Fingerless Gloves for Men

By Rachel Choi – 52 Comments
I love fingerless gloves and so should men. They are great for keeping your palm and wrist warm and at the same time protect them from the environment. These fingerless gloves are great if you’re doing heavy lifting or riding a bike since they can protect you hands from calluses. Crocheted fingerless gloves aren’t just for women, they are for men too. crochet mens fingerless glove
Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 4 ½” (11.5 cm) wide, 6” (15 cm) long
Note: For best fitted size, make the chain in row 1 the circumference of the wearer’s palm.

Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
crochet yarn size 4

12 dc = 3’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 3’’w x 2’’h (7.5cm x 5cm) ch 14.
Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across
Row 2 – 4: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Crochet Pattern: Fingerless Glove (makes 1 glove)
Row 1: ch 34, dc in third ch from hook, dc in each ch across: 32 dc
Row 2 – 11: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 32 dc

Use yarn needle to sew sides of glove together leaving a 2” (5 cm) hole 1” (2.5 cm) from the end.

If you need help with crocheting fingerless gloves, just leave a comment and I would be glad to help!

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  1. Cindy Mullins says:

    Great pattern, I made these for my boyfriend and he loves them!

  2. Rachel says:

    That’s awesome Cindy!

  3. Lazaros Raphael says:

    Ahoy, I am merely a crochet beginner but this pattern is so easy, I made the gloves (for practice) with some random yarn I had around, they came out pretty stretched out and griddy, but I am content that the pattern worked! Now I just need to practise my pressure and find the correct yarn!


  4. Jasmine says:

    Hi, I’m new at making fingerless gloves, this would be my first attempt, but I was confused as to what the pattern under the gauge was and then you have a seperate pattern for the actual fingerless gloves. Can you please help me with that, thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jasmine, if you complete the pattern underneath the gloves, it should measure the size indicated for the gauge swatch. The difference between the gauge pattern and the actual glove pattern is the number of chains at the beginning of the pattern. By completing the gauge swatch, you determine whether your gauge/tension is the same as mine. If it is, your glove will turn out the same size. For this pattern the gauge is not that important but it’s there for you to check if you want to. Just remember that for the best fitted size, make the chain in row 1 the circumference of the wearer’s palm.

  5. Kat says:

    Rachel, I made my swatch. Looks like mine will work out best if I do my ch with an H hook, and crochet the gloves with a G hook. My question is: Would you say your 4½” width of the glove is for a palm that is 9″ in circumference? The reason I ask is because my husband’s palm circumference is 8½” — which should mean I would ch less than 34 sts, right? However, according to my 3″ wide swatch (using ch 14), I was figuring I ought to begin with a ch of 40 sts to get 8½” circumference. I hope you can help me with this. I’d like to be able to have it turn out without a lot of hassle. 😉

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kat, I think the best thing for you to do is make the chain at the beginning of row 1 the circumference of your husband’s palm. So you can either take out a measuring tape or wrap the chain you made around his hand. I wouldn’t worry too much about the gauge, because as long as the foundation chain is the right length it should be fine.

  6. Kat says:

    Thanks, Rachel. The thing is, I am surprising him with these gloves. I did get out a tape measurer the other day & wrapped it around his hand. He let me do that – without any questions. LOL. If they end up not fitting well enough, or he doesn’t care for them (he rides his bike daily, in nice weather, so I thought they’d be nice to wear on cooler mornings), oh well. At least I will have fun crocheting them, right? 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      In that case, I would just make sure that the chain you make is 8 1/2″ long when you hold it up to your measuring tape. Have fun and don’t worry about it too much!

  7. Kat says:

    LOL. Okay, Rachel. I’ll just “go with the flow.” Thanks a bunch!

  8. Ying says:

    Hiya Rachel,

    Thanks for an amazing website. I am completely new to crocheting and am trying to learn how to make these fingerless gloves. Unfortunately, I don’t really understand what it means when you say “ch2, turn, dc in each dc across:32”. Could you please explain? Many thanks.


