My mom has always been excellent at crochet, and I’ve always been jealous of the way she can whip up a hat or a pot holder in seemingly no time at all! She has offered many times to teach me how to do it, but the idea of learning all those stitches and figuring out how to use crochet needles has always been a bit too intimidating for me to really commit.
I had all but accepted that yarn-related crafts just weren’t for me… until I recently learned about “finger looping!” Over the past two weeks it has turned into a favorite pastime of mine, and I thought that many of you would enjoy it too! So I’ll be telling you all about this new hobby of mine in today’s blog post.
I’ll start by explaining what finger looping is, and sharing a few of the things I like most about it. Then we’ll explore exactly what kinds of things you can make with this technique, and then I’ll finish things off by showing you exactly how it’s done! :-)
What Is Finger Looping?
Finger looping is like knitting, but it doesn’t require needles or hooks of any kind. Instead of creating loops in the yarn, you use a special type of yarn that has loops built right in! So all you have to do is thread the loops together and the fabric emerges right before your eyes!
4 Reasons Why I Love Finger Looping
1. It’s Simple
Adopting a new hobby can be intimidating, both in terms of learning a new skill and investing in all the necessary tools and materials. One of the things I like best about finger looping is that it’s so simple!
You only need two things for finger looping: a skein of loop yarn and a pair of scissors. Once you have those two things, you can start a project right away!
2. It’s Portable
Because finger looping is such a simple process, it’s also highly portable. You could work on a finger looping project on a flight, during a long car ride, or anywhere really!
3. It Keeps My Hands Busy
I’ve always been a pretty fidgety person, so it helps to keep my hands busy while I watch TV or movies. Finger looping is perfect for this, because it keeps my hands occupied without requiring too much concentration. (Plus, it makes me feel much more productive!)
4. It’s Fun!
And last but not least, I love finger looping because it’s fun! There’s just something really satisfying about making something with your own two hands. And I really enjoy the challenge of learning something new, so figuring out finger looping has been very rewarding in that regard.
What Can You Make With Loop Yarn?
Here are some of the things you can make out of loop yarn:
- Throw blanket
- Wrist warmers
I’m currently working on a throw blanket, which has been a great starter project for me. Since it’s just one big square, there’s no need to worry about doing anything other than “stitch” the yarn loops together. (Though I did decide to add thick stripes to my blanket by switching the direction of my loops every few rows, which is very easy to do!)
You can download over two dozen free finger looping patterns on Red Heart’s website. (Red Heart is the brand behind Loop-It yarn, which is what I’ve been using for my blanket. If you’re looking to buy some loop yarn, I highly recommend it!)
How To Do Finger Looping – The Basics
While the specifics will vary based on what project you’re making, the basic process of looping the yarn is very straightforward. However, things like this are usually easier to show than they are to tell, which is why I decided to make a little video tutorial for you!
Watch my tutorial video here:
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