27 Finger Knitting Projects

Who knew you could actually knit without needles? Finger knitting is a way to produce knitting stitches for projects with the tools you always have with you – your fingers. It’s a great craft for kids to learn, but it’s also fun for adults.

Because you work on the stitches on your hand, you can take these projects with you wherever you go as long as you have some yarn with you. To help you started, we’ve shared our best finger knitting projects.

Finger Knitting Projects

Whether you are a fabulous knitter or one that has struggled with yarn crafts in the past, you can do this! All you need is some yarn and your hands to create modern and sophisticated knitted strands that you can use in any project around the house or everyday fashion. So get those fingers warmed up and get started!

27 Finger Knitting Projects


1. Finger Knit Trivet Pattern by Anne Weil

Give your kitchen a handmade makeover with the addition of a simply beautiful finger knitted trivet. Made from simple rope, these natural trivets are perfect for protecting your worktops!

Trivets are so handy to have around and I love when a whole table of them coordinate at a party. How beautiful would a series of these in different sizes be strewn across a buffet. To make them bigger, just finger knit longer or shorter strands.

Finger Knit Trivet Pattern by Anne Weil

Get the Pattern by Anne Weil here


2. Namaste At Home Cardigan Finger Knitting Project by Jessica Carey

Feeling confident in your finger knitting? Challenge yourself with this totally fabulous finger knitted cardigan! I love the muted grey and pink color way of this pattern, but it’d look equally amazing in bright and bold colors, even monochrome black and white!

Namaste At Home Cardigan Finger Knitting Project by Jessica Carey

Get the Pattern by Jessica Carey here


3. Finger Knit Octopus Project by Crate & Kids Blog

Is it possible not to smile at an adorable octopus? I think not! A young child will be giddy with pride to make a fuzzy friend like this for him or herself. Or, create this wooly guy to match your friend’s nursery and gift it your favorite stack of children’s books.

Also see: Octopus Knitting Patterns

Finger Knit Octopus Project by Crate & Kids Blog

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4. Cozy Finger Knit Blanket by Little Yellow Wheelbarrow

This cozy blanket is perfect for beginners because no needles are used. You can see how the loops are formed in knitted fabric without having to learn how to use awkward needles. The best part? You can finish one in an hour or two!

Cozy Finger Knit Blanket by Little Yellow Wheelbarrow

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5. Finger Knit Necklaces by Infarrantly Creative

Finger knitting your own chunky statement necklaces is one of those instant gratification kind of projects. You can easily finish this in just over an hour and can customizer it in a handful of ways to fit your own unique aesthetic.

Finger Knit Necklaces by Infarrantly Creative

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6. Finger Knit Pouf Cushion Cover Pattern by Lorraine Hearn

This floor pouf cushion cover looks snatched from your favorite magazine. I have the best news for you: you can have one for yourself in a couple of hours.

This sumptuous pouf will make the most delightful addition to your home! It’s a good thing they’re so fast to make because you’re going to want more than one!

Finger Knit Pouf Cushion Cover Pattern by Lorraine Hearn

Get the Pattern by Lorraine Hearn here


7. Finger Knit Cowl Pattern by Make & Do Crew

All you need is a ball of yarn and an hour to make a super cozy cowl, perfect for both adults and kids. This would make a great last-minute gift for someone with a winter birthday!

Finger Knit Cowl Pattern by Make & Do Crew

Get the Pattern by Make & Do Crew here


8. So Twisted Mug Rugs Finger Knitting Project by I Love My Blanket

Brighten up your coffee table with some finger knitted coasters! Make them in a color that suits the interior of your home and place one on every coffee table!

So Twisted Mug Rugs Finger Knitting Project by I Love My Blanket

Get the Pattern by I Love My Blanket here


9. DIY Finger Knit Wreath by Flax & Twine

When my hands get tired and sore, I find that it helps to switch gears a little bit. Finger knitting uses different muscles than regular knitting, so it should be a welcome reprieve from the holiday gift-making grind. Plus, it’s so easy that kids can do it, too, so you could make this wreath as a family project of sorts.

This DIY Finger Knit Wreath a beautiful way for your kiddos to lend a hand with making holiday decorations. And, bonus, it’s a wreath you’ll want to hang for years to come.

