Knits Men Want





Inspired by my early morning treks out on the water, I created a basic fingerless glove to keep even the hottest surfers warm.

Recommended Yarn: Brown Sheep’s Lana Bouclé.

Needle: US 7 circulars or double points.

Cast On 30 + 1 (31)  Stitches. To join, pass left stitch from the left needle to the right needle. Pass the last stitch over the slipped stitch and let it drop off the needle. Pull yarn snug. Slip this last stitch on to the empty working needle tip and begin knitting round. This first stitch counts as k1 of the k2, p1 pattern.


Row 1: knit all stitches.

Row 2-8: k2, p1 all the way around

Row 9 – 10: knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 2-8 one more time.


Row 1:  kfb, k1, M1L, k1 stitchtes, PM, then k2, p1 all the way back to start of thumb. (5

Row 2 – 3: k1, p1, k2, p1, SM, K2, p1 all the way back to start.

Row 4:  k1, M1R, p1, k2, M1L, K1, SM, K2, p1 back to start. (7)

Row 5 – 6:  [k2, p1] x 2, k1, SM, K2, p1 back to start.

Row 7: k1, M1R, k1, p1, k2, p1, M1L, p1, SM, k2, p1 back to start. (9)

Row 8 – 9:  p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k1, SM, k2, p1 back to start.

Row 10: k1, M1R, [k2, p1] x 2, M1L, p1, SM, k2, p1 back to start. (11)

Row 11 – 12:  k1, p1, [k2, p1] x 2, k1, p1, SM, k2, p1 back to start.

Row 13:  k1, M1R, p1, [k2, p1] x 2, k2, M1LPW, K1, SM, k2, p1 back to start. (13)

Row 14:  [k2, p1] x 4, K1 then run a string through your thumb stitches. Continue knitting in the K2, P1 pattern back to the start of the thumb.


Turn the work and cast on four stitches using a knitted or cable cast-on method. Slip one stitch from the left needle (stitches to left of thumb) to the right where you cast on the four stitches, then pass the last stitch from right needle and drop it over that first stitch and off needle to create a pass over decrease. This will lock your stitches nicely so that we can start on the rest of the glove. You can then pass that last stitch on the right needle on to the empty working needle and start in to the top of the glove. Your clue is to look at your stitches and you should have k2, p1 all the way around. The stitch you slipped over and then passed the last stitch over is now your first stitch of the k2, p1 sequence.


Row 1 – 2: Knit all stitches.

Row 3 – 9: *k2, p1; * repeat all the way around.

Row 10:  Knit all stitches.

Bind off loosely using a stretchy bind off.


For thumb, put stitches back on needle and pick up three stitches along open area. Knit a little bit tighter on the first two rounds and you will see the stitches moving in. If you are a loose knitter, then I recommend knitting on a US6 as suggested above at the start of the project. Option 3 is to pick up four stitches and knit 2 together at the join between the original stich and the picked up stitch… much like you would with a sleeve on a sweater.

Row 1-3: k2, p1 back to start.

Row 4: knit all stitches

Bind off your stitches, weave in your ends and you have a cool pair of gloves!

PM = Place Marker

M1L = Pick up bar from back and knit in to back of stitch

M1R = Pick up bar from front and knit in to back of stitch

kfb = knit in to the stitch but do no remove needle. Twist needle around the back of the stitch and pull yarn through. You can then slip stiches of needle.

Stretchy bind off = Knit two stitches off left needle. Stick the tip of the left needle in to the front of the two stitches on the right needle and knit off. This is also known as an SSK bind off.




I made this a year ago to stay warm on that memorable journey back to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I used two skeins of Cascade 128 Superwash. The pattern is a basic broken or seed rib. I used US 11 for my needle. The pattern is easy to follow. It took me about a week of distracted knitting to get this done. I recommend loading up Netflix and just making a weekend of it LOL!

Yarn: Cascade 128 Super Wash

Needle: US 11 or slightly larger if a tight knitter. I like air in the stitch. It’s subjective!

Cast On 35 Stitches.

An edge stitch is optional but not necessary!

Row 1:  (k3, p1) x 8, k3

Row 2:  k1, p1, (k3, p1) x 8, k1



2 thoughts on “Knits Men Want

  1. Pingback: Knits Men Want | Suzoo's Wool Works LLC

  2. Happy New Year, Jennifer! Thank you for the knit patterns for men! I’m looking forward to knitting them, when I’ve caught up on my projects, still on needles!
    Louise Rl

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