I've never made fingerless gloves before so I did what I most often do when I want to craft something new: I looked on Pinterest. I wanted a pattern that was written for worsted weight yarn, was knit in the round but had no fancy patterning or cabling, and had a proper, knitted tube in which to fit my thumb. I found a pattern from Midknight Knitter that exactly met my requirements.
I learned some things while knitting these gloves:
Lesson One - It's been a while since I've knitted in the round and I'd forgotten that my tension tends to be tighter when working on four needles than when knitting flat. My knitting tends to be on the tight side so I knit my gauge swatch with needles one size up from those indicated in the pattern. The gauge was right when knitted flat, but when I knit the actual glove in the round it turned out to be an unexpectedly tight fit. I wouldn't want to use an even larger needle for this project because the knitting would then appear too open for my taste, but next time I make these gloves I'll add an extra couple of stitches when I first cast on.
Lesson Two - I wanted to finish the thumb on the glove in the same knit 1, purl 1 ribbing that makes the top and bottom of the glove instead of in stockinette stitch as called for in the pattern. Picking up the recommended number of stitches for the thumb on the first glove left holes in the finished glove that I had to repair with a needle and some scrap yarn. When I made the second glove, I picked up 8 stitches instead of 4 and then knit 2 together, purled 2 together twice for the first row on that needle to make the total of 14 stitches over 3 needles called for in the pattern.
Lesson Three - Now that I've learned the pattern of increases used to shape the thumb gusset I can apply it to any other glove pattern regardless of the yarn weight. I'll simply work extra rows in the pattern of increases for finer yarn and fewer rows for heavier yarn.
I'll be making more of these gloves. They were quick to knit and fun to make, and the simple pattern is infinitely adaptable. I hope you give it a try too.