How to Make a Finger-Knit Necklace

Learn this kid-friendly knitting technique with tips from expert Brandi Harper.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

Brandi Harper

purlBknit

Written By

Brandi Harper

purlBknit

Ready to try finger knitting? This beginner-friendly project by Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Brandi Harper is the perfect introduction for beginners and children ages 7 and up. Made with a stylish cotton yarn suitable for all seasons and your own two hands, you’ll be surprised at how fast this necklace comes together. Once you’ve mastered the technique, experiment with different yarn colors and lengths to make a necklace set that’s all your own.

You will need

 

Step 1: Secure yarn

Secure yarn between your thumb and hand, leaving a 14 in. / 36 cm. tail.
 

Step 2: Wrap yarn around your fingers

Wrap the yarn behind your index and bring to the front.
 
Wrap the yarn in front of your middle finger and slide between your middle and ring finger.
 
Loop around the back of your middle finger and bring yarn to the front (in between your middle and index finger).
 
Wrap the yarn around your index finger
 

Step 2: Wrap a second row of yarn

Bring the yarn up between your index and middle finger. Wrap the yarn in front of your middle finger and slide between your middle and ring finger.
 
Bring the yarn up through your middle and index finger and back around your index.
 

Step 3: Pull the rows over the tops of your fingers

Slide the first loop you made on your index finger over the second loop and and off of your finger.
 
Repeat the above step with your middle finger. You will be left with 1 loop on each finger. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have 12 in. / 30 cm. of finger knits.
 

Step 4: Finishing touches

Cut the yarn, leaving a 14 in. / 36 cm tail end. Pull the end all the way through the center of your last loops. Tip: You can tie a knot at the very ends of your yarn for a more finished look or tie several knitted pieces together to create an interesting layered combo.
 

Step 5: Even it out

Pull on both ends to even out your stitches and lengthen your necklace. Now it’s time to wear and enjoy!
 

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About the Author
Brandi Harper

Brandi Harper is the Brooklyn-based knitwear designer and pattern writer behind the natural knitwear brand, purlBknit. Check out her work on Etsy and be sure to follow her handmade journey on Instagram.