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Finger Knitting Fun: 28 Cute, Clever, and Creative Projects for Kids Paperback – April 15, 2015
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Finger Knitting Fun
This book was written with the intention of creating a ripple effect of moments like that for the kids and parents who flip through these pages.
How to Finger Knit
Traditionally, finger knitting is worked over 4 fingers (Standard Method). Sometimes, however, I like to shake things up! By working over 2 to 3 fingers, you can create a narrower piece of fabric that is a better fit for certain projects such as bracelets or belts. One thing to keep in mind is that the more fingers you use, the more even your knitted fabric will look because there’s more of it to lay flat between the edge stitches. With the right materials, bumpiness can be a cool, textural design feature. Have fun and play around with it!
Standard Method Step 1
Leaving about a 6" (15 cm) tail, lay the yarn across the palm of your left hand (or right hand, if you’re a lefty) and between the pointer finger and middle finger.
Standard Method Step 5
Lay the yarn across your fingers, above the loops.
From the Author Vickie Howell
My hope is that kids walk away knowing what it’s like to put something beautiful, cool, clever, or even nonsensical into the world. Yarn is soft, but add a little creativity and it is powerful. Enjoy!
About the Author
Vickie Howell is a knit, crochet, and craft evangelist with a penchant for pop culture, creative parenting, and social media marketing.
Vickie is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of DIY Network & HGTV's show, Knitty Gritty, her best selling craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video and social media.
She's continued to rally the crafty troops through her work as the International Spokesperson & Creativity Guide for the largest, North American yarn company, Yarnspirations (home of Patons, Bernat, Caron, Lily Sugar n' Cream), and knitting with viewers nationwide as the Host and Co-Executive Producer of PBS' Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.
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In addition, most of the projects are very similar--especially in the third section, "Use It, Love It." Basically, you can make a finger-knit rope and...use it for a clothesline, or hang little lanterns from it, or use it for a jump rope, or sew it onto a pillow in a swirl design, or... I guess I was hoping for more variety. As for the wearables, they really didn't appeal to my daughter. Maybe at 5 one of the four varieties of finger-knit necklace (or three bracelets, differing only in material) would have been exciting, but at 7 they were not enticing. The one project she has really loved from this book is the little snakes--she made one for each of her cousins.
On the plus side, the first, how-to section of the book is well done. The pictures and text very clearly illustrate finger knitting with two, three, or four fingers, as well as two ways to tie off your project and additional skills like attaching a new color or stitching knit pieces together. And the book itself is good quality, well-organized, and attractive.
I remember finger knitting with cotton loops when I was a child and making a long chain that literally all around my house. We would sit outside in the sun all summer long making the chain and giggling while we chatted about school and other silly things. I have no idea what ever happened to that chain but I know every moment sitting in the sun with my friends was a priceless thing. Hoping my daughter can have the same experience with this book as her guid and my endless stash as fuel!