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[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello, and welcome back
to Good Knit Kisses. I’m your host, Kristen,
and today we’re talking about finger
knitting a blanket. And you can finger
knit a blanket. There’s different ways to do it. This is one way that I am. I will make a long,
chained row, and you’ll see this one long
row that comes out. It’s not really a row so much
as it’s a very long link that comes out whenever you do it. But lots of people go, well
how do I make this wider? Say I want to make it into a
scarf, or a blanket, or a cowl, or whatever. So what you do, is you’re
going to knit along and make the length that you
want of your blanket. And then you’re going
to use this technique that I’m about to do
to connect the panels. Now you can use whatever
stitch you want. I’m going to show you
a flat knit stitch. Anyway, if you want to
see different stitches that you can make, check out
my loom knitting tutorials. Things you need always
with finger knitting is you’re going
to need scissors. You can also get a
stitch marker that opens so when you’re
ready, you can close it up. But this is only
one stitch marker, so you’d have to have four. But I would say, if you’d like
to get a stitch holder, that would be great because
you might want to stop. And you won’t want to pick
up all these stitches. So if you had to, you
could go along and pick up all your stitches, and then
you would just close this up. So that would be how you
would do it, and close it up. Now this is a little
confusing because I’m about to show you
how to start a row. So when you finish
your row, you’re going to find that there’s
only one loop left. And so that’s why just
having a single stitch marker would be the best bet. So you just put it on here. And this is one that
locks and closes so you can throw this
whole thing in your bag and know that you’re
knitting is safe if it’s two minutes or 20 months
between when you’re knitting. So all right, we’re
going to get started. And so grab your
favorite ball of yarn. Make a link, and when you’re
ready to add, start this up. OK, I’m going to cast on. And you’ve already got
four on your– I’m sorry. You already have four
loops on your fingers if you’ve already
got your length. So I’m going to show you how
to what we call “bind off.” All right, I going to show
this again in the video, and you’re going to see
it at the end of a row. But if you need to bind
off for the first time on your first row only, this
is how you finish it off. So what you’re going to do
is– your working yarn will actually– you need to
get it over to this side. You’ll find out
why, but we’re going to have to get the
particular stitch all the way back over here. So make sure your yarn is
coming from this finger, and start here. So you’re going to
knit this stitch, and then knit the
one on your index– so you knit the index finger
and then your middle finger. And then you take the one
from your index finger– or your middle finger–
over to your index finger. And then bind that off. O Then you’re going to move
this one from the index over to your middle finger. This becomes your
number one peg. So this is one,
two, three, four. And now we’re going to
be moving the number one peg, or your number
one finger, over. I know it sounds funny,
but bear with me. So now that we’ve done
that procession here, now we’re going to
knit the number two, or this is your ring finger. So we’re going to knit that over
and take the ring finger, which is the two, back over to the
one, which is your middle. And knit that off. So now we’ve knit that off. We’re going to move it,
moving the one over. Now we have one and two left. So we’re going to knit the
two, which is now your pinky. And move the pinky
stuff over to the one, which is the ring finger. And then knit that over. You’re left with one. Now you’re going to take
this and move it all way back to the one. OK, now make sure
you’re knitting it– it may be falling
down like this. So make sure when you start
what we’re about to do, it’s going to start all the way
to where your knitting is up like this. So you’ll be looking
at the back side. It’ll look like this. These are the little purl bumps. This is a knit
stitch on the back. Well, this actually,
technically, was the front of your work. And then this is the
back, which is the purl. We’re going to work
on the purl side. So you’re going to get this
nice, ribbed look that’s kind of stretchy and everything. So this is actually with three
strands of a worsted weight. You could use a bulky yarn. Now this is not how
it’s supposed to look. Again, I was just doing that to
show you how to finish it off. So I’m going to make it back
to having one stitch on there. So now you’ll have the one
left from your bind off. OK, so now what we’re going to
do is we’re going to cast on. We’re going to get the
yarn on our fingers. So I’m going to do
a thumb cast on. I’m going to take my thumb
and put it down under the yarn and spin it around like this
so it makes an upside down E, like this, like a cursive E. But you’re going to make this
part come out the bottom. Put that on and pull
it up to tighten it a little bit, not too tight. Do the same thing. Put your thumbs down where
it’s covered, and then put it right side up. And then place it on your
finger one more time, and put that on here. You may have to practice
it a couple of times. It’s called a thumb cast
on for needle knitting. We also call it a half
hitch for loom knitting. OK, now what we’re
going to do is– we’ve got the
working yarn, which is this working yarn coming off
that is attached to your ball, coming from our pinky. So we’re going to lay it
over our pinky, and then all the rest of our fingers. And then you can take
this with your fingers and lift the bottom
loop over the top. And then you’ve knit one stitch. So do that on all of them. Lift the bottom over the
top on all the fingers, and then we pull
it a little tight. I will tell you that you
can– another tool that you would be benefited to have
is a loom knit tool, a pick. Let me get one and show you. This is a loom knit
pick, and it doesn’t matter what brand you use. This particular one is
from Knitting Board, and they sell it online only. It’s got a cushion in
it in a fabric casing. So if your hand gets
tired, especially which has some
pinching motion on it, it causes a problem here. You can use this pick. So you’re going
to see me use it, but you can also
use your fingers. OK, so now we’re going
to take our working yarn and go around our
index finger here. And we’re going to
place one of these loops on our index finger, which
is your first finger. So this is where we need
to really pay attention. You can see all this knitting
that’s coming from here, and there’s a big– looks
like a knot right here. You’re going to ignore the knot. Follow this strand. We’re going to ignore
this first strand here, and we’re going to
come to the next one. You see that there’s a
row here with the knot, and then another
