Perfect Knitted Gloves: Tips for Success

GlovesI’ve never knitted a pair of gloves, if you can believe that. Mittens, fingerless gloves, and wrist warmers are all in my repertoire, but no gloves! The thought of knitting all of those fingers has always steered me away from glove projects.

I usually get about four pairs of those tiny knit gloves that stretch to fit any size hand. Those last me all winter, interspersed with my down mittens for the really cold days. I’m over those gloves, though, they’re too thin for Spokane. And besides, I’m a knitter and therefore I should knit some gloves!

So here’s my plan:

1. Find a pattern.
2. Choose yarn.
3. Knit a gauge swatch.
4. Cast on.
5. Knit, knit, knit.
6. Finish one glove.

It's a nice plan, isn't it? Step 6 is the only step that makes me nervous…

Since I have Ann Budd’s The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, which has a whole section on making simple gloves, the pattern-finding is done. Step 1, check.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a ball of Socks that Rock sock yarn (not to mention all the sock yarn I got at the sock summit), and a couple of other choices, too. I like the idea of using sock yarn on small needles so that the gloves will be dense and warm. So here are the choices:
Glove yarn choices

Leave me a comment below and tell me which yarn you like best!

I think my gauge will be about 7 or 8 stitches to the inch, and my hand circumference is about 7½ so I’ll be casting on 60 to 66 stitches.

How do I know this? That’s the brilliance of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Ann gives you options. And by options, I mean OPTIONS! There are glove patterns for five gauges of yarn and seven sizes, and an amazing schematic.

A big bonus in the glove section is the page called "Quick Tips for General Success." Ann provides these tips for each type of pattern and they're easily worth the price of the book. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

  • If you’re using double pointed needles, use this tip to avoid the ladder: When you reach the end of a double-pointed needle, always work two or three stitches from the next needle onto the working needle. Doing so will move the boundary between needles and will help prevent a line of loose stitches between needles.
  • As you knit, poke the finished fingers into the hand to keep them out of your way.
  • To help eliminate holes at the base of fingers, pick up and knit one or two more stitches than required when you begin a finger, then decrease the extra stitch or stitches on the first round of knitting.

That tip for avoiding ladders will work for anything you knit on DPNs, not just gloves. Some of us occasionally have issues with ladders when we use the Magic Loop method (ahem. . .), so this is good for us, too!

I'll keep you posted on the gloves—I need to make quick work of them so I'm not forced to buy another pair of those little stretch gloves!



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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

432 thoughts on “Perfect Knitted Gloves: Tips for Success

  1. My experience with koigu says it is a lovely yarn with infinite color choices and it will not let you down.
    If the use of the gloves is very rough, you might choose something else but otherwise, its wonderful.

  2. Those yarns are beautiful! I don’t know if you’re feeling up to multi-colored gloves, but I think that something made with any combination of the four yarns you showed would be beautiful. Otherwise, my choice is the Socks that Rock, although the green is a close second.

  3. Your story is exactly mine! although in addition to the one size fits all, our local dollar store has been carrying those 1/2 finger gloves with a mitten top — they are awesome for dog walking. i felt the same way about knitting socks and once i jumped into it i had no problem. i like the koigu and the tagless green!

  4. thanks for the tips.
    however- I must offer this tip myself-

    Malbrigo is terrible for gloves. although its very soft when you knit with it, very quickly it will start pilling, and those little fuzzy balls and bits of fluff will be all over your gloves.

  5. The Malabrigo would be very classy looking and go with everything, but the Koigu would be lots of fun (and would probably also go with loads of things). They’re all lovely, though!

  6. Hi Kathleen,

    Go with Malabrigo Sock! It’s deliciously soft so your hands will love you for the choice! Also, it’s so lovely to work with; it just slides along your needles effortlessly. Also, am I mistaken, or is the colour you have shown the gorgeously dramatic “Eggplant”? I’ve made socks with this colour and they are so beautiful. Gloves would be divine!

    It I may be so bold, my suggestion would be to do the “Carlos Gloves” from The Mirasol Collection, Book One. These are an absolutely ingenious design. You knit them from baby finger to thumb — horizontally — not vertically, as in most glove patterns. They are all garter stitch and incorporate clever short rows. They are so much fun to knit and so easy! You will be done before you know it and anxious to choose one of your other 3 balls of yarn shown to be the lucky next pair!

    I realize this is not an Interweave pattern, but they really are worth checking out!


  7. Given my love for color my first choice would be the koigu, then the Socks that Rock and then the anonymous green. However, I bet the Malabrigo is extremely soft – so maybe texture should prevail over color?

  8. I think the green, but then I’m partial to those colors….What color is your coat? I’ve never done gloves either, also have that book…also live in Spokane. Are you up for a kal?

  9. I like the Koigu myself. Also, since Koigu skeins tend to be on the small side, gloves are perfect since they don’t take as much yarn as a sock does and the PPPM makes really cushy, soft gloves! I wouldn’t go with the Malbrigo since, being a singles yarn and gloves getting a lot of friction (I mean you DO use your hands right?) you might see more pilling than with other yarns.

    The glove recipes in Ann’s book are fantastic! Probably the single greatest glove pattern/glove instructions ever. I noticed the other day that the glove pages are trying to fall out of the book, that’s how much I’ve used them! You’ll get perfect gloves with her instructions.

  10. They are all lovely, and all winners, but since I am currently on a malabringo binge, that is my choice! Why don’t you knit both at the same time on a long circular needle… instant step 7 acheivement!

  11. Go for the Socks That Rock. I just finished my first pair of gloves in sock yarn – turned out pretty darn cool – only problem was the hand portion was large. I also just finished 2 pair of “Knuckles” and found that dropping down a needle size helped in the hand fit. Holes between fingers I am still trying to figure out!

  12. I am currently making my son a pair of gloves from the same book, and having a great time! (my 3rd pair). I used a multicolored yarn. It makes it more fun to knit, seeing what the colors do, so that’s why I would recommend one of the multi’s.

    Here’s a tip to make knitting the fingers much, much easier. Use shorter double points. Hiya Hiya makes 4″ steel ones (they are a little slippery), and there are Clover 5″ Bamboos (less slippery but fragile in small sizes). I’ve tried both and prefer the bamboo. But, believe me, the shorter needles will make knitting those fingers MUCH easier.

    Good Luck!

  13. All four yarns are beautiful, and I’m sure once you’ve finished one pair you’ll want to knit another in one of the other yarns. After all, they will need washing occasionally, so you’ll need more than one pair, and if you nromally buy four pairs of magic gloves, why not knit fourpairs? I bet they last more than one winter.

  14. That lost tag Green is going to make beautiful gloves! I’ve knit some from the Ann Budd book- you’ll be surprised at how fast and easy it is! And when you’re knitting for yourself, you can adjust the finger length for a PERFECT fit. Very satisfying. Don’t worry about ladders and, for accessor-o-philes, there are nice, short “glove needles” so the project remains wieldy. Is wieldy a word? After each finger, I went ahead and wove in that end, so I didn’t have 10 or more, at the end, to do at once.

  15. Since I’m not paying the bill, I choose the Koigu. I once bought one skein to make the neckwarmer pattern for a friend’s birthday; the yarn is incomparable but very costly. A pair of gloves would cost at least $30, possibly $45 to knit.

  16. I like the Socks that Rock yarn, but I am partial to green! I think the green yarn would make beautiful gloves and it appears that you may have enough.

    Can’t wait to see them!


  17. My vote is for the Socks That Rock.

    I own The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and jokingly refer to it as my knitting bible. I use this book each and every time that I make a pair of mittens and gloves.

    Good luck to you!

  18. The green, the green! Gloves (or mittens) should be bright and colorful – cheery on a gray winter day. Plus, the green will help you remember the warm summer days when the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and you could lay in a hammock and knit all day.
    I’ve got to go find some green yarn for gloves right now!

  19. Malabrigo! I made an afghan using all Malabrigo and it is so nice to snuggle up in. I plan on making a few scarfs and fingerless gloves with it for Christmas gifts this year. It’s soooo soft!

  20. Very brave of you – I’ve also steered clear of gloves! Other knitters have complained that Malabrigo pills easily, so although it’s tactile heaven, I would save that skein for another project.

    My vote is for the Koigu. The colours would brighten-up a wintry day & still be versatile for different hat/ scarf/ outfit combos. Second choice? The Socks that Rock! Outside of the stash choices, I’d go for a yummy hand-dyed yarn. Gloves are special!

  21. Since you will be knitting these for me, I’d love the gray Malabrigo one. I am a size medium, enjoy knitting following your tips and make sure you so step 7, then let me know and I’ll send you my mailing address.
    Happy knitting!

  22. If you make the second glove from the same yarn, no one but another knitter will notice that you’ve used a different pattern, and the knitter will admire you for it.

