Learn No-Needles Knitting With Your Fingers
In the fiber arts world, arm knitting is trending right now, but have you ever tried knitting with your fingers?
There are a few different techniques for knitting with your fingers floating around out there. One type uses a single finger as the needle and is worked similarly to arm knitting, while another technique is similar to loom knitting. The loom technique is the finger knitting I’m going to show you — and I’ve even included a how-to for making a finger-knit necklace!
Knitting with your fingers tutorial:
What you’ll need:
- Your hand (obviously)
- Bulky or super-bulky weight yarn
- Yarn needle
The weight of yarn you use depends on the size of your fingers and the look you want to achieve. If you want a very chunky finger-knit chain, for example, then you’ll use a super-bulky weight yarn. If your fingers are slim, or if you’re helping a kid finger knit, you might want to use a lighter weight yarn. Test a few different types and see which one you like best.
For this tutorial, I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Detroit Blue.
When knitting with your fingers in this way, your fingers act as pegs on a loom. The yarn is wrapped around your fingers, then pulled over to create the stitch, just as if you were using a loom. Here’s how:
1. Begin by threading the yarn behind your thumb and across your palm.
2. Wrap the yarn in front of your pointer finger, behind your middle finger, in front of your ring finger, and behind your pinkie.
3. Now wrap in the opposite direction, wrapping in front of your pinkie, behind your ring finger, in front of your middle finger, and behind your pointer.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have two rows of loops on each finger.
5. Starting with your pinkie, grab the bottom yarn loop and pull it over your finger.
Repeat this across all your fingers. You will now have one row of loops left.
6. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 once more, weaving the yarn until you’ve added another row of loops.
7. Pull the bottom loops over the top loops as you did in Step 5. After completing several rows, you should have a nice little chain of knitting on the back of your hand.
Repeat these steps until your strip has reached the desired length.
8. When you’re ready to stop knitting, cut the yarn tail, leaving a few inches. Thread the tail with a tapestry needle and pass it through each loop on your fingers.
Secure and weave in the ends and you’re finished!
What you can make with finger knitting
Finger knitting creates thin strips of knitting. These strips can stand alone as a project, or be connected in dozens of ways to make anything you can imagine.
If you want to make a necklace like I did, cut off a yarn tail that’s long enough to fit around your neck. After you thread the tail through the loops, simply connect the tail to the other side of the finger-knitted strip, secure, and sport that baby as a necklace!
It’s also possible to connect finger-knitted strips together to make bigger projects. Craftsy member AllWaysKnitting connected strips to make the bellow beautiful no-needles hat. (You can get the pattern and how-to here.)
Photo via Craftsy member AllWaysKnitting