Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bofur's Fingerless Gloves

And here's the pattern that was inspired by Bofur's fingerless gloves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

You will need:
50-60 grams of bulky weight yarn
US8 (5.00 mm) circular needle, long enough for magic loop or traveling loop. Mine was 29 inches. You can also use DPNs if you like.
Row counter (optional; I didn't have one, but I wish I had)

Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch in moss stitch

Cast on 23 stitches on US8 needles. Divide to join in the round, being careful not to twist
Round 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1, repeat around from *
Round 2: *Purl 1, Knit 1, repeat around from *
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 six more times, for a total of fourteen rounds. Repeat round 1 once more.
Turn work and repeat Round 1 eight times, knitting flat so as to create the thumb hole.
Rejoin in the round
Rounds 24, 26, and 28: Repeat Round 2
rounds 25 and 27: Repeat Round 1
Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and wear with subtle nerdy delight!
Please do not copy this pattern.


  1. "Turn work and repeat Round 1 eight times, knitting flat so as to create the thumb hole.
    Rejoin in the round"

    Hello, novice knitter here. I have never switched from a joined round to knitting flat, so I am confused by "turn work and repeat." How do I do this after it has been joined in the round? Thanks!

  2. Hi!
    I'll try and explain this as best I can...

    So, you've knit your fourteen rounds for the cuff, and you're supposed to turn and work in flat. You have your working yarn coming out of the last stitch you knit, on the right hand needle. Now, instead of continuing to knit in the round, i.e. knit the next stitch that comes up, turn the work around.

    Now you have it set up so that the working yarn is coming from the last stitch on the left needle, and the right needle is empty (well, it will be if you slide the stitches from the beginning of the round down). Now, use the RH needle to knit the stitches on the LH needle, just as you would if you were knitting flat. You have to keep the stitches divided like you do when working magic loop (or if you're using DPN's, just keep the stitches on their respective needles), or the stitches will try and bunch up on your needles and you're knitting will get stretched out.

    You're also now working with right side and wrong side rows, and since you are working seed/ moss stitch with an uneven number of stitches, the right and wrong side rows are worked to same (*k1, p1, repeat across). When you've worked a total of 8 rows flat and ended with a RS row, you join in the round again like you do when you're beginning a project.

    Hope this helps and have fun knitting the pattern! xoxo, Anya

  3. That helps! Thank you so much for this pattern and the explanation. Happy Knitting :)


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