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Coraline Gloves Knitting Pattern

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In this post, you will see a Coraline gloves knitting pattern.

Inspired by the striped gloves Coraline Jones wears in LAIKA’s stop-motion animated film Coraline, based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

This is a free pattern created using four colors of worsted-weight yarn.

Please scroll down to the end of the page to view the free pattern and grab your free printable PDF.

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Coraline Gloves knitting pattern

The Coraline Gloves

In the movie, you see a lot of the characters wearing knitwear including Coraline’s star sweater.

One of the stand-out pieces is the striped gloves Coraline asks her mom to buy her when they are out shopping together.

Coraline doesn’t want any plain grey boring clothing that the whole school will wear, she wants something colorful and fun that will make her individuality stand out.

Coraline gloves

Originally knit for the movie by Althea Crome

The original knitter of the gloves is Althea Crome, who knit them in miniature on tiny needles and with thread.

She used 8/0 – .5mm needles (so tiny!) and thread to knit the gloves.

You can learn more about how these costumes came to life on LAIKA’s YouTube channel.

Coraline-Mittens

How the gloves were created

You will start with the ribbed cuff, then work the main portion of the hand including increases for the thumb gusset, before working on each finger individually and finally completing the thumb.

As you work you will change yarn colors to create the stripes that you see on the original gloves.

You can of course substitute these colors for any colors of your choice.

Coraline gloves knitted

Coraline Gloves Knitting Pattern

Skill Level – Intermediate

Notes

This striped gloves pattern is a great intermediate project for experienced knitters.

The pattern instructions are given to work the pair of gloves in the round with color changes.

The Fingers

  • You will need to use another set of 4mm circular needles to pick up and continue to knit the fingers.
  • The rem sts for the fingers will wait on the current working needles.
  • Alternatively, you can use a stitch holder to place the remaining hand stitches on and use one set of 4mm (US 6) needles to pick up the stitches from the stitch holder.
Coraline gloves from the movie

Copyright Info

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  • If you wish to share this pattern, only link to the pattern page.
  • This is for personal use only, you cannot sell any items made from this pattern.
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Size Information

  • Adult Medium/Large
  • Length = 9 (10) inches/23 (25) cm.
  • Width (laying flat and unstretched) = 4 (4.5) inches/10 (11) cm.
  • The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the small size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places ().
  • To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Gauge – 21 sts and 28 rows on larger needles in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm/4×4 inches.

Coraline gloves and buttons

The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • You will need 4 colors to use in this project.
  • Medium-weight yarn (04) 100g/Worsted/Aran/10 Ply.
  • I used Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Peruvian Highland Wool 100g/3.5oz/220 yds/200 meters).
  • Yarn A – Blaze (9542).
  • Yarn B – Turtle (2452).
  • Yarn C – Shire (2445).
  • Yarn D – Smoke Heather (9450).
  • You will need around 150 yards/120 meters in total for this project.

Needles

You can use two sets of the 4 (US 6) circulars – one to knit the hand and one set to work the fingers.

Alternatively, you can place the hand stitches onto a stitch holder.

If you use 16″ circular needles you will have to use the magic loop technique (View tutorial – Magic loop knitting | step by step).

Notions

Knitted Coraline gloves

Abbreviations

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – continue
  • inc – increase (make one stitch)
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rem – remaining
  • Rep – repeat
  • 1×1 Ribbing – K1, P1 (It is obtained by alternating knit and purl stitches in one row and “knitting by pattern” in every next row. This means that we make a knit stitch when the previous row stitch looks like V and make a purl stitch when the previous one looks like a bump).
striped knit Coraline gloves

Pattern Instructions

Worked in the round on circular needles:

  • In Yarn A – CO 52 (56)sts on smaller circular needles, join in the round and work 1×1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  • Change to Yarn B and work 1×1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  • Change to Yarn C and work 1×1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
  • Next round: *K4, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round. 44 (48)sts.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A and use the larger size needles K 22 (24) sts, PM on the 23rd (25th) stitch, and K to the end of the round.
  • K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: inc 1st on either side of the stitch marker. 46 (50)sts
  • Change to Yarn B – K 3 rounds.
  • Next round- Change to Yarn A: inc 1st on either side of the marker. 48 (52)sts
  • K 3 rounds.
  • Next round- Change to Yarn C: inc 1st on either side of the marker. 50 (54)sts
  • K 2 rounds.
  • Change to Yarn B – K 1 round.
  • Next round: inc 1st on either side of the marker. 52 (56)sts
  • K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: inc 1st on either side of the marker. 54 (58)sts
  • For the large size only – K 1 round.
  • Next round: inc 1st on either side of the marker. 60 sts
Striped knit gloves

For All Sizes

Next round: put center 11 sts for thumb onto a stitch holder.

CO 1st (to go over the stitch holder). 44 (50)sts

Now the hand will be worked until it measures 10cm/4 inches from the start of the hand (excluding the cuff).

  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 4 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn B – K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 1 (2) round(s).

The hand should measure (from the start of the hand) 10 (11) cm.

Little Finger

In Yarn A – Pick up 4 (6) sts on top of the hand and 4 (5) sts from inside the hand, then cast on 1st toward the ring finger. 9 (12) sts.

  • K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 4 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn B – K 5 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn D – K 4 (6) rounds.
  • Next round: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn, thread through the rem sts, and pull up tight to fasten off.

The little finger should measure – 5 (6)cm

Re-attach Yarn A to the rem hand sts and K 3 rounds.

Ring Finger

In Yarn A – Pick up 6 (6) sts on top of the hand and 6 (7) sts from inside the hand, then cast on 1st toward the little finger and 1st toward the center finger. 14 (15) sts.

  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 4 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn B – K 5 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn D – K 4 (6) rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 4 (5) rounds.
  • Next round: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn, thread through the rem sts, and pull up tight to fasten off.

The ring finger should measure – 6 (7)cm

Center Finger (Middle Finger)

In Yarn A – Pick up 6 (6) sts on top of the hand and 6 (7) sts from inside the hand, then cast on 1st toward the ring finger and 1st toward the index finger. 14 (15) sts.

  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 4 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn B – K 5 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn D – K 4 (6) rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 8 (9) rounds.
  • Next round: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn, thread through the rem sts, and pull up tight to fasten off.

The ring finger should measure – 7 (8)cm

Index Finger

In Yarn A – Pick up 6 (6) sts on top of the hand and 6 (7) sts from inside the hand, then cast on 1st toward the center finger. 13 (14) sts.

  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 4 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn B – K 5 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn D – K 4 (6) rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 4 (5) rounds.
  • Next round: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn, thread through the rem sts, and pull up tight to fasten off.

The index finger should measure – 6 (7)cm

Thumb

In Yarn A – Pick up 14 (16) sts from the stitch holder and around the thumb.

  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn C – K 3 rounds.
  • Next round: Change to Yarn A – K 10 (11) rounds.
  • Next round: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.

Cut a length of yarn, thread through the rem thumb sts, and pull up tight to fasten off.

The thumb should measure – 6 (6.5)cm

Coraline gloves knit in stripes

Making Up

  • Sew a small stitch between the fingers and the thumb to close any gaps.
  • Weave in all loose ends.

The Second Glove

  • Knit another glove, but with the thumb on the opposite side.
  • You will also have to pick up the fingers in the opposite way starting with the index finger.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

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