Choose a yarn which is thick. The yarn we used gets about 4.5 stitches per inch. I would prefer using an even thicker yarn, because it will make a neater chain.
Start by making a slip knot. If you already know how to make a slip knot, skip over this part. It is the trickiest part to teach with pictures!
Making a Slip Knot.
Start by looping the yarn over your finger. Wrap the end of the yarn around the long piece.
Push the end of the yarn through the loop you just formed. Hold onto the end and give a tug to tighten it a bit.
Now slide the knot up to your finger. That's a slip knot.
Finger Knitting: Loop the long end of your yarn over the end of your finger.
Pull the inside loop over the outside loop and off the end of your finger. This is a stitch.
Give the chain a little tug.
Repeat many times until you have a chain. What are you going to do with your chain? A chain can be a stuffed animal leash, a bracelet, a hair bow, a toy sword belt, a climbing rope for small dolls, or horse reins for playing pretend horses.
This girl decided to wear her chain in her hair. I have seen kindergarten boys wear their chains like head bands around their heads horizontally.
Now teach someone younger than you how to fingerknit, like the child in the picture below, who is age 7.