Finger knitting is a fun activity for kids. It’s easy to do and doesn’t require very much in the way of supplies – just yarn, your hands, and a pair of scissors!
There are very many different methods (and we’ll be exploring some in future posts) but, the method for this finger knitting headband is a simple wrap technique.
Finger Knitting Headband
Last week I shared simple instructions for finger knitting for beginners. You are going to use those basic instructions to make a headband, but instead of using the 4 finger technique, we are just going to use 2 fingers to create a thinner band.
A headband is a super fun and easy way to make something from your practice piece or even from a whole new piece. This can be a super activity to do turning your new skill into a project.
What is better is that you can turn these into gifts for friends at school, gifts for Christmas and birthdays or for others in your family.
Tools & Equipment
You’ll want to use yarn on the thinner side for this project – chunky yarn doesn’t make great headbands. Look for something fairly light, thin but make sure it’s still easy for children to pick up and grab hold of.
- Yarn – thinner as you don’t want a super thick headband.
- Large tapestry needles – this is to thread the ends together at the end to create the headband.
- Measuring Tape – to measure how long you need your headband to be. Go for the smaller side as the yarn will stretch and be naturally elasticated.
Follow those instructions to make the knitting as long as you need to wrap around your head (slightly tight – as the yarn will stretch a bit).
Measure your head or child’s head for an approximate length you need your finger knitting to be.
Take that measurement and go roughly 1 – 1.5 inches smaller as the yarn will stretch and have a natural elasticity to it. Especially if you are using pure wool yarn.
Start by putting the end of the yarn between your thumb and index finger, holding it firmly in place. Weave the yarn between your fingers going over your index finger, under your middle finger. Hold your loose end of the yarn with your thumb in your palm, or tuck it into a bobble on your wrist to help keep it taught.
Loop the yarn around your middle finger and continue weaving back up to your thumb – this time over your middle finger and under your index finger.
Repeat the steps again, over your index finger, under your middle finger. You should now have two loops on you fingers.
The next step is to pull the loop closest to your palm up (the bottom loop) and over the outside loop, keeping that second loop on your finger.
Start with your middle finger and move up to your index finger, being careful with the final one – the tail.
Loop it over as you did the others, moving the tail so it hangs down on the back of your hand and out of the way.
Now you have one loop on each finger.
Begin weaving through your fingers again (step one) starting with your index finger (over the index finger, under middle finger) then wrapping around your middle finger and back up until you have two loops on your hand again.
Repeat step two, pulling one loop over the other, starting at the pinkie and working up to the index finger.
Keep repeating those steps until your knitting is as long as it needs to be for your project.
When it’s as long as you need it to be you’ll want to knot off both ends.
You should have one loop on each finger at this point. Take the loop off your middle finger and put it on your index finger. Pull the loop closest to your palm from your ring finger up and over the loop from your pinkie.
Alternatively you can cut off the yarn with plenty to spare and work it, slip both loops off your fingers and thread the loose end of yarn through both hoops and pull tight to create a knot.
Use the ends to join together, you can then use one of the tail ends to weave the end loops together to create a nice solid join. Use the needle to help get through the loops without pulling the knitting out of place too much.
Once it is tied together at the back you are done. You could always add a cute button or flower to the side.
It’s a super-simple headband, but a nice and easy starter project for kids who are just learning to finger knit. Once they get the hang of weaving the yarn between their fingers and find a nice rhythm, they’ll finish this project in less than an hour.