I think that spending time on useful pursuits is just as important as school work.
So, once a week we turn on an audiobook and spend some time working on a project. This winter our project time has been spent finger knitting.
We were first introduced to finger knitting through a kit from Hearts & Trees. We had great fun with the little finger knit project and thought it would be fun to do something similar. So I searched around and we decided to try our hand at making finger-knit scarves. We really enjoyed making them and ended up making some for gifts for friends as well.
Finger knitting is simple enough for little hands to do with some chunky yarn but still fun for older kids (and moms!) as well.
Besides your yarn, the only thing you'll need is your hands so this is a great starter project for anyone. For the yarn, chunky yarns are great for little hands. We used regular worsted weight yarn for our own scarves.
Begin by putting the tail of the yarn between your thumb and index finger, holding it firmly in place. Weave the yarn between your fingers going over your index finger, under your middle finger, over your ring finger and behind your pinkie.
Loop the yarn over your pinkie and continue weaving back up to your thumb - this time over your pinkie, under your ring finger, over your middle finger, under your index finger bringing the yarn up over the top of your index finger and laying it across your palm, holding it in place with your thumb. Now you should have one loop on each finger.
Repeat this weaving - over your index finger, under your middle finger, over your ring finger, wrap under and over your pinkie, under your ring finger, over your middle finger, under and around your index finger, holding the yarn across your palm with your thumb.
At this point, if you've done it correctly, you'll have two loops on each finger (the tail between your index finger and thumb counts as one loop).
Starting with your pinkie, the next step is to pull the loop closest to your palm up and over the outside loop, keeping the second loop on your finger. Start with your pinkie and move up to your index finger, being careful with the final one - the tail. Loop it over as you did the others, moving the tail so it hangs down on the back of your hand and out of the way.
Now you have one loop on each finger.
Begin weaving through your fingers again (step one) starting with your index finger (over index finger, under middle finger, over ring finger, under pinkie) then wrapping around your pinkie and back up until you have two loops on your hand again. Repeat step two, pulling one loop over the other, starting at the pinkie and working up to the index finger.
That's it - just keep repeating those steps until your scarf is as long as you'd like it to be. Depending on the weight of your yarn, the scarf will curl in on itself. The chunkier the yarn the less the curl.
Once the scarf is as long as you'd like it's time to tie it off.
You should have one loop on each finger at this point. Take the loop off your pinkie and put it on your ring finger. Pull the loop closest to your palm from your ring finger up and over the loop from your pinkie. Now repeat - transfer the loop from your ring finger to your middle finger, pulling the loop on your middle finger up and over that loop. Transfer the loop from your middle finger to your index finger and pull the remaining loop up and over that loop.
At this point you should have the one remaining loop. Cut off a short tail from the end of the yarn and loop it through this final loop, tightening it then knotting it off. Do the same to the other end. Or, if you prefer to make an infinity style scarf, knot the two ends together.
That's all there is to it! Finger knitting is a great way to introduce useful handiwork projects to children of all ages.