Finger knitting, also called finger weaving, creates a long, slender chain of stockinet stitch with no knitting needles required at all --- just your hands and some yarn. The lack of pointy needles makes finger knitting and ideal craft project for young children, but even adults can put finger-knitted chains to use for wearable or household crafts.
Finger knitting works best with bulky yarn on which you can get a grip --- a quality that also keeps the gaps between stitches from becoming too large. After all, you can't vary your finger size to adjust the stitches for thinner yarn the way you'd adjust needle size with regular knitting. If you use a bulky or chunky yarn, the resulting chain will be thick enough to use as a skinny scarf that wraps around your neck several times.
You can also finger knit with several strands of worsted-weight yarn held together. Try mixing several earth tones together to make a long, multistrand chain, then string a few giant wooden beads onto the chain; the strands should compress enough to go through the beads but still keep them in place. Tie the chain or thread both strands through another bead to create a closure for your quirky necklace.
Finger knit a few long, multistrand chains in contrasting colours --- for example, one chain of yellow strands held together, one chain of green strands held together and another of red strands held together. Hold the strands together at the ends, and tie a single overhand knot at each end to secure them. You can let the strands lie parallel or braid them together; the result is a bright, colourful belt.
Create enough 50-to-60-inch-long chains of finger knitting with bulky-weight yarn, and you can join them edgewise to make a warm, textured lap throw. Hold the right sides --- that is, the fronts --- of two chains together, and join them with a crochet slip stitch, working from one end to the other. Keep adding one chain at a time until you've created an entire throw, which typically measures 50 by 60 inches.
If you don't have the patience to do a full blanket, join a few finger-knitted chains to create a textured bath mat. Have your kids help with this project; they can make the chains out of bulky, absorbent yarn, an you can then slip-stitch the chains together. Even if the chain lengths turn out somewhat uneven, it will give the bath mat a fun "rag rug" look.
More Ideas and Embellishments
You can also use crocheted slip-stitches to add finger-knitted chains as embellishment along the edge of an afghan or place mat, or tie short chains together to make soft "bangle" bracelets. The finger-knitted chains stretch just enough to slide easily on and off your hands.
If you desire, add embellishments to your finger-knitted chains. Thread a yarn needle with a strand of bright, metallic yarn and weave it through the skinny scarf you made for a fun accent, or add bells to your necklace instead of wooden beads.
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