By the fourteenth century, knitting guilds were organized for the express purpose of knitting gloves. To qualify as a 'glove knitter' you had a five-year apprenticeship; any defective work was confiscated and burned. They were serious about their gloves.
Spending a lifetime knitting gloves? Not my idea of a fun job. But every once in a while----OK. One of the grands needed some black gloves---a request from his mom. (If he was asking Grandma for something it would more likely be a remote controlled helicopter or a trip to Disney World. Believe me, not a pair of gloves.) But, gloves it was.
I asked for a hand-print, so I could judge the finger lengths; his mom faxed me a copy that came through about the size of a Barbie glove. I found a great free vintage pattern sized 2 years to adult men. I picked the 8-10 year size...and figured this should be close.
One thing I've always wondered when knitting gloves (NOTE: I am not a prolific glove-maker!)...why don't the instruction say to pick up a couple extra stitches between the fingers (what this pattern calls the gusset), and immediately decrease them...thus eliminating the little hole that usually has to be 'mended' after the gloves are finished. This takes NO time at all, is easy to do, and saves finishing time at the end.
See? No holes!! (No reason to confiscate and burn!)
The other thing you might have noticed is...these gloves fit ME. I know I have small hands, but...
are these gloves too big for my grandson, or do I really have the hands of a 10 year old?