A few years ago my coworkers started a knitting club. Not to be left behind I bought the yarn and needles and really tried my best to like it. I got a third of the way through a baby bib and just gave up. Sad to say, it just wasn't mindless enough for me. I'd be watching TV and would lose count and have to undo all my work and start again.
I guess I am a lazy crafter.
So this fall, when I discovered Finger Knitting I knew this was something I could do without having to think too hard! I love how quick and easy it is - I finished a long skinny scarf in 20 minutes! I think it would be great for gifts for the Holidays!
What You Need
- yarn of your choice
- fingers (you have those, right?)
Now, when I was learning how to do this - the tutorials with only pictures confused me. I am not a visual learner, I need to hear someone walk me through it. So, I have a couple short video clips as well!
Step 1: take your yarn and lay the tail over the back of your non-dominant hand. So if you are R handed, lay the yarn over your left hand.
Hold that yarn in place between your thumb and pointer finger and flip your hand over.
Step 2: Use the working yarn to loop over your pointed finger, under your middle, over your ring, and under your pinky. Then reverse back to your thumb.
Step 7: Again, take the loop at the bottom of your pinky and pull it up and over your pinky finger. Do this to the other fingers as well. Give the tail (on the back of your hand) a little tug to keep things tight.
Repeat step 6 and 7 until you have the desired length. You can go as long as you want (or at least until you run out of yarn!). The chain will look like a double ladder, you can always double the yarn or use a thicker weight to give it a little more thickness.
Here is a video to show up to this point!
Ok, now you have the length you want. Now what?
Step 8: tying it off. This looks tricky, but it is really easy. Promise! As always you start with the pinky.
Pick up the loop on your pink and pull it up and off, but place it on your ring finger.
Then take the bottom loop on the same finger and loop it up and over the ring finger. Take the remaining loop and pull it off and place it on the middle finger.
When you have done this for all the fingers, take the loop off of your pointer finger. Cut your working yarn, and thread the yarn through the loop. Pull tight and tie off.
Here is a video of the last few steps:
Had enough yet?? It is really easy once you get started - and you don't have to keep count of rows or stiches or anything!
I've made headbands, scarves, and a coffee cup cozee - all in a matter of minutes!