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How to measure for gloves

 An older man or woman putting leather gloves on.

Gloves are an effective item of clothing for keeping hands warm and comfortable during colder months. However, finding the right size for your hands can sometimes be difficult, and as failure to do so could leave your gloves gripping your hands too tightly or slipping off, it’s important that you work out the perfect size for your hands before making a purchase.

In this blog, we explain how you can measure for gloves, as well as offering tips on how you can alter the feel of your gloves if they feel too tight or too loose.

How to measure glove size

Measuring for many items of clothing such as formal suits and casual trousers requires multiple measurements. However, gloves only need one, with it being based on the circumference of the hand.

All you will to measure your hands for a new pair of gloves is measuring tape and a pencil and paper to note down your measurement. You can then use this measurement to determine the size of glove you will need based on the size of your hand.

Instructions for measuring your hand for gloves:

1. Identify the hand you’re measuring, ideally choosing the hand you write with. If you’re left-handed, measure your left hand, or if you’re right-handed, measure your right hand.

2. Wrap the measuring tape around the palm of the hand and avoid including your thumb.

3. Comfortably fit the measuring tape around your palm, align the tape and make a note of the measurement in inches.

4. Using the measurement you recorded, find the suitable glove size from the table below.

What size gloves do I need?

After measuring for gloves, you should know what size would be best suited for your hands. However, if you prefer to have tighter or looser gloves, you may want to make changes so your hands feel more comfortable.

How to make gloves tighter

If you’ve chosen gloves that are the correct size but want a tighter fit, you can shrink them to make them more comfortable around your hands and fingers.

When some materials like cotton or wool are heated, they shrink. Due to this, your washing machine and dryer can be used as an effective way of shrinking your gloves if they’re made from either of these materials. Simply put your cotton or wool gloves in the washing machine on high heat and for a long cycle. You can then put them in the dryer, leaving them until each cycle is complete and take them out after every spin to see if they’re tight enough. If you’re not suitably happy with the feel, you can continue to put them in the dryer for another spin until they’re comfortable.

Leather gloves, however, require a different approach. If you want to shrink leather gloves, you should heat water in a pot on your hob until it begins to boil, take it off the heat and let it cool for around five minutes. Once it’s cooled, put your leather gloves into the pot and check that they’re completely under the water. After a few minutes, take the gloves out, lie them down on a flat surface and blow over them using a hair dryer on the warmest setting. Let the gloves cool down, try them on, and if they’ve not shrunk to your liking, repeat the process.

How to stretch gloves

If your gloves are tighter than expected, you simply prefer looser fitting gloves or you have gloves that are tight due to being brand new, there are ways of stretching them.

With cotton, wool or leather gloves, there are several ways to stretch them out. For example, you could soak them in cold water and then put them on to form a new shape. Then, flatten them out using a few heavy objects and they should dry in a more stretched out shape.

Alternatively, you could pad out your gloves with newspaper. To do this, dampen several sheets of newspaper, stuff the wet sheets into each finger of the glove and remove them after between one and two days when the newspaper is dry. Through the wet newspaper drying and expanding, the inside of the gloves will have expanded with it, stretching the material out.

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