How To Finger Crochet (+ 8 Free Patterns) | #Crochet #TipsTuesday

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. I’ll show you the basics in this photo tutorial and I’ll share a roundup of 8 free finger crochet patterns to get you started.

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Since your fingers are relatively thick when compared to most crochet hooks, start with bulky or super bulky yarns. I used Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick that was leftover from the Coastal Redwood Super Scarf for this tutorial. Children can start with medium weight yarns, since their fingers are smaller. (For more ideas for teaching children to crochet, read 10 Tips for Teaching Children to Crochet.)

How To Finger Crochet

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

1) Start with a slip knot.

Once you have your yarn selected, start with a slip knot on the forefinger of your dominant hand (i.e., with your right hand if you’re a righty or your left hand if you’re a lefty). Leave the slip knot loose.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

2) Make a foundation chain.

With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger from back to front. This step is like a yarn over (yo) in standard crochet.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Bend your forefinger and draw the yarn through the loop already on your finger. You may need to use your other hand to help pull the yarn through.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

You’ve made a chain!

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Continue these steps until the foundation chain is as long as you’d like for your project. Keep your stitches loose so that it’s easy for your fingers to work through them.

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3) Make single crochet stitches

Skip the first chain. (The loop on your finger doesn’t count as a chain, so skip the first one that’s off your finger.) This step is like skipping the turning chain (t-ch) in standard crochet.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Insert your forefinger into the next chain.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Draw the yarn through the first loop on your forefinger. You should still have two loops on your finger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Pull the yarn through both loops on your finger. You’ve made a single crochet!

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Insert your forefinger into the next chain. With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger. Draw the yarn through the first loop on your forefinger. You should still have two loops on your finger. With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger. Pull the yarn through both loops on your finger. Repeat these steps across until you have a row of single crochet stitches.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

To make the next row of single crochet stitches, turn.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Make a chain by wrapping the yarn over your forefinger…

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

and draw the yarn through the loop on your forefinger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Repeat the steps for working a single crochet by inserting your forefinger in the next (first) stitch.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Draw the yarn through the first loop on your forefinger. You should still have two loops on your finger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

With your other hand, wrap the yarn over your forefinger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Pull the yarn through both loops on your finger.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

Repeat these steps until you have as many of single crochet stitches as you need for your project.

How To Finger Crochet by Underground Crafter | Finger crochet is a great way to enjoy crochet when you don’t have a hook on hand (or, when your hook isn’t the right size for your yarn). It’s also a great way to teach crochet, since your fingers only have to focus on the mechanics of the stitches and not on how to hold the hook. Learn the basics in this photo tutorial.

When you’re ready to finish off your project, cut the yarn, leaving about 5” (13 cm) of yarn tail. Draw that short end through the last loop on your finger to finish off. Use a yarn needle or crochet hook to weave in the yarn tails.

Are you ready to make some finger crochet projects? Here are eight ideas to get you started.

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