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finger knitting kids knitting activity with hands


Finger knitting only needs some yarn and a pair of hands so it's a great activity for a long journey or to pass time in a waiting room. It's much easier than regular knitting so it's ideal for children. You can finger knit a wide range of yarn - try wool, string, ribbon or even long strips of material. You can produce a piece of knitting long enough to make a belt or hairband in very little time which makes it a very satisfying activity. Very young kids might enjoy helping a grown-up to knit on their little fingers to make a scarf together for a doll or teddy.

Age: Any Age
Level: Medium

Materials
Yarn e.g wool, string, ribbon etc. Thicker strands work best.

Method
Hold your left hand out, palm facing upwards.
Lay the wool between your thumb and index finger



finger knitting kids knitting activity with hands


Weave over and under your fingers to the right until the thread is under your pinkie finger



finger knitting kids knitting activity with hands


Loop over your pinkie finger and weave under and over to the left until back up between thumb and index finger



finger knitting kids knitting activity with hands


Weave over and under again towards the pinkie finger



finger knitting kids easy knitting project idea


Loop over the pinkie finger and weave to the left then the right again until you have the string between your middle and ring finger. There should now be 2 loops on each finger



finger knitting kids easy knitting project idea




finger knitting kids easy knitting project idea
Rest when you have 2 loops on each finger and the string between your middle and ring finger


Starting at the pinkie finger, lift the bottom loop over the upper loop, taking the bottom loop right off the finger, leaving just the top loop on the finger.



finger knitting kids easy knitting project idea
Lifting the lower loop over the upper loop


Repeat lifting the loops on the other fingers, moving to the left (ie pinkie, then ring finger, then middle finger, then index finger)



finger knitting tutorial
All lower loops cast off leaving one loop on each finger


Now repeat everything again, weaving in and out of fingers until you have 2 loops on each finger again.



finger knitting tutorial
A few more weaves to go until we have 2 loops on each finger and the string resting between middle and ring fingers


Rest when you have 2 loops on each finger with the thread coming forwards between middle and ring fingers. Then start lifting the lower loops off, always starting with pinkie finger working left

After a few rounds you will start to see the length of knitting grow on the reverse side of your hand.



finishing off finger knitting loops
It's great fun to see the knitting quickly grow on the reverse side of your hand


Keep going until you have made the length you want
To finish, just lift the knitting off your fingers, then pass the tail through the loops and pull tight.



finishing off finger knitting loops
Lift the knitting off your fingers to give 4 loops




finishing off finger knitting loops
Pass the tail through the loops




finger knitting with blue plastic yarn
Pull tight


Younger children might enjoy helping a grown up to do the knitting on their little fingers to make a scarf for a favourite toy



finishing off finger knitting loops




finger knitting with blue plastic yarn
Ready for winter


What materials have you tried finger knitting with? Please share your ideas or photos via the comments section.



finger knitting with blue plastic yarn
We also tried plastic string




finger knitting with blue plastic yarn
It gave a fun glossy finish, perfect for a hairband or belt


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