    The grey yarn will show dirt the least, but only use it if it’s superwash. You don’t want to have to handwash them every time they get dirty.

    Marina Stern

  23. I think you should use the Malabrigo unless you want to make a dressy pair of gloves then I’d use the Socks That Rock! I’m getting ready to knit my first pair of gloves. Thanks for the tips!

  24. I am looking for a pattern for a simple cardigan vest sweater for Alpaca 2ply 2oz. per skein yarn. I would like to do ribbing at the bottom and ribbing along the front edge and neck in a contrasting color from the main part of the vest. The rest of the sweater should be a simple stockinette stitch.

    If anyone knows where I can find this pattern, please contact me at

    Thanks loads,
    Dorothy Collins

  25. This is just my personal taste,,,,,,,I like red. Bright fire engine red. What ever happened to the pure primary colors? Everything is muted or ‘dinged down’ now days. Lets put some life into our things and live boldly.

  26. My vote is for the Socks That Rock, and while you’re at it, pick up a copy of “There Are Rocks in My Socks Said the Ox to the Fox”. It’s the best kid’s book ever and would make a fun stocking stuffer to go with the socks.

    Grandma Deborah

  27. I have knit several pairs of gloves from the Ann Budd pattern book. They aren’t hard to make and are really a lot of fun. I usually make the fingerless gloves and I wear them when I am working on my computer in the winter. (My office is in the coldest part of the house).

    One thing I have found is to work the gloves in a 2 x 2 ribbing or a 1 x 1 ribbing for the whole glove and fingers. They fit much better and will “snug” up to your hand and are much warmer that way.

    As for yarn, I use sock yarn, the wilder the color and strips, the better.

  28. My first choice for pretty is Socks that Rock.

    But I think you’ll enjoy the Koigu because as you watch the colors change you’ll have a feeling of accomplishment.

    Good luck and show us the finished gloves soon.


  29. I have recently bought this book and wholeheartedly would recommend it to any knitter. Super book. Clear instructions. And I have just completed a sweater which was a perfect fit after following the formula. Just wonder how I managed before i bought it!

  30. Definitely the green! Also – have you considered a pattern that is a half glove, what I mean is half fingers and then a “flip top” cover – to convert to mittens? I’m a novice knitter and have recently made one myself. Like you, I’m nervous about knitting the second glove/mitten, but I’m going to get started on it right away,as the first one turned out pretty good.

  31. hi there Kathleen, i’m crocheting a pair of gloves at the moment too using Wendy Happy yarn and a 3.5mm crochet hook…anyhoo, i think the Koigu yarn looks really amazing (it’s very like the one i’m using at the mo, in fact 🙂 )
    anyways, good luck with the glove making, especiaaly the second one…hahaha!!! ( this is what i’m dreading as well….)
    emma from wallasey, wirral

  32. hi there kathleen, i’m making a pair of gloves at the mo too and i’m worried about the same problem…not getting the second one done…hahaha!!!
    i think the koigu really looks amazing being multi-coloured although i’ve never used that yarn before…anyhoo, good luck with getting the gloves finishing… 😉

  33. i’d use the grey… or maybe mix the grey and green. but more importantly, in order to deal with the step 7 problem… knit both gloves at once, alternating sections. cuff left, cuff right, etc. don’t tell me you haven’t enough needles. i won’t believe you.

  34. I would say there are two serious choices out of your pictures of yarn – being new to knitting (relatively) I am unfamiliar with the yarns at hand and am going by appearance only. The first one, Koigu has yummy fun colors; however, the Malabrigo is a nice charcoal which would go with pretty much any color coat/jacket. The others are great looking also but the colors are too fussy to go with much of your clothing (unless you have a coat in those colors)… well, anyway that is my very inexperienced two cents : )

  35. Avoid No 7. knit two gloves at the same time on a magic loop, knit the thumbs as you knit the palms and knit the eight fingers at the same time using separate balls of yarn. keep trying on and cast off each finger when long enough.
    Knit Pink

  36. I’m in England and don’t recognise any of the yarns mentioned above. However, I’d go for the Koigu as I love rainbow yarns and the random pattern. Reading the comments – it sounds a good yarn

  37. Hi Kathleen,

    I vote for the Malabrigo. Grey is a nice universal color that will go with everything. However, I usually use a basic 100% wool yarn to keep the pilling to a minimum, although sock yarn makes up nicely as well.

    Gloves are fun to make once you get through the first pair. Like you, I stayed away from them because of the complicated fingers. Sock heels and toes scared me as well until I finally did a pair!. I figured if I could do socks, I could do gloves.


  38. You are so brave. I also have knit everything except gloves… Mittens, yes, gloves? gulp… No! I really like the looks of the large pink hank of yarn that I believe you called Socks that Rock. What beautiful gloves they would make… And BTW. I live just 30 miles from you… In CDA, Idaho. I enjoy your Knitting Daily! Thanks, Karen

  39. I vote for the “random lost tag green”! I just like it!! Like you, I have never attempted “gloves” (eek!) Mittens I can do…but I am afraid of all those fingers in gloves LOL!! I must conquer this fear!!! I have a lots of nice glove patterns and every now and then I see the fingers staring and taunting me. Must get the book!

  40. No advice on yarn, but a request: as part of this series, could you do one of those nifty photo tutorials on doing a forchette? I’ve never seen a really good photographic illustration of the process, so I’ve fumbled through them. Sometimes they look good… sometimes not so much, and I’m not sure what I’m doing differently between them.

    Thank you!

  41. What color is your hat? If none of the yarns coordinates with your hat (you do have a hat, right?) I would go with the Malabrigo or the Socks that Rock for a nice classic look.

  42. Oh, I say go with the Socks that Rock for the palm and fingers, and use the green or the Koigu for the cuff. I like how someone said that the green needs a little love 🙂

  43. Green. My favorite color and festive for this time of year, and this one is very pretty. I think I’d do gloves in sport weight though. My hands get cold very easily!

    Then I’d suggest following my sock technique: I cast on both at once, using DPs (2 sets!). Then I finish them by sections: one ribbing- check; second ribbing- check. Then, one by one, ankles, heels, heel turn, foot decreases, foot, and toe. When I’m done, I’ve finished both socks. No delay in wearing, and no second sock syndrome.

    BTW, I think moving the division between DPNs is ok if you don’t have to keep track of where something is (like a thumb, for instance). For socks with a pattern stitch, or gloves, I don’t think I’d go there. Just tighten up your stitches at the needle joins.

  44. Well, I would choose the green because I resonate best with green, and am a keen gardener.

    One year I used a very dark grey, and got the artwork (secretly) from my friend’s husband that her two young children had done – one was scribbles, one was a sunshine – and I translated those in white yarn onto the dark grey gloves. I actually knitted them in. She got the gift of the gloves and the original artwork in a box for Christmas. They were also custom-designed for her hands – she is over six feet tall and has lovely, long fingers. She loved them, and each time she put them on, her children said, I drew that one!, and I drew that one!, and they are a very cherished present.

    I tend to have one great knitting idea each year…

  45. Oh definitely the Malabrigo. Partly because grey is a neutral that will go with pretty much anything. While I’m normally a complete sucker for Koigu, that looks a lot like this tiger-stripe yarn that I used for a pair of “Hooray for Me” gloves, and I didn’t like how they looked when they were done. The Socks that Rock yarn looks like it’s not a variegated yarn (which is a plus), but it would mean that you sort of have salmon pink hands (i.e., gloves) when you’re done, and I don’t know how that would look. Can’t tell enough about the green to know whether you’ll get actual stripes or just a weird mottled effect like I did with the tiger-stripe yarn (and I’m a Summer, so that shade of green is not in my color palette — YMMV).

  46. Okay – you’re gonna think I’m really weird, but I actually like the grey Malabrigo with Koigu accents………cuff maybe? Or a few stripes on the cuff? Not sugg’g stranded colorwork here – not for a first set of gloves. Heck, what am I talking about?? I don’t do stranded work anyway?? See? I’m nuts!! ;~)

  47. Definitely the gray. Here are the reasons, they will go with anything, they won’t show dirt or wear as much, they will not be the focus of your outfit, they won’t show mistakes (if you should make any). Only draw-back, harder to see your stitches.
    That’s my vote!

  48. Kathleen:
    I am almost finished with a pair of gloves (from the Knither’s Handy Book of Patterns) that I am knitting with sock yarn for my grown son. Just 1 more finger, the last thumb and weave in the ends! Woot!

    I don’t know what color your winter coat is, so here is what I would do….it looks like the Koigu and the STR are both the same type of pink. If so, I would ust the STR for the base color and fingers of the yarn and use the Koigu to make a faux Fair Isle pattern on the mittens. Then I would take the left over yarn and reverse the colors, use the Koigu for the base and the STR for the Fair Isle pattern and knit a matching hat!

