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How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland

How to finger knit a holiday garland! Finger knitting is simple and comes together quickly for a fun DIY project. Check out the easy yarn tutorial below.

How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland
How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland
How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland

I love, love, love having a mantel to dress up for the holidays. I really liked the ornament garland that we’ve used for the past few years, but I was kind of ready for something new. That, and I totally broke a couple of the ornaments last year when I was taking it down… But that’s not the point!

The point is how to finger knit these gorgeous garlands and how cute they look on a holiday mantel. I had never tried finger knitting before but if my 10-year-old self had known how to do this, I think everybody in town would have had a garland from me as a gift.

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A Few Finger Knitting Tips

Before you dive into the tutorial, here are a few of my best tips on how to finger knit!

For starters, find a few different weights (thicknesses) and textures of yarn. It’s a good idea to test them each out to see how they knit together. Heavier (thicker) yarns will create a fuller garland. I also find that the heavier or fluffier yarns might be easier to start with for a beginner, as the garlands come together a bit more quickly.

Also, it’s good to experiment with creating garlands using 2, 3, and 4 fingers. The more fingers you use, the wider your garland will be.

Before we get started, just a note: if you’d like to see a quick video of finger knitting (if the photos aren’t clear enough), you can pop over to our Instagram stories and see a video. We’ll save it in the DIY section of our featured stories so you can always find it.

It’s addictive! Here’s how to finger knit a holiday garland.

Materials for Finger Knitting

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes per Garland

how to Finger Knit a Garland

  1. Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. (Finger knitting can be done on up to 4 fingers for a wider garland; I like the look of the 2-finger chain.) Place the end of the yarn on your left palm, then trap it with your thumb. Wrap the yarn under your pointer finger, up and over your middle, then over your pointer, middle, and pointer again.
  2. You’ll have two loops on each finger now. Pull the lower loop (the one closer to your palm) on your pointer up and over the higher loop, and off of your finger so that it’s sitting behind your hand. Do the same with the lower loop on your middle finger.
  3. Wrap the long part of the yarn again around your fingers, bringing it up between the pointer and middle, over and around the middle, then over and around the pointer, creating one new loop on each finger.
  4. Repeat Step 2, pulling the lower loops over the higher loops and off your fingers. At this point, your thumb can let go of the tail. Then, tug gently on the tail to tighten your garland, and work the loops down on your fingers as you go.
  5. Keep repeating. Loop the yarn around your fingers, pull the lower loops over the higher loops, and then tug.
  6. When you reach your desired length, snip off about 6″ of yarn at the working end. Slip your fingers out of the loops, then pull the 6″ of yarn through the loops to secure the garland at this end.
How to finger knit a holiday garland
How to finger knit a holiday garland
How to finger knit a holiday garland
How to finger knit a holiday garland
How to finger knit a holiday garland

Finally, make a bunch more! We hung these on our mantel using Command Hooks, which are super handy (especially around the holidays).

And now that I see how fun the garlands are, I kind of want to make a bigger installation to keep year round! Wall hanging? Tapestry of some kind? We’ll see. Did you ever do finger knitting as a kid? Can’t believe I somehow missed it in my crafty education! I think I’ll need to make up for lost time. 😉 xoxo

How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland
How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland

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Yield: Fingert knit garlands

How to Finger Knit a Garland

How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland

Learn how to finger knit a garland with this easy tutorial!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • chunky yarn
  • your fingers
  • optional: Command Hooks

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

    1. Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. (Finger knitting can be done on up to 4 fingers for a wider garland; I like the look of the 2-finger chain.) Place the end of the yarn on your left palm, then trap it with your thumb. Wrap the yarn under your pointer finger, up and over your middle, then over your pointer, middle, and pointer again.
    2. You'll have two loops on each finger now. Pull the lower loop (the one closer to your palm) on your pointer up and over the higher loop, and off of your finger so that it's sitting behind your hand. Do the same with the lower loop on your middle finger.
    3. Wrap the long part of the yarn again around your fingers, bringing it up between the pointer and middle, over and around the middle, then over and around the pointer, creating one new loop on each finger.
    4. Repeat Step 2, pulling the lower loops over the higher loops and off your fingers. At this point, your thumb can let go of the tail. Then, tug gently on the tail to tighten your garland, and work the loops down on your fingers as you go.
    5. Keep repeating. Loop the yarn around your fingers, pull the lower loops over the higher loops, and then tug.
    6. When you reach your desired length, snip off about 6" of yarn at the working end. Slip your fingers out of the loops and pull the 6" of yarn through the loops to secure the garland at this end.

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