Thursday, October 7, 2010

impractical fingerless gloves: i feel so edgy!

So I love a challenge . . . especially self-imposed challenges.  Uhm . . . you probably already figured that out since that is the entire premise of my blog.  You also may have figured out that I'm totally ignoring and neglecting my fourth and third crafts till Christmas.  (I'm not ignoring those crafts forever . . . just taking a short hiatus. I hope to get back on the Christmas gift/craft horse next week.)  Since I'm not working on what I'm supposed to be working on, I needed something to challenge myself.   So after making my deep cowl-neck scarf:

I decided to see how much of the remaining part of the sweater I can turn into something.  

This particular sweater project is inspired by:
image from here

Let's be honest . . . these fingerless gloves serve no practical purpose.  I could pretend that I made these because I want to keep my wrists warm, but that's not true.  Why on God's green earth would I need to keep my wrists warms but not my fingers?  


The truth is that I made these because I saw them in a store, and I liked the edgy vibe they gave off.  However, I knew it would be really hard to explain to my husband why I needed fingerless gloves, so I didn't want to pay money for them.  So . . . I made a bad replication. 

If you want to make your own pair of free, edgy, fingerless and therefore completely impractical gloves, then this tutorial is for you.  ;)

Here's what you need:
-the arms of a sweater

Here's what you do:
1)  Cut off about 8 to 9 inches from the sweater sleeves - depending on how long you want your impractical fingerless gloves to be.  Try on and determine if they need to be made smaller/tighter to work as fingerless gloves.  Mine needed to be about 1 inch tighter.

2)  Turn inside out.  Pin along seam and sew in 1 inch (or whatever you measurement from above happened to be) from edge.  BUT DON'T SEW A STRAIGHT LINE FROM BEGINNING TO END.  Do not sew about 3/4 of an inch where you want your thumb to go.  My thumb gap was about an inch from the top edge of the sleeve. (See last picture.) You may need to sew along the edges of the thumb gap if you are using a sweater that unravels easily.  Mine doesn't and I like the raw look, so I left it.
 

3)  Cut off excess sweater after sewing new seam.

4)  With the glove still inside out.  Fold and pin the cuff.  Sew creating a hem.  I actually put in two straight stitch hems.  I realized that I could have made the cuff tighter on this, but I actually like the slouchy look I ended up with. 

Done!  Now I'm ready to wear my completely impractical but free fingerless gloves.  Ooo . . . I look so edgy! ;) 


Craft on!



44 comments:

Beth said...

Fingerless gloves become very practical when typing in a cold January house.

Joy said...

These could really come in handy! Thanks for the great idea! Would love to have you link them up on Make It Fantabulous! Friday!
Joy
Mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I love those too and now I can make my own. I'm always cold, I wish it was 80 degrees all year long. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial, I'll be sporting these all winter long.

Rachel said...

Ohhh, I love them!! I need to make some for my daughter.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

BECAUSE...it's a crafting thing!

Julianne said...

I'm thinking you need to add these to your stocking stuffer page. :) The BEST Christmas gifts are those we deem impracticle, right??

Very cute!
Julie
www.vibrant-designs.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

I love them! I really wanted a pair - I see them as practical myself - and now I can just make a pair instead of buying them! I was tempted to try but I am so glad you tried first! :)

Sarah said...

yes, quite edgy! love that you came up with a way to make them yourself!

Sarah

sweetpeaandjojo.blogspot.com

Lu said...

I like 'em! My SIL requested a pair of fingerless gloves (although hers were the ones without just the fingertips) so that she could still have access to her fingertips and therefore the grip of her fingerprints while snowboarding. Plus, these are awesome. :)

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I love them!! They are super cute. And practical doesn't matter if it's cute. It's a law. ;)

Sandi said...

Yes, could be edgy but I actually think they have a purpose. I could see a pair of those over a pair of actual gloves because here in MN I sometimes need more than one pair to keep my hands warm when I'm out walking the dog! :-)

Better Life Bags said...

You have some GREAT tutorials and gift ideas! LOVE IT!

I'm your newest follower!

Rebecca from
www.betterlifebags.blogspot.com

Something Wilde said...

These are awesome and totally practical...especially if you have an iphone! They don't work with gloves on!!! So...now you need an iphone to go with your very edgy gloves (if you don't already have one!).

Mindy said...

