How to do finger weaving

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How to do finger weaving
Finger weaving creates inexpensive accessories and functional items. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Finger weaving, also known as finger knitting, is a lost art making a comeback. This traditional off-loom weaving technique springs from French Canadian, Native American and Scandinavian heritages; a similar technique exists in Asia. The process creates a weave with a look similar to rope. Current popular uses for finger weaving include hair accessories, key rings, belts, bracelets, sashes and guitar straps. Many inexpensive, creative and functional items can be crafted using this technique.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn your left hand (or right hand if you are left-handed) so the palm is facing up. Grasp the end of a ball of yarn firmly between the thumb and index finger, leaving a 2-inch yarn tail hanging loosely down toward the back of the hand. The palm of the hand faces upward for the entire weaving process.

  2. 2

    Weave yarn from the yarn ball over the base of the index finger, under the base of the middle finger, alternating over and under all fingers until you are done with the pinky finger. Weave back in the opposite direction alternately over and under the four fingers, using the same process. Continue going back and forth across until you have two rows, or loops, on each finger.

  3. 3

    Place the tail of yarn that is between your thumb and index finger up over the yarn rows between the index and middle finger and let it drop, hanging loosely down the back side of the hand.

  4. 4

    Pull the bottom row of yarn, next to the finger base, on the middle finger up and over the tip of the finger so that it rests on back of the hand. Repeat this process with the remaining two fingers.

  5. 5

    Pull more yarn loose from the ball and weave another string of yarn alternately in and out of your four fingers, creating an additional yarn line across the fingers.

  6. 6

    Pull the bottom row of yarn on the index finger up and over the tip of the finger so that it rests on the back side of the hand. Continue the process with the remaining fingers. Take another yarn ball length and weave an additional yarn line in and out back over the four fingers.

  7. 7

    Continue the process in Step 6, moving back and forth across the hand, until a desired length is achieved.

  8. 8

    Pull the bottom row of yarn on the index finger up and over the tip of the finger so that it rests on the back side of the hand. Continue the process with the remaining fingers until there is only one line of yarn remaining across the four fingers on the hand's palm side.

  9. 9

    Pull the last remaining row, or loop, off the pinky finger and place it on the finger next to it. The fourth finger now has two loops on it.

  10. 10

    Pull the bottom loop on the fourth finger up and over the top of the finger, as in the weaving process, leaving one loop. Take this remaining loop and place it on the middle finger. The middle finger now has two loops. Repeat the process again on the middle finger and index finger, finishing with a single loop remaining on the index finger.

  11. 11

    Cut the yarn from the ball, leaving a couple of inches of extra length. Remove the remaining loop from the index finger and thread the yarn length through it, pulling tightly. Pull the loose tail on the opposite end tightly to secure the woven piece.

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