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 these awesome finger-knitted 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. It’s addictive! Here’s how to finger knit a holiday garland.
How to Finger Knit a Holiday Garland
- thick, chunky yarn
- your fingers
Make Time: 30 Minutes per Strand
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Step 1: Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. A note: finger knitting can be done on up to 4 fingers for a wider garland, but I really like the look of the chain that’s created with just two fingers. Place the end of the yarn on your left palm, and 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.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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. Tug gently on the tail to tighten your garland, and work the loops down on your fingers as you go if needed.
Step 5: Keep repeating the process. Loop the yarn around your fingers, pull the lower loops over the higher loops, tug on the tail. Your garland will start growing!
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.
Now make a bunch more! We hung these on our mantel using Command Strips, 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! Gotta make up for some lost time now. 😉 xoxo