I have knit several pair of fingerless, or more accurately, fingertip-less gloves from a pattern I found on Ravelry called “Knucks”. When I say several, I mean roughly….. 10-ish pairs, I think, give or take. It’s my go-to pattern when I want a fun, super satisfyingly quick knit.
I found it when I was searching for a “knit from the fingers down” glove pattern. Most glove patterns I came across are knit from the wrist up. That’s ok if you don’t mind creating the fingers once you have the glove and thumb part finished. But I wasn’t confident in my ability to do that. So, I decided to give Knucks a try. I’m so glad I did!
I think it’s a love it or hate it sort of pattern. Some call it fiddly because you knit the fingers individually and then knit them together to begin the glove part. I can understand that point of view. It’s a lot of yarn going every which way. Not only that, there are many, many, many strands to finish off at the end. I’m not a huge fan of weaving in strands, but it’s just part of yarn crafting, so I deal with it and move on.
The one thing I have difficulty with in this pattern is where the fingers join together. Specifically in between each finger and where the thumb joins the body of the glove. Many times there are small holes in between. The thickness of the yarn will determine the size of the holes, but they are almost always there. I have tried several tricks to get rid of the holes with varying success. Given that I rarely spread out my fingers all the way these holes don’t make much difference in the warmth of the gloves. So, overall, I consider this pattern to be the best of it’s kind. I'm not alone in this opinion. Since the pattern was added to Ravelry, nearly 3500 pairs of completed Knucks have been added to the projects page!
You may wonder what is the point of gloves that don’t have full fingers. They are not loved by everyone. They are, in fact, scoffed at by a great many people. I enjoy them because they really do keep my hands toasty warm in spite of the fact that the fingers are only half there. And since the tips of my fingers aren’t encased in yarn, I can manage to do things that would be very difficult to do with covered fingers. Besides, I don't spend hours upon hours outside in the snow and I do usually have pockets if my fingers get cold.
It’s been a while, I need to start a new pair of Knucks!
I often feel as if I belong on the Island of Misfit Toys because I'm not a creative with just one area of expertise. I enjoy making digital creations in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I love knit and crochet. I love glass art. The creative process is very therapeutic for me and, mostly, keeps me somewhat sane in an insane world.