    Then I would use the Malabrigo to make a pair of dress gloves, because that looks like it would match my winter coat.

    Then I would use the green and make myself a pair of fingerless gloves (I would make the base of the fingers, about 1/2 inch because I have noticed that I need to have the gloves anchored across the palmes of my hands better) and a pair of gloves for my grandson, because green is his favorite color and he always needs gloves.

  49. Dear Kathleen,
    Choose the Malabrigo yarn, it just looks yummy! Thank you so much for the “Quick Tips”. I just bought some yarn for a pair of gloves last week. I have Ann Budd’s book, and I’m so excited to make my first pair of gloves and to use this book for the first time.

  50. Do the missing tag green, if it’s in your stash it has to be good right? I’m a on the road yarn rep. Love reading your Knitting Daily while in the lonly motels in the evenings. Good Luck, watch that area between the fingers and don’t make your fingers to short.

  51. When in doubt, go green! Believe it or not, green is considered a “neutral” in the fashion world and can be worn with almost any other color. You know, like grass, leaves…they go with everything…

    And the poor little lost soul without a tag needs a good home. 🙂

  52. STR. You want something that wears well, unless you are just going to wear them for show. Gloves get more wear than you think they will. Mine get a lot, because I am often holding a dog leash or trying to fish my keys out of my pockets. I wouldn’t use the Malabrigo for gloves, because it is a single ply and would not hold up to the amount of wear. My favorite yarn for gloves is (multi-plied) alpaca because the long smooth fiber shows no wear, even for years. I have a twenty-year old pair that I finally had replace all of the fingers on, because after daily winter dog walking they were falling apart – (but looked great !) – go figure.

  53. I think I like the Malabrigo. Of course, since it’s hard to really tell color from a monitor, I may be way off, but it looks as if it is a bluish-grey and light grey or silver. By the way, I love your column. Nancy

  54. I used the same pattern from the Knitter’s Handy book of Patterns to make gloves for a friend who was going through chemo and his hands were super sensitive. I chose a cashmere blend yarn in Oregon State colors! The pattern was easy and fun. Enjoy!

  55. Socks that Rock — that pinkish/brownish/peachy shade is luscious, and it seems to have a slight sheen or glow that seems warm! Also, if there will be cables or any other stitch pattern, they will show up better in this lighter color.

  56. I LOVE to knit gloves & mittens. Here’s the thing w/yarn choice; you want something that’s going to be warm, soft, and STURDY depening on what you’re going to use them for. I like Malabrigo in general, and the color is nice as it will hide the dirt, but I like the notion of using the green – a good use of wayward yarn. My next experiment? A circular celtic cable on the back of the hand, using Melissa Leapman’s cable approach. Very Exciting!

  57. The lost tag green, if it’s in your stash it must be good right? I’m a yarn rep. on the road all the time, I sell lots of green, any shade of purple sells well also. But what color do you like? Try your next pair in Buffalo Gold or Bijour Basin Yak. Oh my gosh the best yarn on the market for gloves, can be thin but “Oh so warm”.

  58. to a void having to start the 2nd glove after finishing the 1st why not start them both…a race to the finish & both wearable @ the same time !
    Love the yarns….I’d pick the Malabrigo…but I love the darker color for most anything. Maybe I’ll start a pair for my self…Like you, I’ve never ventured pass the fingerless ones… Good Luck…. r.rain

  59. Today I’m going for the gray colorway. Regarding the lace patterns that are up on the site free today, surely there is a misprint in the Spectrum scarf pattern – it reads “112 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in lace patt, after blocking.” Shouldn’t that be “12” st & 16 rows/inch?

    Many thanks for any feedback. John Ranck

  60. Pick the yarn that has the “hardest” finish or tightest spin…this is experience talking. I did five pair of mittens last year and the ones done with a really soft yarn are all fuzzy and icky now and the others still look great. Depending on how it feels, I really like no tag green.

  61. My choice is koigu. Let us see the final product please. Thank you for the suggestions about the holes at the base of the fingers. That was my experience even following the pattern carefully.

  62. hi Kathleen

    i live in ieland and we don’t have these yarns here, but i like the green! just make sure you have enough you’ll need between 75 and 100g.

    i too had a fear of all things gloves, not having knitted them for years but rediscovered them, when my friend said she had to have a pair she saw in a book i bought last year called ” hats gloves scarves, easy designer knits for family and friends” by Louise Harding. theres a beautiful pattern for 4 ply gloves knit on 2 needles,( you sew as you go) and it inspired me to have a go at the traditional knitted in the round which are great too.

  63. That Malabrigo would be a great neutral, go with everything color, but I really like the green, too. I learned to make gloves using a double knit technique. No more going round those little fingers–it’s all done using flat double knitting!! It works great!!

  64. Every year I knit a pair of gloves for me for winter. And we do have winter here – Manitoba Canada.

    I use an alpaca worsted and the pattern that I use is in “Homespun Handknit”, Good Basic Gloves, page 117,

    These gloves will take me through the winter and sometimes into the next winter.

    Sharon Gray

  65. Are you looking for form or function? If the latter, then go for the Socks that Rock or Koigu. While I love the Malabrigo (very soft and pretty), it seems to fuzz up on me while knitting. I haven’t even finished knitting one sock yet and it’s fuzzy. Doesn’t seem like it would wear well.

  66. Are you looking for form or function? If the latter, then go for the Socks that Rock or Koigu. While I love the Malabrigo (very soft and pretty), it seems to fuzz up on me while knitting. I haven’t even finished knitting one sock yet and it’s fuzzy. Doesn’t seem like it would wear well.

  67. I love the Malabrigo – that would be my first choice. 2nd choice is the ‘random, lost-tag green’. Who knows – maybe you’ll end up making 2 pair of gloves?

  68. I love the lost-tag green, but then I am a sucker for that color. I’ve crocheted gloves, knitted mittens and fingerless gloves but never knit a full, finger-covering pair. I’m going to be following you on this project in the hopes you’ll conquer it and give me the confidence to try it as well.

  69. I think that you should use Socks That Rock Yarn. The color is beautiful & it has such a great sheen to it. At least that is how it appears to me. Have fun ~~ starting a new project is the best, don’t you think???

  70. I’m voting for the grey or the green. Mostly because I’ve had pinkish or peachy toned gloves in the past and they look odd…like my hands, but chubbier. I’d go with something that definitely can’t be mistaken for your skin tone.

    Have fun knitting your gloves! I always pick up extra stitches around the fingers (to avoid holes) and decrease them out in the first row.

  71. I’ve used that pattern a couple of times… I love that book! I vote for your STR pink yarn. I prefer a solid to semi-solid for gloves since the patterning works out totally different on the fingers than the rest of the hand and I don’t like that.

  72. Personally, I’d choose the green no-name color. Tho all are lovely. But recently I have been drawn to the color green. I have knit 2 pair of gloves so far–both for gifts. But they were fun and easy. My favorite pattern was the one that knit the fingers first!
    Gale in Arkansas

  73. If those fingers are a challenge, try using Idiot cord with 10 or 12 stitches. Start with 3 st., double to 6, then 12. A ladder will form, but not to worry, grab a crochet needle and loop up the ladder from the tip. Make 4 of these & join in a round. Knit a couple of rows, then add the pinky (fewer sts). Knit around the palm & back of glove until the base of the thumb & & it in. The great thing is the ability to try these on as you knit!.

    This is an old Elizabeth Zimmerman idea. Enjoy!

  74. I would choose either the Koigu, just ’cause it’s fun, or the Malabrigo – it would be a little more professional….. I haven’t used that yarn though, so I have no idea how well it would wear.

  75. They’re all nice yarns, so I’m going to recommend color – grey or green. More versatile and will go with more things…you know, just in case you never get around to making a second pair. Ask me how many pair I own. G’ head, ask me.

  76. While the KPPM will make a lovely pair of gloves, they’ll be quite slippery; for example, it’s very hard to hold a steering wheel with the gloves on. I’d expect the Malabrigo to not wear as well unless it’s knitted very tightly, but I’d think your gloves might be less slippery. Whichever yarn you choose, I’d think a well-fitted pair will be less slippery and fumble-free to wear, but a tighter glove won’t be as warn. No wonder you’re asking for comments. THere are so many considerations!

  77. I would also vote for the Malabrigo first and Socks that Rock second. They all look gorgeous. I’ve only knitted one pair of fingerless gloves, which my daughter loved. The Ann Budd book is one I’ll have to look into at my LYS and maybe I’ll try to knit gloves! Keep us posted on your progress.

