gloveless fingers.


If you live in a climate susceptible to freezing weather, sometimes you don’t need mittens, or fingerless gloves. Sometimes the only part of your hand that is cold are your fingers.

Introducing …

… Gloveless Fingers!

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Designed to use up those tiny balls of sock yarn lying in wait in that already-too-voluminous stash of yours, and knit at a gauge of 9 stitches to the inch, each finger takes up about two grams of yarn and thirty minutes of your time. They’re great for TV knitting (like when we were watching the Battle of the Five Armies last night and I was resisting the urge to chew my fingernails off, even on the second time around) because it’s just knitting plain around and around in circles.

If you need to, you can adjust the size by adding or subtracting from the stitch count for the fingers as long as it remains divisible by 3.

Here’s the pattern:

Gloveless Fingers

Materials

  • Sock yarn scraps
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • US size 0/2.0 mm set of four double-pointed needles

Instructions

Three Middle Fingers

Cast on 18 stitches with a long-tail cast on and divide over 3 DPNs evenly. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 3 rounds.

Knit even in stockinette stitch until work measures 0.5 inches short of desired length.

Decrease round: *SSK, knit to the end of the needle* for a total of three times.

Repeat this round until there are 6 stitches left — 2 stitches on each needle.

Cut 6 inch tail and, with a tapestry needle, thread the end through the remaining stitches twice, without pulling tight. Pull yarn through the hole in the top and pull firmly, closing the hole.

Weave in ends.

Thumb

Cast on 21 sts with a long-tail cast on and divide over 3 DPNs evenly. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work in k1, p1 (ending with a knit stitch after each round) ribbing for 3 rounds.

Continue on, working the body of the thumb and the decreases the same way as the instructions above.

Little Finger

Cast on 15 sts with a long-tail cast on and divide over 3 DPNs evenly. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work in k1, p1 (ending with a knit stitch after each round) ribbing for 3 rounds.

Continue on, working the body of the little finger and the decreases the same way as the instructions above.

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Have fun knitting these for all of your friends.

 

The Sock Monkey

Since 1999

Keeping you warm the cool way

 

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8 thoughts on “gloveless fingers.

  1. Great idea, Josh. Except that I can see said gloveless fingers slipping off at inopportune moments. Ah well, I suppose they’ll be great for using up those oddments of sock yarn we all get left with.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sharon! I’d thought of that when I was working on them, so I added a little negative ease. They fit my sister (the model) just fine without slipping off. 🙂

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  2. Thank you for this pattern. I have made a lot of fingerless mittens, but our Dutch climate is often to chilly to wear them. With matching gloveless fingers I will be able to wear them again. Genius!

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