We LOVE fingerknitting at our house! Ever since my fabulously creative sister Natalie taught my kids to do it, they have fingerknit ropes and scarves and had so much fun. Recently we have become even more focused on its possibilities, and though there are gorgeous projects using yarn of various weights - from pillows to hats - the projects usually use yarn. I've never seen fingerknitting applied to other materials in the way my crazy kids have! By their experimentation, they have inspired my imagination. Really, now that I've started, I just can't stop! What different types of materials and yarns can create different results to be used for super-fun projects?
|classic fingerknit segment |
made with variegated yarn
|yarn bracelet - made double long to wrap twice|
So, with Chloe teaching her class, our family was all excited about knitting again - especially Lily. And she came home with this sweet little bracelet. She had decided to try two fingers only, and instead of knitting the whole thing, just knitting a few knots to make a central motif for the bracelet. The yarn is cream with a gold thread running through it, and it makes an adorable piece of textile jewelry.
Her next brainstorm was for her little friend who was having a birthday party. It was a horse/cowgirl party, and Lily wanted to make her a cowgirl necklace. She used a piece of leather cord, with a 3 finger knit (weave in and around only 3 instead of the full 4 fingers), knit about 4 times to make the center knot, then she threaded wooden beads on either end. I crimped on a jewelry clasp, and was actually quite jealous to give it away! I would wear this myself any day!
The leather idea opened the floodgates. I started fingerknitting anything I could get my hands on. I saw a blog that added bells at regular intervals to her fingerknitting. The idea of adding bells inspired me to try adding beads. But I didn't want yarn jewelry, so I used cotton embroidery thread and glass beads. I adore the results! This bracelet uses a 3 finger knit.
|Barrette fingerknit with 1/4 inch ribbon. 4 finger knit.|
|Back side of barette, glued. Loose ribbon ends looped under.|
Ribbon and lace for hair accessories made me giddy! More pricey than yarn, I opted to just do a little amount of ribbon to try it out, and made a barrette.
|Barrette in my 4 year old's hair.|
|Fingerknitting with lace|
|Lace headband using 4 finger knit.|
|Necklace Lily made from rainbow variegated cord|
and a very loose 2 finger knit.
But my favorite project made out of yarn doesn't actually look like yarn! Softer than the real boas that have sharp feather bits, these scarves are so rock-star! The yarn is referred to as eyelash yarn, or sometimes fun fur. It does look an awful lot like eyelashes too! Individual strands do not look nearly as fluffy as it turns out being either. The strand looks kind of spindly and pathetic, and like it would tangle and be a pain to knit. NOT at all! VERY easy, very fun! I had some white, so that's what we used when we decided to try it, but it comes in a wide variety of really great colors! A bit of a warning though. The only other color I tried was gold metallic, and maybe someone smarter than me would have guessed, but it turned out looking EXACTLY like Christmas tinsel. Not great. I plan on avoiding metallics in all variety in the future.
here). I love the softness without any risk of shedding.
And a few months back, when I volunteered to help out with the Chinese New Year celebration at the school by sewing a Chinese dancing lion for their parade (yep, I am that crazy), and I couldn't afford fur or boas to trim the "mane" part of the lion costume, who fingerknit 15 yards of fuzzy trim out of eyelash yarn? Yea, that'd be me. It looked really cool!
|Chinese parade lion for school. I sewed the body and fingerknit the white trim & tail.|
I give major props to the amazing artist who did the paper mache head! Amazing!
I owe this post completely to two people. The first is my creative sister, Natalie, who one day introduced my kids to something I had never heard of...she called it fingerknitting. Some of my kids were more intrigued than others, but it has proved to be a fabulous pass-time for traveling and conference and such, as well as a fun craft.
So, there you have it. Fingerknitting is a TON of fun, and the sky is the limit. I already have plans bubbling over for more experiments. Please send me pictures of anything you're inspired to try after reading this post - what can you come up with to fingerknit?