  78. Good semi-morning, Kathleen. I just read your post about the gloves. I like the Socks that Rock yarn and the green. They both have a sheen to them over the i-net; just really look pretty. It happens that a friend of mine in Nashville, TN.who is a fiddle player, called me over the weekend and asked if I’d knit her a pair of fingerless “flip” mittens. Of course, I have already ordered the yarn! (LOL) However, can’t you knit gloves/mittens using the Magic Loop? I’ve knitted 4 pairs of socks with the ML and LOVED it. ESP the part where you don’t have to start all over with the same thing; I get bored. I really like the Magic Loop and I don’t have a problem with ladders, or at least I haven’t before. Since I’ve bragged about it, now I’ll probably start having issues with those pesky little “holes.” BTW, I’ve never knitted mittens/gloves but figure if I can knit socks, I can do mittens (?). Thanks for your answer in advance.

  79. I have a bad history with gloves, I made my first pair last year and immeadiately lost them. SO much hard work care and attention gone. I`d use your least favourite wool or put them on a ribbon through your coat sleeves – this is what I`ve done the lovely mitts I`ve knitted this year.
    Are you not knitting a grey scarf too, in which case I`d go the malabrigo and definitely attach them to ribbon.

  80. The colour doesn’t matter, the texture doesn’t matter, when you’ve achieved a pair of gloves you’ve made something very special.
    I think you’ll find it easier than you anticipate. Just do it – and show us the result before you wear them and while you’re wearing them.
    after that there’ll be no stopping you!

  81. Malabrigo is what I would select! Looks like it would go with any outfit–(plus I would be making the gloves for my daughter-in-law and she loves greys. Thanks for the inspiration–most anxious to get started on this project!!!

  82. If the colours are anywhere near how they show on my screen, my first choice for the gloves would be the Socks that Rock (rose-ish colour?), and second choice would be Malabrigo (neutral grey heather tones?).
    Gloves have been on my to-do list for the last couple of years, and I’ve not yet done a pair either… yes, the thought of all those fingers – done twice 🙂
    Ann Budd’s book, “The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns”, is wonderful, and is alongside books by EZ, and Barbara Walker, and Meg Swansan, and many of Ann Budd’s other books (yes, she’s one of my favourites).
    So, go ahead and take that step and let us know which yarn you chose (and why), and how you liked the process… maybe that will give me that final push to knit gloves.

  83. They are all very beautiful, but I think that I like the green. It makes me picture snow on evergreen branches and snow balls. I haven’t knitted any fingered gloves either, just mittens and fingerless….

  84. I’d pick the malabrigo because it’s a solid dark color. The variegated would be harder to tink for a first project, and the darkest color could wait longer for a wash, especially for gloves. I’ve never made gloves either, for the same reasons, so I’m looking forward to seeing yours. Thank you for the inspiration!

  85. Knit both your gloves at the same time. Knit one glove section, cuff, hand, etc, and then do the other one. When you finish one, you will be almost finished with both and won’t have that dreaded “I just did this” feeling.

    This works especially well with socks, I’m never eager to start the second sock!

  86. Thank you for mentioning the book–Handy Book of Patterns. I just ordered it and also bought the Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.
    It is just what I have been looking for. Can’t wait to get it in the mail.

  87. You have some great choices! Koigu, Malabrigo, Socks that Rock, are all equally good for some comfy socks. I guess it all depends what you want to wear your gloves with, but everything I have goes with that green, it is my favorite.

    Sara in AL

  88. Socks That Rock makes a sturdy, comfortable glove–soft but not as easily snagged as softer yarns. Be sure to use a tighter gauge than usual. And why not try knitting the fingers first? I don’t remember geting holes where the fingers joined the palm (Kitchener stitch 2 stitches of each finger to the next before knitting the main part of the glove) , plus the fingers are the perfect length and placement for my hand. I also like to finish the ribbed cuff by binding off with a yarn needle–the method that resembles the kitchener stitch. It gives a beautiful, stretchy edge with very little effort.

  89. It depends on what you will be wearing it with. I personally like the melabrigo or the green without a tag. But, the variegated would be interesting with solid colored sweaters or something with tweed yarn sweaters.

  90. I like the look of the Koigu and the softness of the Malabrigo.*** But because the Malabrigo is a singles it’s likely to pill like crazy. Drat! So I vote for the Koigu.

    ***Interesting timing on this. A friend of a friend was going through side-effect hell with her chemo a while back and had horrendous peripheral neuropathy, including blistering & peeling on her hands. Shelley knit her a couple pairs of gloves from possum yarn to make her life a little easier. Totally delicious! Now I’m about to start chemo with a similar poison and my gloves, courtesy of the Handy Book of Patterns, are on the needles!

  91. Go with the Koigu, (green as a 2nd choice) it will be a fun alternative to winter and interesting with the patterning of the colors. Everyone will be jealous.
    I’ve got Opal (purple/black/orange/blue) on my needles for the gloves shown in Knitting Fun w/ Opal flyer.
    I’m working on both gloves at once to avoid the 2nd syndrome.

  92. I always like Koigu yarns. They knit up so easily! Though, pink does not float my boat! When knitting gloves or mittens, I find that it works well to knit them on needles that are one size smaller than recommended. That way they come out a bit warmer! You will have to make a new gauge swatch, but if you are using Ann Budd’s book,that’s easy!
    Also,these days, I knit almost everything that needs to be made in pairs (gloves, mittens, socks, whatever….) using the “2-at-a-time Socks” (by Melissa Morgan-Oakes) method. I’m real bad with second “whatever” syndrome! (I am also the type of person who knits both fronts of a cardigan and both sleeves of a garment, at the same time!)
    If you are worried about your grip on a steerinig wheel, either do not wear the gloves while driving or buy a pair of driving gloves. (Keep in mind, I live in N.Y.C. and I seldom drive!)
    Good luck!

  93. Not knowing your wardrobe, I’d go with the 2nd ball of black-grey yarn as it would go with just about anything.

    However, if your winter coats are all black or grey, the variegated pinks on the left would really pop.

  94. I would recommend the Socks that Rock or the Malbrigio. I have actually made gloves with the pattern book you have. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. My only suggestion is to knit the cuff longer than the pattern states so your wrists aren’t exposed when you reach for things! Gloves are easy. My next pair will be Fair Isle! Susan

  95. I *really* like the Socks That Rock yarn. I love the color, and the yarn looks luxurious and WARM. Second choice would be the Koigu yarn. I am not a very adept knitter, so I’m impressed that you’re going to take on a glove pattern.

  96. Hi —

    Yes, do the other glove … that’s always the hard-to-motivate-me part.

    I would choose the no-name multi-green yarn. Then you could be brave and put a leaf pattern on the back of the hand. The easiest would be to embroider it after you’re done.

    Good luck. You have inspired me to start the second mitten I have been putting off since last winter. These mitts will be gorgeous. They are complicated (for me) Fair Isle, designed by Liz Seymour.

    Joyful Jennifer.

  97. My vote is definately for the Koigu. It has the most colors and would be the most interesting both to knit with and to wear. Although I tend not to like green, that would be my second choice also because it has a lot of colors.

  98. Hi Kathleen, I really like the Socks that Rock yarn, if you’re looking for more elegant gloves, but the Koigu yarn looks like a lot of fun too.
    I’m a big fan of your website and cannot wait every day for your email.
    By the way, I have not knitted gloves before either, so when I’m done with my Christmas presents I’ll try to knit a pair too.
    Would you suggest knitting both gloves at the same time to get them both the same?
    Hello from Seattle,

  99. I would choose the yarn on the left to go with your CPH or the one on the right to go with my CPH! I saw the ad for buying Ann Budd’s book and the yarn book as an extra at the bottom of my page–can you get the extra without the main book since I already own the main book and do love it. I also own her book on sweater patterns which is along the same lines and I really like her approach with so many options.


  100. Personally, I adore Koigu but in this case, I like the Socks that Rock. I think it would look better in gloves. And why not knit both gloves at once, so you won’t be tempted to dive into lonesome glove syndrome? And anything but plain old stockinette or garter stitch. The pink STR would look fabulous in a lacy stitch!

  101. I probably would base my choice on what color my coat is. Not knowing the color of your coat, I would opt for the gray since it would go with anything. However, that being said, my first choice would be the lovely shades of green.
    Whatever your choice ends up….I’ll bet the gloves will be gorgeous!

  102. I like Socks that Rock! Good luck. Quick question – how are you casting on to get a more stretchy cuff? I’m struggling with a good looking cast on that stretches. Tube seems a bit tight when it’s not a lot of stitches. Any suggestions?


  103. I like the Malabrigo (is it black/gray?, it looks so on my computer). If you’re looking for just a plain pair of everyday gloves a darker color will coordinate well with any outfit and if you wear them often it won’t be as noticeable if you’ve splashed your coffee on your hand, cleaned the dirty snow off your car, etc. I suppose I’m pretty rough on my gloves though. I would use the brighter colors for more intricate gloves, or a scarf.

