Although she’d love to know how to knit like her big sister can, co-ordinating those needles and the wool is just that bit too tricky for L at the age of five. Finger knitting is a different matter though – she’s a whizz.
Do you know how to finger knit? It’s a great way to introduce knitting to children as it’s easy to do and gets results they can use and play with very quickly. It’s a great fine-motor workout and also a good on-the-go activity as you can stash a ball of wool in your bag, with no need to worry about pointy needles, and get knitting while you wait in the doctor’s surgery, keeping the kids sitting still and busy at the same time. It’s also rather addictive. Every teddy in the house is getting a winter scarf at the moment – and we have some other finger knitting craft ideas on the way for your soon.
How to finger knit
Here’s how to finger knit, with a vlog at the end with footage of L in action.
The index finger of one hand is the needle. Your other hand (whichever one you’d use to write with) is going to wrap the wool around and make the stitches.
Start by making a looped knot in your wool and place this first loop over your index finger.
Use your other hand to wrap the wool around your finger to make a second loop.
Pull the first loop over the second loop to ‘knock it off’ and you’ve created your first stitch.
Make another loop around your finger. Pull the first loop over the second and you’ve made your next stitch. Keep looping and knocking off and watch your chain grown.
The chains are great for scarves for your teddies and also as friendship bracelets. The thicker the wool you use, the thicker your chain will be. You can also re-knit using the chain you’ve made, wrapping it round your finger, just as you did with the original piece of wool, to make an even thicker chain.
And here’s our How to Finger Knit vlog. Take it away L.
Why don’t you give finger knitting a try and see how you get on? We’ll be bringing you some more ideas for crafts you can make once you know how to finger knit over the next few weeks.
Edited: Here’s how to finger knit a brooch