These are great and very fashionable. I'm going to follow your tutorial to make a pair for my 15 year-old as a stocking stuffer. Thank you for the great idea!

Christina said...

Very cute!

Visiting from It's so very Cheri!

Modern Country Style said...

It's YOU again!! I'm back from Cheri's!

Another great tutorial foranother fab project....

Right! That's it! I'm your newest Follower!

Sarahx

The Pennington Point said...

My crocheting daughter made me some of these, but your are MUCH easier. She thought I was crazy, but you've made it so clear. It doesn't matter if you're crazy as long as you give off a funky vibe. I knew I liked you. LOL! Thanks for the tutorial. Love it. Lisa~

Jenn said...

What a great idea!!! I never thought of this but I'll totally be doing this to some old sweaters that are too worn out to wear. Visiting from OISVC! Glad I came. Jenn from ThisMommyLoves.com

JulzJewlz said...

Great idea!! I've made these with looms....but these would be so much quicker!!

Cassi said...

I love fingerless gloves. But they are impractical,just cute.

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

This is a great idea, I love it! I'd love for you to link this up with our party and show it off. http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/10/all-about-you-monday-link-up.html

Brittney said...

Great idea, I crocheted a bunch of these last winter for my girls and their friends. I wish I would have thought of this idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

My Little Cupcake said...

This is awesome! Thanks for posting it!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh but they are so practical! It is amazing how warm these keep your hands especially when you need your fingers for work like needlework, sewing, typing etc. For those of us who have poor circulation they are lifesavers!! I hadn't thought of making them out of sweater sleeves- great idea! I made pumpkins out of sweater sleeves- have them up on my blog if you would like a peek!

Vicki said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing your tutorials. New blogger here stopping by from Mad in Crafts party. I will become your latest follower. Love the Etsy store too.

Vicki at
http://www.rustyroostervintage.blogspot.com/

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Nicely done! Maybe impractical for you, but in a drafty house in midwinter just lovely for me. I will be making a set of these "toot sweet."

★All Thingz Related★ said...

You did a great job! Thanks for joining us at Anything Related!
~Rebekah~

Jennifer Juniper said...

First - I saw that scarf in J Crew last weekend for a bunch of $$$!

Second - Love that you figured out how to make the gloves without knowing how to knit!

Third - I have a sweater I shrunk that I can't bear to throw away and now I know what to do with it! Yahoo!

Tash M said...

Actually, I learnt the hard way that you need fingerless gloves to answer an I-Phone... not so impractical.

Jenni said...

what a great idea! i have a few sweaters that need to go - now i know what to do with them!

Jennifer said...

These are perfect for an office that stays really cold, but you still have to have your fingers bare so you can type. I've worked several places like that.

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

oh those are awesome! I'd love for you to link up to my party :)

Dee said...

Those glove are for texting in the snow silly!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

This is so cool! It turned out fantastic! What a good idea. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to come link it to my party this weekend. Starts tomorrow at 6pm PST. Hope to see you there! Again, looks awesome!

whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

Krista

Patricia in Denver said...

I have read that when your pulse points are warm, the rest of your body is warmer. The wrist is a pulse point. It's the same principle as the fleece vests that don't cover the arms. These are very cute.

Creative Ambitions said...

Love these!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

My daughter is in love with these! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 linky party.

Meg said...

Ha! I love it. It's a great way to use ALL of a sweater!

Cassie said...

That's awesome! I never in a million years would have thought these came from a sweater. Nice job!

paperglueetc said...

My daughter would love this I'll share with her. First time reader love what you do.

cleverlyinspired said...

I will be linking to this next week...I used a sweater to cover a vase...and this is a great use of the arms!
www.cleverlyinspired.com

Jude said...

Not practical! Are you kidding? These are extremely practical! They're called writer's gloves, and they're for keeping your hands warm while typing.

I'm always on the lookout for these because I have both severe carpal tunnel and Reynaud's syndrome, a condition where the extremities get very cold. These gloves keep me warm where I need it. Thanks very, very much for showing how to make them!

Big, grateful "wave" from Cape Cod,
Jude at
dolcecapecod dot blogspot.com

Helena said...

How cute, my teen been asking for these and living in central Tx you could get away with fingerless. lol. Guess I need to make her some soon :)

Alicia said...

I love these! I included this in a green craft round-up today here: http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/green-craft-round-up-baby-shoes-from-old-jeans-tire-swings-and-more

Thanks for the fun tutorial! :)

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