  9. Kat says:

    Hey Rachel ~ I just finished the first glove. To sew the seam together, I did whipstitches and then also backstitches. How did you sew yours? Also, are these supposed to be somewhat snug-fitting OR a little loose? My dh is currently napping. I can’t wait for him to wake up so I can try this glove on him (& hope he likes it – so then I will make the second one). The yarn I used is Lion Brand Wool-ease — first time I tried this yarn; I love it!

    • Rachel says:

      I whip stitch mines too. They should be slightly loose (but not loose enough so that they fall off if he flaps is arms around), it all depends on the person. They can also be adjusted if you need them to be.

  10. Kat says:

    I’ll have to tell “the hub” to not flap his arms around. LOL — If the gloves need adjusting (made a little tighter), how do you recommend I do that? I’m new at this “sewing together”. 😉

    • Rachel says:

      Actually it would have to be adjusted at the beginning when you started making it. The initial chain should be the circumference of the wear’s palm. But if it’s just a minor adjustment, you may be able to sew the opening a little tighter, or slip stitch around it so that it isn’t so stretchy.

  11. Kat says:

    Rachel, I did try to make the ch 8½” (circ. of his palm) but it looks like the entire piece ended up being 9″. Anyway, sl st-ing around the opening (by the wrist) would actually make it a little tighter than it currently is?

  12. Kat says:

    Hey Rachel ~ He finally woke from his nap. I am very happy to report he likes the glove and is appreciative of it! =-) He is 99% satisfied with the width, but agreed for me to make the second one just a little narrower. Length is great. Thanks so much for all your feedback, and a fun & useful pattern. =-)

  13. addye says:

    These are great! I made them for my twin sister(she is a total tomboy) and she hardly ever takes them off!

  14. Draggunladee says:

    Easy Peasy tutorial!

    Of course….after 2 hours and the kids coming home….I was told, “Mom…why are you making men’s gloves?” They are a little large, but they are perfect for driving! hehe. I might make another smaller pair for me and give these to the hubby. I just saw Fingerless and how easy it was. I guess I should pay more attention to names. hehehe

    Two Thumbs Up for the tutorial!!! Great Job and Thanks for sharing it!

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  16. Kathy says:

    I am just getting back to crochet after years of not doing it at all so I would consider myself a beginner. Most fingerless glove pattern I have looked at will say finish off of do not finish off. On glove pattern says Fold in half with right sides together. ss through both thicknesses of crochet then ss next 9 sts together. 6 sc into front side only and so on – BUT – I guess you want these finished off them shipped stitched together? Will this hold together as well? Thank you – I have had fun with this so far! Kathy

  17. Sierra says:

    Hey there I’m new to this and I got step one fine. Now step 2 is bugging me. What exactly does 11:…. Actually the entire step 2 I under stand dc but turn? I’m lost! Sorry if this is super simple and I’m just not getting it :/

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sierra, the line is for rows 2 – 11. So for each row (row 2 to 11) you will do the instructions on that line. After you chain 2, you will turn your work so that you can make your double crochets on top of the double crochets you just made. Let me know if you need more help.

  18. Sierra says:

    Oooh okay I understand it now 🙂
    Thank you!

  19. kit says:

    How do you measure for the opening for the thumb?? do you measure down from the thumb?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kit, you can sew the sides of glove together leaving a 2” (5 cm) hole 1” (2.5 cm) from the end of the glove. The end of the glove would be either the first or last row you made.

  20. kit says:

    thanks rachel for the reply….but only one inch from the end of the glove to make the opening for the thumb? the end of the glove is longer than one inch…..dont understand that…..thanks

    • Rachel says:

      Kit, fold the glove in half, so that each of the rows is folded in half. Starting at one end of the glove, sew 1″ of the glove together. Then skip 2″ for the thumb hole. Then you’ll sew the rest of the glove together.

