Fingerless Glove Tutorial – Knitting Pattern with Smocked Cuff

Hi everyone,

Fall is in the air here in New England.  While we are all justifiably a bit misty over the end of summer – we cannot deny the fact that the bright fall foliage outside is gorgeous.  So we need to get outside!  However, the weather is tough to predict right now in New England.  It might be 37 degrees in the morning, and then 71 degrees after lunch.  To prepare for the variability in temperature I decided to knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves.  You can do the same by following this simple and free fingerless glove tutorial.

To knit these beauties I used some black cashmere yarn – still left over from unravelling a favorite sweater.  It makes me happy to breathe some new life into that friendly sweater.   I was also pleased to work on a relatively simple project.  I have been working tirelessly on advanced embroidery projects over the past year, and cranking out some nice gloves provided a nice break from these embroidery projects.

OK, so you may realize that I made a pair of fingerless gloves with this same yarn before.  However, I keep giving my fingerless gloves away to dear friends.  I need a pair of my own gloves!  Fingerless gloves are a fun way to try out new patterns too.  I hope that you enjoy this fingerless glove tutorial.DSC_3588

For this pair of gloves I decided on a decorative cuff.  I was drawn to this particular pattern.  It uses yarn wraps to emulate stitches as if it were smocked.  It lends a great unique look and even shows up well with the black yarn.  I liked it so well that I made a matching hat.  Unfortunately, I gave it away before taking pictures.  I finished the gloves off with some detailed pewter buttons!  This pattern is great for trying out any cuff design – lending itself to endless options.

To check out my other fingerless glove tutorial (really a fingerless glove knitting pattern) go to, Fingerless Gloves with Lace Medallion.  This pattern has a detail that extends up the back of the hand.

If you are less inclined to knit and more inclined to sew, please also check out this fingerless glove tutorial where I make cute fingerless gloves out of the sleeve of an old sweater.

US 4 double pointed needles (1 set of 4), (or size to meet gauge)
Tapestry needle

DK weight

Gauge: (in garter stitch) 22 stitches in 4 inches

4 Buttons
2 Stitch Markers

Finished Dimensions: ~8 inches x 4 inches


Bottom Smocked Cuff:
Tie 6 – Slip 6 stitches on to cable needle. Wrap stitches twice counter clockwise. K2, p2, k2 from the cable needle.

Cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1 : (k2, p2) five times, k2
Row 2 (and all even rows): (p2, k2) five times, p2 Row 3: k2, p2, tie 6, p2, tie 6, p2, k2
Row 5: (k2, p2) five times, k2
Row 7: k2, p2, k2, p2, tie 6, p2, k2, p2, k2
Row 8: (p2, k2) five times, p2
Repeat rows 1-8 five times in total

Create buttonholes:
Repeat rows 1-3.
Next row: (ws) p2, k2, p2tog, k2tog, yo, p2, k2,p2, yo, k2tog, p2tog, k2, p2 Next row: k2, p2, k1, p2, k2tog, p2, k2tog, p2, k1, p2, k2
Next row: p2tog, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2tog
Next row: Cast off all stitches.

Overlap the end of the smocked edging with the beginning so that the wraps made in row 3 are underneath the button holes made by the yarn overs. Hold the edging so the right-side has the button holes and is overlapping the left-side. With your 12” circular needles, pick-up one stitch along the long side of the smocked edging at the overlap. Along the same edge working to the left, pick up 13 additional stitches on the first needle, 8 sts on the second needle, and 14 sts on the third needle. You should pick up about 2 stitches for every 3 rows. The 36 stitches should be picked up evenly around the entire rim of the smocked edging.

Rnd 1: k
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: k all stitches on needles 1. Needle 2: k2, m1, pm, k4, pm, m1, k2. k all stitches on needles 3.
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: k
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: k all stitches on needles. Needle 2: k3, sm, m1, knit to next marker, m1, sm, k3. k all stitches on needles 3.
Rnd 8: k
Rnd 9: k
Rnd 10: k
Rnd 11-26: Repeat rows 7-10, 4 more times.
Rnd 27: k all stitches on needle 1 and 2. Needle 3: k3, slip 12 stitches onto a stitch holder, cast on 3 stitches, k3. The stitches on the stitch holder will be used later to make a place for the thumb.
Rnd 28-47: knit stitches on all three needles.
Rnd 48: p
Rnd 49-53: k
Rnd 54: p
Cast off all stitches loosely.

Split the 12 stitches on your stitch holder onto two needles evenly. Pick up 6 stitches at the cast-off edge on a third needle.

Knit 8 rounds.
Next rnd: p
Knit 3 rounds.
Next rnd: p
Cast-off all stitches loosely.

Making the second glove:
Repeat the instructions but reverse the placement of the buttons on the cuff to overlap left-side with the buttonholes to overlap the right-side when picking up stitches.


k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together
tie 6 – Slip 6 stitches on to cable needle.

Wrap stitches twice counter clockwise.

k2, p2, k2 from the cable needle. ws – wrong side

yo – yarn over
m1 – make one stitch by knitting into the front and the back of one stitch pm – place marker
sm – slip marker

I truly hope that you enjoy this pattern.

Happy crafting,


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