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Old 11-10-2012, 02:39 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by fatoldladyinpjs View Post
I hate patterns. I like to use a measuring tape and measure the distances. I've done a lot of mittens and convertible mittens. I've done gloves, too, although I really don't like making the fingers. Your distance from where you end the ribbed cuff to the thumb opening is going to be the same as the thumb length. For medium size mittens and gloves, which most people are, is about 2 1/2 inches for these two measurements. From the thumb opening to where you will actually start the fingers is about 1 3/4 to 2 inches depending on your hand size. If these gloves are for you, knit until you get to where your knuckles and fingers meet. If this is for someone else, see if you can get them to trace their hands on a piece of paper for you and measure from that.

A teen/small woman size will be about 2 1/4 inches. Large size will be 2 3/4. The measurements are pretty standard, unless you run into odd people. I'm doing gloves for my in-law. His hands are average but he has long drummer fingers. This also won't work if someone has linebacker/big moose hands. Best to get out that piece of paper and maybe two sheets if they're really large. Hope this helps.

I must print this to keep for future reference. I prefer making things to fit, as you do, over patterns. I've pretty much ditched the pattern and when I start again I will follow your measurements and expect better results. For you it's designing, for me it's making it up as I go along.

Tonight I started playing with a knitted hem to start a double seed stitch cardi. I'll get back to the gloves when this frustrates me as much as the gloves were.
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