Practical Gloves for Dad

My dad requested a handknit from me. He requested a pair of fingerless gloves. This post shares all about these gloves.

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette


Red/Autumn Heather


Pattern: This was my own design based upon what I learned designing and knitting a previous pair of fingerless gloves.

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) and US 2 (2.75 mm) double pointed needles

What I Enjoyed:

  • Tubular Bind Off
  • Fair Isle stitch pattern on the hand
  • Matching instructions for both left and right gloves
  • Longer ribbing for cuffs so they extend slightly down the arm and could cover the hand yet be folded down for use of fingers

What Bothered Me:

  • Unmastered Tubular Cast On

The finished knit that I’m sharing the details of in this post may look familiar.

If you read my last project post, these are the gloves that I knit up for my dad based on my experiment fingerless gloves I knit for my mom.

Since my dad’s gloves are so similar to my mom’s pair, I’m going to share the details of what I did differently in this post. Enjoy!


Smaller Needle Size

In mom’s pair, I did not switch to a smaller needle size for the ribbed cuffs.

If you ask me why, I can’t give a logical answer to why I didn’t switch.

Besides not giving a nice snug fit around the wrist, I found that the larger appearance of the ribbing on the same needle size as the hand was less pleasing to me.

Dad’s cuffs (all ribbing) were knit with US 1 (2.25 mm) needles while the remaining glove was knit with US 2 (2.75 mm) needles.

Fair Isle Stitch Pattern

In my last project post, I mentioned not enjoying carrying 3 strands of yarn at once in colorwork knitting.

Dad’s gloves contain a checked Fair Isle stitch pattern which only carries 2 strands of yarn at once.

The gloves have the warmth that stranded colorwork provides, and I was much quicker and happier knitting with only 2 strands.

Tubular Cast On Fail

I used a method for the Tubular Cast On as described in Debbie Bliss’s book The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge.

On many occasions, I’ve been really thankful to have this book in my knitting library!

I mistakenly picked up the loops of the waste yarn instead of the main color yarn when working this cast on that span multiple rows.

When I removed the waste yarn, half my cast on stitches were live and beginning to unravel.

I fixed the issue by picking up stitches working a few rounds in 1 by 1 ribbing before working a Tubular Bind Off. It does look a little messy if you take a close look. Thankfully, I know where I erred, so I look forward to conquering this cast on method in a future project.


They fit like a glove, and Dad was pleased with them.

Though I wish the cast on was “perfect”, I’m thankful to know how to perfect the Tubular Cast On now.

Have you ever tried a new knitting technique that took you multiple projects to master? Let me know in the comments if you wish!

Have a blessed day, friends! I will be back with more to share soon.

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