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October 22, 2014

How to Finger Knit a Blanket

Finger Knit a Blanket

Can you make a blanket using just your fingers? Of course you can! Learn how to finger knit a blanket with my updated tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.  Scroll down for the videos.

Using just four of your fingers you can make a large blanket by joining the strips as you knit.  There is NO need to sew panels together after you knit.  I love how easy this is knit.

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Finger Knit a Blanket

Yarn:

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 technique.)

Tools:

Scissors

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

Stitch holder or 3 more locking stitch markers

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Loom knitting tool (optional- helps with finger fatigue)

Notes:

Pattern instructions include notes for which finger each stitch is on: Index (pointer) finger, middle finger, ring finger and pinkie.   Knit rows back and forth across your fingers in order.   When joining your stitches to previous strip work the join on your index finger.

Right-handed knitters should cast onto your left hand.    Left-handed knitters cast the yarn onto your right hand.  (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.)

Cast on using double e wrap method.

Use the flat knit stitch throughout this project.  Lay working yarn above loops on fingers and lift the bottom loop over the top.

Finger Knit Bind off:

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.

finger knit a blanket close up

Instructions:

Make 1st strip of knitting:

Cast on 4 stitches using double ewrap cast on.

Row 1: Knit across all 4 stitches.

Repeat Row 1 until your knitted cord measure the desired length for your blanket. End your row with the working yarn on your index (or 1st digit) finger.

Bind off 4 stitches and leave last loop on finger. Move loop to index finger.

Join additional strips to add width to your blanket:

Make sure your 1 remaining loop is on your index finger.  You’ll be joining the previous strip as you knit along the edge that is closest to your index finger.

Cast on 3 stitches to your remaining fingers.

Row 1: Knit 4 stitches, working back toward your index finger.

Row 2: Pick up the loose stitch at the edge of the knitting on the precious panel (just below the purl bump) and place it on your index finger. (see picture below)   Make sure your working yarn isn’t trapped between. Flat knit 2 stitches over 1 on the 1st stitch. Knit 3 stitches.

finger knit a blanket edge stitch close up

finger knit a blanket join strips

Repeat Rows 1-2 until you reach the 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.

Continue joining additional strip until you reach the desired width of your blanket.   Weave in ends.

Tips & Tricks:

With a project this large you’ll need a break.  Use a long stitch holder to pick up the stitches on your fingers and keep them secure until you’re ready to knit again.  You can also use individual stitch markers to hold each stitch separately.  Just make sure you put the stitches back on your fingers in the correct order so your join is always at your index finger.

finger knit a blanket stitch holder


How to Finger Knit a Blanket for RIGHT Handers:

How to Finger Knit a Blanket for LEFT Handers:


Try these other finger knit projects using Loop yarn:

Loop Seed Stitch Cowl

Finger Knit Bolero Shrug

Finger Knit Chevron Blanket

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Kristen Mangus
About 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.
4 Comments
  1. I’m new at finger knitting when I start first row of the blanket it shrinks is that supose to happen I have small fingers

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  3. 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

      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. https://www.goodknitkisses.com/yarn-class-101-yarn-lingo-figure-yards/

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