Joan Laws explains everything about fingerless gloves. She explains it all carefully and, as she goes along, she gives you insight into how you can change the pattern for your own needs. The free pattern is here on Craftsy. Once you have mastered them you can change yarns, colours and texture. You can knit patterns and Fair Isle. You can cable them. Fingerless gloves are important when you need to keep your hands warm but you want access to your peripheral dexterity. Fingerless gloves with parts of the fingers can slow you down or make you clumsy. These don't.