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Finger Knitting - Basic instructions and knitting ideas

  • Material and preparation
  • Closed finger knitting
    • Decreasing
  • Open finger knitting
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  • processing

The technique of finger knitting is identical to knitting with a knitted fabric. You save yourself the use of a working needle and process the wool with your fingers. Since only four fingers of a hand are available, unlike the arm knitting, only four stitches can be formed, which combine to form a tube or as an open knit. These can then be staged in different ways.

Cords can be made in a hand-knit with a Strickliesel. If you want to make thicker tubes, you can do that with thick wool and short sock knitting needles. But it's also easy with your fingers. According to the Strickliesel principle stitches are struck on four fingers, the thread repeatedly wrapped around the hand and the stitches are then pulled over this. With this finger technique, even small children can be employed, who are rather difficult with a needle to lift the stitches. With different wool you get different hose thicknesses, can set color accents and combine different yarns in the material mix. What you conjure up from these wool cords and narrow strips of wool will then be up to you and your creativity.

Material and preparation

You need this:

  • Wool or wool remains
  • scissors
  • Her fingers

The resulting stitches are the same as your fingers when knitting your fingers. Therefore, the maximum wool thickness should be according to your finger circumference, otherwise you will have problems with the knitting. The thinner the yarn, the smoother the mesh and the hose diameter is low. Finally, materials such as cotton result in strong and durable cords that can withstand heavy use in children's rooms. Animal wool fibers such as merino wool or alpaca produce soft knit hoses, which are ideal for making loops.

Closed finger knitting

Finger knitting takes a bit of practice as the stitches wrap around the fingers and need to be pulled over the thread without falling off the fingers. When Kordelstricken is started with a loop, which is placed around the left thumb (reversed sideways in left-handers).

Then the thread is wrapped around the fingers. Place behind the index finger, on the middle finger, behind the ring finger and on the little finger.

In the second step, the thread is brought behind the little finger, placed on the ring finger, behind the middle finger and on the index finger. In this way, each finger is wrapped in wool at the front and back.

Begin knitting by threading the thread once back to the thumb, then from right to left on the hand to the thumb.

They start at the little finger and take the loop that was wrapped around the finger. These pull you over the overlying thread. Hold the thread a little with your thumb pressed on the index finger so that it does not slip.

The first stitch was formed, now knit the stitch of the ring finger in the same way. Take the stitch and pull over the overlying thread. They will develop their own technique with some practice. Some knitters flex their fingers while pulling, others pull the stitches so long that the knit stays straight. You knit the middle and index finger in the same way and have made it to the first row.

Pull the bottom edge slightly downwards to lengthen the newly formed stitch.

The thread is on the left after the first row and is now wrapped twice around the hand again. First behind the hand, then on the hand to the thumb. And now everything starts from the beginning.

The closed tube structure results from the wrapping of the hand with the thread, whereby the first and the last stitch are connected to each other. A longer connecting thread forms on the hand, which then enters the mesh length by subsequent pulling.


When the desired length of the hose is reached, the thread is cut a little longer, then pulled in order through the individual stitches and sewn inwards.

Open finger knitting

This knitting technique does not form a closed tube, but a narrow knit strip, which can be processed with other strips perfect for braided headbands. To do this, beat the stitches as described for the drawstring until each finger is covered with a stitch. The thread is on the left. Guide it once behind the hand and from right to left on the hand, so that it comes to rest on the right again and knit the first course as usual.

In the second step, the thread is put on the index finger from the left and knitted this stitch. Now put the thread on the middle finger and knit it off. This is done as well afterwards with the ring and the little finger. The thread is hanging right. They no longer put it around the entire hand, but knit only from one side back to the other.

Thread on the little finger and knit. Then knit the ring finger, middle finger and forefinger in order. For the next row, the thread is placed again from left to right on the hand and the stitches are knitted.

So you get a smooth knitted stitch right. The knitted piece is thereby open on both sides.


For the binding, the thread hangs on the right. The knit of the little finger is knitted now. Then knit stitch of the ring finger.

Now, pull the stitches of your little finger over those of the ring finger. As a result, a stitch was chained off.

The stitch of the middle finger is knitted and the preceding stitch is then pulled over it again.

Finally knit the stitch of the index finger and cover the previously knitted stitch again.

A stitch remains on the index finger. Then cut the thread and pull it through the last stitch. Done.

Tip: If you want to process different colors while knitting the knitting, knot the thread starts together and pull them into the drawstring with a darning needle. In this knitting technique, the threads can be very invisible sew.


Cords are popular in the "original state" in every nursery. They are excellent at weaving. In addition, they are suitable as ropes for a variety of games and their production can be a relaxing pastime for many children. The cords can be rolled up particularly well to small game animals such as turtles or snails or round out a fashionable loop. With thin wool, they can be woven into headbands or chains and can also be made into leg warmers. Open-knit finger knits, on the other hand, are like narrow ribbons that can also be braided. Sewn together can be wider knitted pieces and even ceilings that are made of many small pieces of magic - and all without needles.

Another great way to do without needles while knitting is the arm knitting. Above all, knitwear with particularly large, beautiful stitches can be created in this way.

Here you will find the detailed instructions: //www.zhonyingli.com/armstricken-anleitung/

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