Modified Army Gloves by Selyn Birnbaum

Modified Army Gloves

January 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
137 - 155 yards (125 - 142 m)
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This is a modified version of the “Gloves for Service Men” published by the American Red Cross. I knitted those gloves, and while I liked the pattern, I realised a lot of knitters were having problems with the instructions, usually resulting in very large or misshaped gloves. So I clarified and modified the instructions to give a pleasing result while trying to stay close to the original pattern.

Now that the pattern works, these are great basic gloves!

  • I have uploaded the women’s version, which is available here.

  • Please note that the yarn called for in this pattern is worsted weight, which is usually knit with 4.5 - 5 mm needles, however the gloves are knit with 3 mm needles. This is meant to be so, it will result in a tight fabric providing for warm and cozy gloves!

I’m getting feedback that the gloves might me a bit narrow at the palm and fingers. To make them wider, just go up a needle size (gauge: 19-20 sts) or use a heavier yarn! As is, the size will be a small to medium men’s size; if you’re looking for a larger men’s size, make the suggested modifications.

Also, it is important for the finger length to measure from the point between the fingers where you cast on or pick up a stitch from the other finger, which will be at least 1/2 cm above the end of the palm; otherwise the fingers will turn out too short. Or, if you’re a lady and knitting for a guy, a good measure is to try on the gloves and knit to where your finger ends, then knit 2 more rounds and decrease and the size should be fine.