Learn to finger knit
Finger knitting is a fantastic skill which a child can learn within minutes and make beautiful creations in under an hour!
Evie and I are now lucky enough to have one afternoon a week when it’s just the two of us. So we have dedicated this time to crafts and fun activities, which we would normally struggle to do when her younger brother is around. We have named this Crafty Kids Club. (#craftykids)
Over Christmas, Evie wanted to give knitting a go. She is only 5 years old and whilst great at the looping and swooping she found it difficult to set the tension of the wool on the needles, which resulted with the knitting sliding off the needles. Being great at making loom band chains I decided to let her give finger knitting ago. And what a success it was!
With only a ball of chunky wool (and a few snacks) Evie had mastered the art of finger knitting. In under an hour she made a beautiful necklace which she wore for the rest of the day. I really would recommend giving it a try, even if you don’t knit yourself, you’ll be able to finger knit. Learn how to here:
Steps 1 to 5: With the palm of your left hand facing you, take a ball of wool and thread it through your 4 fingers as shown below. Then repeat this step with above the first row.
Steps 6 to 7: Now, working from your little finger across towards your index finger, lift the bottom hoop over the top hoop and over the top of your finger all in one motion. Repeat this step on all 4 fingers.
Step 8: Now you will have a single row of wool threaded through all of your fingers.
Repeat steps 5 to 8, weaving another row above, then repeat the step lifting the bottom hoop over the top one.
Now keep going and watch your knitting grow, just like step 9.
When your knitting is the right length you will need to cast off, this will secure the end of the knitting.
Step 1: When you have completed your final row of knitting, lift the hoop which is on your little finger up and place it on the next finger.
Step 2 to 5: You will now have 2 hoops on your ring finger, lift the bottom hoop over the top hoop and up over your finger tip so you’re left with a single hoop. Repeat this action across all of your fingers until you are left with a single hoop on your index finger.
Step 6: Now slide off the last hoop and tie the end through the final hoop.
It’s that simple! And super quick!
Gemma & Evie
Why try finger knitting:
- Develops fine motor skills and co-ordination
- Suitable for anyone who is 5 years +
- Develops problem solving skills
- Low cost craft only requiring a ball of wool
- No equipment required
- Fantastic entertainment when in the car or on a plane
What to make with your finger knitting?
- Turn your knitting into a necklace, experiment with different lengths.
- Tie the ends together to make an alice band for your hair.
- Try plaiting 3 knitted lengths together for a different affect or to make a bracelet
- Go crazy and make a skipping rope!
Please share your ideas and creations with us, we would love to see and hear them!
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