How to finger

You know how I just wrote about how I like getting a handmade gift more than just about anything.  Well, this is anything.  Sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday, knitting with my kids . . . that beats gift-getting for sure. It is a gift itself. We just sat there side-by-side, for about an hour, feeling the warmth from each other’s bodies, listening to music from my computer and basking in each others company as the sun streamed through the windows. Ahhh . . .the experience was so delightful, it was hard to peel myself away to take the photos.  That blue pile is my spot in the middle.  You can look for a fun collection of easy knits coming soon from me.The two kiddos are finger-knitting, which I’ve written about before and again, but it continues to be a favorite activity.  It is a really easy way to make something from nothing, quickly, especially if you use a super-bulky yarn.  I figured it was time to provide instructions to you all, since my family consistently gets so much joy out of doing it.  I’ve provided a finger knitting tutorial below.You end up with a long coil of knitting like this, that curls itself into a sort of tube.My son is using a finer and less expensive yarn, here.  You can pretty much use whatever yarn you have sitting around to do this.They really do enjoy the process.  Often, they will finger knit as we read to them.  It keeps their bodies still while still allowing them enough space to pay attention.Some day, I’ll make a coiled rug from the pieces. I thought Allie’s use of the thick and chunky yarn might allow that, but she wanted to use it as a scarf.  Cute! And, yes! that’s my tree, still up.  Okay, okay, the decorations are coming down today.  But I wouldn’t have given up my time on the couch knitting with my kids for anything! **UPDATE:  So many people have asked me for a PDF of the below how-to so they can take the directions on the road for their kiddos.  I finally did it! You can purchase the Finger Knitting How-To PDF in the Flax & Twine Etsy shop here.  Thank you so much for your support. You can always just follow along with the photos below! Time: However long you want!

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I think that super-bulky yarn is a good weight to start with.  Its easy to work with on the fingers and your kiddo will get something done pretty fast.

Start by placing the yarn in between your thumb and hand, such that the tail hangs behind your hand.

Pick up the yarn that goes to the ball, leaving the tail in between your thumb and hand. Bring the yarn behind your middle finger and over your ring finger.

Now, bring the yarn around your pinky, behind your ring finger and over your middle finger.

Next, bring the yarn around your index finger.

Now, we’re going to head back again. Bring the yarn behind your middle finger and over your ring finger.

Then, around your pinky, behind your ring finger, over your middle finger.

Starting with your pinky finger, bring the lower loop on your finger over the upper loop and over your finger.

Continue this process on each finger, bringing the lower loop over the upper loop and over your finger.  Bring the tail in between your index finger and your middle finger.  This is your home base. Now, repeat.

Wrap the yarn around your index finger.

Proceed to repeat the over and under until you have two loops on each finger.

Pull the lower loops over all the upper loops and over the finger, starting at the pinky.

You end up back at home base and you just keep repeating.

This is how the back looks.

This is how the opposite side of the finger knitting looks.

To finish, cut the yarn and bring the end through each of the loops.  If your child wants a break at any point, bring a pencil or pen through the loops in this same way and set aside.  Then, easily place the loops back on the fingers when you want to continue.

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Take the loops off your fingers and pull tightly.

Voila – there’s your finger knitting chain.

This is For the Girls With the Big Knuckles

As a large knuckle and spinning ring problem solving jeweler, I decided to share in this blog some of the advice I’ve shared with my clients.

The first step is to get your Knuckle to Finger Differential measured. I’ll cover that in a couple minutes. There is a video at the end of the post showing how to determine your knuckle to finger differential yourself.

Since the style of your ring can contribute to a spinning ring, I’ll address that first.

Knuckle to Finger differential

This Ring was Born to Spin. That’s Why We Put in a Butterfly Spring.

Some Rings Were Just Born to Spin 

Joan couldn’t wear this ring comfortably to save her life. And yet none of her other rings needed help to sit properly on her fingers.

Joan was not a candidate for spinning ring solutions on any of her other rings. Just this one. And yet she loved it. So we put a butterfly spring onto it to stabilize it on her hand. Now she wears it in comfort and gets the compliments, because a stand up big gem ring is quite an eye catcher!

Some rings by their top heavy design tend to flop around. Their design demands that you  do something beyond sizing it smaller (which won’t handle the problem anyway) to get it to fly right.

Engagement Ring Hand Engraved with Speed Bumps

Speed Bumps Can Help Arrest the Spin of Your Ring if Your Knuckle to Finger Differential is Not too Great

The Three Possible Solutions for Taming Spinning Rings

There are three basic possible solutions to spinning, flopping rings. They are covered in my, “Big Knuckles, Spinning Ring Solutions” Series:

1. Ring Spin or Ring Flop…One Possible Solution – Speed Bumps

2.  Big Knuckles and Spinning Rings? Try the Butterfly Spring!

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3. Finger Mate Hinging Shank for Rings for Enlarged Knuckles

Knuckle to finger differential

A Flexible Inner Spring, the Butterfly Spring, Helps Hold a Ring Upright for Those With a Larger Knuckle to Finger Differential

Spring or a Hinging Shank?

The first thing you need to know is your knuckle to finger differential. It is the difference in finger size between your knuckle and the finger area between your knuckle and the palm of your hand. Or as I call it, the area behind your knuckle.

The bigger the differential, the more active a solution you need. The numbers of the solutions are in order of effectiveness.

The #1 Speed Bumps, help a bit, and sometimes that’s all you need.

The #2 Butterfly Spring, helps more than speed bumps, but isn’t as awesomely hardcore a solution as the hinging ring shank is.

Hinging Shanks are the Cadillac of Ring Spinning Solutions

Hinging Shanks are the Cadillac of Ring Spinning Solutions

The #3 Hinging Shank helps a ton, but it could be overkill if you don’t have that much of a knuckle to finger differential. It also costs a lot more!

The other determining factor is the design of your ring. If your ring is very top heavy then you may need a more heavy duty solution on that ring than if you have an lower-to-the-hand design.

multi sizer

This Multi-Sizer is Flexible and Allows You to Measure for Yourself When at a Distance From Your Jeweler

How is Your Knuckle to Finger Differential Measured?

It Goes Flat for Easy Mailing

It Goes Flat for Easy Mailing

I like to use a flexible finger measurer. The normal hard metal ring sizers (Pictures of metal ring sizers) can only measure your knuckle and not the area behind it.

When I visit a client in person, I use the FingerMate sizer, which allows the finger  area behind the knuckle to be measured properly as well as your knuckle.

Like a Belt, This is a Flexible Ring Measurer

Like a Belt, This is a Flexible Ring Measurer

See below for my how to video that shows how you can use the Multi-sizer which can be mailed to you to determine your knuckle to finger differential if you are at a distance from your jeweler.

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