Finger knitting is a really cool way of producing a long rope like piece. These pieces can then be used to make everything from scarves, blankets and even hats. You can get very creative with almost no tools.
If you wanted to try your hand at knitting (no pun intended!) but don't have needles or much in the way of supplies, then simply using your body as the loom is a very creative way to produce yarn products. The stitches look different and actually quite cool.
The below video can show you how to get started. This is an easy stress free way to get creative instead of being parked in front of the computer. I love the idea of finger knitting because you can do this anywhere.
I love the stitch pattern
If you have ever using the spool loom or "corking" as it was called when I was a kid, then you will soon realize that this is something similar.
Kids would love to do this too. No tools other than your hand and maybe some scissors when your work is done. They can make quick projects such as bracelets for fun or to give away. You could make necklaces too and even add some beads.
I was thinking you could make a black necklace from glittery yarns and add sparkly beads and create a really cool choker style necklace out of leftover bits of yarn using your fingers to knit.
Below is a cool book on Amazon that has all kinds of really cool projects to do using finger knitting. No worries about knitting needle accidents with the kids, and you as an adult can have just as much fun. There are many forms of knitting that do not have to be done on needles. It can be fun to check out new crafts and project ideas.
The only downside I see to this craft, is if you had to stop and do something else. I was thinking you would have to put the stitches on holders or something? But if you just want quickie projects, just make sure you are not needed for 20 minutes or so!
Finger Knitting Ideas
I got back into knitting after leaving it for many years to help with my insomnia. As it turns out, fooling around with your electronics, whether your laptop, tablet or phone can keep a part of your brain awake and if you are a sensitive sleeper as I am, then this can play havoc.
I was told TV in the evening was OK, as long as I was sitting far enough back, so then I decided to become productive with knitting. I wanted simple easy ideas that didn't require counting or worrying about patterns. I wanted to simply watch some TV at my days end with some simple knitting project in hand. I sleep like a log now!
As you can see by the book above. There are many cool things to make with your finger knitted rope. At first I thought, what am I supposed to do with these ropes that grow from my hand? That question was answered with the book above that gave me all kinds of ideas. I especially love the hat, but the bracelets would work with all those leftovers.
Leftover Yarn Projects
Finger knitting smaller items such as you see on the cover of the book, would be a great way to use up leftover yarn. Since I started knitting again and have created many scarves,
and even a cat bed, I have accumulated a few extra balls of yarn. I used up many on the cat bed project but there will always be some laying around. If you are super frugal you could tie them together to make one larger ball of different colours and textures, which could be fun too.
Check it out and have some fun. It is amazing what you can create from that leftover ball of yarn without even using knitting needs. Try finger knitting or show your kids, they can enjoy being creative too.
Hi everyone! As I knit my way through stress and go into calming mode in my evenings, I have discovered one really not so great byproduct and that is my "knitting corner has multiplied!"
When I am out and about and I see yarn or wool on sale, I will pick it up and now have a few shopping bags littering the corner, which my cat thinks are great fun to play in and tear apart.
I had knitted a knitting bag, which I love dearly, but still need something for excess yarns and some accessories, like my tape measure which I found under the couch thanks to my cat!
If you didn't see that post, here is how I created my own original Knitting bag:
How to Knit a Knitting Bag
I lined this bag, with a heavier lining and use this for my present projects, but I am looking at more storage ideas for future project.
Yarn Bowl - Cute idea
The yarn bowl is perfect for keeping your yarn in one spot and to stop the tangles. So if this is your goal, there are some really cute ones online. I may hint at this for a "Mothers Day gift" to my kids. There are some beautiful handmade ones online such as the one below that work well, and when not in use, can sit on the coffee table full of your colourful yarns and look awesome. Storage solved!
You can see how this simple design stops your yarn from rolling all over the floor and keeps it tangle free. This is a cute idea, and there are many online.
Portable yarn organizer
This to me, is the ultimate in storage. It not only separate your yarn as you knit, and can hold up to 8 large balls of yarn and looks like you can use it as a bowl too. There is storage in the handle for knitting needles (which can be a pain to store) and lots of room for accessories.
Portable Yarn Organizer
Knitting is fun, and a good stress reliever. I have not ventured into too many complicated patterns and have been sticking to scarves and smaller projects. But my best project so far is my woven knitted knitting bag which I decorated with lots of bling from the dollar store (first picture in this blog).
Even if you are using simple stitches as I am doing, you can still get creative and have your projects look exciting. I have more idea, but needed some more storage ideas. I didn't want my knitting supplies to far away from me. I wanted something I could simply grab when it was time to relax on the couch and either listen to music or watch TV. So having your supplies handy is best.
But I also love the idea of being portable such as with the above yarn organizer. This way you can just grab and go if you want to take your knitting with you to the cottage or on holidays or anywhere and have a place for all the accessories.
See you next week!
I must admit, I am in love with the garter stitch. For most knitters this is probably the first stitches you learned once you mastered casting on.
One of the things I love the most is that it doesn't need pressing. Whenever I use the stockinette stitch (knit one row and purl the next) I always have to press my project, and I am not the best at blocking and making sure it lays just right. In all honestly it would probably end up in a corner for "another day". Yes I am a bit of a lazy knitter that way!. But this works for me right now. I feel less stress and enjoy watching my project grow from my needles while watching some funny shows on TV. This calms me and sets me up for a good sleep.
I wanted some very simple knitting projects to get me back into it, and although I love the simple garter stitch it can look a bit boring. The answer to that for me, was to use variegated yarns that have different hues of colour in them.
