Saturday, October 20

4-Finger Knitting 101

1. With your palm facing up, drape the yarn from front to back between your thumb and first finger. The short end (or tail end) should be laying across your palm.

2. Take the working yarn (yarn coming off of the ball) and wrap it completely around the first finger in a clockwise motion.

3. Wrap the yarn completely around each finger, in a clockwise motion. When you're done, the working yarn should be hanging off the back of the pinky finger.

4. With palm facing up, lay the working yarn across all four fingers, from the pinky finger to the index finger, above the loops created from steps 2 and 3. The loops created in steps 2 and 3 are now the bottom loops. The yarn drapped across all four fingers is the top loop.

5. Beginning with the pinky finger, pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop and then off of the finger.

6. Repeat for each finger across to the index finger. When you've worked the bottom loop off of each finger, the yarn should be hanging off the back of the index finger.

7. Lay the working yarn across all four fingers, from the index finger to the pinky, above the loops created from steps 5 and 6.

8. Beginning with the index finger, pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop and then off of the finger. Repeat for each finger across to the pinky finger.

Repeat steps 4-8 until you've reached the desired length.

To fasten off (photos to come)
1. Beginning with the loop next to the working yarn, slip the loop off the finger and put it on the next finger. This loop becomes the top loop.
2. Pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop and off the finger.
3. Take the remaining loop off the finger and put it onto the next finger.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until there is only one loop remaining. Cut the yarn, remove the last loop and thread the tail end through the loop and pull to form a knot. Weave in ends.

Options:
Use the same process on one to four fingers to adjust the width of the piece.
Use two or more strands of yarn together to make the piece thicker or to add more colors.
Make several pieces and braid them together.
Additional finger knitting resources with slight variations:
Knitty
Video: DIY Knitty Gritty

18 comments:

Terri Lynn said...

Clever!!!!!

Pam said...

I use to finger crochet a lot and people would look at me so weird. I'm surprised that folks haven't pick up on it more cuz you'd never have to worry about losing your "tools".

Mrs. P said...

OMG - My Great Aunt taught me how to Finger Knit when I was like 5 I thought I was the only person in the world that knew about it. I tried to teach my neice and everyone thought I was nutz.... OMG I can't wait to show my mom this post.....Thanks you made my day!

Ashleigh said...

Now that's bringing back memories. I used to do that as a kid to make belts or just very long chains and one time I even made a blonde wig out of some yellow chains! :) Thanks for sharing!

Archana said...

Thank you for teaching me how to do it.

Archana said...

After you teached me how to do it i made a very long one!!!!!!!!

I am 11 years old and have experiance in sewing making pillows and much more stuff!

Julie said...

Archana - I'm so happy to hear you find my tutorials so useful. I love to hear about younger arts and crafts people like yourself. Keep up the great work!

Candace said...

i had a couple of loop and loom kits when i was younger, and they had the instructions to do this with the loops they provided. i might by another one just for the loom... or maybe pick up a knifty knitter and try this on there because my fingers don't create a wide enough fabric for the work i like to do.

Anonymous said...

well im ten and i find knitting fascinating.i show my mates but they just laugh just because im a boy and i knit so i just say its only handcrafting to shut them up.
the only thing i dont get is when i see photos of finger knitting the knitting is big but when i do it, it is really small.where am i going wrong?

skowood said...

This is the best tutorial! I have quickly learned from your great photos and instructions and am now VERY addicted to finger knitting. I have even posted an entry on my jewelry blog and given you props!

Thanx, H.

http://heatherskowoodjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/03/architectural-knitting.html

skowood said...

This is the best tutorial! I have quickly learned from your great photos and instructions and am now VERY addicted to finger knitting. I have even posted an entry on my jewelry blog and given you props!

Thanx, H.

http://heatherskowoodjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/03/architectural-knitting.html

M. Slaughter said...

Any ideas on how to finger knit a scarf wider than 4 stitches? How would I cast on 8 or 12 stitches on the left hand before I start knitting?

Julie said...

Hmmm, let me see. I haven't seen any ways to finger knit more than 5 fingers, meaning one hand. However, here are some ideas:

1. If you're polydactyl, it could work.

2. Use someone elses hands.

3. Use your toes.

4. Build your own straight loom by hammering 8-12 long nails into a scrap piece of wood. Alternatively, drill holes, insert and glue dowels into a scrap piece of wood.

5. Buy a Knifty Knitter.

I'll let you know if I find out more.

skowood said...

Julie has the right idea!

http://heatherskowoodjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/03/architectural-knitting.html
I made this scarf construction with a variety of techniques. The core was made casting on to 8 fingers at a time and keeping my thumbs free.

Post what you come up with!

breakmydreams said...

Very kewl... I am going to have to give this a try soon :)

Miranda said...

When I was 11, I made a 45 foot long finger knit chain! And the only way I have figured out to make it fatter, is to finger knit the finger knit by treating the chain like the yarn and finger kitting that (if that made sense). Thanks for the tutorial!

Dina Thanki said...

Excellent finger knitting tutorial, it's so easy to follow! I know this makes long skinny strands but what if i wanted to have a wider strand, more fingers? hehe, is there a way to join 2 pieces? thanks you!

yonnie said...

how do you add on another color to make a wider scarf.