Learn how to Finger Knit

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What is finger knitting?

Finger knitting is a way of knitting without needles.  It is also called finger weaving.  You can finger knit with one, two, three or four fingers depending on the thickness of the cord you want to use to make your project.  

Who can finger knit?

People of all ages can finger knit - ages 4 to 99.  Finger knitting is a fun activity for young children and is a great way to introduce knitting to children. After learning how to finger knit, It will be easier for a child to understand knitting with needles.

Finger knitting is a great project for children on rainy days.  All you need is colorful yarn.  It is, also,  an excellent group project for Scouts, 4-H, school class projects and birthday parties.

What can you make with finger knitting?

  • Scarves
  • Belts
  • Home Decor
  • Headbands
  • Bracelets
  • Lots and lots of items

At the end of this post, you will find links to some finger knitting project tutorials.  For more free finger knitting projects, our Finger Knitting page has wonderful ideas.

Watch this video tutorial and read on to learn how finger knit.

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Finger Knitting Tutorial - Examples



Finger Knitting Tutorial - Hold Yarn Start by holding the end of the yarn between your thumb and hand of your non-dominant hand with the yarn tail hanging behind the hand. Make sure to hold the yarn firmly in place.


Finger Knitting Tutorial - Wrap Yarn Around Fingers With the palm facing you, use the other hand to wrap the yarn in front of your pointer finger, behind your middle finger, in front of your ring finger and around your little finger, behind your ring finger, in front of your middle finger and behind and around your index finger.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - Wrap Yarn Back around fingersAt this point you will have yarn wrapped around the front/back of every finger.

Repeat the sequence again: front of pointer finger, behind middle finger, front of ring finger, behind and around little finger, behind ring finger, front of middle finger and behind index finger.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - Wrap Yarn Back Around FingersAt this point, you'll have two loops on each finger.


Finger Knitting Tutorial - Knit Starting with the little finger, pull the lower loop on your finger up and over your finger making sure to keep the second loop on your finger. Continue this process for ring and middle finger, pulling the loop up and over your fingers.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - TailBring the tail, which you were holding firmly, in between your pointer finger and your middle finger.

You just completed your first row of finger knitting and now have one loop on each finger.


Finger Knitting Tutorial - Wrap Yarn Around Fingers Again Push the loops on your hand down. Begin wrapping the working yarn in front of pointer finger and repeat the behind and in front sequence so you have two loops on each fingers again.

Repeat Step 3,, bringing the lower loops up and over each of your fingers.Finger Knitting Tutorial - Knit Again When you have completed the desired length, it's time to bind off.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - Knitting so farThis is what your work will look like so far.  Keep knitting until you have the length you need for your project.


Finger Knitting Tutorial - Binding Off You should have one loop on each finger. Take the loop on your little finger and move it to your ring finger as shown in the photo above.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - Bind off KnitPull the lower loop on your finger up and over your finger making sure to keep the second loop on your finger.

Repeat the process - move the loop on your ring finger to the middle finger, pull lower loop up and over your finger. Move the loop on your middle finger to the pointer finger and pull lower loop up and over your finger.

At this point, you have one remaining loop. Cut the yarn but leave a short tail. Insert the tail into the remaining loop and pull tight to secure the finger knitting.

Finger Knitting Tutorial - FinishedFinger knitting is a great rainy day activity for kids because all you need is some colorful yarn and fingers.  

Have you seen loop yarn in craft stores?  The yarn features unique preformed loops so no knitting needles are required to use it. All you need are your hands!  This loopy, puffy yarn makes it extremely fun, quick and easy to knit blankets, scarfs, pillows, cowls and more. It makes knitting easy and fun for children, pre-teens, teenagers and even adults.  To learn more about this yarn, how to use it and get free project tutorial, visit our Loop Yarn Knitting Tutorial page.



Beaded Friendship Bracelet - A fun bracelet that kids can knit and give to friends.

Infinity Scarf for Doll - Do you have someone how loves dolls? Show them how to make infinity scarfs for their 18" doll.

Name of Page T-Shirt Yarn Necklace - A t-shirt yarn necklace is a great project for kids, tweens, teens and adults. It is SUPER QUICK and SUPER EASY and SUPER FUN .

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Finger Knitting

With clear instructions and colorful step-by-step photos, author Mary Beth Temple demonstrates the basic finger knitting techniques that you need to know. She shows you how to make 13 totally cute projects, from bracelets, necklaces, scarves, belts, and headbands, to wreaths, coasters, rugs, and pillows. by Mary Beth Temple - Paperback - Published 2014 Affiliate Link to Amazon


Finger Knitting Craft Kit

Creative 15 different projects with just your fingers. No needles required. by Klutz Affiliate Link to Amazon


Finger Knitting Fun

28 Cute, clever and creative projects for kids.
So quick and simple, a perfect project for children, learning how to knit with your fingers is the best way to start crafting without cumbersome needles!
by Vickie Howell - Paperback - Published 2015 Affiliate Link to Amazon


Arm & Finger Knitting

Learn to knit using your arms and fingers—no need for needles. 35 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear. There are stylish arm-knitted scarves, and throws, but also a simple stool cover, a stylish gilet, and a shawl you can knit in under an hour. Using finger knitting, you can quickly create place settings, a bath mat, and even a necklace. by Laura Strutt - Paperback - Published 2015 Affiliate Link to Amazon


Knitting Without Needles

A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting! Knitting Without Needles brings cool home, gifts, and clothing accessories--cowls, totes, rugs, poufs, scarves, and more--within arm’s reach. by Anne Weil - Paperback - Published 2015 Affiliate Link to Amazon

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