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How to Finger Knit a Blanket

How to Finger Knit a Blanket
Finger Knit a Blanket

Finger Knit a Blanket

Have you ever finger knit a long cording and wondered how to make it wider? Finger Knit a Blanket along with me and learn how to connect your cord as you knit a new length.  You’ll be picking this hobby back up in no time!

Below I’m including a video on how to finger knit a blanket. After watching you may need to watch my first video on how to finger knit a cord just to get back into the swing of things (beware this older video shows an e-wrap stitch with a slipstitch panel method.  The blanket video method is flat mabel and we are using the selvage edge flat panel method with no 1st slip stitch http://youtu.be/NulgNzKp1LY?t=1m32s). Before taking the loops of your fingers though then refer back to the first video and I’ll show you how to bind off but leave 1 stitch.  Also below are written instructions if you’d like to keep them handy when not watching. Instructions work for right or left-handed knitters. Enjoy!

Finger Knit Blanket

Finger Knit a Blanket

Yarn:

Use your favorite yarn for your fingers.  I like to use a bulky or super bulky weight yarn OR 3 strands of worsted weight held together. (Pull 3 strands of yarn from one ball at a time with this trick http://youtu.be/-Vj0gVpFCGc)

Tools:

Scissors

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Single stitch marker that opens and locks (Boye makes a great one; shown in video)

Stitch holder or 3 more stitch markers as above

Tapestry needle or crochet hook (to weave in ends)

Loom knitting tool or pick – Optional but helps for fatigue on a large project

Notes:

Flat knit stitch used throughout.  Word “knit” denotes making a flat knit stitch. (Lay working yarn above loops on fingers and lift the bottom loop over the top.)

Notes for finger to use are written to aid left or right hand knitters.  The rows work back and forth on each row alternate left and right.  However, depending on which hand you will place your knitting, you will need to start your first row from your index finger.  When knitting on your left hand you are generally a right-handed person and your blanket will add stitches on the left most finger (index finger).  For left-handed knitters you will place the yarn on your right hand and add stitches on your index finger as well which will be your right most finger. (Editors/ADA note: Instructions are written for knitters using 4 digits of a hand.  If you have less fingers or a dexterity issue please use a wide tooth plastic comb with four sturdy teeth to substitute for fingers.  A knitting loom will work as well and you can add more stitches if you like.)

Make 1st cord of knitting:

Cast on 4 stitches in the thumb cast on method (or half hitch for loom knitters http://youtu.be/WWDsFlLsrpM)

Row 1: knit 4 stitches working your way back to your pinkie finger (4th most/shortest digit).

Repeat Row 1 until your knitted cord reaches the length for the blanket size you want; make sure to end your row with the working yarn coming from your index (or 1st digit) finger.

Bind off 4 stitches and leave last loop on finger. Move loop to index finger. If you know how to bind off skip to Add Blanket Width instructions.

Bind off:

Flat knit 1st stitch on index finger. Knit 2nd stitch on middle finger. Move the 2nd stitch on top of the 1st stitch and work the bottom loop over the top. Pick up the stitch on your 1st finger and move to your middle finger. We will now call this the 1st stitch.

Knit the 2nd stitch (ring finger).  Move to the 1st stitch (middle finger). Work the stitch bottom over top.  Move 1st stitch to the ring finger and call it the 1st stitch.

Knit the 2nd stitch (pinkie finger).  Move to the 1st stitch (ring finger). Work the stitch bottom over top.  Move 1st stitch all the way back to the index finger and call it the 1st stitch.

You are ready to begin.

Finger Knit Blanket pick up stitch

finger knit blanket knit 2 over 1

Add Blanket Width:

Make sure your 1 loop remaining is on the index finger. Adjust existing knitting forward in your lap or on a table to show the back of the fabric.  We’ll be looking and using the outside edge along the length that is closest to your index finger.

Cast on 3 stitches in the thumb cast on method making sure to tighten as best you can.

Row 1: Knit 4 stitches; working back toward the index finger.

Row 2: Looking at the back of your index finger, follow down to the edge of your knitting.  There is an interaction of stitches with a purl bump (may look like a knot to you) that is large and connected to the original panel made last. Follow the yarn down from there.  That is a stitch you will SKIP. Go to the next bump and grab the loose stitch there. Place that 2nd stitch on the index finger (1st stitch). Make sure your working yarn isn’t trapped between. Flat knit 2 stitches over 1 on the 1st stitch. Knit 3 stitches.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until reaching last stitch (will be a cast on stitch).

Last Row: 

Pick up edge cast on stitch and place on index finger. Using instructions for Bind Off above, knit 2 over 1 on the 1st stitch only on bind off row.

Add as many widths as you like.  Weave in ends.

 

Make a blanket, scarf, headband, infinity scarf, sweater or whatever you like! Just sew ends together with a tapestry needle and yarn to connect where needed.

http://youtu.be/0YTenXk52GI


Kristen Mangus

Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

3 Comments

  1. Aubrey 3 years ago

    How many yards of yarn would you say I need for a std size ( say 45″ x60″?) Throw blanket? I’m a new knitter, only finger knitted a scarf. I’ve got a skein of a beautiful blue super bulky yarn, its 111 yards. I’m not thinking this will be enough length for the whole thing? Do you somehow tie on a new strand when this skein runs out? Or will using more than one strand at a time ( like using two or three yarns at once) make it go farther?;)

    • Kristen Mangus Author
      Kristen Mangus 3 years ago

      This is a hard question to answer especial for finger knitting. It has to do with how big of stitches you get with your hand size and the yarn used. If you knit up a swatch with the yarn you want to use you can make a 6×6 swatch to see how many stitches per inch and how many rows per inch you get. Then with that you need to weight your sample on a gram scale, or better yet weigh what is left from your ball. Get the difference from the ball band (label) on how many grams/ounces per yard and you can use that to calculate how much you will use to get the desired amount. Here is an article with video to help make more sense of what I’m talking about. http://www.goodknitkisses.com/yarn-class-101-yarn-lingo-figure-yards/

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