Have you ever tried finger crochet? If you haven’t yet, try it, it’s fun! Here’s an idea for your first project 🙂
How did this little flower happen? Well, while on a day trip this past August, we (our family) made a little rest stop at my favorite arts and crafts supply store. I got some colorful yarn but no hooks as I told myself I didn’t need any more at the moment, I had enough at home *are there ever enough hooks?*. We got back on the road, went on for a while and took another break from driving.
Suddenly, I felt this urge to crochet and regret that I’d not bought any hooks. Not one. But I really felt like trying out my new yarn! In that moment, I must have activated some gene tracing back to my ancestors who, back in the olden days, possibly as olden as the stone age, must have loved crocheting and were pretty good at it, except they had a very limited to no access to quality tools, so they used their FINGERS to do all the stitching.
I’d try finger crocheting a little something, I decided. And believe it or not, I had not heard of such a technique…and had no idea it existed. But there I was, pinching away at the yarn with the tips of my index finger and thumb, yarning over, pulling through, creating a real fabric!
Next, I wanted to crochet a piece in the round; I dropped my scarf-to-be and set out to work on something to be round. It came out looking like a flower, sort of, that could be used as a coaster or a placemat, or if I kept going – a seat cover or rug! I stopped at a coaster though 🙂
I was pleased with the results and with the fact that I did some crocheting and no lack of a hook could stop me.
The following day, I tried making a couple more items. I made a bracelet and another coaster:
Later, I did some research and found info re finger crochet, some photos, tutorials and even a publication or two. *Had I tapped into the universal crochet mind that Summer day?…* The moves I used to create stitches were somewhat different from what I found online. I really just saw my two fingers as a crochet hook, but the gist of it was in line with what the crochet world had known for a while…a few millennia? I remembered how I had seen a couple of cool videos on how to hand/finger knit a cowl, but I had never been able to get myself to try it because it required keeping all working chains on wrists – and what if you have to go do something urgently?…with finger crochet all you have is one loop that’s on your improvised crochet hook, which is easy to take off, put aside and pick up, whenever, just where you left off.
I later frogged that first attempt at a finger crochet scarf because I needed that yarn for another project, even though it did look nice, it really did 🙂 but when I get a creative idea – I do, creatively speaking, what I gotta do. But here’s a new beginning – a swatch for a simple and minimalistic future infinity scarf:
This stitch, below, appears too lose, so I’ll go with the one above:
A few notes here:
- you really don’t need a heavy weight/ bulky or super bulky yarn for this technique. Medium weight and even fine weight works just fine. You can use more than one yarn, making it say two/three-ply, double/multi color yarn if you wish to try a bulkier material but don’t have any at hand…;
- it’s a great technique to use around babies and toddlers and pets, especially if you are sitting next to them in a car, assuming you are not driving, since you don’t have to worry about anything poky;
- it’s also a nice way to keep doing what you like when, for whatever reason, holding an actual crochet hook is too painful for your hand…;
- it should be a great pastime on an international or even a domestic flight, as long as you can bring your yarn through security as carry on. I’m totally going to try it next time I get on a long flight!
One caveat – with finer yarns, you may not be able to produce too tight of stitching as your work will be limited to the circumference/girth of your index finger or the tips of your pointer and thumb placed together, depending on the method you are using.
Higher density, however, can be achieved with slip stitches and bulkier yarn!
When finger crocheting, try not to strain your wrists too much; find a position that’s comfy for both hands and let your hands&fingers move naturally, “ergonomically”. It shouldn’t cause any discomfort.
Here’s my attempt at showing you the basics that should get you started 🙂