As you may know, Teddy recently fell out of a tree and injured his liver. He has recovered very well. Thanks for all your well wishes and the healing vibes you sent him. They worked.
But, for the next 4 months, he is under strict activity restrictions. He can’t do anything that may result in forceful trauma to his abdomen… which, if you really think about it, is just about any kind of activity faster than a walk… no running, no sport, not playing outside games with friends.
This has tested us greatly as Teddy, like all 8 year olds, is a very active little guy.
One pastime he has enjoyed picking up again, is finger knitting. He learned to finger knit at his Waldorf school in Kindergarten. Lately, he has rediscovered that he loves finger knitting and has finger knitted snakes and jump-ropes (for his friends) and flowers (for his mom). He is a finger knitting machine.
I love to watch him finger knit. It’s such a calming activity and I find it beautiful to watch the concentration on his face as we works away. And the wonderful look of accomplishment when he has created something.
I thought I’d share a DIY finger knitting tutorial with you.
All you need is pretty yarn.
- tie a simple slipknot into the end of the yarn and slide it onto your forefinger. Teddy is right-handed, so he slips it onto his left fore-finger. Wiggle the knot to about where your first knuckle joint is.
- loop the yarn over your forefinger, next to and on the finger-tip side of the slipknot.
- take the first loop (the slipknot loop at this stage) and pull it over the second loop and off your forefinger so that only one loop remains on your finger.
- Pull the tail so that the stitch tightens. Again make a second loop of yarn over your forefinger, pull the first loop over the second loop and off your finger again … continue until you have a long finger knitted rope.
Here are the steps in nice large photos for you to see :
Teddy used rainbow yarn and rolled up his finger knitted rope into a pretty flower. I’ll share the finger knitted flower tutorial with you soon.
Here are some other fun finger knitting projects for kids …
- finger knitted snake (sorry, no link)
- finger knitted octopus
- finger knitted rug
- finger knitted flowers
Here is another great finger knitting project for kids. This finger knitted rug was made by the 9 year old children at Maple Village Waldorf School.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly your little one picks up finger knitting… especially if you spend a few minutes sitting with her and working on your own finger knitting alongside her.
If you’ve enjoyed this fun kid-friendly tutorial, I think you’ll enjoy these other yarn crafting projects too.
Blessings and magic,