April 29, 2013

DIY Chunky Finger Knit Necklace

While some more elaborate projects (this necklace comes to mind) are incredibly rewarding to conquer, I can't deny the simplicity of a do-it-yourself project that requires only 3 things and uses just your fingers. This DIY finger knit necklace is quick and a lot of fun to make. If I could figure out what to do with it, I'd sit around watching TV and making yards of finger knit cord from this stretchy yarn all day.

Tools and materials:
2 brass plumbing couplings from hardware store

To begin, leave a long 10 inch or so tail of the yarn in between your thumb and palm, with the rest of the yarn across your palm.

To finger knit, I recommend following a video like this one. It's way easier to follow a video than still photos.

Finger knit until you have long enough of a knit section (about 8 inches) and follow the video's directions for casting off.

Cut the yarn for a tail long enough to match the other loose end. You can stop here if you'd like, or...

...cut two pieces of yarn, each twice the length of the loose tails of the necklace. Thread through the last loops of the knit section and pull through half way.

Thread one of the couplings onto the yarn and knot in place.

Repeat on the other end of the necklace and tie the ends together to close. That's it!

It's got a slight nautical feel, so I really like it layered over my a striped tee. Let me know if you try this one, it's too fun not to pass up!


  1. This is so cute! When I read the name of the project in my reader, I was dubious (not sure why). But, gosh, I really, really love this. Nice work!

  2. Cool!
    and the color is great! Love it)

  3. So neat, and I would love to do this!

  4. This is such a great DIY! I'm going to pin it.


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  5. this is a great one! it turned out really well. I don't know why but i've always been afraid to try anything requiring knitting. I never learned how and now i subconsciously shy away from it. you make it look so easy though!

  6. tee hee I have a bag of those copper tubes that I've never used yet, this is a great idea for using scraps of jersey! <3

  7. Ahhh I have been wanting to do a really chunky knotted (?) necklace but could not figure out how... this is brilliant, Erin! (and the pipe couplings are the PERFECT touch!)
    Smart n Snazzy

  8. This is the classiest thing that has ever come from finger knitting. You have a great eye for color!

    xx Kristiina

  9. this is really cool! :D

  10. I love it! It's a great idea,I'll
    try it...

  11. I also make necklaces like this, love it!

  12. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Just made this in a lovely orange t-shirt yarn. thanks so much for the inspiration, half an hour to completion, heaven


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