  104. I think the Koigu might go well with your pink Central Park Hoodie. Otherwise, the Malabrigo is a nice color that will go with just about anything. Compare your swatch to whatever you will be wearing with gloves most frequently.

  105. Well, it depends on what color you like, or which coat you want to coordinate with. That said, I like the Malabrigo, since it’s pretty neutral, says the woman with these as half finger (well, 3/4 finger) gloves on her needles in a wonderfully colorful, blue Koigu PPM , with one knit over the weekend and the other started this morning.

  106. I made myself a pair of gloves out of Koigu yarn, a gift from my sister, about 8 or 9 years ago and I still have them! The yarn makes a very attractive pair of gloves and I highly recommend it.

  107. The Koigu or Socks that Rock would maybe be best for a first time glove maker to better see your stitches but… for dresser purpose I’d choose the Malabrigo .
    Choose which one that will suit your wardrobe best , is my advice.
    Elsie in Va.

  108. Hi; you mentioned before that you have two black coats, so why not make the gloves with the grey, It would compliment anything you chose to wear them with . Love your topics. Rosetta

  109. Kathleen,
    Since gloves need to be tough enough to stand up to friction (clutching the steering wheel), pulling (puppy’s favourite toy), and moisture (fall and winter walks), they work out best in sock yarn that is superwash. My vote would be for the Socks that Rock. The unlabeled yarn might work well too. Just test it to make sure it won’t felt under wet friction by dampening it and rubbing it between your fingers for a while. The Malabrigo is a beautiful yarn but will felt at the drop of a hat-not a quality you want in a glove yarn.
    Check for “itch factor” by holding the ball under your chin for a while, or slipping it up under your sleeve on the inside of your arm. If you can tolerate the yarn for 5 minutes in either spot, it is probably going to be fine on your hands.
    Good luck! I love knitting and wearing gloves.
    Sheep Dip Cottage

  110. What color is your coat? I guess it doesn’t really matter but it could help make up your mind. Without that consideration I would choose the no lable green only to use it up. If you haven’t used it by now then use it to get it out of your stash and move on. You will feel better and If you don’t like the first attempt at the gloves there is no guilt for the yarn was already most likely not going to be used. Also you can tell your friends how you are using your resources and being thrifty is so cool and hip right now. (smile)

  111. I don’t like my fingerless gloves knit in Malabrigo. While they are very soft, they are also full of pills and have an extremely lively halo.

    If these gloves of yours are going to be used with thicker ski gloves like a liner, then go for it. But if you plan on showing them off as you wear then, you’ll find yourself hiding your hands and making excuses when asked if you made them, at least I did.

  112. Koigu if you have enough. I have made several pairs of gloves…love em love em love em! If you do indeed fail to get them made try wearing your fingerless gloves OVER the little stretch ones Rebecca aka dances with pit bulls

  113. I like the green; it’ll be a little reminder of the spring that’s (eventually) coming. Enough to brighten up even the most dreary winter day. I love the STR, but for gloves, you’re just begging for trouble…

  114. Hello Kathleen, I vote for the “lost-tag green”…. looks yummy and tree-like to me. My second choice would be the Koigu, for some funk.

    Happy knitting, Gail

  115. THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS! You are great, KDers.

    I think the votes are tipping between the Malabrigo and the green. I’m going to knit a couple of swatches and see what I like better. If I choose the Malabrigo and it wears fast, I can just knit a pair out of the green, right?

    Thanks again,


  116. I like the Koigu. The varigation in the yarn would keep me knitting to see how the next color looks with the rest of the glove. Should be incentive enough to complete the pair of gloves.
    Bertha Mallard

  117. I always knit gloves 2 at a time on 2 circs just like I do for socks! That way, your step 7 isn’t a problem! I work them simultaneously until the fingers, then all you have to do is knit all of the fingers and you’re done! You don’t have to worry about casting on the second glove, which kills the “I have a finished glove!” buzz.

  118. Malabrigo would be my choice for color and softness. However if you want long wearing then I would choose STR or Koigu. Both have tightly spun plies. Don’t have any suggestions or objections to the green because you give us little hint as to it’s qualities.

    When making gloves I like to use Alpaca or Camel both for warmth and softness. Daughter has worn her camel gloves for over 5 years on various geo-field trips and other than a few darnings they are still holding up quite well.

  119. Start with the Malabrigo. It’s a nice neutral color and you will probably be more pleased with the result if anything untoward occurs in the knitting. Good luck!

  120. I haven’t read all the comments but doesn’t it depend on the color of your jacket? or you scarf and hat? Gloves get a lot of wear, almost as much as socks so use the yarn that wears the best. I haven’t heard great things about Malabrigo on that respect so I would lean more towards STR or Koigu. Your lost-tag green is pretty but without the tag, how can you know the content?

  121. Hi Kathleen,
    Depending who the gloves are for I’d choose the Koigu for my niece Tess who looks great in bold colours. For myself I’d use the Malabrigo since it would go with anything. Have you a favourite among them?

    Jan Salotti

  122. go for the tagless green or the varigated pink. If you are not sure the coloration will hide any “artistic renderings otherwise known as errors” much better than solid

  123. You mentioned you like the idea of using sock yarn for dense, warm gloves. I live in Alaska and spent about 40 years in an Eskimo village. If you want warm, the bigger the better. Eskimos use worsted weight for their knitted gloves for a thermal effect (like the air layer in a thermos bottle). Tight gloves and clothing cancel the termal effect. And for your first attempt, consider that worsted weight knits up faster. Later, when you realize that gloves really aren’t difficult, you may want to get fancy with smaller guage yarn. The Eskimos make beautiful gloves, by the way, treasured by men and women, young and old alike.
    Jerri N

  124. You can use magic loop and do them both at a time. Once you get up to the fingers- you can either continue to do them across on the same magic loop- or start using DPNs at that point. Don’t be afraid of those fingers. They are small & work up quick!

    I’m not sure if you are like me and don’t care that my accessories aren’t a perfect match to my coat or not. That said- I think the Koigu looks fun, but they all look like they would be beautiful

  125. I have the Knitters book of Patterns Love it. Now for the gloves Malabrigo would go with a lot of things but gloves can be fun make the main glove plain and multi colored fingers and thumb then make a plain pair out of Koigu.
    Have fun!


  126. I have made many gloves and used 3 of the 4 yarn you listed for them. I recommend the Socks that Rock yarn. It is an excellent, nearly perfect choice for a first glove project. Additionally, I recommend you check out one of the free patterns on Ravelry from Laris. She is an excellent glove designer and has a lovely simple pattern for a first glove there. Then use your Ann Budd book for all the tips to success as you work. Your second pair of gloves should be Laris’ Bobbie gloves using your Koigu yarn. It is perfect for that pattern.

  127. Lovely as the Koigu colourways are, on small needles I find it splits often enough to be annoyingly problematic.

    Being a Washingtonian myself (Seattle and Ellensburg) I vote you got with the Malabrigio and make gloves that won’t find you squealing at the tiniest bit of dirt that happens to be attracted to your handmade pride. That STR yarn is lovely – but not so super for everyday. On the plus side – if you gain confidence with gloves you could make yourself heaps of them in all sorts of colours and never need to worry about dirt and grim adding unhappiness of sight to delight of touch and warmth on any given day.

  128. Go with the green; on my monitor, it looks as though it would complement your hair and coloring beautifully. Plus, if you have a neutral coat, like black or grey or navy, the green would really pop and be cheerful in the dark of winter (if your coat is bright red, though, go with the grey!).

    Everything depends on the swatch, though. I’d be a bit nervous about the Malabrigo being too soft for gloves, as several commenters have suggested. The swatch will probably feel great, but does it seem durable?

    Either way, your two finalists both seem like handsome choices. Best of luck.

  129. Hi Kathleen,
    I would go with the Socks that Rock personally with Koigu as my 2nd choice…..BUT! If I was making them for my younger daughter I’d have to go with the lost tag green since green is HER favorite color.

  130. I prefer the Malabrigo. In the photo it looks like a nice, neutral color that would go with anything. My second choice would be the “random lost-tag green.” Will you post the results of the comments? I’d be interested in hearing what others said. Thank you –

  131. I too have never ventured into the world of gloves. I like your plan. It is a good plan. I am sure I would get stuck at step 6, but I understand completely, being in possession of several socks, where step 7 has yet to be applied!

    I love all the yarn options – but I was first drawn to the Socks that Rock, then the green, then the Malabrigo, then the Koigu. Why stop at just 2 gloves? Why not not make 8 and use all the fabulous yarns?!

    Good luck!

  132. I’m a beginner, so I don’t know the difference in texture or softness of these yarns, but by going on looks, my vote would have to be for the lost-tag green. Either way, I think the gloves will turn out looking great! : )

  133. Hi Kathleen,
    Well, if I was making the gloves for my younger daughter I’d go with the green……personnally I would go with the Socks that Rock 1st and Koigu as my 2nd choice. I think either one will be pretty for a pair of ladies gloves.
    Good luck….hope you post a picture of them when you’re finished making them.

