Free Knitting Pattern for Gauntlets. Quick and Easy for a beginner knitter. | Pattymac Knits

Free Knitting Pattern for Gauntlets. They are a Quick and Easy pattern designed for a beginner knitter.

There are so many cool things to make in the world of knitting (and crochet). A lot of these fun FOs are not things that can be purchased in the store, and can only be hand made at home.

I think that’s the coolest thing ever! It’s like being a part of this exclusive club where you have to know the secret handshake to get in. Only the secret handshake is making knit stitches and other things only knitters know how to do. Doncha love that?

Fiber Crafters are like the ultimate Secret Society!

However, most of us are only too willing to share the know-how and encourage others to join the club of fibery goodness that we have all come to know and love so well.



Which brings us to today’s topic. Gauntlets. Since making these and talking about them, people want to know, “What the heck are GAUNTLETS?”

Basically, they are one of a couple of things.

  1. A super long fingerless mitt or glove pattern.
  2. A long tube worn around the wrists and forearms. Kinda like a short sleeve only not attached to a garment.

Don’t worry if you aren’t sure how to knit in-the-round! This project is the perfect way to practice that technique. I personally recommend magic loop for small projects like this. Here’s the video tutorial on how to work with magic loop.



So now you might be wondering why would we want to knit a short sleeve not attached to a sweater (or jumper as the case may be).

I’ll tell you why!

  1. Gauntlets are fun and they are different! They are guaranteed to get attention.
  2. You can’t buy them in any store, so a Gauntlet is an item that must be hand made.
  3. They are wonderful practice for knitting a small object in-the-round. They are PERFECT for magic loop which is my favorite way to knit in-the-round. I make all my small projects including most hats using Magic Loop.
  4. This is a great first step towards making your own fingerless mitts. The hardest thing about making your own fingerless mitts is understanding the thumb gusset. It’s really challenging until you see it and do it a few times. (don’t worry, we’ll get there).
  5. Gauntlets are just about the  perfect accessory for walking the dog. You can slip them up and down over your hands as needed when talking out poochie on a chilly day. There are things that we as dog owners need to have our hands available to do while out traversing the neighborhood, and these gauntlets let you do those tasks. Slip them up and down as needed.
  6. It’s a simple knit and pretty inexpensive project, so knit a few of them! I had some that were JUST for walking the dog and a pair that were kept for nicer wear.

Because you really don’t want to wear your dog walking gloves or mitts or gauntlets with your other clothing. They are probably dirty and likely full of fur and doggy smells. So unless you really don’t  want that blind date to go anywhere special, wear different gauntlets to that first date.



The good news is that you will probably want to make up a couple pairs of these anyway, so no worries about totally creeping out that guy (or gal) from Match the first time you meet.

This pair of of Gauntlets is simple knits and purls done in a 2×2 ribbing. So as long as your stitch count is divisible by 4, you can make them any size you want.


Here’s a video to show you how to set up your k2p2 ribbing to knit in-the-round.


I had this chunky roving wool on hand and loved the color with the Super Scarf project. So I made them at the last minute for this photo shoot. When people saw them on Instagram in January they went slightly bananas and so I promised to share them as a pattern with you all.

Without further delay, let’s get to that free pattern! Simply click on the photo below, and your FREE KNITTING PATTERN will open in a new window. Download and knit away! Remember to tag your projects #pattymacknits so we can all see.


Free Knitting Pattern for Gauntlets. Quick and Easy for a beginner knitter. | Pattymac Knits
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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.