Baby gloves belong to the basic equipment of each small earth citizen. Because nothing needs a baby more than warmth and love. It gets love from the parents, for the warmth the dear knitters are responsible. Which granny and which aunt would not like to knit the little baby lovingly with baby gloves.
Baby gloves are easy to knit. Probably one of the easiest things there is to knit for babies. Even inexperienced babies and beginners who don’t swing their needles that often can do that. Special knitting skills are not required. You should only be able to knit right and left stitches, we will show you the rest.
Our mittens fit small baby hands and can be easily enlarged at any time. Babies are of different sizes when they are born. Some are still very small, others already have a considerable size, and there are the very tiny ones, the premature babies. They need a lot of warmth. We’ll show you how to knit baby gloves for all the little ones.
Material and preparation
When it comes to wool for mittens, you should make a careful choice. Simply because baby’s skin is still very soft and sensitive. Coarse yarn would not be ideal. You should also note that the wool is not necessarily fluffy. As soft and beautiful as a fluffy mohair yarn is, it is certainly not the right yarn for baby’s hands. The little ones still put everything in their mouths, even baby gloves. Therefore, the yarn to be knitted should not be provided with protruding fibres.
There is special baby merino wool for babies. The Rico Baby Merino by Wolle Rödel is a high-quality and hard-wearing virgin wool yarn, specially prepared for babies. For those who do not necessarily want a pure new wool yarn for the mittens, Rico Design Baby Classic by Wolle Rödel is available. A very soft yarn blend of polyacrylic and polyamide. Highly recommended for wool allergy sufferers.
And for cotton lovers there is Rico Baby Cotton Soft. A soft and easy-care cotton blend, also from Wolle Rödel. Which yarn you prefer is entirely up to you. It should only be soft and fluffy for baby’s skin.
Our yarn corresponds to the Baby Smiles Merino Wool from Schachenmayr. We have already knitted this wool once for baby booties. We have now processed the remaining wool for the baby gloves. Our wool is excellent for the needle size 3.5. However, we only knitted the mittens with a needle size of 2.5 and 3.0.
Tip: Knit yourself a small stitch test with your wool and different needle sizes.
This will enable you to quickly see how the wool and the needle relate to each other. It always depends on how tightly or loosely the individual knits.
The baby gloves will be correspondingly large or small.
Our baby gloves can always be knitted with any needle play. But this time we decided for extra short needles. Since there are only very few stitches on a needle, these short needles make knitting easier. They have a length of 15 centimetres. In a normal needle play, the needle length is 20 centimetres. However, the length of the needles has no effect on the knitting work, it is only a matter of making knitting easier.
Play of colours
Of course you can knit your mittens in different colours. Some love it colourful, others discreetly monochrome.
We also embroidered a pair of gloves with a small heart. If you want to knit the baby gloves in several colours, just change the wool colour. At the end of the knitting you can then knot the two starting threads together and sew them cleanly.
You need this for 1 pair of baby gloves:
25 grams wool
1 needle play according to the wool thickness, preferably 2.5 and 3.0
1 darning needle for sewing the threads
The cuff pattern consists of:
1 stitch right interlaced
1 mesh left
1 stitch right crossed
1 mesh left
This is the order in which the whole round is played. An interlaced stitch on the right is not stitched at the front, but at the back. This means that the stitch is slightly twisted by the stitch from behind. This gives it a little more elasticity and the cuff does not wear out.
Only knit the hand with right stitches. Since you work in rounds, all stitches are knitted on the right side only. There is no second round, so all stitches are knitted the same.
Knitting baby gloves (0 to 3 months)
We have knitted our small baby gloves with a needle size of 2.5. These gloves are for babies who have just been born.
The cuff has an unstretched circumference of 10 centimetres, the hand has a circumference of 12 centimetres. The hand form with point is 7.5 centimeters long. The cuff has a length of 4.5 centimeters.
So that the cuff is good and easily stretchable, we struck with two needles at the same time.
Attaching 32 stitches
After the stop a needle can be pulled out again. The stitches now lie very loosely on the remaining needle.
1st row cuffs
Only after this stop do you distribute the stitches over the individual needles.
To do this, knit in the cuff pattern:
*1 stitch right crossed
1 mesh left*
How to knit 8 stitches alternately on each needle. Each needle ends with a left stitch. After the first round there are 8 stitches on each needle.
After you have also knitted 8 stitches on the fourth needle, close the round of the four needles.
To make this connection less noticeable and to make the stitches shrink nicely, knit two more stitches from the first needle onto the fourth needle. So there are 10 stitches on your 4th needle at the moment and only 6 stitches on the first needle, but after a few rounds you simply put these two stitches back from the fourth needle onto the first needle.
2. and following rows cuffs
Continue knitting the cuff in the cuff pattern. Our cuff has a length of 4.5 centimetres. Of course you are free to knit the cuff as long as you like. With longer cuffs it also looks pretty when folded.
For the hand, simply continue knitting with right stitches. With these small mittens we do without an increase. Knit 20 rounds only right stitches straight up. This results in a hand length of approx. 5 centimetres.
Picture glove lace
For the tip of the mittens knit the round ready. The work is now in front of you, with needles 1 and 2 to the left and needles 3 and 4 to the right.