  134. Not going to pick since I don’t know what colors you’re planning on wearing these gloves with, but the green ball on the end sure looks like Socks That Rock in Jade. I got some two years ago at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and used it to make a pair of Pomatomus to wear in Portland last August!

  135. Hi Kathleen,
    I just finished The lace Mesh Gloves by Eunny Jang at Interweave. They are my first gloves ,too. The pattern is well written and the lace is soooo cool. The gloves are for my friend who now lives in Paris and they are very chic.
    I recommend a smooth yarn that is not varigated…after all that effort, you really want those fine stitches to show. Also is has a neat applied I-cord finish.
    I also used the short glove double points for the fingers.
    I swore I would never knit gloves but it was a graet learning experience and a fab gift for a dear friend.

  136. I like the socks that rock purely for the color, but the malabrigo looks the best texture wise. Have fun! Those should defiantly be warm, I’m in the same area as Spokane and yeah, it’s cold in the winter. I haven’t made glove gloves, fingerless gloves with the flap but no gloves, they can’t be any harder than the fingerless gloves. And I put that book on my Christmas list. It’s been frosting so hurry!

  137. Good for you Kathleen! I’m partial to the green but my conservative “Spokane” soul says the gray will go with everything! Be sure to keep close watch on those hand knit gloves, I’m forever losing gloves! Always keep those cheapies in your glove box for emergencies!
    Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  138. Tha grey malabrigo would probably match your coats and vest. I like the pink Socks That Rock but for gloves that get dirty – maybe not. What color did you make your hat?

  139. I love the multicoloredness (not actually a word, I know) of the Koigu and think it would look fantastic knitted up for gloves if they are being used for casual wear. Otherwise, I would pick the Malabrigo if the color shown is gray. They would go with everything and even be a bit formal if needed. Well, heck, if you are going to “knit, knit, knit” and you are as fast as it appears you are, use both …… but start with the Koigu because I would love to see them when they are finished! I’m just saying …..

  140. Step #7 would end it for me!!!

    But I plan to learn how to make two socks at once; will let you know.

    When I was very young I made a gorgeous pair of socks for each man in our family. Really! Then didn’t knit for many years. Somewhere along the way, I lost my nerve.

    Now I stick to scarves or hats/caps for adults and dolls/infants.


  141. Which ever one is super wash! The green is lovely, but you don’t know how it will go thru the wash/dry process. Love Malabrigo, but, for this project, would vote for the Socks That Rock for gloves. If it can stand up to socks, it can surly stand up to gloves! Let us know which one you pick!

  142. Old fashioned consideration for me: what coat/sweater are you wearing them with? That’s what i’d look at first. If i really want to make something from a specific yarn, it’s like: “ok, where can i find a coat/sweater/ensemble to match OR who do I know that has something that goes with this?” hehe.

  143. My yarn vote for the gloves is the beautiful pink Socks that Rock yarn. Can’t wait to see the finished product. This might inspire me to try my hand at knitting gloves.

  144. I just finished my first glove from Ann Budd’s wonderful book. I used worsted weight alpaca, on size 3 needles to get a 6/inch gauge, so the gloves are dense and warm! My favorite tip is to put the hand stitches on a circular needle while knitting each finger so the stitches won’t slip off. The pattern is wonderful, and easily customizable for different hand sizes. I’d go with the green yarn, myself! Best of luck! Now off to make my second glove!

  145. My favortie of your yarns is the Socks that Rock pink. Of course pink is always my first choice. I have never made any gloves either. Perhaps I will try in January as I will be busy with Christmas knitting until then. Yep I waited too long this year again. Ugg. Good luck with the gloves.

  146. I like the colors of the Malabrigo. I’ve only worked with Malabrigo Lace — and I *hated* it, so I hope yours is better to work with.

    Once you’ve gotten the finger-making part down pat, try “Urban Necessity Gloves”
    by Colleen Michele Meagher. Her pattern is free over on Ravelry.


  147. I like the Malabrigo and the Socks that Rock together. If you cast on with the contrasting color, knit with the other, and then embroider the cc . . . c’est bon!

  148. Why limit yourself to just one pair of gloves? You have four beautiful yarns, make four beautiful pairs of gloves! You’ve already said that you usually get four pairs of those tiny knit gloves that stretch!!

    go for it!

    Karen K. in
    Fort Wayne, IN

  149. I would go with the green…..a hint of spring and a touch of the Irish would be nice in the midst of winter. I’ve used Ann’s glove patterns. They’re great. But for a quick pick me up, I knit or crochet cuffs on the one size fits all stretchy gloves. They are fun to do and work up in an hour or two to a very lovely glove. I started with the standard fur cuff and went from there. The possiblities are endless.

  150. Knitting Daily is THE BEST! I look forward to this email every day! I’m psyched to try gloves now! Christmas is coming and every skill I can lock down now is one more gift in the bag! Thanks so much!

  151. I think You should choose the Socks that Rock, the colour is easy to knit, I mean you see what you are knitting and you know what colour you gloves will be.
    The Malabrigo is dark, Koigu has too many colours and the green one; it is nice but.

  152. When you’ve figured out how to accomplish the dreaded “second” – be it glove, sock, or mitten, let me know. Until then, I’ll have to find the living version of Admiral Nelson for knitting these items. 😉

  153. PS – This IS a great book, and I encourage knitters to buy it. I’ve made vests, sweaters, and hats from it (but no socks, gloves, or mittens)

    And I say go for the Malabrigo! Soft!

  154. Go for the green! It’s beautiful! Wonder if you could knit both gloves at once, like I do with socks… I knit all 5 fingers of some fingertip-less gloves at the same time once… made it less painful 😀

  155. EEWWWW!!! You must be using very tiny needles to need to cast on 60+ sts. I make my gloves one size 3 needles with DK weight. Colors vary to the mood I’m in, unless I’m making gloves for the military – dark or desert colors are best. I use my hubby’s fingers to estimate the length of each finger and make appropriate changes. I like the green yarn – the lost tag green – but I’m a green person.

    PS When I make socks, I often ask for a tracing of the recipient’s feet then I can make my socks “custom”.

  156. I think either the Koigu or the Malabriga. While the koigu is a lighter color, its varigation will lend good stain/soil coverage. And they’re just beautiful! What a great idea to use some of your sock stash for gloves…at least more people will get to see your work!

  157. I love the Koigu and random green yarn the best. For me, I’d pick the green definitely. I live in Kalispell, MT, so will definitely need to consider making gloves at some point. I’m currently a user of the thin-stretchy cheap glove variety myself!

  158. to go with your Central Park hoodie, which I remember from a picture as being a tweedy pink blend, you need the gloves in the Socks that Rock pink. It looks closer to solid, and if it picks up one of the colors in the tweed, you would have a great ensemble for a warmer winter day, or under a heavy overcoat.

  159. The mystery green because the color is great. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out. I might just join you in this endevour, but I won’t use sock yarn. After all, we’ll all want to get the second one done before the Superbowl.

  160. I too vote for the green lost-tag. Very Northwest Forest-y.

    And no, NO! Not 60 stitches! Like socks, you want your gloves to have some negative wearing ease, so they hug your hands.

    At 8spi x 7.5″ hands (60 st) you will only need 54 st (or 56 if using 2×2 rib)
    At 7spi x 7.5″ hands (53 st) you will only need 46-48 st (use 48 if using 2×2 rib)


  161. I would make my choice based on need:
    Everyday wearing?
    Fancy/Dress Pair?
    Go with the coats I already or plan to own?
    … and go from there.

  162. I love green, so I’d go for it. Also it is not just a flat color of green, so watching the shades change would be good. And green is pretty neutral (notice how flowers always look good with leaves) so it should look good with most anything!

    But all are lovely! Maybe put them in a bag and have someone (who won’t know them by the feel as you will) pull one out and just use it! Have fun.

  163. I love the socks that rock yarn best but I wouldn’t mind incorporating the lost tag green with it. I’ll be looking forward to seeing which one you use and what you do with it.:)

  164. I live in Spokane too! After two winters with snow burms twice as tall as me, I know just how you feel about those little cheap knit gloves being inadequate. They work five minutes and then freeze your poor fingers till you have to shove them in pockets. I’ve only been knitting for a little less than a year, so the thought of glove fingers frightens me quite a bit.

    Personally, I’d pick the green, but it’s my fav color, so no one who knows me would be suprsed, lol. Other than that, the Koigu looks like it would also turn out nice. I’ve never actually seen any of these kinds of yarn in person, though, so I’m just going by the picture.

