Fingerless Gloves Tutorial

A friend of mine sent a pair of over-the-knee stockings, and asked me use them to make a pair of fingerless gloves. The picture she sent of her vision showed a thumb piece (as opposed to a thumb hole), so I sat down to figure out how to go about creating these gloves. As it turns out, it's pretty darned easy. Here's how I made the gloves:

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Cut the toe section off of the socks. Depending on the length of the stockings, you may have enough for 2 pair as I did with these.  I'm using the tops of the socks for this pair -- they're about 10" long. 

Using a straight stitch on my sewing machine, I sewed a backwards check mark through both layers. I sewed a little more than 2" on the long side -- you can use your own hand to determine exactly how long you want that seam.

Tip: if you're using dark socks, and you want to mark  your stitch line before sewing, a sliver of dry soap makes a great marking tool.

Cut just outside the seam you just sewed, and then cut off the top of the thumb.

I wanted a more rustic look, so I sewed the outside, leaving the seam visible. If you would like to hide the seam, turn the stocking inside out to sew.

While stretch knits won't ravel if left unfinished, the edges will curl so I finished off the top, and bottom edges with a simple overcast stitch on my sewing machine.

Super simple! And it's something that would be easy to do by hand if you don't have a sewing machine.


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    1. Thanks! I've made several pair...the stretchier the stocking, the better. Depending on the fabric, I sometimes finish the thumb piece with a little fray check seam sealer...but use it sparsely, and in a well vented room because it has a strong odor.