Finger knitting is the technique of making yarn crafts using only your fingers. Knitting without needles is great for cosy blankets and scarves, and big knit cushion covers. For beginners, choose a chunky yarn to perfect your technique. You can produce fabulous finger knitted scarves, cowls and blankets. For hats, toys and ornaments a worsted or aran yarn is a great choice!

Learn how to finger knit using two or four fingers, with this simple and fun tutorial from expert Anne Weil of Flax and Twine.

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn

How to knit with four fingers step-by-step

1

step 1

Lay it. Lay the yarn over your hand leaving a four or five inch tail.

2

wrapping yarn around fingers

Create a line. Bring the yarn up and over your forefinger, behind your middle finger, over your ring finger and behind your pinky. This creates the first line. Now continue back in the other direction using this ‘under and over’ sequence.

3

wrap yarn around fingers backwards for row two

And again! Repeat one more time so you have two strands wrapped around each finger. Now you’re ready to start knitting your first row! (In this pattern the working yarn refers to the yarn which goes to the ball, and the tail refers to the end.)

4

move bottom stitches over row above

Up and over. Bring the lower strand on each of your fingers up and over the upper strand.

5

lifting the tail over

Lift the tail. Bring the tail over so it falls between your forefinger and middle finger leaving one strand remaining on each finger.

6

use the working yarn to stitch

Work that working yarn. Now take the working yarn, and bring it around the forefinger repeating the up and over sequence, so you have two strands on each finger again.

7

step 7

Repeat. Repeat step 3, bringing the lower strand on each of your fingers up and over the upper strand.

8

step 8

Keep going! Keep repeating this sequencing. You’ll start to find your rhythm producing loosely knit fabric behind your fingers.

9

step 9

Tighten those stitches. Pull the tail of yarn to tighten the stitches.

10

how to bind off your finger knitting

Bind off! To bind off, thread the tail of yarn through each of the stitches on your fingers starting with your pinky finger, followed by your ring and forefinger (missing out the middle finger), and then back to ring finger. Take your work off your fingers and pull the tail to tighten the stitches.

How to knit with two fingers step-by-step

1

Loop the yarn around two fingers to start finger knitting

Loop it. Loop the yarn around your fingers using the ‘under and over’ sequence, except this time you are only using your forefinger and middle finger.

2

Move the working yarn tail to the back of your hand

Up and over. Bring the lower strand on your forefinger up and over. Bring the tail over.

3

wrapping the yarn around your yarn to finger knit

Wrap that yarn. Wrap the working yarn around forefinger and then around the middle finger so you have two strands on each finger.

4

Move the lower stitches up and over the top stitch

Up and over. Bring the lower strand on each finger up and over.

5

repeating for row two

Keep going. Repeat these steps!

6

Bind off! To bind off take the tail under the forefinger followed by middle finger. Pull the tail to tighten the stitches.

Pro Tip

If you want to stop in the middle of your finger knitting project, take an object such as a pen or similar to use as a holder (Anne likes to use a chopstick). Take your holder, and thread up and under each stitch on your fingers. Once all the stitches are on your holder, lift the yarn off your fingers and place aside.

Finger knitting patterns

  • Finger Knit Pouf Cushion Cover

    Finger Knit Pouf Cushion Cover

    Downloadable PDF

  • Bulky Finger-Knit Cowl

    Bulky Finger-Knit Cowl

    Downloadable PDF

  • Finger Knit Trivet

    Finger Knit Trivet

    Downloadable PDF

  • Finger Knitting Hair Tie in Caron Simply Soft - Downloadable PDF

    Finger Knitting Hair Tie in Caron Simply Soft - Downloadable PDF

    Downloadable PDF

  • Finger Knitting Necklaces in Caron Simply Soft and Simply Soft Brites - Downloadable PDF

    Finger Knitting Necklaces in Caron Simply Soft and Simply Soft Brites - Downloadable PDF

    Downloadable PDF

  • Namaste At Home Cardigan

    Namaste At Home Cardigan

    Downloadable PDF

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    How to teach children to knit

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    How to knit for beginners

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