There are as many fingerless glove patterns as there are fallen leaves, but the three examples we've picked here really fit the bill. They're quick to rustle up, they're warm as toast and they make wonderful gifts.
The great thing about fingerless gloves, or wristlets, is that you are basically creating a strip of fabric and then joining the sides to form a tube. It's that simple. There is only one seam to sew up (and one opening for your thumb), and the two gloves are identical, except that one thumb opening is on the right and one on the left. By the time you've made your first glove, you will have mastered the stitches and pattern, so the second one will be even speedier than the first.
Our first pattern is a superfast combination of double crochet and half double crochet, with a rib stitch to keep the glove nicely fitted to your wrist, keeping out those chills. The chunky yarn weight and dense stitching mean it is far quicker to crochet up than a thinner thread would be. The pattern is from Laura Eccleston at Happy Berry Crochet, and her video tutorial below makes everything nice and clear:
You'll also love this pattern from Linda Permann, a brilliant designer whose patterns are available to buy from Ravelry. I've made these gloves myself several times as presents for friends, though I've kept the green version below because I thought the flower stitches worked really well. Linda suggests using a fingering weight yarn, but I've used an ordinary DK yarn successfully. You could even work the flowers in a different color to make them stand out even more. Putting your own personal touches on a pattern is a lovely way to ensure that you're creating something truly unique.
Alice Cullerne Bown
These chunky yet lacy fingerless gloves by talented Dutch designer Maaike at creJJtion are also wonderful. They are created in the round, so there isn't even a seam to fiddle with when you're finished:
You'll find a free pattern for these mitts either at the creJJtion website or here on Ravelry. There are instructions on how to create them using either a chunky yarn or a slightly more delicate fingering weight.
Whichever pattern you choose, the great thing with fingerless gloves is that you can adjust the size to fit your own hands by reducing or increasing the number of rows (for length) or stitches (for width). They're a great project for finishing up odd balls of yarn, and best of all, they'll keep your hands snugly warm this fall.