Have you recently learned to knit and find yourself tired of knitting nothing more than hot pads, scarves and afghans? Then you may be ready to try your hand at knitting a DIY glove for winter. Knitting a glove for the first time can be a challenge especially if you are a somewhat inexperienced knitter, however the key to successfully knitting your first DIY glove is to find a pattern designed for beginners.
However, here are some tips that may help you to choose the right type of pattern for your skill level.
Consider Starting by Making a Pair of Mittens Rather than a Glove
Most experts recommend that beginners should start off making a pair of mittens rather than a glove. Mittens are not only easier to make, but they are also warmer than gloves. By starting off making a mitten, you only need an old sweater, scissors, thread, a needle, and a button. The most complex part is making the thumb. This will give you a little familiarity with the process before you tackle making all those fingers on a DIY glove later! Don’t like knitting? Try making a DIY glove out of fleece!
If mittens really aren’t your thing, then you may want to start out making a pair of fingerless gloves. Not only are these gloves great looking and pretty popular (especially for those whose hands get cold indoors), they allow you free use of all of your fingers, including your thumbs – so you can still type or use your smartphone. Best of all, these gloves are fun to make and less time consuming than making an entire pair of gloves with fingers. There are even easy no-sew fingerless glove options!
Once you have mastered mitten or fingerless glove making and are ready to move on, then it is time to knit that full-fingered glove. Don’t worry if your first pair doesn’t turn out just right. It is a learning process, and you are bound to make a few mistakes.
Knitting Needles or Knitting Loom
For some people knitting with those needles made for knitting seems like an impossible task, so the idea of using double pointed knitting needles may be terrifying. The good news is that you can use a round knitting loom and get just as good of results, and the entire process may be much easier. Knitting looms do come in various sizes, so you will have to make sure you choose the right loom for making those DIY gloves.
Once you have found a pattern you like (there are tons of free patterns on the Internet), gather all your materials to begin. Just remember to double check the directions to make sure that you have everything you need to complete your project, the right weight and amount of yarn, and a comfortable place to work.
Read through the directions once or twice before you start, and then follow the directions carefully. You should be able to knit a very handsome pair of gloves for winter.