Monday, October 6, 2008

4 Ply Sideways Gloves Knitting Pattern

Hello everyone :-)
After such a good response to the 8-ply Sideways Gloves I decided to post the pattern for the 4 ply (fingering weight, sock yarn, baby wool) version here for free for everyone else to use. The gloves pictured are made in Noro Self Striping Sock Yarn.
So here it is:

4 Ply Sideways Gloves

Sizes: S (M, L)

1 pair 3.25mm (U.S. size 3, U.K. size 10)
Approx. 50 grams 4-ply, fingering weight or sock yarn. (Note this project looks really great when made in
variegated or self-striping yarns)
Yarn needle to sew pieces together.

25 stitches over 10cm (4") in garter stitch. If you have more stitches, use a larger size needle. If you have less stitches, use a smaller size needle.
It is a good idea to check your tension again with each different type of yarn that you choose to make a pair of gloves from.

Cc/0 (Cable Cast On): Insert your right hand needle between first and second stitches on your left hand needle and knit 1, placing the new stitch on the left hand needle. Continue working between the last 2 stitches on the left hand needle until you have the desired amount of stitches.
Inc (Increase): Knit into the front and back of the stitch, making an extra stitch.
Ssk: Slip first stitch on left hand needle onto right hand needle purl wise, k1, pass the first stitch back over. Therefore decreasing a stitch.
K2tog: Knit 2 together.
R (Reinforce): Bring yarn to the front as if to purl the next stitch. Slip the next stitch purl wise to right hand needle, take yarn to the back of work. Return the slipped stitch back to the
left hand needle without working it, bring yarn to the front again.

You will begin at the little finger edge and work across to the thumb.

Make 2 the same:
Cast on 48 (50, 52)
sts (using Cable Cast on method).
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Inc
in first st, knit to end.
Row 3: Knit to last 2
sts, inc in next st, k1.
Row 4: Knit to last 16 (17, 17)
sts, R, turn.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Knit to last 2
sts, k2tog.
Row 8:
Ssk, knit to end.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Cast off 12 (13, 15)
sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 19 (20, 22) sts. Knit across all sts.
Row 11-19: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 20: Cast off 16 (17, 19)
sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 19 (20, 22) sts. Knit across all sts.
Rows 21-29: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 30: Cast off 20 (21, 23) R, turn. Cc/o 15 (16, 18)
sts. Knit across all sts.
Rows 31-39: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 40: Cast off 25 (26,27)
sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 12 (13, 14) sts. Knit cast on sts, k2 R, turn.
Row 41: Knit.
Row 42: Inc in first st, k16 (17, 18) , R, turn.
Row 43: Knit to last 2
sts, inc in next st, k1.
Row 44: K21 (22, 23), R, turn.
Row 45: Knit.
Row 46: K23 (24, 25), R, turn.
Row 47: Knit to last 2
sts, k2tog.
Row 48:
Ssk, k23 (24, 25), R, turn.
Row 49: Knit.
Row 50: Cast off all

Finishing: Place 2 pieces together, matching the thumb and fingers up, and using a flat seam, sew your 2 pieces together to make one glove. Repeat with
remaining 2 pieces to make 2nd glove.
Don't rush sewing up your glove pieces. Steady, even stitches will really enhance the look and comfort of your finished gloves.

If you have any questions, queries, need assistance to complete your gloves or find an error, please don't hesitate to leave a comment and I'll gladly help where I can :-)

Copyright is held by the author (
SharaLambethDesigns). Copyright remains that of the author at all times. The pattern is for personal use only. Reproduction of this pattern in anyway (electronic, email, photocopying, transcribing etc) is strictly prohibited, except with the explicit permission of the author. Please do not sell the pattern or the finished product that is made using this pattern without permission of the author, as this is a direct infringement of the copyright laws protecting this pattern.
If you do want to sell the gloves you make using this pattern at a market, craft fair or in your online store please do ask, as in most cases I will give permission :-)
And please feel free to make as many pairs of gloves as you can, to donate to your local charities.
Happy knitting!


  1. Hi there,

    Have started on the 1st 4ply glove, so easy.

    Thank you so much.

  2. Oh great :-)
    I'll look forward to seeing the finished product :-)

  3. how clever! Thank you for sharing.

  4. They look great. Love the colours you've used.

  5. Very clever, the gloves look great!

    By the way, TAG YOU'RE IT!!

