I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit. But I have days when I’m very clumsy with my hands, which would get in the way of even knitting, and also have a serious problem with numbers to a point where I can think of the number four and say “Seven” and “Eleven” first, or where I can skip entire numbers when counting or copying something. I usually deal with it in time for everyday situations, but when crafting something invariably goes wrong. Never a good place to start. And when I got bored of crochet due to the constant mistakes and plateaus caused by shaky hands and poor number management, I gave up on learning to knit, at least not while I had other things to do.
But I never stop learning about crafts, even ones I can’t do. Looking at patterns led me on a pinterest-crawl and soon I was learning about arm knitting. Then I realized that, even if arm knitting was simple, it required me to keep both my arms working on the knitting until I was done, in case I messed up and tied a knot when getting loose. Me? Sit still for over five minutes? With a craft? No chance. Especially not when the results look like they’d be so easily destroyed by a cat or a clumsy movement. But I also discovered finger knitting. And it got me thinking.
As you can see, finger-knitting is based on the old way we used to use toilet rolls to knit bracelets in art class. It eliminates the counting, the fiddly needles and the time-consuming element. But I had two concerns. Firstly, that as with arm-knitting I just hadn’t the patience to sit like that for so long. Secondly that I only have four fingers, meaning I could only make something as wide as I could spread my fingers. So what if I could add to my fingers? What if I made a board or a box that I could use to finger-knit without knitting at all?
This is what I made:
However you could also make one with a board, maybe even paint it up and use it as a Christmas gift for any young or klutzy crafters in the family. I’m definitely making a knitting board all to myself sometime in the new year. Or maybe you could make yourself one and use it to knock out some quick and easy Christmas gifts for neighbours. However you want to play it, here are my instructions for a knitting board and a knitting box.
-a cardboard box
-10-100 spiky, sticky things (actual sticks, kebab sticks, chop sticks, knitting needles, anything)
-heavy duty tape, hot glue gun, crafting glue
-(optional) fabric or paper for decorating
-(optional) small hook or clasp for holding your thread end (see instructions)
1: Mark an even number of dots along one edge of the cardboard box.
2: Insert the spiky things in through the dot and out through another side of the box, to hold them firm.
3: Make sure your knitting ends (the ones where you drew the dots) are all an even length.
4: Tape/glue the non-knitting ends against the box.
5: (Attach optionals.)
-1 long board
-10-100 evenly sized nails, round tops or other nails that don’t have a very wide top are much, much better
-(optional) an extra nail or a clip
1: Mark the board with dots an even distance apart.
2: Hammer a nail into each dot.
3: Even out the nails.
4: (Add optionals.)
Definitely making myself one!
So how do we use this badboy? Well, we start by attaching the end of our yarn to the clasp, or otherwise just taping it to the side of our box/board.
Next we weave the ball end of our yarn over and under until we reach the end of the spikes.
Wrap it around and go over and under on your way back, so each spike has a bit of thread on the top and bottom of it.
Repeat both ways so that each spike has two bits of thread.
Pull the thread nearest the box/board over the top of the thread nearest you. Make sure the top thread stays on, but the thread near the box/board comes off!
Repeat on every spike.
Take your yarn again and weave once both ways.
The old “top” thread should now be the one nearest the board and the new one should be the top. Pull the bottom thread back over the top one.
Rinse and repeat.