Saturday, December 13, 2014

Needle-Less Knitting Using Your Fingers
Okay, we've covered knitting with a spool and your arms, and now it's time to learn about how we can knit with our fingers.
Years ago I thought I knew what finger knitting was all about because I thought a friend and I were doing it. Turns out, as I researched the whole needle-less knitting thing, we weren't finger knitting. It explains why our "finger knitting" never turned into anything more than a yarn chain. See this little hand to the right, from "Little Bird SOS?"? (No, I don't know whose hand it is, just click on the link in the caption to go see more.) As you can see, it turns out that finger knitting actually is knitting by using your fingers to hold the stitches and then looping the yarn with the fingers of your other hand. If you saw the article on "Spool Knitting," it appears to works out kind of like spool knitting except  on an open spool, one that lays flat instead of a continuous loop.
Again, I haven't had a chance to illustrate these knitting ideas (It can take anywhere from three to forty hours for me to complete an illustration) so I am sharing the links and photos of people who have done a great job teaching us about finger knitting already! Make sure you check out their pages if you want a closer look.
See What can you Knit With Your Fingers?
Above is a cute idea for a teddy bear scarf, maybe necklace in a lariat style. A Lariat is a type of necklace that has one end loop through another. And Below from RedTedArt. is another colourful idea. Use whatever colours you like and voila.
Finger knitting with beads and leather cording from a blog called "Corner Window!" Really unique and another great gift idea.

And how about knitting with your fingers and lace! Here is a beautiful lace headband from "Living In Lilliput."

Remember to take a look at the website links and give knitting in any form a try. 
Now Watch "How To Finger Knit" Videos From Fiber Flux.
How To Finger Knit a Flower Headband by Audra Kurtz
Next Time…
All this talk about knitting without knitting needles, has given me the idea to share some sites and pictures on knitting with needles, something my Mom taught me to do when I was about seven. In my opinion, once you know how to knit the traditional way, then these "Needle-Less" methods seem far more cool!

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