I fell in love with gloves and gauntlets one fall after I’d received a splendid coupon for a discount on one skein of yarn at my favorite local craft shop. One skein is just right for knitting a pair of gloves or gauntlets, even for my Viking-sized hands. They knit up quickly, much faster than the stoles and wraps I also adore. And, they’re small enough to be easily portable. I can take my little knitting basket to the coffee shop for a visit with friends and work on a simple gauntlet pattern with ease.
As basic as these gauntlets seem, they’ll be a surprisingly versatile accessory. I have many sets, but truly these are the ones I use most often. They’re non-gender specific, too, which makes them a terrific gift for all the friends and family in your life!
If you’re just learning to knit, this simple pattern is a great place to start. It looks more challenging because it’s knit in the round, but once you get your first row started, that actually makes the rest of the pattern seem easier; it’ll feel like one super long row with no actual turning as you go. A marker will show you the beginning and end of each row. When you see the abbreviation PM, it means Place Marker – so place the marker or transfer the marker to the working needle and continue following the pattern.
If you’re already familiar with knitting basics, these gauntlets are an excellent place to begin knitting in the round using double pointed needles. The overall construction is simple, so you can focus on learning to manage the needles without needing to think a lot about the pattern and counting stitches. Plus, the project is fairly small, so by the time you’re feeling comfortable enough to move into a more complex pattern you’ll be done.
Tools and Materials
You’ll need a set of size US size 6/ 4.0 mm double-pointed needles to get started. Personally, I like the bamboo and wooden ones for this size of yarn knitting better than plastic, nylon, glass, or metal. The smoother surfaces allow the yarn to slip more easily. That’s wonderful when you’re working with finer or sock-weight yarns and you need to manage a lot of stitches. For this pattern, though, you’ll be using thicker yarn: Medium Size 4 also called Aran, Afghan, or Worsted weight. I used Cascadia 220 or Cascadia Heathers 220 100% wool yarn. Mine are slightly scratchy, but at the wrists that doesn’t bother me at all. Some folks are more sensitive, so other fiber blends may be more appropriate or softer wools (like a merino blend) may be better. If you’re looking at a different yarn, look for yarn that offers about 220 yards/200 meters per 3.5 oz/100 grams.
Techniques You’ll Use
The skills you’ll need (and build) for this project are the basics of knitting. While I have plans for eventually producing my own videos to cover these techniques and more, there are some really wonderful videos already available on YouTube that’ll get you started. Here is what you’ll need for this pattern:
Basic Gauntlets Pattern
Basic Pattern: K2, P2 rib
Gauge: 5.5 stitches by 6 rows = 1 inch x 1 inch in basic ribbing pattern (K2, P2)
- Cast on 36 stitches (12 on each of 3 double-pointed needles).
- Align your needles so that the stitches are all oriented in the same direction.
- Row 1: K1, PM, K1, (K2, P2, Repeat to end.)
- Rows 2-24: K2, P2, Repeat to end. (Transfer the marker at the beginning of each row.)
- Bind off in pattern.
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