If you want to know how to finger knit a blanket, we’ll teach you three easy steps. Finger knitting is not overly complicated, but you still need to know the proper techniques to skip the frustrations. Isn’t it neat that knitting is possible using your fingers?
It’s amazing how people in the United Kingdom come up with different techniques to create a knitted blanket. From arms to fingers, you have no excuse to skip learning this project. Proceed on reading to get started!
How Do You Knit A Blanket With Your Fingers For Beginners?
Finger knitting is a practice that has been around for a long time. There are different techniques to try, but the primary essence of finger knitting a blanket uses four digits of a hand. You can cast on your left hand if you’re right-handed or cast onto your right hand if you’re left-handed.
1. Knit the first strip
Start by casting on four stitches using the double e-wrap method. You’ll also be using the flat knit stitch as it will be easier for finger knitting a blanket. To do so, lay your yarn above the loops on your fingers and then lift the bottom loop over the top.
Your first row will be knitting across four stitches, and you’ll repeat it to reach the length of the blanket. You can end the row by having the working yarn on your first digit finger and bind off four stitches to leave the finger’s last loop. Finally, move the circle to your first digit finger and proceed to the second step.
2. Widen the blanket
Now that you have reached your desired blanket length, it’s time to widen it by joining more strips. Cast on three stitches to the last three fingers and knit four stitches to reach your index finger. The idea here is to join the strip you just made in step one by knitting along the edge closest to the index finger.
For your second row, you will place the loose stitch at the edge of your index finger. Flat knit two stitches over one on your first stitch and knit three stitches. At this point, you’ll repeat what you did on the first and second row to reach your cast-on or last stitch.
3. Finish the blanket and weave in ends
Place the cast-on stitch on your index finger and bind off. You’ll knit two stitches over one on the first stitch and continue adding strips until your blanket reaches its final dimensions. Weave in ends, and you finished.
If you’re not sure how to bind off or cast off your finger knit blanket, here is what to do:
How to cast off your finger knit blanket
You will start by flat knitting the first stitch on your first finger (index finger) and knit the second stitch on the middle finger. Move it on top of the first and have the bottom loop over the top. Get the stitch on the index finger and move to the next finger to have your first stitch.
Then, knit the second stitch or the one on your ring finger and move it to your middle finger. Work it again from the bottom over the top and move the first stitch to the ring finger. This technique will be your first stitch again.
We’re almost there. Knit the second stitch or the one on your pinkie and move to the stitch on the ring finger. Work the stitch from the bottom over the top and move the first stitch to the index finger to get your first stitch.
How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Finger Knit Blanket?
The amount of yarn you’ll use for finger-knitting will depend on the type of blanket you want to make. For example, some knitted throw blankets take up to 6 skeins for you to end up with 50 inches wide and 60 inches in length.
What Kind Of Yarn Do You Use For Finger Knitting?
The best yarn for finger knitting is anything bulky or chunky. A super-bulky yarn will be easy to work with your fingers, especially for a beginner. Aran or DK are also suitable options.
Bulky and chunky
Chunky and bulky yarns are sometimes interchangeable, but bulky yarns are larger than chunky yarns. Chunky yarns, on the other hand, are thicker than worsted.
Worsted and Aran
Other weight yarns that are interchangeable are worsted and aran. However, worsted yarns are more delicate than aran. Therefore, you might find aran yarns labelled as heavy worsted.
DK or double knit is one of the most popular weights. It is slightly heavier than a sport weight yarn, and it’s also called 8-ply in some places in the UK.
Did you know that your fingers are also helpful for knitting? In this article, we have taught you how to finger knit a blanket in three easy steps. You can cast on any hand with the double-wrap method and use the flat knit stitch.
The amount of yarn you’ll need will depend on the blanket size. It’s also helpful to use something chunky to help you with knitting. Overall, we hope we’ve shared some valuable tips to get you started with a finger-knitted blanket!