Simple and Quick Fingerless Gloves Crochet Patterns (3 Versions)

pink shell stitch fingerless gloves in crochet shell stitch
All three of the fingerless gloves that have crochet patterns included

Fingerless gloves are one of the easiest and cutest accessories you can crochet. Here, I’ll show you how to make them and three patterns to get you started.

“You know those are really easy to make, right?”

This question came to me in real life at a craft fair one holiday season, I had just purchased a pair of simple fingerless gloves from another vendor, and the lady in the booth just next to me was wondering why. Why pay good money for something that I could have made myself? 

Now, I had reasons for wanting these gloves anyway, but this other vendor did have a valid point. Regardless of what stitch pattern or even what yarn you would like to use, fingerless gloves are a very straightforward project. For the most part, they are both simple to make and fun to wear. 

Below, you’ll find a quick overview of how fingerless gloves are made, and then three separate patterns so that you can crochet them yourself. 

Let’s dive in! 

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Easily Making Fingerless Gloves 

In their most simple form, fingerless gloves can be made out of a crochet rectangle of the right width that is seamed mostly up one side, with an opening left for the thumb. Really, it can be that easy! 

To make the gloves a little more fitted, I have added ribbing at the top and bottom of most of the gloves, and a little thumb shaping. I think this makes them a little more appealing and also helps all of the openings to keep their shape. There are only a few extra steps involved with doing it this way, and a few more ends to weave in. 

If you would like to try crocheting a pair of fingerless gloves for yourself in a different style or with a different weight yarn, just start with a chain that can go around your hand just above your thumb. At that widest part of your hand, you should be able to bring the ends of the chains together with very little stretch. 

Then, add however many “turning chains” you need and start working in rows. Once you have a rectangle that is about as long as you want, decide whether you will add ribbing. You can add it to that side(whether you’ll call that the top of the glove or the bottom), and then go back and add some on the opposite edge, too. 

Then, you can seam up your glove. Just fold your rectangle in half with the right side of your stitches inside and with your ribbing at the opposite openings, use slip stitches to securely seam up most of one side. You’ll want to skip enough space for your thumb to come all the way through, and then add a few more stitches of seaming at the top of the glove. 

This is the point where you can add small rounds of ribbing around your thumb opening if you want to. 

And finally, once your crocheting is all done for the glove you can weave in the ends(and make the second one!). 

I hope you read that and started to get some ideas for textures, colors, and stitches that you just can’t wait to try! However, if you’d like to start with a pattern pre-written for you, below are three original ones to pick from: 

My Patterns for Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Below you’ll find all three of my full patterns for different versions of fingerless gloves. The point of having three is not only to give you options for different patterns that you can start right away, but also show you how easy it really is to crochet these in different stitches. The most simple and beginner-friendly pattern for fingerless gloves is going to be the single crochet version. The waffle stitch and shell stitch versions each have very different textures. There is a lot of variety to pick from but I hope you enjoy making at least one! 

For the sake of simplicity, all of these patterns use aran(also called heavy worsted) weight yarn. If you choose to grab the free download that includes all three of these versions, the following abbreviations will also be listed for each pattern. Here is a total list of all of the abbreviations used: 

You can also check out my tutorial on crocheting the waffle stitch if you would like some extra practice before making the waffle stitch gloves.

Pattern One: Fingerless Gloves in Single Crochet  

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Materials

  • Approximately 80 yards of aran yarn for the pair of gloves(more if you want to make longer gloves) 
  • G hook

Directions

Main glove body

Ch 25

Row 1: skip one chain and sc one in each chain down the rest of the row(24 sts in every row). Ch 1 and turn

Row 2: sc in every stitch. Ch1 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until you have 10 rows total of sc.

Ribbing and Thumb Area

Row 11: Hdc *FPhdc, BPhdc* repeat across row to the last stitch. Hdc. Chain 1 and turn

Row 12: Hdc * BPhdc, FPhdc* repeat across row to the last stitch.

Fold your work with the right side inside, and from where your hook already is, ss the two edges together down the ribbing rows(the last two rows). Bind off with a ss.

