your choice)

Adult, small size

3"x3" = 15 sts x 20 rows in 1/1 rib

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Make two gloves.


CO 30 sts on DPN
Note: If you need to make them bigger CO extra stitches such as 34, 36, 38, 40, etc.  See my suggestion for the bigger thumb below.

Row 1         *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * entire row, then transfer 20 sts onto two DPNs - 10 sts on one needle, 10 sts on another, and leaving 10 sts on previous (3rd) needle, then connect into circle without twisting
Rnd 2-20     *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *  to end in each row

Note: now the K stitches + increases will be part of your thumb - for bigger hands/wider thumbs do not repeat Rows 24, 27 and 30 - instead skip them and repeat increasing rows, with one non-increasing row couple of times.

Rnd 21         K3, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end
Rnd 22         m1, K3, m1, *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 32 sts)
Rnd 23         K5, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 32 sts)
Rnd 24         K5, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 32 sts)
Rnd 25         m1, K5, m1, *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 34 sts)
Rnd 26         K7, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 34 sts)
Rnd 27         K7, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 34 sts)
Rnd 28         m1, K7, m1, *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 36 sts)
Rnd 29         K9, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 36 sts)
Rnd 30         K9, P1,  *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * to end (total 36 sts)

Take the first 9 knit stitches and put them on a "holder" of made of a very thick yarn - this is your future thumb, which you will knit later. Note: I did not use holder in this case, I needed the knitted part to bend. Then join into a circle and continue knitting the "K1-P1" part.

Rnd 31-48    *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *  to end in each row
Rnd 48         BO all st


Move all your stitches from your "yarn holder" onto your DPNs - 3 sts on each needle (or more if you made 2-3 more increases). Pick an extra stitch between needle #3 and needle #1 - that will be your 10th stitch (or an extra stitch for bigger width thumb = with more stitches).

Rnd 1-7         K10
Rnd 8-10       *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *  to end in each row
Rnd 11          BO all sts

Weave in all your ends/tails.

Now all you need to do is apply the cream, put your fingerless gloves on and go to sleep. In the morning you will wake up with hands as soft as a baby.


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