Hunting Gloves by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Hunting Gloves

December 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
245 - 320 yards (224 - 293 m)
Women’s M/L–Men’s S (Women’s XL–Men’s M/L)
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My dad is an avid bow hunter: he takes such pleasure in spending fall and winter mornings in a duck blind or up a tree. He doesn’t shoot much—just enough to eat and to donate to a homeless organization in town—but he does love to be out there enjoying the world.

These gloves are designed to wear on those days: pointer finger and thumb free, while the other fingers snug warmly together in a modified mitten. The cuffs are extra long so the gloves stay tucked inside a coat or sweater.

I’ve used a gorgeous 100% yak down yarn here: it’s lightweight and very warm so the wearer can stay nimble. If you want to substitute yarns, choose a fiber that’s very warm—alpaca would be an especially good choice, but any wool will do. These gloves would work up beautifully in handspun.

Duplicate-stitch conductive thread on the tips of the thumb and pointer finger, and these could also be smartphone gloves.

Pattern includes both chart and written instructions for stitch pattern.


  • Finished palm circumference (measured at widest point of palm, excluding thumb): 7¼ (8¼)“ / 18.5 (21) cm
  • Glove designed to fit with 0–½“ / 0–1.5cm positive ease.
  • Sizes correspond to Women’s M/L–Men’s S (Women’s XL–Men’s M/L). Shown in smaller size.
  • Lengths of fingers and overall mitt adjustable.


  • Bijou Basin Ranch Bijou Spun Sport Weight (100% yak down; 328 yds / 300m per 100g skein); 1 skein, shown in Moss Green (sample used 245 yds)
  • US 4 / 3.5mm needle for knitting small circumferences: dpns, 2 circulars, or 1 long circular for magic loop, as you prefer
  • 3 removable stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Waste yarn