Make a #Fingie

Make a #Fingie

At the Deloitte Ignite 2015 Festival held at the Royal Opera House (5th & 6th September) I ran finger knitting workshop as part of  ‘MAKING AND CREATING.

Finger knitting is easy to do and requires no equipment other that your hands and fingers. A narrow tube of knitting is recreated on the back of your hand.

Child finger knitting at my workshop at Royal Opera House © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke

Child finger knitting at my workshop at Royal Opera House © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke

The best yarn to use is chunky weight or thicker yarn. I was fortunate to be sponsored by TB Ramsden with a range of Robin chunky and super chunky yarn. The Robin super chunky yarn, Candyfloss a shown in the photos above, and below was very popular with participants because of it’s colour and softness.

Robin candy floss yarn necklaces

Robin candy floss yarn necklaces

Apart from tubes of knitting what can you make with finger knitting? The answer is a #fingie.

 #fingie is a finger knitting character.

#fingie is a finger knitting character.

To make a #fingie I use Robin Super Chunky yarn. It’s a nice affordable yarn that comes in 12 shades.

If you do not know how to finger knit download a finger knitting worksheet from the Craft Club.

To make your #fingie you need to make to lengths of finger knitting. For the one’s at the Royal Opera House the arms were 18 cms long and the body twice the length 36 cms. You can make your #fingie any size you like, the body is alway twice the length of the body.

#fingie measurements

#fingie measurements

When you have completed the two lengths of finger knitting, fold the longer piece in half vertically, and place the other piece (arms) horizontally across the body.

How to fold pieces to make #fingie

How to fold pieces to make #fingie

Attach the arms to the body of the #fingie by tying diagonally as shown in the photo below. You can use the same colour or a contrasting yarn.

How to attach the arms to a #fingie

How to attach the arms to a #fingie

One finger and 4 finger #fingies

One finger and 4 finger #fingies

Young children can create their #fingie using single finger knitting (loop knitting). These work well with super chunky yarn.

Why not have a go at making a #fingie it fun for all ages.

Group making #fingies at the Royal Opera House © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke

Group making #fingies at the Royal Opera House © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke

Large #fingie

Large #fingie