To do: Teach your child to finger crochet using easy steps below. Great fine motor building!
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Super chunky yarn and your hands
Finger crochet simply means using your finger rather than a hook to crochet. It’s perfect when working with a thick chunky yarn.
Keep in mind, when your children are starting out, they don’t need to have a finished product. Even creating simple yarn chains for bookmarks or room decor is fun work for them! Here’s how:
1. Make a slip knot: About 6 inches in from the end of your yarn, make a loop that looks like a cursive ‘e’. Bring the top strand, which should also be the tail end, under and through the loop. Don’t pull the end through, but rather pull the strand to make another ‘loop’ with a knot at the base.
2. Hold the yarn that leads to the ball loosely in your left hand. Also in your left hand, hold the knot you made in Step 1.
3. With right hand thumb and forefinger, reach through the original slip knot and grab a piece of the working yarn in your left hand. Pull slowly through the slip knot, creating a new loop the same size as your original slip knot. This is your first chain!
4. Reach through the new loop, pulling another new loop through the second loop. Continue creating chains until you’ve reached the desired length, or your hands are tired ;).
5. When your child is ready to complete the chain, cut a tail from the yarn attached to the ball. Insert it into the loop still on your finger and pull gently until you create a knot.
Here’s a great video tutorial from Joann fabric and Yarninspirations if you’d like to watch finger crochet in action!
We hope you keep up the finger crochet all winter long, and remember, practice makes…better! It might take a few chains to get the hang of it, but your child will catch on quickly.
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