Finger Knitting for Beginners

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Finger Knitting for Beginners
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Finger knitting is a form of knitting that can be done with just your fingers and a ball of yarn. The process is simple enough for children to do. It is a handy substitute for knitting in those situations where you might not have access to a pair of knitting needles or when you need to keep children occupied.

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The Supplies

The interesting thing about finger knitting is that you are open to any variety of yarn you choose. Bulkier weight yarns or several strands of thinner yarns used together give a more solid look when completed, but textured or novelty yarns can be fun to try too. If using more than one strand of thin yarn, try blending wild colours for a youthful look or coordinated colours for a more sophisticated look.

The Process: Casting On

Remove any jewellery so the yarn does not get caught on watches, rings or bracelets. For right-handed knitters, start with your left hand facing you. For left-handed knitters, reverse this. With the tail of the yarn hanging between the thumb and index finger of the left hand, wrap the yarn over the index finger, under the middle finger, over the ring finger and under the pinky. Bring the yarn around the pinky and wrap all four fingers again, this time reversing the in front and behind movement. Once you reach the index finger, wrap the yarn around it and create a second pass by working all the way to the pinky and back again. Leave a slight gap between the two passes and don't pull too tightly.

The Process: Knitting

Starting at the pinky, lift the loop of the first row, closest to the palm, up and over the second loop and let it go. Repeat this across the fingers to the index finger. Use caution on the index finger because the tail is hanging there and you don't want to lose track of it. Next wrap another row of yarn around all four fingers working out to the pinky and back again. Then repeat the lifting off of the lower loop on each finger. Continue in this manner until the finished piece reaches the desired length.

The Process: Binding Off

To finish your strip of finger knitting, you should have just one row of yarn loops on your finger. Do not wrap your fingers again. Lift the loop off the pinky and slide it onto the ring finger. Lift the bottom loop up and over the second loop on the ring finger and let it go. Next move the remaining loop on the ring finger to the middle finger and repeat the step until you have reached the index finger. With just one loop left on the index finger, cut the yarn feed from ball of yarn and pass the tail through the loop, pulling snugly to secure the last stitch.

The End Result

You now have a strip of knitted fabric that can serve any number of purposes. Alone it can be a scarf, belt, purse or bag strap, or even ties. Several strips can be sewn together for wider scarves or blankets. Strips can be braided for thicker straps or scarves. The strips can be joined to create bags or plant hangers. The only limit to what you can use them for is your own imagination.

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