6 stitches right knit
2 stitches (stitch 7 and stitch 8) knit together
Take off the first stitch, work the second stitch on the right. Pull the raised stitch over this second stitch. Work the remaining 6 stitches on the right.
6 stitches right knit
2 knit stitches together
Take off the first stitch, work the second stitch on the right. Lift the raised stitch over the second stitch. Work the remaining 6 stitches on the right. The first round of lace is finished.
The second round will take place without acceptance. Knit the stitches of all four needles on the right.
In the third round, meshes are removed again. They decrease the stitches exactly as in round 1.
Knit all stitches right, knit the last two stitches together right.
Take off the first stitch, work the second stitch on the right. Lift the raised stitch over the knitted second stitch. Knit the remaining stitches on the right.
The fourth round will take place without acceptance. Knit all stitches to the right.
You knit the fifth round just like the first and third rounds.
You don’t lose no stitches in this round. Knit all stitches to the right.
Round 7 and all subsequent rounds
Each round is a decrease round starting from the 7th round.
You take in these rounds as usual on the:
Needle 1: knitting the last two stitches together
Needle 2: knit the first two stitches interlaced together
Needle 3: how to knit needle 1
Needle 4: knit like needle 2.
From round 7 on you decrease the stitches in each round. Until there are only 2 stitches left on each needle.
Now cut the working thread to a length of 20 centimetres, thread it onto a darning needle and pass the darning needle through all the remaining stitches, a total of 8 stitches.
Pull the thread a little tight and sew it on the inside.
The first baby glove is ready. Knit the second baby glove in the same way.
Baby mittens (3 to 6 months)
To increase the size of a knitted piece, it is often sufficient to exchange the needles for one size larger. This means that we worked the small mitten with 2.5 needles. But if you knit with 3.0 or 3.5 needles according to the same specifications, the baby glove will automatically be slightly larger.
But you can also enlarge the small mittens in this way:
Knit stop and cuffs
work with a needle size of 3,0
32 Stitching the meshes
Knit the cuff just like the little mittens. You can also knit a few more rounds along the cuff length. In the last round of cuffs you increase 4 stitches. Now the hand gets a little bigger. To do this, knit the penultimate stitch of the round on the right, but the stitch remains on the left needle, you do not lift it off. Now prick the back of the same stitch again. You have knitted two stitches out of one stitch. You can, however, also lay a cross thread on the left needle from the preliminary round and knit this cross thread interlaced (stitch from behind).
Knit by hand
There are now 9 stitches on each needle, a total of 36 stitches is knitted straight up with your hand. Always knit only right stitches.
Knit the tip of the larger baby gloves exactly as you knit the little mittens. Until there are only 5 stitches left on each needle, always knit a round without slimming in between. After there are only 5 stitches left on the needle, knit the last round without slimming. Then take off in each round as with the small mittens. Pull the last 8 stitches through the working thread again and sew it tightly into the inner part of the glove.
Don’t forget, the starting thread must also be sewn.
mitten with heart
We embroidered a little heart on this mitten. The baby glove has the size 3 – 6 months. We have embroidered it so that some variety comes into the glove series.
Embroidering a motif is not difficult. You record the desired image on a piece of checkered paper. Each box corresponds to a knitted stitch. So you can embroider all motives on the small gloves. If you look at the stitch pattern, you will see a “V” in each stitch. Simply re-stitch this “V”.
We start the heart with the lower tip of the heart. To do this, cut out the V-point from the inside to the outside, place the whole stitch on top of the needle and pull the thread through. The last stitch is then stitched back into the stitch of the “V”.
The second stitch is then staggered one row further up.
Baby gloves with cord
We knitted a small hole pattern into this baby glove in the first round of the hand. You can then pull a cord through these small holes. This baby glove was knitted with a larger needle size, but the number of stitches was taken from the small mittens. This automatically made the glove slightly larger.
To create the row of holes at the same distance, increase 1 stitch in the last row of cuffs. You now have a total of 33 stitches on the needles. 9-8-8-8 stitches:
*1 Stitch right knit
1 Place envelope on needle
1 take off mesh
1 stitch right knit
Pull the raised stitch over the right stitch.*
In exactly this order ** knit the entire round. Always work 1 ma right, 1 yo, 1 take off stitch, 1 knit right, cover the taken off stitch.
The second row of the hole pattern is knitted as usual with right-hand stitches.
Simply knit the cover as a right stitch. This creates the small hole.
After this row of holes, simply take off the stitch that you had previously increased. Knit two stitches together. It will not stand out. We have turned the cord with the mixer, knotted it and pulled it through the small holes on the mitten.
32 Stitching the meshes
Knit 4.5 centimetres high in cuff pattern (right crossed – left). (For larger mittens increase 4 stitches distributed in the last round)
For the hand, knit 20 rounds of right stitch.
Needle 1 knit the last 2 stitches together on the right.
Knit needle 2 the first 2 stitches on the right covered.
Needle 3 as needle 1
Needle 4 like needle 2
Always knit one round without acceptance between the individual acceptance rounds.
If there are only 5 stitches left on the needle, knit together the stitches for the lace in each round.
Pull the last 8 stitches together with a darning needle.
Sew all threads.