DIY: Fingerknit Scarf

January 23, 2012

in Hometastic Goodness

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d been working on finger knitting, and it was a fun little crafty project that was super cheap and made me feel like I’d accomplished something. I’d seen a scarf at Kohl’s for like $20 but didn’t want to pay $20 for a scarf even though I really liked it. So when I got the idea to do something different (via an instragram by the Nester and a tutorial by Gussy Sews) I was excited to go in a different direction.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you love bacon, dislike cleaning, and sometimes tend to make things more complicated than they already are.

I’m not the only one? Good.

So I read through this Gussy tutorial which said this would probably take me about ten minutes to figure out. I followed the instructions and studied the pictures, but still something didn’t seem quite right.

I managed to stay calm and never said anything like I’ve got half a PhD, surely I can finger knit a dang scarf! Look at all these kids doing it on youtube! What the heck is my problem?

You can decide whether or not you believe me.

But eventually I realized seeing it in action would probably help a lot more. I’m better at watching than listening, I admit it.

So I found this other tutorial on youtube, which varied slightly in instruction. You start out at your pinky with Gussy, at your pointer with this other gal, (I might have that backwards) but everything else is basically the same.

Being the persnickety gal that I am, I also discovered that if I didn’t push the string all the way down my fingers each time — if I only pushed it down about halfway — the weave would look tighter and a little less sloppy. And that made me happy.

This is the youtube video:

And here’s the final product:


I love gray these days.

I made a couple of necklaces like Gussy’s to figure it out, and then I knitted and knitted and knitted to make a super long scarf and then tied the beginning to the end. I wanted to be able to loop it over my head seven or eight times to stack it up, because I wanted it to be poofy. And maybe diminish my double chin, by association.

Since I was writing this out for you I thought I should maybe measure it to see how long it is, just so I could tell you. And then I laughed. The reason I can wrap this thing around seven or eight times is because it’s 23 feet long.

Yes, 23 feet. 7ish metres for my peeps who’re rocking the metric system.

But I did it in a few hours — maybe four hours, one evening. While watching Elf.

Please let me know if you decide to try it. Total cost for the project? An evening of my time, ten minutes of the Hubs’ time before he said he wouldn’t help me figure it out, and about $1′s worth of yarn from Walmart. I bought the locally made in Washington, North Kakalaki yarn even though it was a dollar more. Worth it.

In closing, do you like my scarf, do you think I’m a nerd and want to send me $20 to get the one at Kohls? ;)


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Gussy Sews January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

AHHH — so cute!!! i love the color you choose, and your stitches are perfect ;]

PS. i made one with an entire skein of yarn recently… because i was bored… and it was just over 30 feet. SNORT!


Caroline January 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks so much! And that is SO funny! I wondered how long it would be if a used the whole thing but I was getting sleepy and not sure if I stopped how it would look when I started back again!

P.S. I was just looking at your new and improved shop a couple of hours ago and the ruffle headbands are ADORABLE!


Amanda January 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is so stinkin’ cute–loved it on Saturday! I’m going to have to give this a go aw well.

I also love grey.

And I lerve yer!


Caroline January 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks friend! We should get together and finger knit. I want to make a big long garland to hang from my mantle.


Amanda January 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

*as, not aw.


Lisa January 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

i LOVE it! Very tempted to try it! :)


Caroline January 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

You’ll be glad you did! Super easy and fun!

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