Finger-knitting

L:  Every Tuesday, we spend the evening with a few friends that we've taught to knit over the last few months.  It's a time to knit, talk, knit, chat, knit, laugh...  It's become a night that we all look forward to.  We have the chance to catch up, encourage each other through whatever we're dealing with, and share our lives.  Teaching others to knit is one of Kate and my passions; and we've also seen how it can be a great comfort to create something for a friend going through a hard time, or to have this hobby when you are struggling yourself.

K: I have always had eczema, but this past year, I have dealt with a bad eczema breakout that lasted most of the year. All year I went to multiple doctors, tried all sorts of creams, all kinds of diets, and nothing seemed to help. The breakout was the worst on my hands, but spread to the rest of my body. It made huge cracks and open sores all over. There were weeks where I was in so much pain, that even the smallest movement was difficult because of the pain. And actually, most of the year, from September through March, I had to wear gloves. Days when I didn't have the self control not to scratch and pick at my hands, I would knit, and knit, and knit. Knitting made me feel like I was fighting the eczema, even though I could not find the solution. It helped me keep my hopes up! 

Colossians 2:2 gives us inspiration to use knitting as a way to comfort and encourage others. Today, our group Knit Together In Love, has the opportunity to go to AI DuPont children’s hospital in Wilmington to share the knitting love! They have a craft room that is open to the kids every night! So tonight we are teaching finger knitting, a fun twist to traditional knitting. All you need is your fingers, and some bits of yarn! It’s so easy and fun! 

Here is a video tutorial on finger-knitting: (our first video tutorial ever! We will post written instructions at the end of this post as well.) 

Some cool things to make with your finger knitting:

http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2011/03/v-and-co-how-to-jersey-knit-bracelet.html

How to Finger Knit:

1.     Leaving a 6” tail, lay yarn across your left palm and squeeze in place with your thumb.  Turn hand over to face up.

2.     Using your right hand, weave yarn over your index finger, under the middle, over the ring, and under the pinkie.

3.     Wrap it around your pinkie, under the ring, over the middle, and under and around the index finger.

4.     Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have two rows of yarn on each finger.

5.     Starting with the pinky, pull the bottom loop over the top one, and let it drop off your finger.  Do this with each of the fingers.  (This first time, it will be the tail that you pull over and let hang off the index finger.  It will be tightened up later.)

6.     Wrap the working yarn around and over your index finger, under the middle, over the ring, and around the pinkie, back under the ring, over the middle, and under the index again. 

7.     Repeat steps 5 and 6 until your knitted piece is as long as you want. 

8.     When you want to finish, leave one row of yarn around your fingers.  Move the pinkie loop over to the ring finger and pull the bottom loop over it.  Move this loop over to the middle and do the same thing.  Once you get to the index finger, cut your yarn about 6” and pull it through the last loop.