If selecting ladies garden gloves in the store, it is easy to try them on to see what size fits you best. But, if you are ordering online, you want to have a pretty good idea of your size before you order.
Luckily, the sizes for glove manufacturing are relatively consistent. Historical records document the existence and use of gloves all the way back to prehistoric times. But, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that someone devised a method for sizing gloves. In 1834, Zavier Jouvin from Grenoble established a systematic way of sizing gloves by measuring the hand around the widest part – that is, the knuckles. This measurement system is called the “Pied de Roe” and is still used today to size gloves.
Typically, the hand that is measured is your dominant hand because it is generally the larger of the two. In almost all cases, garden gloves are measured in letters, rather than numbers. It is important to get a good fit because it makes gardening easier, gloves will wear better and they will be more comfortable.
In the chart below, you can get an idea of the size of glove that you need. I have included the men’s chart – in case men are not sure what size of glove to get – but also because garden gloves may only come in men’s sizes. With this chart, you can determine what size you need in either ladies garden gloves or men’s garden gloves.
Measuring your hand
Your glove size is determined by the measurement around the palm of your hand either in inches or cm, as shown to the left. Measure all the way around the hand, excluding the thumb from your measurement. You will find this is easier to do if you have someone help you.
If you are right-handed, measure your right hand. Or, if you are left-handed, measure your left hand.
An alternative way to measure for a glove is to measure from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the hand. You may want to use this method if your hands are particularly long.
You will want to use the largest of these two measurements when you are determining which size glove to buy. Once you have measured your hands, use the chart below to decide which size glove to purchase.
Select size from chart below.
Once you have an idea of what size you wear, you will find glove size is fairly consistent. This will give you a great place to start in your quest for ladies garden gloves.