Finger knitting is a ton of fun! And it is remarkably easy to purpose finger knitting ropes into stylish and decorative projects. Finger knitting is also one of the first crafts I introduced to my children.
What is Finger Knitting
If you have never picked up knitting needles or a crochet hook, yarn can seem pretty intimidating. But finger knitting uses only your hands and fingers – with your fingers working as the “needles.” It is simple to pick up, fun to do – and can take the stress out of learning more traditional knitting and crochet techniques because you get to see how the yarn works in simple stitches, even though you are only using your fingers.
How to Finger Knit
If you are new to finger knitting, here are instructions to get you started:
- Find the end of your yarn and hold it between your thumb and forefinger, leaving a tail hanging down the back of your hand.
- Wrap your forefinger with a circle of yarn, moving to the back side of your finger first and circling clockwise.
- Weave the yarn in and out of your other fingers from the forefinger to the pinky, creating a complete yarn circle around each finger as you go.
- At the pinky, wind a second yarn circle then work your way back to the forefinger creating 2 circles of yarn on each finger.
- Pull the bottom circle of yarn over the top circle on each finger to create a line of stitches.
- Repeat until your yarn rope is the length you desire.
- On your last stitch, clip the yarn 3-4 inches from the stitch and pull the yarn all the way through the last stitch. Weave in the tails with a tapestry needle.
My favorite Finger Knitting Project!
There are so many fun finger knitting projects listed below. But my favorite uses finger knit ropes created by my kids.
I used a unfinished sign that I got from the craft store in the wood department. I painted it cream colored, then sanded the edges so it looks rustic.
Using my Cricut, I printed the letters L – V – E to fit the whole sign. (Don’t have a Cricut? Use stencils and paint!)
Once the paint was completely dried, I added the letters to the sign for the word “LOVE” leaving room for the missing letter.
I wound the yarn ropes my girls created together and adhered them to the board with a glue gun.
I love this sign so much and it was really special to create it with my kids. (I think all the grandparents may be getting this for Christmas, so don’t tell!)
Finger Knitting Projects to Try
- Finger Knitting For Kids from thecrafttrain.com
- How To Finger Knit A Beanie Hat DIY from redtedart.com
- Finger Knit Cowl And Tutorial from whistleandivy.com
- How To Finger Knit An Infinity Scarf from helloglow.co
- DIY Finger Knit Rope Trivet Tutorial from flaxandtwine.com
- Finger Knit A Fabric Statement Necklace from abeautifulmess.com
- Finger Knit Octopus from hellowonderful.co
- Finger Knit Yarn Lei Tutorial from designsbymissmandee.com
- Finger Knitted Necklace from infarrantlycreative.net
- Doctor Who 4th Doctor’s Scarf from tikkido.com
- DIY Finger Knit Hanging Plant Holder from flaxandtwine.com
- Finger Knit Snake from thecrafttrain.com
- Knitting Without Needles Wall Art from camillestyles.com
- DIY Wall Art By Finger Knitting from hearthandmade.co.uk
- Make Rococo Finger Knit Wigs from willowday.net
- Finger Knit Gift Wrap from letswrapstuff.com
- DIY 15 Minute Finger Knit Ear Warmer from simplymaggie.com
- One Hour Finger Knit Infinity Scarves from juliemeasures.com
- Gather Knit Script from earnesthomeco.com
Looking for more beginner knitting and crochet projects? Here are great beginner crochet patterns to try. And this is the first blanket I ever made.