Fingerless Elbow Gloves by Lisa R. Myers

Fingerless Elbow Gloves

June 2008
Sport (12 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
552 yards (505 m)
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Pattern Description from Knit So Fine: “There are times when we all want to show off a little - do it in style with these extraordinary long and luscious fingerless gloves. Worked at a tight gauge with an assortment of tiny cable patterns (none of which is complicated), these gloves required time and close attention. But don’t you think you’re worth it? We do!”

Finished Size: About 8 (8.5)“ (20.5 21.5 cm) circumference at upper arm (will stretch to fit larger circumferences), 6 (6.5)” (15 16.5 cm) circumference at wrist, and 21” (53.5 cm) long.

Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine) Brown Sheep NatureSpun Sport (100% wool, 184 yd 168 m/50g): #N64 Platte River Blue, 3 balls.

Needles: U.S. size 3 (4) (3.25 3.5 mm): set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Cable needle (cn); markers (M); stitch holder or waste yarn; tapestry needle

Gauge: 32 (30) stitches and 34 (32) rows = 4” (10 cm)in stockinette stitch worked in the round; one repeat of Chart 4 = 1.25” (3.2 cm).


  • These gloves are sized by using different needles sizes. Use the smaller needles for smaller gloves; use the larger needles for larger gloves. The stitch counts are the same for both sizes.
  • It’s important to use a firm tension, both to show the patterning to best effect ad to give the gloves a snug fit. Knit a gauge swatch in several of the pattern stitches to check for elasticity: The swatch should stretch but spring back into place.
  • Don’t be tempted to work the traveling stitches without a cable needle. For this project, you’ll get better stitch definition if you use a cable needle.
  • The stitch patterns are surprisingly easy to learn. In general, whenever a knit and purl stitch cross, the knit stitch always travels in front. Whenever two knit stitches cross, the left one travels in front of the right, except for Round 3 of Chart 4, where the second pair is reversed. Photos by Joe Coca © 2008 Interweave Press LLC

NOTE: Errata contains updated charts and chart key.