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When people find out that I knit, they often say something like “oh, I don’t have time for that” or “that’s so hard to do!” Today, I am bringing you guys a project that blows both of those statements clear out of the water. Did you know that you can knit with just your fingers and some yarn? You totally can. It’s easy, fun and is great for kids and adults alike! It’s an almost mindless project. It’s great for sitting in front of the TV or while being bored out of your skull in a waiting room. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions though if you do it in public. They’ll be wanting you to teach them too! No wonder! It’s really fun and fast to learn! Finger knitting results in a narrow long strip of fabric. Use it as a narrow scarf or even braid several together for a thicker scarf. Make a braided belt, bracelet or something for your little one’s doll. We know that dollies love fashionable scarves and belts too. There are other things you can use these strips for and I am working on a resource post on just that. The post will bring together online ideas plus I hope to throw a few of my own in there. Keep your eyes on the blog for it to post. The best way to keep up to date is to subscribe to my RSS feed or follow me on Facebook.
What you’ll need:
- Yarn, although you can use twine or string too, but it will make a more airy result in the finished project.
- Your hands
Let’s Finger Knit!
- hold your non dominant hand palm up. Take the end of your yarn, leaving a tail and hold it between your thumb and index finger. The tail of your yarn will be resting over the front of your hand
- thread the yarn over your index finger, behind your middle finger, over your 4th finger and behind your pinky. Refer to the photos!
- Now that you’ve done that, bring the yarn around the front of your pinky, behind the 4th finger, over the middle finger and behind the pointer. For the first few wraps, you’ll hold the tail of the yarn between your thumb and pointer finger, but as you go, you won’t have to do that.
- Now we’re going to do that wrap again. Bring the yarn over your index finger, behind your middle finger, over your 4th finger and behind your pinky
- bring the yarn around the front of your pinky, behind the 4th finger, over the middle finger and behind the pointer.
- You should essentially have two “lines/loops” of yarn on each finger. starting at your pinky, take the bottom yarn and pull it up and over the top of your pinky finger, let go.
- Repeat with the other fingers in order.
- When you get to the index finger again, you should have one loop on all fingers. Push the remaining loops down so they don’t pop off your fingers
- Wrap your fingers again as you did above. Remember that when you finish wrapping, the working end of the yarn will be on the side of your hand with the thumb.
- Repeat wrapping and lifting the loops up and over the fingers. The fabric will start to form on the front of your hand. It will look like utter yarn garbage at first. Like a tangly disaster. Keep going! As it gets longer, tug on it ever once in a while to smooth it and and it will start to take shape, honest!
- I know it sounds kind of complicated but it really isn’t. Just try it and you’ll be finger knitting in no time. This is a great activity for kids. Get them involved too!
- If you run out of yarn and want to keep going, just tie the new piece to the end of the current piece and keep on knitting!
- When you want to finish off your piece of knitting, cut a long tail and weave it through all the loops and pull taught. Weave the end into the “fabric” of the piece and that’s it!
If you need to pause knitting, just use a pencil or something similar to slip through the loops to hold your place. You can mix it up by using different types of yarn and string, different colors or by using fewer fingers. There are so many possibilities. Please let me know if you try this or if you have before. I’d love to see your results! Until next time, happy crafting!