row with a knot. You’re going to take this loose
strand on the outside of that. So you’re going to skip,
and then go to this one. Put that on your finger. Just take it from the
back side, place it on. Now your going to take your
working yarn because, you see, you’ve got it out of the way. And now we’re going
to take it and lift the bottom over the top,
or you can use this. Of course, be careful
not to poke yourself, and then now you’re going
to knit the rest of these. So we’re going to work this. So that row is the
one where we’ve added a row from over here. Now we’re going to
work our way back. You don’t pick up
anything on this row. It’s very important that
you knit that first row without adding anything on. If you don’t knit
that first row, your blanket is going to
get smaller and smaller, and it’s not going
to be the right size. So go ahead. And now that we
did that first row, we came back and
did a second row. Now move your working strand
over to get it out of the way. Go ahead and put another one on. So you’re going to skip
the one that you’re on, and then go to the next. So you see we’re
skipping and then going to the next loose stitch. We’re picking up stitches. All right, so you’re
going to continue. I’ve got three at a time, so
I’m grabbing those three strands at the same time. Knit those over. So you’re going to work
on knitting those over, and then, of course, you’re
going to finish the second row. And then you’re going to pick up
more stitches on the next row. And you’re just
going to continue doing this the entire time. So you’re going to go through
the length of your entire line that you had of your
finger knitting. So pull that back around. Pick the stitch up again. It’s not this really long
one that’s right next to it. It’s the next one. So just kind of pull on it. Stick that finger in there,
and then knit it over. You can knit both at the
same time or one at a time like I did. OK, so the next time we’re
going to meet back up, I’m going to fast
forward in my video, and we will be at
the end of this row. And then you can see how we will
get ready to flip the blanket and go on to the next row. OK, so pause your video,
and we’ll meet you back in a second. OK, so you’re knitting along,
and you’re near the end. And you’ve got this long piece. You’ve got one more and
another one at the end. Go ahead and knit
this one as you’ve been doing, making sure
to put that working yarn over the back. And then we’re going to go
ahead and knit these over. Continue. It’s OK if you stretch
out your stitches. And then I just pull
them tight after I do it. That way I can get
my hands around it. So I’ve made my way back. Go ahead and pull
my yarn over again. Now if you can see this, there’s
the leading yarn that we had, and then there’s this
very last stitch. And it’s kind of loose because
this is where your fingers were on originally. And you can go back
and make these tighter with a crochet hook later,
but it’s not really necessary. It adds a nice scalloped
edge to your work. See how it’s
scalloped on one end, and then this is where
a tighter bind off is. It’s got a cool effect. You can also add fringe
or something, too. OK, so now I’ve pulled that last
one which was a cast on stitch. And so we’re going to bind off. We’re going to do as before
where we knit two over one. Now this is the first
one in the bind off. This is what I’m calling
the number one finger here. And we’ve got our
number two, which is the middle finger here. And then we knit that over. And then we’re going
to take the two and put it on top
of the one, which is in the middle finger
over the index finger. Knit that over. Move the one over to the two,
and now this becomes the one. So now we’re going to
knit the ring finger which is your new number two. And we move the two to the
one, knitting that off. So now, moving this
over to the ring finger, we’ve got two left. Knit this last stitch on the
pinky which is your number two. Pick that up and put it on the
one, which is on your ring. Knit that off. And see, this is what I
was talking about earlier. So now we have one
on this ring finger. We’re going to pick it up
and move it all the way over to our index finger. So whether you’re
right or left handed– I’m doing this on my left
because I’m right handed, but I could flip this video
just to make it easier for people who are left handed. And then they can do
it on their right. So it doesn’t really matter. So now you’re left with the one. This is where you could
choose to– if you were done with your blanket, you
could choose to cut your yarn. And then you would just pull
this all the way through and weave in your end. Or you could continue by–
this is where we’ll cast on. So I’ll show you how to
cast on and start again. So if you’re doing your next
row, this is where we flip. So I’m going to take all my
knitting that’s now fallen down here, I’m going to flip it. This is how we’re getting this
really cool ribbed effect, which is really kind of neat. So to shape it and make
stuff smaller or bigger, you can just skip inward a
few spaces skip some stitches. And then you can make it
smaller and do some shaping. Or you can add on these rows
and add extra to make it longer on one side. So that’s up to you. So now we’re going to
this thumb cast on again. So take your thumb and go
down on top of the yarn and twist up. And put it on this index finger. Down, and twist up. Oh, and I have a
knot in my yarn. Oh, there we go, fixed it. OK, and then down, twist up. And now you’ve successfully
casted on these fingers. And then go ahead and
knit over one row. All right, so you’ve got it. So go ahead and pull
your yarn over here, and then we’re going to
go ahead and cast on. We’ve got this part right
here that it’s leading from. There’s this big old knot here,
and it’s leading from here. And we want to grab this first
stitch and then knit over. OK, so you’re just going to
keep going along like that until you get the
length that you want. It doesn’t really
matter what blanket size I have right
now because it’s whatever size that you want. You could just do maybe
a couple of these, and then sew together
the ends and make a cowl or an infinity scarf
or something like that. But this is really
nice and soft. And if you’re curious, I
have three strands here, but I’m actually working
from one ball of yarn. And the way I do it is–
I do this method here which I’ve got a video of. I will post the tutorial
on how to do that. It’s a Navajo plying technique. And I show the
video with crochet, but you can do it for anything. So when you end up coming
to the end of this loop that’s here– see this
loop– you actually end up grabbing through the
loop this piece of yarn, and then keep going on. And then when you put together,
it becomes three strands. So it’s a really great way to
make use of one ball of yarn, and then you just
keep tying them on. So if you want to check out that
video, you’re welcome to it. I hope this has
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