August 9, 2008

Finger-Knitting Good!

Get ready for a fun and easy project to take on with a kid or two: the wonderful craft of finger knitting!

Finger knitting is simple and enjoyable. It also allows for a bit of imagination and ingenuity on the part of the finger knitter, as it is up to you what you'll be making your finger-knitted piece into. Here are a few suggestions about what you can make with finger knitted projects:

> Fun skinny scarves of many lengths, colors and styles.
> Key fobs/lanyards.
> Necklaces
> Bracelets
> Belts
> Use your imagination!!!

OK, here's what you will need to begin the finger knitting process:
- Some type of yarn or thick string
- Scissors
- Crochet hook
- Willing and able fingers!

Now here's how you do it:

1.) Take your yarn and weave it around the 4 fingers of your less dominant hand (i.e. if you're right handed, weave the yarn around the front and back of your left hand's fingers) minus your thumb. There should be yarn around the front and back of each of those 4 fingers.

2.) Now take the ball end of the yarn (part of the yarn that's connected to the ball of the yarn), and lay the yarn strand over the fingers that have the yarn weaved around them.

3.) Starting at one end of your fingers, pull the part of the yarn that's around your finger over the part that's laying on your hand, and to the back of the hand. The part that was laying on your hand will remain on that finger. Repeat this to the end of your fingers.

4.) Again lay a strand of the yarn over your hand and repeat the steps in #3 for every additional row.

5.) Continue with step 4 until you reach your desired length of finger knitting. Keep in mind that you should pull on the beginning of the work to determine how long the piece is as you're going, and continually do that to check on its length.

6.) When you've reached your desired length, simply bind off! All this involves is taking the loop that is around your pinky finger, transferring it so that it's around the ring finger, and passing the lower loop that's around the ring finger over this new loop. Then take the remaining loop on the ring finger, transfer it to the middle finger, pull the loop that's on the lower part of the middle finger over this new loop. See where this is going? Do the same thing with the last finger so that you have just one loop remaining on your index finger. Cut the yarn free from the ball, leaving a bit of a tail (a few inches long), and then just pull the tail through that remaining loop to secure your work.

7.) Your crochet hook comes in handy here because if you want to hide those end tails at the beginning and end of your work, you simply weave them into the stitches of your finger knitted piece with the crochet hook.

Or conversely you could leave them and tie extra bits of yarn on the ends for fringe if you prefer.

I apologize for having to spell this out. I had originally taken video of how to do this but it would not import to my computer! If anyone has questions please leave them in the comments! Another great resource for finger knitting how-tos is youtube.

Here are a few examples of finger knitted pieces I've made:
Skinny Scarf

Multicolored skinny scarf.

Enjoy the fun and exciting world of finger knitting!



KimmChi said...

What a great How-To! Such a great and simple way to introduce kids to knitting.

MaryAnne LoVerme said...

I think I might even be able to do that!

Made by Melissa said...

Wow, what a great tutorial! I wish I saw this last weekend, I would have taught my cousin how to do this while I was babysitting.

alexlady said...

how great!! i actually used to do this in girl scouts and COMPLETELY forgot about it until just now. hurray!

Pintoo said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have already made 2 bracelets. Working on a scarf now..This is so simple

Unknown said...

thank you thank you!! :) i had forgotten all about this, but I am back on the bandwagon now! :)

Dazi said...

Luved it!
I just made one and I´m thinking about what´s going to hang on the edges! :)

Scrappinfor3 said...

Wow! What a fast crafty fix this is!!! I'm hooked. Thanks for sharing.

Gemmipop said...

Fantastic, just made a scarf!! Thanks so much!! xx

Anonymous said...

I remember doing this as a kid - thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Mindy said...

I love it! I've been wanting to 'relearn' knitting and I just found my way. Thanks!