There is no denying that gloves are an essential part of one’s wardrobe, but they are sometimes disregarded. They may dress up a business suit subtly or dramatically, depending on the occasion.
Gloves are not only fashionable, but they also serve a practical purpose. With fingerless arm warmers or soft felt gloves, you can keep your hands toasty in the autumn and winter.
For individuals who want to personalize their wardrobe, there’s no better option than bespoke gloves. However, you don’t need to go to a tailor to manufacture your own — you can!
If you can get your head around the design, you’ll be able to complete your collection in no time.
Are you up for the challenge? Everything you need to know about this is here.
Glove Patterns: Where to Find Them
Glove patterns, in contrast to most other clothing items, tend to be quite consistent. It’s possible that these little variances can help you develop your own unique ways!
With a few tweaks, you can save both time and money.
Sewing Patterns for Gloves
These patterns will help you get started, but don’t be afraid to check out other designs as well!
For example, the glove’s body is constructed from a single piece in designs from Threads Magazine (unlike two pieces like most patterns).
This produces a clean, completed appearance and saves money on materials. There are other variants for larger and smaller designs included.
Patterns for Crochet Gloves
Rather of stitching your gloves, you may create more variety by crocheting them. Crocheted gloves allow you to mix and match patterns since it is simple to add decorations to crocheted pieces.
You may obtain crocheted glove designs online or in periodicals, much as sewed glove patterns. Stitch and Unwind and The Spruce Crafts both include a selection of fingerless crocheted glove designs.
Glove’s Basic Parts
One of the most typical mistakes novices make while sewing gloves is failing to pay attention to the various components of the garment.
More than a simple piece of fabric, it is constructed up of many sections to suit the various places in the hand while yet being practical and pleasant. There are three primary components to the glove.
The glove’s largest component is the trank. It’s shaped like a hand or a palm. As with sewing designs for garments, the trank is generally divided into two sections (one for the back of a hand and one for the palm), although it might alternatively be one large piece.
The glove’s thumb is a distinct component. As a rule, it is attached first.
Pieces between the fingers are known as fourchettes.
It’s easy to ignore the fourchette, yet it’s an important part of the glove’s design. Attached to the trank in the front and the rear are the fourchettes.
Quirks and the cuff will be more known to glove manufacturers. However, for sewing enthusiasts, these are the only components you’ll need to pay attention to.
Sewing Gloves: A Step-by-Step Guide
People frequently start sewing gloves without a pattern, despite the fact that it is a simple and enjoyable job.
As a novice, it’s a common error to use your own hand as a guide. While theoretically possible, this method yields unpleasant and frequently fragile results when making a glove.
Here’s what you need to do:
Drafting the Pattern
Making gloves is a simple sewing project, but getting the proportions right may be a challenge. A pair of gloves’ dimensions might vary from person to person since hands have so many parts.
Even if your pattern is well-drafted, you may still need to make a few alterations to accommodate hands of varying sizes.
Beginners may benefit from drafting their own designs, even if more experienced sewists know how to modify for larger or smaller patterns. Inexperienced sewers will find drafting a pattern tiresome, but it’s an excellent way to learn how to sew.
Patterns for Easy Gloves
If you’d rather to use a pre-made design, this guide from So Sew Easy has you covered there, too.
A small, medium, and big version of this pattern are all available. There are a variety of sizes to choose from!
- ¼ to ½ yards of fleece (depending on the breed).
- A size 12 jersey needle (optional).
- Sewing machine (optional).
- Make a copy of the design in the size you choose. Then, using your selected fabric, cut out the design. It is important that the grain of the cloth runs parallel to the tips of your fingers and thumb; you want the stretch to run across your hands.
- When you are through cutting out the pieces, you should have seven pieces per glove and fourteen parts for a pair. One piece for the trunk, one for the fourchette, three pieces for the thumb, and one piece for the cuff will be used for this project. When sewing the parts together, use a zig-zag stitch first, then a straight stitch around the outside of the piece to secure it. Make sure that every stitch has a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
- First, let’s connect the fourchette to the slingshot. Begin by sewing the strip around one of the trunk’s pieces, being care to stitch on the wrong side of the cloth to prevent fraying.
- And now, for the thumb: Using a zig-zag stitch, attach the three pieces together, followed by a straight stitch, being careful to sew from the wrong side of the cloth. Turn the final item inside out to see the design. You will note that your thumb piece will have the shape of a rounded, rectangular hole after you are finished. One corner will be longer than the other when measured from the tip of the thumb.
- Take the trunk piece that you worked with before and set it on your worktable so that the incorrect side is facing up. Take the shorter end of the thumb piece (which has previously been turned inside-out) and align the corners with the hole in the trunk as shown in the picture. The shorter corner should be lined up with the top of the hole, and the longer corner should be lined up with the bottom. It is possible that you may need to trim the borders to make it more aligned.
- Take the thumbpiece out of your pocket. Now, starting from the inside (the right side) of the trunk, line the edges of the thumb with the margins of the trunk. Pin both pieces into place starting from the incorrect side of the trunk. Sew the pieces together using a zig-zag stitch first, followed by a straight stitch to finish them off.
- It’s time to start teasing each other. You should be able to make a tube that is 10 inches long by folding the rectangular piece from left to right. In order for the seam allowances to be within the old tube, fold the new tube in half.