  165. Kathleen:

    I understand you’re hesitancy to knit gloves especially one at a time. I have knit a pair of gloves at the same time using Nenah Galati’s method with 2 circular needles as if to make two socks at the same time. This method is a little bit of a mind bender, but once you get it down it is really slick and it works great. Of course, once you get to the fingers you knit each one at at time on short dpns. The good part is you have a pair of gloves or socks when you’re done and no more “orphans” are created. I use this method for doing sleeves in the round two at a time so they both end up the same length. (I end up with less sweaters with one sleeve that way.) As far as color choice I’d say my vote is for Koigu.

  166. My favorite yarn for gloves and mittens isn’t on your shelf. I love working with Dale of Norway’s Baby Ull. It’s two major selling points for me is that it is the softest Dk weight yarn I’ve found and is Merino(washable)! But perhaps the most important thing is that it comes in a wonderful array of colours! They stay bright and lovely through wash after wash and it softens even more. Give it a try, you will love it too!!

  167. I vote for the Malabrigo. I’d also suggest that after you pick out the pattern, try knitting them up at the same time with magic loop or 2 circs. It might be more complicated than knitting mittens and socks, but then you knock #7 off your list!

  168. My vote is for the random lost tag green. I think it will make the stockinette stitches more interesting. I’ve made 3 gloves with Ann Budd’s glove pattern. Two were made with sock yarn with 25% polyamide content on 2.0 mm needles and they came out thin and scratchy. The Malabrigo yarn would feel wonderfully soft, but will pill up in an instant if knitted into gloves. I used Marisol Hacho, a DK weight merino yarn, on the third glove I made and they turned out soft and warm — and with very little pilling so far. I was amazed by how little time it took to knit up a set of gloves…much much faster than socks.

  169. If i were choosing for myself I’d pick the Malabrigo because it wouldn’t show dirt as fast. My small dog likes lots of pets and she isn’t always as clean as I could wish.

    Finishing the second glove is easier if you get a second set of needles and knit them at the same time – ten rows here and ten rows there – a finger here a finger there.

  170. Kathleen,
    Don’t feel too bad, many of us have not tackled the knitted glove. Can you knit gloves on two circulars (like socks) and do two at a time? That has solved my “do I have to knit another sock, really?” (LOL)-I knit them two at a time and it is so much more fun, efficient and they are exact-no guessing, no marking, counting, etc…
    My color preference: The malabrigo varigated black/greys- gloves get dirty so easily so they would hide the dirt and match a variety of coats.
    Thanks for all you great posts on Knitting Daily, along with all the great info and free patterns!
    Laura S. (PA)

  171. I’m grooving on the slate and green: they’d be smashing in a mosaic pattern on the back of the glove (and of course, the fabric would be twice as thick and warmer). Then again you seem to favor pink, so the slate and pink would be fetching too.

    I’ve used Koigu in innumerable neckwarmers and gauntlets, which were all gorgeous. I live in SF Bay Area, so the tightly wound plies were ideal (not suffocatingly hot), but you seem terribly concerned about very warm fabric. Don’t think Koigu would be as warm as you seem to need.

    Not familiar with Socks that Rock, but I can say the Malabrigo cap I made was too warm for me; it’s now happy in a new career as helmet liner for a downhill skiing friend.

    I sidestep all these warmth issues by using silk liners for particularly cold weather.

  172. As part of the RSC this year, I’d have to say that my choice would be the Sock That Rock yarn. It is the best spongy, springy yarn I’ve knit with and have just this weekend pondered making a few pairs of gloves with it. This conversation came up when a friend said, “You have to make me a pair of gloves because with my long skinny fingers it is hard to find a pair of gloves that fit.” She’s right, why not make her a pair. She mentioned trading photographs of the kids for gloves. I think that is a fine barter.


  173. I think that the lost tag Green is nice- I think it must have a history to be named this and variagations are always interesting in a plan pattern. good luck

  174. make all four like you normally purchase to get you through several winters : ) but if I must choose only one…I’m partial to color, so I love the socks that rock pinkish, again, all are bea-u-ti-ful!! Good Luck : )

  175. Definitely use the ‘socks that rock’ yarn. It looks really soft and it appears that there is alot of it!! Hope you start it soon so we can see the results! Lois

  176. Hi,
    I do them 2-on-1 circ like socks for my New Hampshire relatives. I do thumbs last, from stitches held on safety pins. When you get to the fingers, do them like I-cord. Zip across 8 batches of stitches,each with its own mini-ball, then slide the needle back and start over. Goes really fast.
    “Needle blocking” a la Annie Modesitt gets rid of most of the “gap” The first wash takes out the last of the ladders from the back of the I-cord.

    This year I’m doing little stuffed animals for the little kids and all the arms and legs are done like I-cord. Yes you can do 8-12 stitch I-cord. One monkey and one dinosaur done, so far. 3 more to go.

    I like Socks that Rock for warm gloves. And lots of other things. My dream is infinite access to Socks that Rock.

    Julie in San Diego

  177. The Malabrigo yarn is definitely lovely, but from my own sad experience, don’t waste it on gloves. They get so much friction that my beautiful Malabrigo gloves are covered in pills and the surface is very abraded – and after only 10 wearings!! They look thirty years old. I have no experience with Socks That Rock but the silk content concerns me.
    I’d go with the equally lovely and soft but much more hard-wearing Koigu.
    Gloves take a lot of wear!

  178. Hi Kathy!
    I too have never knitted gloves and am also going to have to take the plunge soon
    the variagated yarn would keep the knitting interesting but I find patterned gloves distracting. I see gloves as very necessary sometimes but really only like pain ones. Beside the plain yarn will show you the knitting better. Try the plain pink or an alpaca (warmth and wear – also better if you are likely to get your hands wet).
    I too think the first glove will stop me knitting the second. i will knit some only to prove I can!
    All the best

  179. I would choose the green. I really love the green gloves I made. It helps to look for the short DPN to use for the fingers. I think they are 3 inches long or something like that.

    As for warm enough, when it gets really cold here (Alaska) I put on my gloves then slip my gloved hand into a pair of mittens. Then if I have to take off my mitten to get at the car keys, tie a shoe, or press those tiny buttons on the gas pump, my fingers do not freeze. The double layer of warmth is really lovely!

  180. Malabrigo – grey goes with everything and can be used for all occasions. But the Koigu can make you feel young again with all the colours of childhood. Unfortunately living in England we don’t have any of these yarns easily available so I don’t know how they feel. Enjoy knitting your gloves – noone else with have any the same!

  181. Malabrigo – grey goes with everything and can be used for all occasions. But the Koigu can make you feel young again with all the colours of childhood. Unfortunately living in England we don’t have any of these yarns easily available so I don’t know how they feel. Enjoy knitting your gloves – noone else with have any the same!

  182. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and in case you don’t know It can hiot temps of -35 celsius here and I work outside on a farm. I like to use smaller needles than called for, it makes a nice tight glove that is extra warm and I always use 100% wool because even wet, the gloves are still warm. I never worried about color much, just grab and knit, figure it out as I go.


  183. It looks like I have the same Koigu but the Malabrigo is calling to me. Very versitle color way and who wouldn’t love Malabrigo surrounding their hands to fondle on a cold winters day.

  184. I think the Koigu would make a beautiful glove. I’ve just finished making a pair of gloves from sock yarn myself. You’re going to enjoy them. And, surprisingly, they don’t that much time to make.

  185. Seems that the Malabrigo would be a more practical color. Maybe make those your “Sunday Gloves”, and use the lovely green for everyday gloves? Or – what the heck – make all four skeins into gloves! Life is short – stashes are not!!!! 😀

  186. I vote for the random no-tag green.

    It’s festive, and besides it seems to be looking for a home!!!

    Am off to look for “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns,” as you’ve inspired me to try a pair myself 😀 .

  187. Kathleen, it’s good of you to open the choice of yarns to your readers! You mentioned that you had 2 black coats. Going by that, I would think that the Malabrigo, which looks gray to me, would be a more dressy, sophisticated choice than the others. Always in style, can never go wrong. Also perhaps a bit boring!!! But lovely.

    I really like all the colors, and have no experience with the brands of yarns. The green with the yellowish cast that is so popular today would be stylish, up-to-date, and would “pop” with the black coats! So I vote the green lost-tag yarn.

    Which ever one you choose will be great, and I can’t wait to see what the consensus is!!

    The way I get my 2nd socks done is to work the first one to a logical stopping place, like down to the heel. Then I cast on and knit the 2nd one to that point. I turn the heel on the 2nd one and then pick up the first one and turn that heel, etc. It really moves along and keeps me from dreading the start of another sock! This approach can work for gloves and mittens, too!

    This has been fun! Thanks ~~NM in MN

  188. What color coat do you usually wear? The Malabrigo looks like it would be pretty versatile and go with just about anything. BTW, I’ve knitted gloves but I usually wear those little stretchy ones with a pair of beautiful fair-isle wrist warmers (fingerless gloves?) over them!

