Finger Knitting: Create a chunky knit blanket using only your hands | Jessica S. | Skillshare

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Finger Knitting: Create a chunky knit blanket using only your hands

teacher avatar Jessica S., Crochet Made Simple

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Finger Knitting: Chunky Yarn Banket


    • 2.

      Yarn and Chaining


    • 3.

      Finger Knitting


    • 4.

      Joining New Yarn: Magic Knot


    • 5.

      Finishing: Binding Off


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About This Class

Join me in today’s class to learn all about finger knitting by creating a chunky knit blanket with only your hands in only a matter of hours with no previous experience. 

We will go over several topics in this class including:

-The best yarn for chunky finger knitting


-How to finger knit

-Attaching a new skein of yarn


-Binding off

You will learn all the skills to complete the class project and in a matter of hours you will be snuggled on the couch with a beautiful blanket made by your very own hands.

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Jessica S.

Crochet Made Simple


Meet Jess, a yarn obsessed mom of 4 (yes, she has triplets), wife, healthcare worker, and coffee junkie. When she's not doing newborn hearing screenings, heating up chicken nuggets, or sipping a venti vanilla sweet cream cold brew, you can find her snuggled on the couch with her cavapoo, crochet hook, and lots and lots of yarn.

As a self taught pre- Youtube era crocheter she decided to turn her passion into a purpose by starting "But First, Crochet. "But First, Crochet" is a hub for beginners to learn how to crochet the "easy way". She also loves encouraging other creatives to unwind with yarn and hone in on their skills through crochet classes, youtube tutorials, and digital patterns.

