Although fingerless gloves have been in fashion for more than two decades, they have been bouncing back, becoming the latest fad. Originally used by bikers, so that their hands are accessible and will have no problems with dexterity, this is now a hot fashion statement. The gloves look very chic and sophisticated; but they are functional at the same time. It can be worn when you want to keep your hands warm and not have to take it off if you want to send a text message or play the piano or light a cigarette, for example.
The gloves, which are made from leather or knitted fabric, can be worn everyday, cold weather not withstanding. You can spot many celebrities wearing it and you can find plenty of these at boutiques and retailers. But since they come at a higher price tag, you can make your own fingerless gloves. You don't have to be a wizard at knitting and you will only need some of your old clothes, a pair of scissors and basic needlework. You can do this by following these simple steps below:
- Find an old sweater or long sleeved shirt with its sleeves still intact. It is up to you to decide if you want the gloves longer. The gloves can either way go past your elbows or just a little above your wrist. The important thing to keep note of is that the cuff of the sleeves must be able to cover your palms.
- Once you have figured out your desired length, you can cut the sleeves of the sweater or the shirt. Use very good and sharp scissors so that the cut is fine. When this is done, you can either leave the sleeves this way, or stitch it in. This is to avoid the thread and fabric from running. Or for a more personal style and a fashionable look, you can even embellish the edges with laces.
- Try wearing the sleeves afterwards to measure where you should prepare the hole for the thumb cut out. Ideally, it should be near the cuffs, where the wrist and the thumb meet. Use a tailor's chalk to measure and tag the fabric.
- Cut out about 1/2 from the inseam where you have measured the thumb area and wear it again to see if you have cut enough. If you are satisfied, you can sew the edges of the seam so that the thread and fabric would not snag.
- Do the same thing with the other pair of sleeves and after that, you now have a pair of fingerless gloves you can wear with the rest of your wardrobe.
If you are a wiz at knitting or crocheting, you can also fashion your gloves straight from using yarn and knitting materials. Look into these following sites for some idea on how to knit your own fingerless gloves: