Finger Knitting – How To Finger Knit & Projects To Try

Finger knitting: an easy way to knit without stabbing yourself with knitting needles, a fun, novel way of crafting, and kid-friendly!

This post has all the information you need to try this fun and easy craft, and you can do it from home!

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What Is Finger Knitting?

It’s a method of knitting, but without the knitting needles! You use your fingers to finger knit, (surprise surprise).

You’ve probably tried it at school. Well, my kids have.

It’s not traditional knitting, but it’s a fun thing for anyone from beginners, adults to long time knitters to try. Like arm knitting. (For more on that, see my best arm knitting tutorial.)

Read on for some finger knitting instructions.

How To Do Finger Knitting – A Finger Knitting Tutorial

What Do You Need For Finger Knitting?

Obviously, you’re going to need your fingers. Other than that, you’ll need a ball of yarn, and pair of scissors.

You can use all sorts of yarns, but something with a good amount of thickness will give better results on your first try.

Time to get started, fellow crafter!

Follow these step by step instructions.

How To Start Finger Knitting

Grab your yarn and put it over your palm, with the end facing down. Hold it in place with your thumb.

You can make a slip knot, but it’s not necessary.

(Note: You create loops instead of stitches, and a chain instead of rows when knitting with four fingers than needles.)

Step 1. Take the working yarn and put it behind your index finger, over your middle finger, under your ring finger, and over your pinky finger.

Step 2. Take the working yarn behind your pinky finger. Wrap the yarn over the pointer finger, under the middle finger, and over the index finger. Pull the working yarn to keep it tight. You should have two loops on each finger.

Step 3. Take the bottom loop on your index finger over the second loop and off. Do that to the other three. Now there’s one loop on each finger, including the pointer finger.

Repeat step 1, then step 2. There are two loops on your fingers again.

Repeat step three.

Repeat steps 1, 2, then three until you’ve reached a length you like.

Here are some video tutorials in case you need a visual.

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With a bit more experience, it’ll get easier!

How To End Finger Knitting

TIP: Make sure you only have one loop on each finger before finishing.

Step 1. Take the first loop and put it on the second finger.

Step 2. Take the bottom loop on the second finger and take it over and off.

Step 3. Take the remaining loop on finger two and put it on finger three.

Step 4. Take the bottom loop on finger three over the top loop and off.

Repeat that for the final two loops. You now have one loop left. Take the loop off of your finger. Cut the end of the yarn, leaving a tail end, and put the end through that loop.

Pull it tight with your hand.

Pull the other end as well, or you could tie a knot and pull the yarn.

Now weave the yarn in with a yarn needle. Make sure you do both ends!

Finger Knitting For Kids

You could do finger knitting with your kids as a fun family activity or craft. Just be sure to supervise them with the scissors, so they don’t have to do finger-less knitting.

It will probably be easier for them if you get them to use thicker yarn, like t-shirt yarn. You could even try rope!

Some great first project ideas –

  • A garland
  • Some bracelets
  • A headband
  • A necklace

Finger Knitting Projects

What Can You Make With Finger Knitting?

Here are some great craft ideas. You can make many things with finger knitting, like scarves, blankets and headbands.

Finger Knitting Blanket

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Finger Knitting Scarf

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Your Questions Answered

What Type Of Yarn Is Used For Finger Knitting?

The yarn you use for finger knitting will depend on what project you are working on. Generally, the thicker the thread is, the easier it will be to work with.

If you’re making a swatch, you can use whatever yarn you want.

How Do You Finger Knit With 2 Fingers?

Here’s a great tutorial on how to finger knit with two fingers.

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How Do You Finger Knit With 4 Fingers?

Here’s an excellent tutorial.

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Can You Finger Knit A Blanket?

You sure can! It takes a while, but it won’t take that long if you use chunky yarn. Here’s a tutorial for you.

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How Much Yarn Do You Need For A Finger Knit Blanket?

The tutorial above used 5-6 skeins of really bulky yarn. The teacher has a size guide in her video.

How Do You Finger Knit A Heart?

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What Is The Easiest Way To Knit A Scarf With Your Fingers?

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Can I Use String To Finger Knit?

You can use thin yarn to finger knit, but it’s more complicated than using chunky yarn. It also might be looser.

Can You Knit With Your Hands?

Yes, you can certainly knit with your hands!

How Do You Teach Finger Knitting?

Here is how you teach finger knitting!

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I hope this guide was helpful in answering how you can get started finger knitting. It’ll hopefully be a lot of fu

Have you tried finger knitting? How’d it go? Let me know in the comments.

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