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Double Finger Knitting Instructions for Children

Posted by Kyle Design on November 11, 2013

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Directions for Advanced Finger Knitting with Two Yarns

knitting_slipknotLearn to finger knit with two or more colors. Double finger knitting is a variation of simple finger knitting that creates a wider, fuller finished product. It is still quite easy to learn making it a great craft for kids. It requires no tools except for your hands or possibly a pair of scissors, and the only supplies needed are two balls of yarn and your hands. This fun craft allows you to quickly make a beautiful belt, scarf, handbag strap or headband for yourself or as a gift. Here’s how to get started:

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begin_finger_knittingFingerknitting – Step 1: Casting On

Start with two balls of yarn. For texture and variation, use two different types of yarn. To get an idea what they will look like when knitted together, hold both yarns together and wrap around your hand a few times. (Note: You can also follow these same instructions using three or four yarns as well.) Line up the end of both yarns and holding loosely together make a slipknot and secure on thumb. With palm facing front, begin looping yarns from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back then move on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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loop_over_fingersStep 2: Loop on Second Row

Loop yarns from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back, moving on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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yarn_half_hitchStep 3: Create Second Set of Loops

Once you reach the pinkie, wrap yarns around pinkie twice and continue back across the fingers again until you have two sets of loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarns on thumb with a simple half hitch loop.

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lift_yarns_overStep 4: Begin Knitting

To begin finger knitting, lift bottom set of loops on pinkie finger up and over top set if loops and pull to back side of finger. Continue with the other three fingers until there is a single set of loops on each. Note: On index finger, be sure to work with the set of loops closest to the thumb.

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poke_pencilStep 5: How to Remove Knitting

If you need to stop knitting temporarily, you can easily remove the knitting from the fingers by pushing a pencil, paintbrush or chopstick through the loops and then lifting them off. Just set knitting aside.

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save_knitting_laterStep 6: Take a Break

Set knitting aside until ready to start again. When ready to begin knitting again, simply slip your fingers back through each of the loops and remove pencil.

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finger_knitting_lengthStep 7: Adding Rows

Add another row of yarn, looping around each finger from the back around to the front until each finger again has two loops. At this point, the last loop is on the pinkie with the ball of yarn coming away from it. Knit as before, starting with the index finger and pulling bottom loops over top loops. Continue adding a row of the yarn set and knitting back and forth across the fingers until the desired length is achieved. Once you’ve knitted a few rows, it is safe to drop the starter loop of yarn being held on the thumb as knitting won’t unravel from that end.
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cut_yarn_long_tailStep 8: Casting Off

When you are finished knitting and are ready to cast off, cut or break yarn ends leaving about a 10″ long tail. Take the ends of the yarn and push these tails through the loops on each finger to prevent them from unraveling. It will then be safe to remove your fingers.

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tie_off_finger_knittingStep 9: Work In Tails

Tie a final knot at the last set of loops. Finish off each end of the knitting by taking the long end of yarn and working it back up through the knitting to hide, trimming off if necessary. Gently adjust tension and length, and avoid pulling too tightly unless you would like the knitting to come to a point (when planning to add puff ball).

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final_knotStep 10: Finishing Touches

An example of the finished length of double fingerknit yarn. To create a puffed ball end, cut 10 or 12 lengths of yarn (or more, depending on yarn bulk) about 6″ long. Tightly tie together in the center, and then tie onto end of scarf.

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Tips for Best Results at Finger Knitting

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Using Your Thumb Finger knitting can be done with or without the thumb, but using just index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers will create a narrower finished piece.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Controlling the Tension If you keep your fingers close together, you will achieve a tighter knit. If you keep your fingers spread widely, it will recreate a more open knit. The thumb can be included in the pattern if you would like a wider finished product.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Making a Wider Scarf To make a wider scarf, finger knit two or three sections of equal lengths, and then use a crochet hook or children’s large plastic embroidery needle to stitch together. If you alternate the colors you can create a striking striped pattern.

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Surprise someone who knits with a keepsake knitting ornament – personalize it with their favorite color and a custom engraving.