  6. Thank you for sharing the idea, it's absolutely cool! Just finished my first pair.

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  8. Are you aware that US copyright laws do not extend to the item created from a pattern (unless the item created includes an original image)?

    You should probably check your facts before posting such erroneous "copyright" restrictions.

    1. Actually, they do - it is considered a derivative work from the original. There are cases to support this. Her copyright restriction is spot-on for most countries of the world.

  9. Thanks for the info "Anonymous". I am Australian, in Australia, which means that this pattern made by me is protected by copyright laws which do expressly stipulate that not only this pattern, but also items made using this pattern are protected by copyright, therefore it is a direct copyright infringement to sell items made using this pattern. This copyright protection still stands no matter what country the item is made in or who makes it. But thanks anyway :-)

  10. Thanks so much for putting this on Ravelry. I really need some easy gloves right now!!!!

  11. You're welcome Nicole :-) I'll look forward to seeing the results :-) I wore a pair of gloves today that I made myself using this pattern (and I was SO glad that I had them with me :-)

  12. Can you tell me the finished dimensions (appx) of the small gloves. I'm trying to adjust to make a child-sized pair for my niece. Thanks!

  13. Hello Mama, thanks for your questions, sorry I've taken a little while to reply :-)
    I have just measured my pair of finished gloves that are a size Small following the pattern. They measure 15cm around the wrist, 17cm around the hand and are 21cm from the tip of the middle finger to bottom of the cuff. Obviously they stretch when they go on your hand, so these are they unstretched measurements. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help (I'll be a bit more prompt with my reply :-)
    Happy knitting!

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  15. Thanks for posting this pattern! I have a question on row 10 (I am fairly new to knitting so I apologize if this is a stupid question). It says:
    Row 10: Cast off 12 (13, 15) sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 19 (20, 22) sts. Knit across all sts.

    After binding off I have 1 stitch left on my R needle. Does it stay there? I then knit and add one more. So then when I cast on do I cast on to the needle with the majority of the stitches? And is it correct that there are 2 stitches on one needle and the rest of the stitches on the other needle?

  16. ok on further thinking about it I realize the turn and knit is to get rid of that last bindoff stitch on the needle, and now I can cast on with no stitches on my right hand needle! sorry for posting the question before thinking!

  17. i was wondering if it is possible to change it to a mitt. as my son needs a pair of classic yellow mitts for his classic LEGO man Halloween costume this year. thanks for any and all help.

  18. I love this pattern! I wonder, tho, if it would be possible for you to add the finished dimensions for all sizes to the pattern? I have rather large hands, and the size small measurements that you gave are way too small for my hands. Maybe you could put the measurements on the Ravelry page? That would be wonderful!! Thanks!!

  19. Hello thanks ofr this but i am confused!
    row 4 : Knit to last 16 (17, 17) sts, R, turn.

    after i reinforce -do i then turn round the needles and knit the last 16 stitches, moving each back onto the left needle as i go? (this leaves with all the stitches on the one side).

    i'm a little confused - have looked up knitting terms for reinforce and turn and can't find anything that illuminates exactly what this row needs.

    or when it says row 5: knit - does this mean knit the other (50-16) 34 rows, followed by turning it and row 6: knit - doing the other 16.

    as you can see - very confused but would love to have a pair i've done myself !

    1. Hello Pascale :-) Thanks for your message.
      In Row 4 you knit to the last 16 (17, 17) stitches, then "reinforce" as outlined in the abbreviations, then turn your work around so you can knit back the other way for Row 5, leaving the 16 (17, 17) stitches unworked. In Row 6 you will knit ALL the stitches in the row, including the 16 (17, 17) you left unworked in Row 4. The "reinforce" action in this pattern is very similar to a "wrap and turn", which might be a more familiar term :-) You're creating "short rows" which mean that not all the stitches in a row are worked, before you turn your work and start knitting back the other way, this creates the shaping that forms the glove :-)
      I hope this helps and makes sense. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help :-)

  20. I found it simply brilliant. Thanks for sharing all those tips with us. They're very useful for better finishing as well.

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  22. I found it simply brilliant. Thanks for sharing all those tips with us. They're very useful for better finishing as well.

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  25. This is great - quick to make and good result. I'd like to include it with a few patterns for knitters in a sponsored knit to raise funds for local charity Edinburgh Direct Aid, to raise money to pay teachers in Syrian refugee schools in Lebanon, while making warm clothes for the refugees at the same time. Could you give permission for this please? I'd acknowledge the source. Many thanks.

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