Knit Your Comics: Harley Quinn Fingerless Gloves

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It’s that time of year when holidays are happening, and as a knitter, I love the holidays as an excuse to knit presents for my friends. This project is one that was essentially commissioned by WWAC staff, and all around badass, Wendy Browne.

Wendy asked me for opera-glove length fingerless gloves inspired by Harley Quinn’s trademark red and black diamonds, so I started out with a little doubleknit swatch, which I sent to Wendy for her approval.

Obviously with knitting, you’re going to have parts of the V which will make your diamond not quite a diamond, but the overall impression is still Harley Quinn, and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, and Wendy looks amazing!

Yarn, Needles, and Pattern Notes

The skills used in this pattern are kKnitting, eyelets, doubleknitting with two colors, following a chart, and whipstitching edges. I rate this project a C for Challenging.

Gloves are double knit in the round using DK/sport weight 100% acrylic yarn in black (color A) and red (color B). It’s the same yarn that I used for the Wonder Woman bootliners/legwarmers. I picked it because I wanted something light because the gloves are doubleknit, just in case they might be worn in a warm, summer, con-related situation.

I used 3.25 mm double pointed needles, but as always, use the right needle size for your gauge.

Sizes given are S/M. To size up, I recommend making a swatch for gauge and adding stitches depending on the circumference of your forearm.

Since these gloves/gauntlets start and finish with a picot-edge, they start and finish with a single color of yarn.

Harley Quinn Diamond Chart

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Pattern

Cast on 34 stitches with color A. You may wish to leave a longish tail (10” or longer) to use to stitch the picot edging.

Arrange stitches on three doublepointed needles: 12-12-10.

Join in the round.

Picot Edging

Rows 1-4: Knit Around

Row 5: K2TOG, YO. Repeat around.

Rows 6-10: Knit around

Row 11: Joining in the second color.

You can do this anyway that makes sense to you, but the way I’ve learned to do it is to essentially knit in the front and the back (KFB) of the stitch, knitting into the front of the stitch with color A, and knitting in the back with color B. If there’s a name for this technique, I haven’t found one.

Two notes on this:

  • Make sure the stitch knit first is not done too loosely, nor too tightly, so that it fits naturally with the rest of the stitches.
  • Carry the yarns, one on top and one on the bottom, like you would for two-color stranded knitting.

Rows 12-15: Knit around in doubleknit

Row 16: Begin Harley Quinn diamond chart (in doubleknit)

Right Glove Thumbhole

Works Rows 16-22 in pattern (first seven rows of diamonds design) in the round, ending on row 22. Turn work.

Row 23: Slip first stitches in doubleknit. Continue to work the diamond chart until you reach the other edge. Turn work.

Rows 24-28: Continue to work in pattern, knitting back and forth, and slipping the first stitch of both colors. This is the beginning of the thumbhole.

Rows 29-33: Work back and forth in plain doubleknit, slipping the first stitch of both colors.

Row 34: Rejoin in the round. Redistribute stitches on 3 needles. 12-11-11.

Left Glove Thumbhole

Works Rows 16-21 in pattern (first six rows of diamonds design) in the round.

Row 22: Knit first 18 stitches in pattern. Turn work. Slip first stitch. Knit around to last stitch. Turn work.

Rows 23-28: Continue to work in pattern, knitting back and forth, and slipping the first stitch of both colors. This is the beginning of the thumbhole.

Rows 29-33: Work back and forth in plain doubleknit, slipping the first stitch of both colors.

Row 34: Rejoin in the round. Redistribute stitches on 3 needles. 12-11-11.

For Both Gloves

Continue knitting in doubleknit in the round until desired length. For an 8” glove, which falls just below the elbow, that’s 45 rows.

Row 80: Cast off the doubleknit and go back to one color. To do this, you will be knitting the two stitches, one in Color A and one in Color B, together, using only Color A. This creates a row of purl bumps on the inside that is what you will be stitching the picot edge to.

Rows 80-84: Knit in the round with Color A.

Row 85: YO, K2TOG. Repeat around.

Rows 86-89: Knit in the round.

Row 90: Bind off loosely, leaving a 12” tail for picot edge stitching.

Once both gloves are finished, turn them inside out and with the long tails left from casting on and binding off, use whipstitch to stitch the edges to the purl bumps in Color A.

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Final Thoughts

This pattern worked particularly well for Harley, because of her penchant for complementary colors and mismatched-ness, which works well with double knitting and being able to do one glove in one color and one in the reverse.

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This doubleknit pattern could also easily be adapted to matching legwarmers or even a hat. And it was a fairly quick knit, which means you might even be able to get it done in time for the holidays. And if not–there’s always next year.

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