Did you ever finger knit when you were young? I needed no excuse to play with yarn and string when I was a child. I made macramé bracelets, god’s eyes, dream catchers and finger knitted for days on end. These tee-shirt yarn finger knitted necklaces pay homage to my childhood. Made with soft cotton, they dress up an outfit for spring, while still being totally comfortable and casual. If you don’t want to make your own tee shirt yarn, you can purchase a spool of t-shirt yarn from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
Optional: big chunky wood beads
If you have never finger knitted I will give you a brief tutorial. My 6-year old learned how to do this, so you can too, I promise!
1. Leave a 18” tail to tie your necklace on later. Begin by taking the tail and holding it between your thumb and pointer finger to hold it in place.
2. Weave the yarn in and out between your fingers. Once you get to your pinky weave the other way back all while holding the tail between you thumb and pointer. Each finger should now have yarn on it.
3. Now set your yarn over your weave on top of your fingers and then with your other hand move each lower yarn over the new yarn (and your finger). Do that for all four fingers.
The pointer and middle finger are done in this picture below…
All fingers done below…
4. Then set your yarn back over your fingers and then take the lower yarn over your finger and the yarn you just laid down starting from pinky to pointer. Then reverse back and forth until your necklace is as long as you desire.
5. As your necklace starts to grow pull taut on the tail. Make the necklace about 12” – 18” in length depending on your style.
6. To tie off, remove the yarn from your fingers. Weave your yarn in the loops and then pull it taut.
7. Add chunky wood beads to each end and then tie and knot in place.
8. To add some chain create a loop at the end of your finger knit necklace. Then wrap the yarn around it and tuck in through the loop. Cut and hot glue in place.
9. Open up your loop and stretch it into the chain link. Repeat for the other side.
10, Tie your necklace on with a regular bow like you were tying your shoe.
You can layer them, finger knit multiple strands together, add more beads, etc.
For more ideas on what you can do with t-shirt yarn check out…
The tutorial for the finger knit necklace originally appeared on The Creative Spark.