- With the correct sides of the fabric pieces facing out, slide the gloves into the ribbing and pin in place. To finish, sew using a 14-inch seam allowance, starting with a zig-zag thread and finishing with a straight stitch.
- The gloves are complete when you pull the bottom of the ribbing back up.
How to Make Gloves in Crochet
If sewing isn’t your thing, why not try your hand at crocheting?
When you crochet your gloves, you can add more variation to your patterns while also making them more eye-catching and fashionable. Gloves with fingers and fingerless gloves are the two most common styles you’ll come across.
Fingerless gloves are far simpler to create than gloves with fingers, making them an excellent choice for first-time glove makers.
Here are a few examples of patterns to help you get started:
Arm Warmers for the Whole Family
This fingerless glove design is ideal for keeping your hands warm in inclement weather. Despite the fact that they are fingerless, this glove design features a cuff (which you may make longer if you so choose), making them ideal for weather that is just on the verge of being chilly.
It is available in two sizes, small and big, for your convenience.
- Hook with a 5mm shank.
- Worsted weight yarn with 185 yards and two colors available.
- Begin by crocheting the cuff around the wrist. Choose one color of yarn; we will refer it this as yarn A. Leave an 8-inch tail, and then chain thirteen times. Turn.
- Using the back loop alone, single crochet in the second chain, continued by each chain until the finish of the pattern. Make one chain, then turn.
- Then single crochet in a back loop solely across chain 1, starting with the second row and continuing until 32nd row (36th for big).
- In the following row, turn to work into the side of the stitch. The piece should be looped into a ribbed cuff, with the first and final rows meeting in the middle. Single crochet into the side of the 1st chain from the beginning. Please do not join at this time.
- To make the stripes, start with the first stitch of the row in Step 4 and work your way down. Slip stitch to connect with your second color once you’ve finished your first. For small gloves, chain 2 a total of 8 times; for big gloves, chain 2 a total of 9. Slip stitch and chain 2 are used to join the pieces together.
- Double crochet in 6 stitches for small and 7 stitches for big, then double crochet them together 3 times to complete the pattern. Slip stitch and chain 2 are used to join the pieces together.
- Start with a double crochet in 8 stitches (10 stitches for a bigger size), then double crochet the two stitches together twice. Double crochet in the final stitch if you want a smaller-sized pair of gloves. Please do not participate.
- Using yarn A, slip stitch the end of the row in step 7 together to complete the row. Stitch using a back post double crochet in each stitch along the perimeter of the chain. Chain 2 and slip stitch together to form a join.
- Double crochet in the first stitch for bigger size gloves, then double crochet twice in the following stitch for smaller size gloves. From the first stitch to the final stitch, double crochet each stitch. In the final stitch, do a double crochet 2. Join with a sup stitch and a second chain.
- Double crochet in each stitch around, but do not link the stitches together.
- Using yarn B, slip stitch the end of the row in Step 10 together to complete the row. Stitch using a back post double crochet in each stitch along the perimeter of the chain. Chain 2 and slip stitch together to form a join.
- After the first stitch, do two double crochets in the following stitch to finish off the pattern. Double crochet in the remaining stitches all the way to the final stitch, then double crochet 2 in the last stitch to finish off the project. Chain 2 and slip stitch together to form a join.
- Make a double chain in the first stitch, followed by two double chains in the next stitch. Crochet in all of the remaining stitches until you reach the final stitches, then double crochet 2 in the last stitch. Please do not participate. Be careful not to break the yarn B, and leave plenty of a tail to weave in afterwards.
- Finally, we get to the top cuff. Make a setup row with yarn A and attach the end of row 13 with a slip stitch to complete the pattern. Single crochet with a back post in each stitch, starting with a chain one. Slip stitch is used to join the pieces together.
- Make a chain of 13 for the first row. Single crochet on the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain after that, just working in the back loop. This will be your securing stitch, therefore single crochet two stitches together in the following two row stitches; this will be your securing stitch. Do not link together and then turn.
- For the second row, skip the stitch that secures the work. Only single crochets are used in the back loop. Make a single chain and then turn.
- For the third row, single crochet solely in the back loop of the previous row. Make a single securing stitch before turning.
- For the fourth to thirty-first rows (or the 35th row for bigger gloves), repeat rows 2 to three times more. Continue until you reach row 32, or row 36 if you are using bigger gloves.
- Single crochet in back loop in an even number of stitches. Separate the yarn by leaving a 12-inch tail.
- Using a whip stitch, attach the first and final rows of the arm cuff, working just with the back loop in the last row.
- The first three or four stitches of the wrist cuff should be whip stitched together. A hole for the thumb will be left; modify the size of the opening as necessary. Make sure to weave in all of the ends.
Is it simple to make a pair of gloves?
The procedure of sewing gloves may seem difficult at first glance, but it is really very simple! Begin by creating a glove template that will ensure that the gloves are a great fit for your hands. Trace the design onto the cloth of your choosing and sew along the lines to complete the project. To complete your gloves, trim away any extra fabric and hem them at the wrist.
Gloves are a terrific method to keep oneself warm! Even though they’re more difficult to make than most items of apparel, they’re an excellent learning tool for sewists in the intermediate and advanced stages.
Having the ability to sew your own gloves opens you a world of possibilities when it comes to your own style.