DIY Finger Knit Wreath by Flax & Twine

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10. Finger Knit Ear Warmer by Simply Maggie

If you have never tried finger knitting before, this Ear Warmer is a great project for you to start practicing with! It comes together in 15 minutes, it is that easy!

Finger Knit Ear Warmer by Simply Maggie

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11. Easy Pillow Finger Knitting Project by Petals To Picots

This loop yarn pillow requires two square panels, which you will stitch together with a needle and thread. This project incorporates two types of stitches—knitting and purling—which create the raised accent rows you can see in the image below.

For this project, you will need two skeins of loop yarn, a needle and thread, and a pillow insert. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to give an old pillow a much needed makeover!

Easy Pillow Finger Knitting Project by Petals To Picots

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12. Hugs And Kisses Finger Knitting Blanket by I Love My Blanket

This seriously impressive finger knit blanket is sure to have everyone asking “how did you make that?!”. This loop yarn finger knitting project is made up of alternating columns of Xs and Os (or hugs and kisses!) to create a beautiful repeating pattern.

Hugs And Kisses Finger Knitting Blanket by I Love My Blanket

Get the Pattern by I Love My Blanket here


13. Finger Looping Wristers Pattern by Red Heart

If you’re searching for a quick and easy project that doesn’t require any needles or hooks, consider this wristers pattern, which is great for working on with friends or kids. Knitting will be done using your fingers and a handy pre-looped yarn.

Simply choose a trendy color and make these adorable knit wristers to match any outfit! They’re so simple to create that you can make a bunch in different colors for everyone on your gift list.

Finger Looping Wristers Pattern by Red Heart

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14. Finger Knittin’ Good Scarf Pattern by Yarnspirations

Who doesn’t love to indulge in the warmth of a good woven scarf in winter? But, with commercial scarves costing a fortune, and knitting them by hand seeming like a tedious process for many, finger knitting may be the perfect option for you.

Giving you an almost similar weave, albeit with a bit more room between the stitches, it employs only your fingers and yarn. No knitting needle required!

Finger Knittin' Good Scarf Pattern by Yarnspirations

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15. Finger Knitting Blanket Pattern by Make & Do Crew

Welcome a new arrival with this cozy, soft, and ultra snuggly finger knitted blanket. Make this on-trend knit blanket using only your hands, No needles required for this gorgeous blanket and it only takes a couple of hours to make.

Finger Knitting Blanket Pattern by Make & Do Crew

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16. Skipping Rope Finger Knitting Project by Hobby Craft

By working with rope instead of yarn, you can make a sturdy jump rope. It’s a perfect project for kids to craft an outdoor toy or for adults to create a gift (or get some exercise of their own).

Skipping Rope Finger Knitting Project by Hobby Craft

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17. Finger Knitting Project by The Spruce Crafts

Once you learn the basics of finger knitting, you can turn your first sample into an easy-to-make and easy-to-wear accessory. When you work with chunky t-shirt yarn, it only takes a few minutes of knitting to create your own statement bracelet. You can use this same technique to make a headband or a necklace.

Finger Knitting Project by The Spruce Crafts

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18. The Sunflower Cardigan Finger Knitting Pattern by Seams By Sky

Do you wish to make knitted clothes but struggle to understand the knit stitches? With finger knitting, you can make a fluffy cardigan in just a few days!

This Sunflower Cardigan is about to be your newest best friend. Made with the softest and squishiest material, and with the oversize design, you will never take the thing off!

The Sunflower Cardigan Finger Knitting Pattern by Seams By Sky

Get the Pattern by Seams By Sky here


19. Finger Knit Valentine Decorations by Willow Day

This handmade piece looks like it came straight from an Anthropologie display! Even better, it’s a fairly simple project that your children can complete on their own or alongside you. This is one the easiest project ever. All that you need for these is: finger knitting and wire!

Finger Knit Valentine Decorations by Willow Day

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20. Finger Knit Basket Pattern by Stitches N Scraps

Working with loop yarn is a great way to step into the world of knitting, as it’s so easy and fast. You just have to pull loops through loops without really having to know knitting. Yes, you can finger knit this basket with minimal effort and knowledge of knitting! This jumbo yarn basket uses plastic canvas for structure.

