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I have to credit my husband with the design idea for these gloves. One chilly evening, he was outside trying to smoke a cigar, but just complained about his cold hands instead. As a knitter, I could not stand idly by while someone I love had cold hands. I had just the thing; fingerless gloves. I was practically casting on before we got in the door, when my husband said, "I really only need three fingers to smoke, why should my other fingers have to suffer?" The cigar gloves were born. My husband now realizes that he uses only his first three fingers 90% of the time and has found the gloves very useful as everyday, around-town gloves.

I have a preference for knitting with two sets of circulars rather than double-pointed needles. In gloves, it allows the intended wearer to try the gloves on as they are being knit. The knitter can use the measurements in the pattern as a guide, adjusting the length as necessary to fit the wearer's hands.

model: Jesse Cadd photos: LuAnn Cadd

S [M, L] (shown in size M)

Width: 3.5[3.75, 4] inches
Length: 8.5[9.5, 10.5] inches (at longest point)



KnitPicks Wool of the Andes [100% light worsted wool; 110yd/99m per 50g skein]
[MC] Color: Evergreen; 2 skeins
[CC] Color: Chestnut; 1 skein

2 US #5/3.75mm circular needles, any length (16-inch or 24-inch may work best; it is fine if the 2 needles are different lengths)
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle


25 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

This pattern is worked on two circular needles. For an explanation of how to use this method, see the Voodoo Wrist Warmers pattern from the Winter 2002 issue of Knitty.

Both gloves are worked in the same way, and can be worn on either hand.


Gloves [make 2]
Using MC, CO 36[40, 44] and divide sts evenly between needles. Join to begin working in the round.
First Round: [K2, p2] to end.
Repeat this round until work measures 2.5[3, 3.5] inches.

Thumb Gusset
Next Round: K all sts.
Increase Round: K1, m1, k to end of round, m1.
Repeat these 2 rounds 5 times more. 48[52, 56] sts.
K 3 rounds. Work Increase Round.
Repeat these 4 rounds 1[2, 3] times more. 52[58, 64] sts.
Next Round: K to last 6[7, 8] sts, place next 13[15, 17] sts on waste yarn.
Next Round: CO 1 st, rejoin round and k all sts. 40[44, 48] sts.
K 0[1, 2] more rounds.
K 2 rounds using CC.
K 1 round using MC.
K 2 rounds using CC. Break CC.
Next Round: Using MC, k16[17, 18], place next 8[10, 11] sts on waste yarn (for pinky finger, to be worked later), CO 2 sts, rejoin round and k rem 16[17, 19] sts.
K 5[6, 7] rounds.

Index Finger
K6, place next 22[24, 26] sts on waste yarn, CO 2, rejoin round and k to end of round. 14[14, 15] sts.
K 5[6, 7] rounds (or until work reaches bottom of first knuckle).
BO very loosely.

Middle Finger
Pick up and k 2 sts in CO sts from Index Finger, k 5[5, 6] sts on one side of hand next to Index Finger, CO 2, k 5[6, 6] sts on other side of hand next to Index Finger, join to work in the round. 14[15, 16] sts.
K 6[7, 8] rounds (or until work reaches bottom of first knuckle).
BO very loosely.

Ring Finger
Pick up and k 2 sts in CO sts from Middle Finger, k rem 10[11, 12] sts on waste yarn next to Middle Finger, join to work in the round. 12[13, 14] sts.
K until work reaches finger tip of wearer.
Next Round: K2tog 6[6, 7] times, k0[1, 0].
Next Round: K2tog 3 times, k0[1, 1].
Break yarn, draw through rem sts and pull tight.

Pinky Finger
Pick up and k 2 sts in CO next to held sts for Pinky Finger, k 8[10, 11] held sts. 10[12, 13] sts.
K until work reaches finger tip of wearer.
Next Round: K2tog 5[6, 6] times, k0[0, 1].
Next Round: K2tog 2[3, 3] times, k1[0, 1].
Break yarn, draw through rem sts and pull tight.

Pick up and k 1 st in CO next to Thumb Gusset, k 13[15, 17] held sts.
K 3[4, 5] rounds and BO all sts very loosely.
Make second glove same as first.


Use loose ends to sew up any holes between fingers or at base of thumb; weave in rem ends.


Kerri has a genetic defect that makes it impossible for her to follow a pattern. She has finally given up trying and is designing her own.

Kerri knits, lives, and plays in Portland, Oregon.