Have you tried Finger Knitting?

Finger Knit

Seriously, have you?  It’s fun and super easy and you get some really quick results.  Definitely something you can do with kids.  It produces a long chain of stockinette-like loose stitches that remind me of what used to come out of that weird plastic crochet-tube thing we were given as kids.  Remember?  Maybe not.

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Anyway, if you’d like to try it, get yourself some yarn.  A huge chunky knit will give you the best results, but I am planning on felting my strings so I’m going with some merino wool.

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Find the end and drape it over the space between your thumb and forefinger.  You may need your thumb to hold that tail in place for the first few rows, but you can let it go after that.

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Take the yarn and bring it in front of your index finger, behind your middle finger, in front of your ring finger, and around behind your little finger.

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Then bring it in front of your little finger, behind your ring finger, and so on, until you’ve woven it back to the beginning.

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Then pull it around your index finger and do that again, so you end up with two loops of yarn on each finger.

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Now take the lower loop on your little finger and pull it up and over the upper loop.

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Repeat that with all your other fingers until you’re left with one loop on each one.

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Take another full pass with your yarn, in, out, in, alternating on the way back.

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Then pull the lower loop over the upper loop again on each finger. Keep going. Eventually something like this will start coming off the back of your hand. It will look a bit different depending on the size of your fingers, the tension and thickness of the yarn, and all that jazz.

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If you get tired or bored while you’re doing this or you need to do something else, just jab a pencil through your loops and put it down. Come back to it later.

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When you’ve got a chain as long as you want it to be, you can cast off. After doing your last row of loops, leaving you with one row only of loops on each finger, take the loop on your little finger and put it above the loop on your ring finger.

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Pull the lower loop on your ring finger up and over the one you just added.

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Take the loop that is left and put that onto your middle finger.

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Hook the lower one up and over, and put the remaining loop onto your index finger.

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Hook the lower one up and over and then you’re left with one loop!

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Then it’s a simple matter to thread the end of your yarn through and tie a knot.

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This is a finished chain. You’ll note I’ve reinforced the knots at both the beginning and end. Next to it is one that I felted by running through the wash and then the dryer.

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Here’s a closeup of the loose weave of the chain I made versus the tight string after it’s felted.  Dog hair may or may not be included.

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Here’s a very long chain I made as well. You can see how easy it would be, especially with a chunkier yarn, to sew the chain together to form a block, a blanket, or a rug. Or whatever. I’m still debating what I am going to do with mine, but I’ll keep you posted.

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

13 thoughts on “Have you tried Finger Knitting?”

  1. Man oh man are you good at writing instructions and backing them up with good photos. I feel like if I try this I will absolutely be able to figure it out because of that. That’s a real gift! Can I ask of some uses you might have for these? At a soccer game today I saw a dog leash that was felted and wonder if it could be done this way. And one last thing, when you talked of sewing it together would that be by sort if zigzagging it back and forth like I think it is in your photo and then connecting those rows? Sort of like a braided rug but in a block instead of around. Oh hey, maybe that’s an idea right there. You’ve got me inspired! Thanks for the post. And I love the colour of the wool in your photos!
    Jennifer

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    1. Aw, thanks Jennifer, you’re too nice!

      Yes, I’ve been seeing quite a few finger knit projects around the internet these days. I probably wouldn’t make a leash out of my knitting, but that’s only because Gren is super strong and he’d break it — or eat it.

      One of the things I’ve seen is to take the finger knitting and lay it out like I have it in the photo and then sew it onto the front of a cushion, just to make it that much more cozy. Another is to make spokes and then weave it through to make a circular rug. For mine, I’m thinking of (once I figure out how) making some sort of woven basket, or maybe a rug … hard to say at this point, but I’ll keep you posted for sure!

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      1. Yes absolutely, I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you go. I think the felting adds such possibility too. I once saw a spiral rug in many colours in a knitting book and it was gorgeous but the knitting would have taken 19 years and the wools would have been the price of a small car. Maybe with the felting this could be an alternative. Anyways, looking forward to following your project.
        Jennifer

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  2. I used to finger knit a lot as a kid. I never really knew what to do with them. I used to wear them as necklaces sometimes. I like the idea of felting it and sewing it into something. I will definitely check back to see what you do with yours.

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  3. great explanation ali. thanks for reminding me of this, i’ve done it before but i’ll try it again with the kids. it is easy, you’re right, once the little fingers get the hang of it. curious now what you’ll make of with it. i like the rug idea. good way to use leftover yarns.

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