Finger Knit Basket Pattern by Stitches N Scraps

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21. Finger Knit Baby Bootie Pattern by Flax & Twine

I just adore how humble finger knitting can create something so darling! I love the embroidery thread details, too. Wouldn’t you love to give these to a special mama at your next baby shower? What an original and gorgeous gift! These are finger knit on top with a blanket stitched felt sole. Too adorable for words.

Finger Knit Baby Bootie Pattern by Flax & Twine

Get the Pattern by Flax And Twine here


22. Finger Knitting Chunky Blanket by I Love My Blanket

This supersize cable knit blanket is sure to make an impression! Finger knit a repeating pattern of extra-chunky cable braids with a ribbed design at both ends for a snuggly blanket you’ll love cozying up in! 

Finger Knitting Chunky Blanket by I Love My Blanket

Get the Pattern by I Love My Blanket here


23. Finger Knit Holiday Garland by Lovely Indeed

This year, spread holiday cheer by making quick and easy finger-knit garlands with friends, family, and kids. A finger knit garland is a wonderful reusable decoration, and an easy way to get kids and family members involved in holiday crafting.

Finger Knit Holiday Garland by Lovely Indeed

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24. Chunky Woven Bath Mat DIY by A Beautiful Mess

Why not combine two craft techniques in one useful and fresh project? This bath mat starts with lengths of finger knitting, and then it uses those pieces to weave a bath mat. Working with t-shirt yarn makes it absorbent and soft as you step out of the shower, but you could also make a rug like this for in your kitchen.

Chunky Woven Bath Mat DIY by A Beautiful Mess

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25. Finger Knit Beanie by Bean Creative

A rainy day and a ball of yarn can transform boredom to a warm, fuzzy project that your older kids have knit themselves, literally by hand. Once you create a string of finger knit stitches, a few more steps to sew them together and you can produce wearable items, like a hat. This unique craft makes a great party activity, so invite the gang over and let’s stitch up some beanies!

Finger Knit Beanie by Bean Creative

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26. Finger Knitting Animal Ears by The Kurtz Corner

Surprise the parents-to-be with handmade animal ears. They’re the perfect accessory for a newborn photoshoot, and a keepsake bound to be adored. 

If you’re searching for an adorable handmade baby shower gift, these finger knit animal ears certainly fit the bill. This tutorial shows you how to make them in just 30 minutes.

Finger Knitting Animal Ears by The Kurtz Corner

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27. Finger Knitting Hair Tie Project by Yarnspirations

Quick, easy and oh-so-pretty, if you’re you’re looking for a speedy project for a last-minute present, this finger-knit hair tie is for you!

Finger Knitting Hair Tie Project by Yarnspirations

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Finger Knitting Patterns Frequently Asked Questions

What is Finger Knitting?

Finger knitting is the act of casting thread to knit, but instead of using the traditional needles, you use your hands and fingers. It is an extremely easy technique to learn, and anyone, young and old, can learn how to do it. Finger knitting is much easier and is a quicker way to make things such as hats, blankets, and scarves than the traditional way of knitting.

Is finger knitting easier than knitting?

Finger knitting is far simpler than conventional knitting. And you can make something from start to finish in just 10 minutes!

What tools do I need?

One of the best features of finger knitting is that no special tools or equipment are needed to complete your creative masterpiece. Unlike traditional knitting, you do not need knitting needles, so after you purchase your yarn, you are pretty much ready to get started! However, there are some optional tools you might find helpful such as scissors, stitch markers, and a crochet hook (to weave in ends).

What type of yarn is best for finger knitting?

The best yarns for finger knitting are styles which are chunky, thick to touch and easy to grab hold of. Using a thick yarn will help bulk out the project, fill the gaps between stitches and be easier to hold and work with.

GIVE THESE FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS A TRY; THERE ARE A TON OF VARIATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES! AND YOU LIKELY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!

We have plenty more knitting projects and tutorials for you to enjoy, as well as brilliant options for kids crafts, too. We have an assortment of kids crafts you can try with the kids, or these toy knitting patterns to delight them. Or check out our baby and kids knitting patterns archives to browse all the options!

If you’re feeling inspired to make more DIYs with yarn, browse through all of our knitting projects on the site.

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Master the art of knitting without the use of needles with these finger knitting projects. Start exploring the possibilities today!

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