Other end:

From either the right or wrong side of your work, start on a corner and repeat rows 11 and 12(this is putting two rows of ribbing on the wrist end).

From the end of your last ribbing row, ss the two edges together up the ribbing rows and the next row as well.

( The remaining gap should be enough for your thumb area to fit comfortably, and even have a little extra space. It will be shaped more next.)

To work ribbing around the thumb, go around the opening with Hdc stitches and then work up to  two rounds of ribbing (less if the thumb opening is getting shaped too tightly) as you’ve done at both ends of the glove(using FP and BP stitches). You will need to ss each round(working in small rounds here rather than rows).

When finished with each glove, bind off with a nice tight ss and weave in your ends.

Pattern Two: Fingerless Gloves in Waffle Stitch

set of crochet fingerless gloves with pattern in the post

Materials 

  • Approximately 230 yards of aran yarn for both gloves. 
  • G hook

Directions

Main glove body

Ch 28

Row 1: skip 1 stitch and dc in every other chain. Ch1 and turn. (27 stitches)

Row 2: *dc, FPdc, dc* repeat across the row. Ch1 and turn.

Row 3: *FPhdc, Dc, FPhdc* repeat 6x(7x total). Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 5x for a total of 13 rows

Ribbing

Row 14: Hdc *FPhdc, BPhdc* repeat across row to the last stitch. Hdc. Chain 1 and turn

Row 15: Hdc * BPhdc, FPhdc* repeat across row to the last stitch.

Fold your work with the right side inside, and from where your hook already is, ss the two edges together down the ribbing rows(the last two rows). Bind off with a ss.

Other end:

From either the right or wrong side of your work, start on a corner and repeat rows 14 and 15(this is putting two rows of ribbing on the wrist end).

From the end of your last ribbing row, ss the two edges together up the ribbing rows and about 7 other rows.

( the remaining gap should be enough for your thumb area to fit comfortably. It will be shaped more next.)

Thumb ribbing

Go around thumb opening with Hdc stitches and then work two rounds of ribbing as you’ve done at both ends of the glove(using FP and BP stitches). You will need to ss each round(working in small rounds here rather than rows).

When finished with each glove, bind off with a nice tight ss and weave in your ends.

Pattern Three: Fingerless Gloves in Shell Stitch

pink shell stitch fingerless gloves in crochet shell stitch

Materials

  • Approximately 160 yards of aran yarn for both gloves
  • G hook

Directions

Main glove body

Ch 32

Row 1: (skip the first 2 ch for the first row only)

Sc *Skip 2ch, dc5, Skip 2ch and sc* Repeat 3x, with your last sc going in to the last chain.

Ch3 and turn.

Row 2: Right there at the edge, dc2 into the top of your sc from row 1. *Sc into the very top/middle stitch of the next shell. Skip 2 ch/find in-between the next two shells and dc5* repeat 2x and then dc3 in the last stitch.

Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of ten rows. In my gloves, I switched to my lighter colored yarn for rows 9-10.

Fold your work in half and ss the edges together down the last two rows.

Ribbing and Thumb area

On the other end, start on either side and add a row of Hdc. (I ended up getting about 20 Hdc stitches in this row, but I would recommend doing a few more, especially if you decide to make your gloves longer.

Then, add two rows of alternating FPhdc and BP Hdc for 1×1 ribbing.

Seam up the two edges with ss up to about row 5 or 6 of your shell pattern, leaving a few inches for the thumb opening. Bind off with one last ss, and weave in your ends.

Final Thoughts (Plus the Pattern to Take)

Whew! Even though these gloves don’t take very long to make, you might be busy for awhile. Not only do these make great quick projects for yourself(you could easily do multiple colors to go with different outfits) they also make fantastic quick gifts and even stash-buster projects!

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Keep the crafting delightful, 

Amelia

Taking the time to learn How to Crochet Fingerless Gloves will give you an easy idea for gifts as well as cute accessories for you! 

How to crochet fingerless gloves


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