She also enjoys crocheting and designing for the NICU... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Finger Knitting: Chunky Yarn Banket: What if I told you, you could make one of these $200 blankets for under $35 in one afternoon with no previous experience. I know what you're thinking. Jessica, that's not possible, but I'm here to tell you it totally is. And by the end of this class, you'll have the skills to do exactly that. Pretty awesome, right? In this class, I'm going to show you exactly how to make one of these gorgeous squishy chunky knit blankets to snuggle up with or give as a quality present for a loved one. Hi. I'm Jessica, your crochet teacher. Only today, we're not talking about crochet. I'm the owner and maker behind but first crochet. And when I'm not playing with yarn, I'm working in healthcare and taking care of my family of six. I picked up my yarn habit years ago, and I love it so much that I want to teach you how fiber arts can be such a rewarding hobby and stress reliever. Okay. Join me in today's class to learn all about creating a chunky knit blanket with only your hands. We will go over the best materials for creating the blanket, chaining, finger knitting, attaching a new skein of yarn, and binding off. By the end of the class, you will be snuggled on the couch with a beautiful blanket made by your very own hands. I'm so excited to see your finished blankets. Let's get started. But one more thing before we jump in. If you are eager to learn more about all my latest classes, updates, and projects, follow me on Skillshare and on Instagram at first crochet and but first, kind of like but first coffee, only it's Yarn. Let's go straight into the first lesson. 2. Yarn and Chaining: For today's class, you're going to need six balls of yarn be eternal bliss. I use the color soft pink. This is a extra extra bulky yarn that can be found at Hobby Lobby. It's a ounces for 28 yards. Red heart has a similar yarn. It's called irresistible. Then all you need is your hands and some scissors. That's all we're going to be using today for materials. So open up your skin, and it's pretty bulky yarn. So it's a lot easier if you unravel it first and get everything situated before you begin your project. I'm just going to unravel some here. First, we're going to start with a slip knot. Okay. Basic slip knot that you would use in crochet. Just cross your yarn over, pull your loop through, tighten it. You want it to be the width of your hand because you're going to stick your hand in the slip knot to begin chaining. I'll slip my hand through here and pull through, and that's one, pull two, pull through three, four, five, For this blanket, I'm going to chain 24. You can make your blanket larger or smaller. Of course, if you make it larger, you're going to need more balls of yarn. But you want to chain to the width of the blanket that you want. And mine's just going to be a throw for the couch. So this will be the size of like an Afghan throw that you would use to snuggle up on the couch with. You'll want to make sure as you're chaining that you're making your chains about the same size. You want to keep the same size loops throughout the whole project so that you maintain consistency in the stitches, so they look like they're even throughout your work, and that's going to be really important. So as you get your rhythm down, your stitches will start to form more consistently, but just, you know, Keep in mind how big or small you want your loops to be. The bigger your loops, the looser your blank is going to be the tighter your loops are, the smaller your blank is going to be and the holes are going to be a bit smaller. So keep that in mind. Now that we have changed our 24, we are going to continue onto the body of the blanket. 3. Finger Knitting: We are now going to continue our foundation row by moving back the other direction. We're going to be putting our yarn through these little loops at the top of the chain. We're going to make a little loop through on each one. Pull the first one up like so. Take your yarn. Pull up a loop. Make sure it's about the same size. You want each loop to be the same size as you work your way down the chain. Pull up a loop. Open up the top of the chain, and pull your loop through, and you're going to continue this process all the way down to the end of the chain. And I will meet you there. I'm getting towards the end of the row, the last couple of loops pulled through here. And if you count, you should have 24 loops. Double check that. Make sure you have 24 loops pulled one through each chain. And I have my 24 loops. Come back over here to the other side. The next step, we have to chain up in order to begin to knit across back to the other side. Grab your working yarn, pull it through the loop, and move your yarn over because you're going to now be working in the opposite direction. All you're going to do is pull little loops through the loops. Pull a loop through the loop from the bottom row. Again, make sure your loops are the same size. Keep the same size loops going on each time and just keep pulling each loop, careful not to skip any. Okay. For the rest of the blanket, you're going to repeat this process. You're going to pull a loop up from the loop below. When you get to the end of each row, you're going to chain up just like we did there to move back onto the other side. Keep pulling your loops. Continue this process until you reach the end of the row. We've almost worked our way back to the end of this row. Here is the last loop. You've completed another row. Next, we need to chain up again, pull your yarn through to create a loop. Now you're going to begin pulling your loops and working back to the other side again. So we're going to keep repeating this process until you reach the height that you want of your blanket. And once I get to the end of this skin, I'm going to show you how to attach your new yarn. I'm nearing the end of this row. Again, repeat the same process. You're going to chain up one and begin to work the opposite direction. Continue to pull those loops nice and consistent so that your stitches remain the same size throughout your work. Okay. 4. Joining New Yarn: Magic Knot: We've reached the end of our skin and need to join our new yarn. We're going to use the magic knot method. Take your new yarn, put it underneath your working yarn. Drape it over. You're going to take the tail and pull it through the top and tighten. You're going to take the short piece, put it under over, pull the tail through and tighten. Then grab the two long sides and tighten them. They'll form a knot. Then you snip the short ends as close as you can. And it is tight. It's not going anywhere. I love the magic knot. No ends to weave in and keep going. Okay. 5. Finishing: Binding Off: It's time to bind off and finish the blanket. We're nearing the end of the row with one loop left. Don't finish off that loop. What you're going to do is take the inside loop, pull it through the last loop. Then take your working arn and pull it the opposite direction. Pull it through the next loop. Take the inside loop through the outside loop and pull over. Repeat this. Working, pull up loop, inside loop to the outside loop. Over. Make a new loop. Inside loop to the outside loop. Pull over and it's making a braided effect, and this is binding off your blanket in order to complete it. You're going to repeat this process all the way down to the other side. You're putting the inside loop through the outside loop. Pull up loop in through the out. Just keep repeating this all the way down. Alright, we are nearing the end and I am almost out of yarn. I hope I have enough. I will win this game of Yarn chicken. Okay. I have about 12 " of yarn to spare. That was a close one. Here I am at the end, and I'm just going to tie a knot. Nothing fancy. Just tie a knot, make sure that's nice and secure. And then just weave that tail in go in and out in and out a few times just so it blends in to the side. And you are done. These make awesome gifts. What would be a $200 blanket you have made for under $50. I hope you enjoyed this class, and I will see you in the RNIO.