Making Fingerless Gloves Out Of An Old Sweater

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The other day I shrunk one of my wool sweaters in the dryer. It’s okay though, the sweater was at least 12 years old. It was an Ann Taylor boat-neck sweater from the mid-1990s, covered in cat hair and deodorant streaks. Let’s just say it was coming to the end of its life.
As I contemplated donating it to Goodwill, I thought about how nice the material was, even after all these years. I decided that I wanted to do something with the sweater. A few days later, I found myself wishing I had a pair of fingerless gloves for these increasingly cold mornings. A project was born.
How To Make Fingerless Gloves Out of An Old Sweater
You Will Need:

    Old sweater
    Paper
    Pen
    Needle
    Thread
    Pins
    Scissors

Directions:
1. Lay out your sweater. Cut away the sleeves so that you have the front and the back of the sweater to use for your gloves.
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2. Make a pattern for your gloves. Get a piece of scratch paper. Lay your hand on it and carefully draw a line around where you would want the glove to be. You want to basically draw the gloves as you would want them to fit on your hands, plus about 1/4 inch for the seam.
3. Cut out the pattern. You are going to cut two of the pattern out (the front and back of the glove). The key here is to use the bottom seam of the sweater as both the cuff for the gloves and as a guide to make sure your pattern is straight. Lay out the sweater so that the inside is facing up to you. Fold the sweater in half, right sides together. Lay the pattern on the sweater so that the bottom is lined up with the seam. Pin and cut out.
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4. Bind up the top of the gloves so that they don’t unravel. I skipped this stage because I’m lazy (and this material isn’t likely to unravel), but basically, you want to make sure your gloves aren’t going to unravel at the ends that won’t be sewn together. Sew the top along the fingers and the thumb with a slip stitch.
5. Sew the gloves. Pin the gloves pieces so that they are right side together, as if the glove is inside out. Sew the sides and the center between the thumb and pointer finger with a slip stitch.
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6. Repeat with other hand.
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I’m really happy with these. They are warm and snazzy looking. I have tried to knit several pairs of fingerless gloves but these are far better looking. And I got an extra use out of that old sweater.
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12 thoughts on “Making Fingerless Gloves Out Of An Old Sweater”

  1. I think those look better than the ones I’ve seen in the store. Some of the ones I’ve seen look like prop gloves for a 1980s movie about homelessness. Not the look I am going for.

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  2. Thanks for commenting, all. Glad you like the gloves. I’ve been wearing them a lot.
    Helen–That’s a great suggestion. They would look a little different from mine, I think, because I wanted to encase part of the thumb, but it would probably be simpler to sew up. 🙂

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  3. I love this idea! I just picked up a really cute sweater for 25 cents at a thrift store just to make a pair of these. I am thinking, to save myself one step in the sewing process, that I can lay the pattern so that the side opposite the thumb is up against a side seam.
    Thanks for posting the great step by step instructions!

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  4. OMG!!! I LV fingerless gloves..these are WAY cooler than the ones I got…ecxept nay that r black lace…snazzy. Anyways, so yea, and Just to let u ppls know, im 14 and its like going to be the new style in our school.
    Kitty

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  5. LOVE THIS IDEA…I DO CROCHET MY OWN, BUT HAVE PURCHASED A FEW LIKE THIS AT CRAFT SALES….BUT I AM GOING TO TRY YOUR STYLE….YOU DID A GREAT JOB AT EXPLAINING THE PATTERN….AND SOMETIMES I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO PART WITH A FAV SWEATER….LOVE THE PIN CUSHION, SAW ONE THE OTHER DAY AND IT WAS A VODU DOLL (SPELLING), GREAT IDEA…SO ENJOY CREATING THIS WINTER AND THANKS AGAIN FOR THE FREE PATTERN….RONDA SIMON MICHIGAN

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  7. So you just have to wash the sweater once to “felt it”? I was thinking I’d have to wash it a bunch of times and pound it up a bit. Glad not to though if it isn’t needed. Let me know and thanks!

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  8. I love your idea of giving a second life to things that you once cherished and still want to save! I have used worn out woolen socks and have done the same thing as you did exept that you can have a longer wrist… Easy and warm!
    Thanks

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