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Finger Knitting Instructions for Kids & Adults

Posted by Kyle Design on November 11, 2013

Finger Knitting by Kyle Design

Have Fun with Crafts for Kids with these Easy Finger Knitting Directions

Finger KnittingLearn to finger knit with these clear photos and instructions:

info-craft-for-kids-kyle-design.jpgEasy Craft for Kids Finger knitting is a wonderful craft for kids because it requires no tools except for your hands. Create beautiful knit scarfs, belts, purse straps and headbands using these easy to follow instructions for finger knitting.

This photo shows Parker finger knitting. She usually finger knits scarfs by combining two contrasting textures with related colors to create a slightly looser, fluffier look. The end result is a beautiful finger knit scarf that is very soft with wonderful texture. (Parker is Kyle’s eldest daughter.)

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slip_knot_startGet Started with Fingerknitting

Step 1: Cast On

Supplies Needed: Fluffy yarn and your hands. Start with a ball of yarn. Make a slipknot and secure on thumb. With palm facing front, begin looping yarn from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back then move on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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double_loopsStep 2: Loop onto All Fingers

Loop yarn from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back, moving on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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secure_with_half_hitchStep 3: Create 2nd Set of Loops

Once you reach the pinkie, wrap yarn around it twice and continue back across the fingers again until you have two loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarn on thumb with a simple half hitch loop. Wrap yarn around pinkie twice, continue back across the fingers again until you have two loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarn on thumb with a simple half hitch loop.

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pull_loops_overStep 4: Begin To Knit

To begin finger knitting, lift bottom loop on pinkie finger up and over top loop and pull to back side of finger. Continue with the other three fingers until there is a single loop on each. Note: On index finger, be sure to work with the set of loops closest to the thumb.

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finger_knit_lengthStep 5: Add Another Row of Yarn

Add another row of yarn, looping around each finger from the back to the front until each finger again has two loops. At this point, the last loop is on the pinkie with the ball of yarn coming away from it. Knit as before, starting with the index finger and pulling bottom loops over top loops. Continue adding a row of yarn and knitting back and forth across the fingers until the desired length is achieved. Once you’ve knitted a few rows, it is safe to drop the starter loop of yarn being held on the thumb as knitting won’t unravel from that end.

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poke_paintbrushStep 6: How to Take Knitting Off Hand

Need to stop temporarily? If you need to take a break, you can easily remove the knitting from the fingers by pushing a pencil, paintbrush or chopstick through the loops and then lifting them off. Just set knitting aside. When ready to begin knitting again, simply slip your fingers back through each of the loops and remove pencil.

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set_aside_knittingStep 7: Stop and Take a Break

Set fingerknitting aside until ready to start again.

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pull_knitting_yarnStep 8: Cast Off

When finished knitting, cut or break yarn leaving about a 10″ long tail. Take the end of the yarn and push it through the loop nearest the end, then loop lift loop off finger. Repeat for each of the other loops. Gently adjust tension and length, and avoid pulling too tightly unless you would like the knitting to come to a point (when planning to add puff ball).

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final_knot_trimStep 9: Tie Off Ends

Tie a final knot at the last loop. On starting end, tie off beginning length of yarn that had been held in place on thumb.

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finished_knittingStep 10: Work In Ends

Take long end of yarn & work it back up through the knitting to hide. Trim if necessary.

If desired, you can add a puffed finished end. Cut 10 or 12 lengths of yarn (or more, depending on bulk) about 6″ long. Tightly tie together in the center, and then tie onto end of scarf.

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pinkpurpleExample of a finished finger-knitted scarf.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Using Your Thumb  Finger knitting can be done with or without the thumb, but using just index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers will create a narrower finished piece.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Adjusting the Tension  If you keep your fingers close together, you will achieve a tighter knit. If you keep your fingers spread widely, it will recreate a more open knit. The thumb can be included in the pattern if you would like a wider finished product.
tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Creating a Wider Scarf  To make a wider scarf, finger knit two or three sections of equal lengths, and then use a crochet hook or large kid’s plastic embroidery needle to stitch together. If you alternate colors you can create a striking striped pattern. Fingerknitting (sometimes referred to as finger crocheting) is an excellent way to improve hand-eye coordination.
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knitting_ornamentMemories
Want your children or grandchildren to remember the fun you had learning finger knitting together? Give them a lovely Knitting Christmas Ornament engraved with their names and the year. This beautiful keepsake will be a lasting reminder of your special times that they will cherish forever.
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View other knitting gifts and ideas at Unique Knitting Gifts.
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