Teach the kids the art of knitting with this easy, needle-free project!
Finger knitting has been a childhood staple for many generations. It’s simple to pick up for little fingers and the finished product can be made into anything from necklaces to garlands for a tree or mantel.
It’s also a great way to keep the kids occupied on long family road trips and makes a perfect birthday or Christmas presents for the grandparents!
What you’ll need: Any quality yarn in your favourite colour and scissors
To ‘cast on’, measure an arm length’s tail and wrap it around your thumb (step 1). Weave the working thread (the yarn that leads to the yarn ball) through your fingers (step 2) and looping around the little finger, weave back again the other way (step 3). Repeat until you have two rows of yarn on each finger (step 4).
To knit your first row, grab the bottom loop on your little finger with your other hand (step 1) and slip it over your finger (step 2). Tighten loosely around the base. Repeat this down your fingers, looping the bottom row over each time (steps 3 and 4).
Weave through the working thread again to continue knitting a second row.
After a few rows, the chain will start developing at the back of your hand. If you want to take a break at any point, simply thread a pen or pencil through the loops in place of your fingers to hold it in place.
Once you’re ready to ‘cast off’, measure an arm’s length in the remaining thread and cut (step 1). Thread the tail through the knots (steps 2 and 3) and gently tighten (step 4). Tie off with a simple knot.
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