Sunday, August 14, 2011

Slip Through My Fingers Bracelet

Finger knitting is old school.  I'm talking summer camp, girl scouts, back in the day old school.  It's made a vicious comeback though.  I believe the official name is macrame.  Correct me if I'm wrong cuz I'm wrong a lot.

I saw a bracelet that I simply had to have.  It just screamed summer-ya know what I mean?  It just had such a nautical look.  I just had to make it.

Here's what I produced:
Not bad for a first timer.

I should mention that the materials used for these puppies are actual old t-shirts that I was throwing out.  They weren't donation worthy so I turned them into t-shirt yarn.  To make t-shirt yarn all you need to do is cut a t-shirt into half inch strips and pull the strips until the material curls onto itself making a yarn of sorts.

Ok so the finger knitting process is easy once you get it going, but getting started with it can be somewhat complicated.  Pay attention because I'm about to bombard you with pictures.  This is a step by step tutorial but you can always go on You Tube and check out the eleventy-billion video tutorials on the subject.

First step:
Place the yarn like this on your hand.

Go around the pinky and intertwine again ending at your starting point. 

Go around one more time.

Then again to the start.  At this point you should have each finger wrapped twice; front and back.

Starting with your pinky, take the bottom loop and go over the top loop.  Remove it from your pinky leaving behind the top loop as such.

Keep doing this all the way to the index finger.  Once you are at the index finger, you will just take the end of the piece and simply move it back behind your fingers like so:

Intertwine the yarn again to the pinky and back to the index finger.

Starting at the pinky take the bottom loops over the top loops.  Do this for each finger until reaching the index finger.  Pull that loop and intertwine the yarn again.  Repeat this process until you have a desired length to fit snuggly around your wrist.

Now to finish off your piece.

When you're ready to finish off, you will NOT go back and intertwine.  You will simply go to your pinky loop and pull it onto your ring finger like so:
Then you will take the bottom loop on your ring finger and pull it over and off your ring finger.  This will leave the loop that came from your pinky.
Then you will take that loop and pull it over your middle finger.

Take the bottom loop and pull it over the top loop and off your finger.

Now pull this loop over your index finger and pull the bottom loop over and off your index finger. 

 You will then have a single loop on your index finger like this:

At this point, I took a crochet hook and put it through the loop and crochet the two ends together using a single stitch.

I'm a beginner and here's what I ended up with.
I guess you could say these are finger licking good!

A little complicated but once you get the hang of it, it's a piece of cake!  Good Luck.

Nydia 8)


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for your interest in the project. To be honest though I didn't measure. I actually made the t-shirt yarn then crocheted that onto my fingers until I had enough material to go around my wrist. I left a little extra yarn for finishing it off.



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