Thumbs Up Gloves

Christmas is right around the corner which means it’s already Christmas knitting season.  And what’s on every girl’s Christmas list this season? – Fingerless gloves.  Well, I’ve combined my loves of Paton’s Angora Bamboo yarn and fingerless gloves with my dislike of double pointed needles to create these quick gifts – the Thumbs up Gloves.  The perfect accessory for thumb wresting, hitchhiking and bad dance moves. They’re a nice quick project since they’re knit flat and then seamed, – you’ll only have to use DPNs for the thumbs.

I wrote up the pattern in a nice little .pdf  for ya right here – Thumbs Up Gloves

Grab your needles, whip up a few pairs of these gloves for your friends and family and see if you don’t get a big thumbs up. Happy Christmas knitting!

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  1. These are cute and excellent for gifts. I have yet to learn how to use DPNs as well, but once I do I’ll be all over this pattern

  2. Kendra

     /  November 26, 2010

    Hey – I love the new mitts! I still think you and DPN’s just need to make your peace but I love the color choices and wouldn’t be disappointed if a pair of these ended up in my stocking 🙂

  3. Addie Khalar

     /  August 25, 2011

    Try the magic loop method. I did this on socks and mittens with the flap. Easy fast. Happy Knitting!!

  4. Hey there got lost after bind off on thumb , what do I do then? thank you

    • I think you’re done! If you’ve already bound off on the thumb and sewed up the side seam, all you have left to do is sew in the loose ends. Let me know if if that’s not where you’re at.

  5. Liz Cruise

     /  October 12, 2011

    I just love this pattern. I am a very beginner knitter. I just learned. But I think I will try it. I hope that I will be able to do it. I will have to take it to my knitting instructor to see if she thinks I can do it. Thank for the pattern.

  6. Hi! I am making your thumbs up fingerless mittens/wristwarmers. I really like the thumb but am having trouble picking up the 15 stitches with the double pointed needle after closing the arm up. Can you give me any tips?

    Thanks! Shirlee

    • Hi Shirlee,
      I think my best tip for picking up stitches is try to plan so that you can distribute them evenly around the hole, and be creative about picking up stitches. Pick up the obvious stitches along the seam, but remember, anything you pick up will look like a stitch once it’s knit so even if it feels like you’re cheating, be creative and find something to pick up and knit with. That’s the best way I know to avoid goofy holes around the thumb opening. Good Luck to you!

  7. shirley

     /  November 26, 2011

    I also have a problem with the thumb seam. First of all, I don’t see a thumb
    Hole. Can u crochet the thumb on if you want?

  8. shirley

     /  November 26, 2011

    I also had a problem with the thumb Hole. Can’t find it on the seam!! Can you crochet the thumb stiches on. Then knit 6 rows?

  9. June Almond

     /  December 18, 2011

    I’m really confused. Never used dpns before, but thats not my problem. I do not understand that after knitting 6 rows for thumb, how to pick up 15 stitches?? It seems like I would only have 12 stitches to pick up.

    • I know it sounds crazy to pick up more stitches than you have rows, but my best DPN trick is to pick up extra stitches wherever you can find them especially around seams because it’s very easy to end up with holes there. So be creative and pick up whatever you can make into a stitch and don’t worry if you can’t make 15. It’s a short thumb hole so if you’re not happy with it you can always rip it out and start over. Best of luck!

  10. June Almond

     /  December 20, 2011

    Hilary, thanks for your help. Think I worry too much. Will try again.

  11. Sadie

     /  February 7, 2012

    I’m making my second pair. As a beginner, I struggled both times understanding how to pick up stitches. Do you mean “pick up and knit” or just “pick up”? Do you pick up the bar between legs, or do you pick up and knit the two legs to make one pick up stitch?
    Also, I found both times that I wish I would have turned the gloves back right side out before knitting the 6 thumb rows. The picture has the knit side showing on the thumbs, but when I make the thumbs inside out, the purl side shows on the finished thumbs.

  12. Jyll Brant

     /  October 19, 2012

    I want to do these on the magic loop but not sure how to do the thumb part?? Any ideas?

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