  189. The first yarn reminds me of the lightly-clouded sunset we had last night, the second would go well with a night out (slightly more versatile), the third would be a lovely color to wear with a gray skirt & pink blouse (church & brunch?), and the fourth would be a reminder that spring is only how many days away? Love the newsletter! Patty in Idaho

  190. All the yarns are good choices, but I would use the Malabrigo as it is the most neutral and would go with almost any jacket or coat. The only draw back to a neutral yarn is Step 7. It can be boring to knit.

    Now for the yarn I am a huge fan of…Socks that Rock everytime.

  191. I am just reading the comments about short DP needles. Knit Picks sells the most wonderful 4″ DP needles: Harmony Wood. They are light and so easy to manipulate — so much better than 6″ or longer. And the yarn doesn’t slip off, which I would expect to happen using steel needles on the fingers. The wood is smooth, but it puts just enough tension on the stitches to keep them in place. I just love them for socks and would use them if I were knitting gloves/mittens. (I am not an employee or investor or in any way connected with Knit Picks; I’m just a completely satisfied customer. ) NM in MN

  192. I love the random green yarn. Even though it is hard to tell from the picture, it looks like it is fairly tightly spun which should lead to a long wearing glove.

    I tend to do the “magic” one size fits most gloves, but my long fingers end up poking holes in the tips pretty quickly. Then it is like wearing a badly made pair of fingerless gloves. I’m hoping to make a pair of fingerless gloves this winter with a mitten top, the best of both worlds!

  193. I recently made something from Malabrigo and loved knitting with it. The variegation in the yarn is gorgeous, and the gray color you have here is the “it” color for accessories this season. Can’t wait to see the final gloveS ;-). Happy knitting!

  194. Tickled to see your post – I came to the same realization over the past weekend, and am also preparing to make some gloves. I vote for the Malagrigo – the color will go with anything, and you’ll have your basic pair of gloves to wear, while you then cast on a fun color for your second pair! They will work up fast!

  195. Use the green, because you want to have a “practice” attitude, and then won’t care if you’re disappointed with the result!

    Conversely–:-) Use the yarn that you LOVE, and you’ll enjoy every stitch, and will cherish your very first gloves–forever!

    P.S. The first gloves I knitted were made of a pink crochet sheen cotton for my little girl (when girls still wore gloves to be completely ‘dressed’…) and I love the memory…Sarah

  196. Hello fellow Washingtonian. I am in Colville.
    I choose the green mystery yarn. I absolutely LOVE that color. I too have been daunted by the thought of making gloves but I hope to clear that hurdle someday. Good luck and I can’t wait to see your finished gloves.
    Colville, WA

  197. Item 7: use two sets of needles and work both gloves at the same time! Work one cuff, then the other, alternating gloves (or socks) so their stages of completeness (is that a word?) are never too far apart. For me, it’s the best way to avoid Second Sock/Glove Syndrome.

  198. Dear Kathleen,

    The idea to knit gloves make me nervous too. This challege will probably be something to try sometime in the future … but not now, I don’t feel that I have enought experience with knitting for that. However, I have made my three year old daughter, Natatlie a winter cap which has earflaps that decrease as they extend down to work like a scarf (I think it’s called a ski cap?). I had made up the pattern as I knitted it with circular needles. It is interesting that you said Spokane is very cold; I am from the Spokane Valley, but currently living in Rexburg, Idaho. Yes, Spokane can be very cold but Rexburg is colder because of the elevation level. (Rexbrug is near Idaho Falls, Idaho.) My choice would be the tagless green for the gloves. Who knows, if you do some utube segmnets on how to knit a pair I might try to do it allong with you. Good luck , Jennifer Olson

  199. I love Socks that Rock. Knowing how wonderful socks feel on my feet made from this yarn, I can only imagine how wonderful they would feel on my fingers. Whoo hoo.

  200. I suggest that you choose the best-wearing yarn for your gloves, because you won’t want to darn worn fingertips! I’ve heard that Koigu wears really well, even though it’s 100% merino … I’m not familiar with Socks that Rock, but its description sounds similar to Koigu’s.

    Malabrigo would *feel* nice as you work but be impractical in a glove — too pilly and probably would wear quickly. 🙁 Make a neck gaiter or cushy scarf from that instead because it’s so luscious against the skin. 🙂

  201. I think Koigu is the most awesome when knitting something that will be on your hands, very tactile, very soft and yet it has some nice body and the color way you are showing is awesome…Love it!!!
    Cannot wait to see what you decide
    Lynne Kelly
    Cedar Lake, IN

  202. How about using up all the leftover ends of sock yarn? If you’re doing Magic Loop, you could make each finger a different color and work them all at once! You’ll never lack a conversation-starter!

  203. Oh my I tried knitting gloves last winter and I made it as far as two fingers and by that point was so frustrated with working the stitches around and around the DPNs I just gave up. I think part of my mistake was using yarn that was entirely too bulky for the needle size I had selected. I haven’t worked up the nerve to try it again (with thinner yarn). I’m stuck on hats at the moment 🙂

  204. Oh my I tried knitting gloves last winter and I made it as far as two fingers and by that point was so frustrated with working the stitches around and around the DPNs I just gave up. I think part of my mistake was using yarn that was entirely too bulky for the needle size I had selected. I haven’t worked up the nerve to try it again (with thinner yarn). I’m stuck on hats at the moment 🙂

  205. I love the color of the Socks That Rock, but I would also like to see the result of the Koigu, so I vote for the Koigu. Can’t wait to see what you choose and the final product!

  206. I really like the green one. The splash of color will look great in the cold-dark days of winter 🙂 Of course it’s the one without a tag but hey, who does not like the challenge.

  207. The best way to get over the second glove/sock syndrome is to knit both at the same time.

    Cast on and work part of the rib or similar on the first. Use the second ball or take the other end of the ball, if using only one ball of yarn, to cast on and knit to the same place or beyond on the second glove/sock. Then catch up on the other and so on.

    Having both gloves/socks in progress at the same time means when one is finished, the second in only a few rows behind it.

    Also, if you make changes to the pattern, you can make the same changes right away on the second glove/sock.

  208. First I was thinking: the Koigu or the randome green because they were interesting and busy; but then I realized it was gloves, not socks – LOL. So the Malabrigo or Socks that Rock might be a better choice depending on whether you wanted a pair of gloves in the darker grayish color or the lighter pink.

  209. You are a brave, brave woman!!! I think I would have the same problem. I’d get one done and it would sit in a bag in my yarn closet for another year or two until I forget what pattern and needles I used! I love the striped yarn on the left! I think it would make a very interesting pair of gloves!

  210. I’d like to see the Koigu in gloves, I think they would be colorful and fun. I’m working on my first pair myself so it will be interesting to see your progress.
    R. Boone

  211. I subscribe to Interweave Knits and Piecework magazines. I have been knitting for almost 70 years. My blind grandmother taught me to knit and a Scottish lady taught me to purl a few years later. I have three sons, who are 55, 52 and 50.I keep trying more difficult items to knit. I always knit mittens when the boys were small. When they became 8 or 9 they wanted gloves. Easier to make snowballs.
    I would trace their hand on a piece of paper and knitted them gloves, easier to get finger lengh that way. I even knit gloves when they went to college. I will really enjoy the magazines. Marj

  212. Ok,
    I say knit the color you like best. As for being afraid to start the second glove,
    try knitting the bottom half of the gloves on 2 sixteen inch circular needles at the same time just like as if you would for socks. The right glove with the thumb towards you and the left with the thumb away from you. If you were looking at your hands the right hand is palm up and left with the back of the hand towards you. Once you do the bottoms, you won’t have to be afraid to start the second one because you are halfway there! You just have to do the fingers using the double pointed needles. With both pinkys on the left side, you can do both gloves fingers working the pinkies first from left to right, that is work the fingers on the right glove first and then the do the fingers on the left glove. One of the best directions I have seen for gloves was from Interweave Knits Winter 2003 “Progressive Gloves”. These directions are good for calculating the number of stitches for each finger. However, I prefer to knit the pinky first then add 2 rounds for women 3 rounds for men before knitting the ring finger and then before knitting the middle finger add 1 round for women or 2 round for men before kniting the middle finger. These number of rounds were with worsted weight yarn, you may need to up the rounds with the finer weight. The middle and index fingers will then be on the same level. This natural angle that follows the angle of the finger on the hand makes a better fitting glove. I got this tip about the angle from reading Janis Cortese’s directions on her Broad Street Mittens and I applied that idea to the gloves. I have written my own directions for gloves with above approach in more detail. If you need more details just let me know. Enjoy your new gloves!

  213. i have a problem with the instructions in the book when you get to casting on the stitch to close the hole between fingers. I will keep watching and if you could please tell me how you do it when you get there!