How to Knit With Your Fingers

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How to Knit With Your Fingers
Use variegated yarn to make colourful finger knitted bracelets. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Finger knitting is a form of knitting that uses only your hands and yarn. Your fingers become the needles and your other hand works the yarn. Finger knitting is a good craft for children who are just learning about knitting. They can make quick bracelets for friends. It takes just a few minutes to make a complete bracelet. Use finger knitting for other projects, such as necklaces, bag handles, keychains and headbands.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Hold one end of the yarn between the crook of your thumb so that several inches of the yarn is dangling down the back of your hand. Keep your palm facing you.

  2. 2

    Pick up the yarn that rests on your palm. Wrap it behind your middle finger, then in front of your ring finger and then behind your pinky. The yarn will be dangling down from behind your pinky.

  3. 3

    Wrap the yarn in front of your pinky, behind your ring finger, in front of your middle finger and behind your pointer finger. Drape the length of yarn across the front of all four fingers from the pointer finger to the pinky.

  4. 4

    Pick up the lower level of yarn wrapped around your pointer finger. Lift it over the upper layer that crosses your fingers and up over your pointer finger. Let the yarn fall to the back of your hand. Repeat with the middle, ring and pinky fingers. When complete, there will be one layer of yarn on your fingers.

  5. 5

    Drape the length of yarn over the front of your fingers from the pinky to the pointer finger. Lift the bottom layer of yarn on your pinky finger over the upper layer and off your finger. Repeat with the ring, middle and pointer fingers.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the knitting is your desired length. Tug on the end of the yarn that dangles from the bottom of the end of the knitting to tighten it.

  7. 7

    Cut any extra length of yarn at least 3 inches from the knitting. Remove the loops from your fingers, but do not let them go. Put the cut end of the yarn through every loop and pull both ends so the knitting tightens.

Tips and warnings

  • You do not have to use four fingers every time you knit. Use two, or three, to create smaller width bracelets. The steps are the same, but you use fewer fingers.
  • Finger knit with more than just yarn. Cut strips of material for thicker bracelets. Use hemp, cording or embroidery floss.
  • If you choose to use a material of limited length, just tie more than one piece together at the ends. Keep knitting until the finished project is the length you want.
  • The yarn will get tight on your fingers if you pull too tightly. Try to keep the yarn loose enough to work with.

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