Different Hues All in One Ball
By using different hues in your knitting, a sort of pattern will emerge and that is what will be seen, rather than your simple stitches. So you can make the most simple stitch come to life and look great. I have included a picture of my latest scarf. I am going to wear this one with my spring coat if winter will ever let go of its clutches on our Ontario spring!
We just woke up to hopefully the last of the winter storms today. But it is meant to get a bit warmer. My spring coat is slightly lined for warmth but a very dark blue and plain, so began wearing scarves to brighten up my coats.
There are many different ways to make fringe. But I basically wrap the yarn around my palm a few times and then cut. and using a small crochet hook I put one fringe in each stitch. You can make more or just put a few together, there are many options but this works for me.
Five Feet Long
I also like to knt them to a minimum of 5 feet, so that I can wrap them around a couple of times in different ways to look great.
I have just started working on a cotton scarf now for the summer that I may loosely wear over a t-shirt. I never did catch on to the scarf as an accessory craze until I started knitting them myself. I have had many compliments on my heavier one I created for my winter coat. The dyed hues of colour you can get now in balls of yarn or wool are brilliant especially from the RED HEART lines of yarns.
Plain Garter Stitch
So if you feel the garter stitch simply looks "too homemade" try changing your yarn to variegated hues of colour and watch your own pattern come to life and all you did was the garter stitch.
This is the yarn I used. It is RED HEART UNFORGETTABLE DRAGONFLY and is really nice to work with and beautiful hues of colour. I really love turquoise type colours, so this one will go great with my navy blue coat. Below are some more varieties you can purchase online with Amazon. I try to support my local craft stores, but sometimes they simply do not have the variety I would like to try. So online shopping is a great way to compare colours and prices. Enjoy Your Knitting Journey!
Knit a Cat Bed
Since I have gone back to knitting after so many years away from it, I realized the one byproduct from this great craft, is leftover yarn.
It is never quite enough to knit any one thing with, but also didn't want to throw it out. I had a few different thicknesses and colours, and thought, I would create a patchwork knitted cat bed.
I simply started by creating squares in basic garter stitch until the yarn ran out, then created more shapes from other lighter weight yarns. One very lightweight yarn I simply doubled and knitted more squares or rectangles as you can see pictured without really any thought about placement. As I was finished each piece I would lay it out on the table and fit it all together like a puzzle. I wanted it to be fun, so it is not perfect by any means but was a fun way to use up leftover yarn. I kept adding rectangles around the outside to grow the size rather than all squares and also to be a little different.
I decided I needed some more rectangles, and basically used up all my little bits of leftover wool or yarn, and then with the bigger ball that was left over, I created the back piece. I estimated the amount of stitches I needed to cast on based on how wide the scarf was that I had made from that yarn earlier. Beautiful blue scarf (this was my first project getting back into knitting.
Sew Them All Together
I simply used the lighter weight yarn, and using the mattress stitch I managed to sew them all together in a random fashion.
Once I had sewn all the squares together and had tucked in any loose ends to the wrong side, I then put wrong sides together with the one piece back and sewed the cushion together leaving one longer side open for the fiberfill.
I purchased some quilting batting to use in this knitted cat bed. It works really well because you don't want it too puffy or they won't lay on it, and yet you need just a little bit of softness for them to enjoy it.
You can get this online or in your local crafts stores. I got the smallest bag, and just used a couple layers of it. I placed it inside and then sewed that seam. I then thought it still looked a little plain, so I added fringe.
Fringe Gives it a Finished Look
I cut many pieces of yarn from the leftover I had from the back panel of the cat bed and then used 3 pieces together fro each fringe. Armed with a crochet hook it was quite fast to do (yes while I was watching TV). Check out my how to make fringe the lazy way to see how I do it.
Once the fringe was added, I thought this was a cute knitted craft to make. You could get way more detailed than I did, as I am still pretty new to this. If I needed another square or rectangle I simply looked in my knitting bag to see what was leftover and tried to make a size that would fit.
You could make this much bigger than I did. Or even make a blanket of some kind. Yes, I know cats are likely to pick at it, but mine seems quite happy to sit and relax on it. I made it about the same size she is. Plus I didn't have a huge pile of leftovers.
Sprinkle With Cat Nip If Your Cat Needs Coaxing Off Your Good Couch to this Knitted Cat Bed
So, this felt like a great project for leftover yarn. If you make one and your cat is unsure if they will like it, sprinkle a bit of catnip on it, and I guarantee they will make it theirs right away.
If anyone else has any ideas for using leftover yarns, I would love to hear!
I have decided that I am enjoying the simplistic patterns for my evening winding down. This is when I do most of my knitting, is in the evening, after dinner with the computer tucked away and the same with my cell phone. Just me and my TV shows! Since my favourite style is the garter stitch, I tend to get variant coloured yarns to use.
My sleep has been so much better since I took up this hobby in the evenings and got away from the electronics. I am sticking to simple ideas for now, but as I get more practiced I may venture into other patterns.
Another great use for leftover yarns if you have a lot of them, is my knitted knitting bag. I use this all the time now, so my pile of plastic shopping bags has now been cleared away and put in my woven bag. Since you create that project in strips that are woven together, you could uses leftovers.
Just recently I purchased some really lovely yarn on sale for a spring scarf to accent my spring coat, and also found some cotton yarns for lightweight scarves to wear in the warmer months with t-shirts. I am just learning different ways to wear them, so this will be my next few projects so stay tuned!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.