Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Finger Knit

Finger knitting is a good introduction to knitting with needles. It shows the basic vertical chain of stitches created as we knit row upon row. A fifth grade girl is going to demonstrate finger knitting, but with some one-on-one attention, a kindergarten boy or girl can learn how to finger knit, too, and they will be very proud of their new skill.

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.

3 comments: said...

we enjoy finger knitting in our home!
great photos and descriptions beth!
last year i finger knitted a garland for our christmas tree from a chunky natural colored wool, it looks like popcorn strung around the tree. Your banner is lovely, we have been eating up all of the blackberries up in sight around our yard : )

Beth said...

Ooo, I love your finger knit garland idea for the Christmas tree! I may have to try that, gardenmama!

Lacey (schoolhousefarm) said...

yay! i searched for how-to finger knit (we've done the multiple finger knitting before, but not the single finger) & I found you! thanks--great pics. Naomi is off making a strand as I type...