Art School | Finger Knitting (Video)

by , posted on April 1st, 2014 in Art School, video

finger knitting tutorial with video and step-by-step instructions

Over the course of our Art School series, we’ve explored many different forms of art—from sculptures to wearable art, still life to masks, and collages to mosaics. Today we are going to add to this list by exploring an art form that people of all ages enjoy and has been around for many generations, and that is knitting.

Knitting is a method of using yard or thread to create stitches that eventually create items such as blankets, scarves, sweaters, socks, and many more things. Knitting has been around for two centuries and the term ‘knitting’ is derived from the word ‘knot’ which came from the Old English word meaning to knot which is cnyttan.

finger knitting tutorial with video

Today we are going to learn how to finger knit, which is an easy and fun introduction into the world of knitting. I actually had no idea how to finger knit until my 9-year-old son came home from school one day and showed me. You’ll need yarn, scissors and fingers for today’s lesson.

There are a lot of photos, and I’ve included a little video at the end as well, but you can also find tutorials on Youtube as well. Sawyer prefers to have his hand palm down while doing the finger knitting, but I noticed most flip their hand palm up. Sawyer tells me it’s much easier to bend your knuckles if they are palm down, so there you have his expert opinion.

Start with the yarn on the left and bring the string over your hand and under your thumb.

knitting tutorial by Deborah Harju of My Life at Playtime

Then slip the same string over your ring finger and over your pointer finger.

finger knitting tutorial with video by Deborah Harju of My Life at Playtime

Wrap the string over your pinky and across all four fingers.

finger knitting tutorial

The two fingers will have ‘rings’ around them, your ring and your pointer fingers. Take that ring of yarn up and over the string laying across your hand. Wrap that loop around the ring finger and do the same with the loop on your pointer finger.

finger knitting tutorial

After looping the ring and pointer finger, take your string and lay it across your hand but this time from the other direction.

step-by-step finger knitting tutorial

Now you have four loops or rings, one on each finger to loop now. Start with the pointer, and work your way across all four fingers. Then lay the yarn across your hand again, repeat over and over. Pretty soon when you turn your hand over you will start to see a web of stitches forming.

finger knitting tutorial with video

Once you have reached your desired length you will need to knot it off. I found this to be really difficult to explain through photos so if you watch the video, you’ll find that at the end. Basically it’s taking each loop off your fingers and using the string to go through all the loops and knot it off. All that is left is to wrap it around your wrist for a bracelet, a necklace or a key chain!

finger knitting tutorial with step-by-step photos and video

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5 Responses to “Art School | Finger Knitting (Video)”

  1. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    April 1st, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Ahh! Deborah, Sawyer did such a great job in his video. He’s a natural.

    Deborah Reply:

    Lol he’s going to be so excited when he gets home from school and sees this!

  2. Jenny Says:

    April 1st, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Finger knitting is so much fun! Do you know that Abby made a finger knitted “rope”, threw it over a branch of a tree in our front yard and then swung by it? I’m telling you, that finger knitting makes a strong rope! Love the post!

  3. Joya Says:

    April 2nd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Love this! Sawyer did an awesome job- I agree with Jen he’s a natural!! my boys are ready to give it a go :)

  4. Jeanine Says:

    June 13th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Incredible. Simple. Teachable. Stresses sly, Do-Able.
    Thank You.

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