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I am new to crochet so I am not so familiar with the pattern yet.
    Can you explain this?
    What do you mean by “dc in third ch form hook” ?
    And if it started with ch 34, how can it be 32dc? should it be double of 34 instead of 32?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karen, after you make the 34 chains, starting from end of the chain where your hook is, count 3 chains. The third chain is the third chain from your hook and is where you’re going to make your first double crochet stitch. You are basically skipping 2 chains and then making your first double crochet. That’s why you’ll end up with 32 double crochets when you’ve completed the row. Let me know if you need more help!

  22. Karen says:

    so there is 32dc from the first row to the last row?

  23. Sherry Buenrostro says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Can I extend the length without ruining the shape?

    Thank you 🙂

  24. Kiru says:

    After doing 2 chains nd turn should I dc in the same space as my chain or should I move on to the next dc space? Nd while sewing it up in the end, is it lik We should leave a hole for the thumb and see up the side? Sorry if my questions are silly. M jus 3months old in the crochet world..

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Kiru, no need to skip and stitches. You will make the double crochet into the first double crochet, the same space. When sewing the side, yes, you will leave a hole for the thumb.

  25. Kiru says:

    Could u please tell the yardage required to make these mittens!

  26. Jacob says:

    If I were to try making this out of 550 Paracord, would it be possible and about how much feet of chord do you think I’d need?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jacob!
      Yes, it so possible to make with paracord. Since the paracord is thicker than medium weight yarn, you would have to adjust the starting chain (you’ll probably use less chains) to wrap around the hand just right. I’m not sure how much you would use, my wild guess would be around 20 yards.

  27. jenn says:

    i have no clue how to read this stuff.i wrote down all the abbreviations, but dont know what any of them mean, and want to make my boyfriend these gloves… someone help!!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jenn!
      Here’s a link on how to read crochet patterns:
      Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be reading tons of crochet patterns! Getting through your first pattern is probably the trickiest. If you still need help with the pattern after taking a look at the tutorial, let me know exactly where you are stuck and I can help you further.

      • jenn says:

        the pattern im stuck on says chain 253, trc in 4th chain from hook, trc across(250 trc) ch 3 turn. i cant seem to find trc anywhere,, tr yes, but whats trc? Also, later on down the pattern it says repeat from ** to ** 10 times… whats **?

        • Rachel Choi says:

          trc is treble crochet. Depending on the writer of the pattern you’ll see the same stitch written with difference abbreviations.
          In your pattern you should see a first set of ** so when you get to repeat from ** to ** you’ll repeat the instructions that are between the first ** and the last **

  28. monogodo says:

    I used this pattern for two different sets of fingerless gloves for my wife (I figured if she didn’t want/like them, I’d use them, hence the “for men” pattern choice).

    The first set I did I used the suggested yarn weight, but the result was “too warm” for my wife’s preferences.

    So I did another set using a Super Fine weight (size 3 crochet thread), and a smaller hook. She’s much happier with the results.

    One thing I just noticed is that I don’t think I followed the pattern quite the way it was intended.

    Where the pattern reads “Use yarn needle to sew sides of glove together…”, I treated the rows as the sides of the gloves. This meant I had to do 21 rows with the thinner crochet thread to get a size that fit. I also ended up doing 18-20 rows on the first set with the Medium weight thread. After looking closer at the photo in the post, it appears that the ends of the rows are what is to be sewn together, so that the rows go horizontally across the hand, as opposed to being inline with the arm. I’m happy with the results, as it makes for a longer wrist cover, which is what she’s needing. On the second set I also did a row of single crochet around the ends of the glove (palm end and arm end), to give it a more even, finished look.

    Thanks for the pattern!

  29. Rebecca R says:

    The typo is trivial, but at least I had to read it several times to figure out what you meant. I’m not used to patterns.

    “dc in third ch form hook”

    I couldn’t figure out what you were making a hook for.. finally realized it was a turn and you meant FROM hook.

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