Handwork : Fingerknitting a Cup Coaster

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Fingerknitting is a versatile and satisfying introduction to knitting for children. Although it’s ideal for ages 4 to 7, some 3-year-olds may grasp it right away and of course some 8, 9 (and dare-I-say, 33 year-olds) equally love this quick and easy handwork project.

Knitting requires fine motor skills that also help children to practice crossing their midline. These skills help to develop other areas of development and learning such as being able to get dressed on their own, writing, reading and physical activities such as sport and dance.

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How to Fingerknit

To begin make a slip knot and attach it to your pointer finger

Wrap the yarn once more around your finger clockwise so you have two rings

Slip the bottom ring over the top ring and off of your finger

Pull the tail to tighten and repeat- wrap the yarn around your finger clockwise

Slip the bottom ring over the top ring and off of your finger

Pull the tail to tighten, pull the fingerknitted part to tighten and repeat.

When my children first learned to fingerknit we pracitised with the song:

Over the log (Slip the bottom ring over the top ring)

Jump off of me (off your finger)

Pull the little tail (Pull the yarn tail)

Gently back to me (pull the knitted part to you)

Repeat

You can find basic videos of this on YouTube if you want.

Fingerknitting a Cup Coaster

A wonderful first project for kindergarten children is a cup coaster.

Supplies

  • Thick yarn
  • Felt to match
  • Needle and thread

Let’s Begin

  1. Have your child fingerknit until the knitting is about as long as the child from floor to their shoulders
  2. Caregiver: Tightly coil the fingerknitting into a circular shape and cut out a piece of felt to go underneath this circle, pin down and sew into the felt to attach the coil to the base. The sewing doesn’t have to be perfect – just stitching in and out to attach.
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Fingerknitting is fun and helps to develop your child's fine motor skills. Learn how to fingerknit and create a beautiful fingerknit cup coaster.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

2 Comments

  1. Suzanne on February 1, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    This is such a neat project for kids! Its a short enough project but then they can make more as they have the patience and time.

  2. Vanessa on February 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing! What a fun way for kids to make gift for family!

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