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How to Arm Knit and Finger Knit a Necklace

Updated on March 18, 2015

Christmas Necklaces with Crochet Mini Wreath

arm knit braid necklace and finger knit cord necklace with crochet mini wreath make for great Christmas necklaces
arm knit braid necklace and finger knit cord necklace with crochet mini wreath make for great Christmas necklaces | Source

How to make great Christmas Necklaces with Arm Knitting and Finger Knitting

If you haven't heard - arm knitting is all the rage - perhaps because in crafting it is the closest you come to instant gratification - you see results in under an hour! Here are a couple of free patterns for you to make some jewelry, takes about an hour and is really easy, easy enough for beginners. These particular ones I made for Christmas but you can use the same method over and over again, just use different embellishments to get different results.

Have fun.

Finger Knitting Cord Necklace

Finger knit cord necklace with crochet wreath
Finger knit cord necklace with crochet wreath

How to finger knit a cord

I have been experimenting with finger and arm knitting. Normally you finger knit using four fingers giving a narrow band but I decided I wanted to make a cord - well three cords for this necklace. So I tried it out using only two fingers. I've photographed the steps in the infographics below.

How to make a cord with finger knitting

how to make a cord with finger knitting part 1
how to make a cord with finger knitting part 1
how to make a cord with finger knitting part 2
how to make a cord with finger knitting part 2

Finishing the cord necklace

use a yarn needle and yarn to hold the three cord together.
use a yarn needle and yarn to hold the three cord together.

To make this Christmas cord necklace

Obviously you need three cords to make this necklace. I used two red and one green but you can use all red or all green depending on your mood. Adjust the length as what is comfortable for you but these are the measurements I used.

  1. Make cord 1 approximately 30 inches long.
  2. Make cord 2 approximately 30-31 inches long - to fit outside your first cord
  3. Make cord 3 approximately 31-32 inches long - to fit outside the first two cords.
  4. Lay the three cords together on a flat surface - fold up in half.
  5. Use a yarn needle with same coloured yarn and sew through all six layers. This is to hold the necklace together but you can miss this step if you like. I just like to do this because they are not all the same length.
  6. Knot the top threads all together.
  7. Add your mini wreath or a button or other embellishment to finish.

A Christmas gift wrapped with a Christmas gift

I used the Christmas cord necklace to wrap a friend's Christmas gift
I used the Christmas cord necklace to wrap a friend's Christmas gift

Arm Knitting Braid Christmas Necklace

arm knitting neckace with mini wreath
arm knitting neckace with mini wreath

Arm Knitting

Arm knitting produces a much looser, messier look but I actually quite like the look. Below you will find a couple of videos to give you the basics of arm knitting far quicker than I can write it out. After I'll share where mine differs for this necklace.

Easiest Method of Casting on for Arm Knitting called Bind On in the USA

Basic Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting

arm knitting
arm knitting
make a twist stitch
make a twist stitch

Braided arm knitting

this is what the finished braid looks like
this is what the finished braid looks like

How to make an arm knitted braid

Another experiement for me - for arm knitting your really need to use as thick yarn as you can so I didn't want to have a wide swatch with big open spaces. Instead I cast on only three stitches. I know the pictures show more than 3 stitches but this was for another project, I just use them for illustration.

  1. Cast on (Bind on if you are in the USA) three stitches to one arm/wrist.
  2. Arm knit by holding the working yarn from your ball of wool in the hand where your stitches are.
  3. Slip the first stitch over your wrist and therefore over the new yarn - normally folk just pass this onto the other wrist but I prefer to give it a twist and then transfer it to the other arm. Repeat with the other three stitches.
  4. For the next row and to the end - lift the stitch FURTHEREST from your wrist over the new yarn you are holding in that hand - remember the twist and transfer this new loop to your other arm.
  5. Lift the stitch furtherest from your hand over the new yarn in your hand, twist and transfer this new loop to your other arm.
  6. Lift the remaining stitch over the yarn in your hand, twist and transfer to your other arm.
  7. Continue for the length you want - roughly long enough to fold so it makes four chains.
  8. The last row knit plain without the braid to cast off (bind off) - knit then pass that stitch over the first stitch and drop (don't forget to let go of the working yarn before you drop the stitch), knit - pass knit stitch over and drop. Pull the last of your yarn through the hoop to secure or it will unravel.
  9. Join the two ends together - you can just knot them leaving long tails.
  10. Fold to make four chain lengths.
  11. Use the two tails to wrap tightly around the join and to hold the chains together. It makes a neat finish as you see below. I actually sewed the ends into the wrapped knot at the end to make it really secure.

Arm Knitting Braid Necklace

wrap to finish braid necklace
wrap to finish braid necklace
arm braid necklace
arm braid necklace

How to Cast Off in Arm Knitting - How to Bind Off in Arm Knitting

How to crochet a mini wreath

Crochet a mini wreath for embellishment

I used this video by the Crochet Geek on YouTube to make the wreath. In the video she uses a pipe-cleaner but I didn't bother with that for this one. What I did do is attach a brooch finding on the back so it could be used separately as a brooch or placed somewhere different on the necklace.

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