We moved house on the last day of the months, and one the items that got lost along the way was our cord. It was not a priority item to replace, but I guess that Himself felt the loss as he started stroking the finger knitting that I was turning into a thicker piece for further knitting. Something about it made me wonder if it would work for *ahem* other purposes. Rigorous testing shows that it not only works, but is a more enjoyable experience. If you’ve never finger knitted, this might be the time to start.
This is what 9.6m of tickly soft, strong rope looks like
How much yarn
I had a selection of weights and thicknesses to hand, none of them more than 25g. 25g of chunky cotton/silk made a rope roughly 15 feet long, while the lace mohair pictured was 3g. I suggest grabbing some small balls that you like the feel of and, if there’s enough of it to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand then just work until you run out.
Think about the sensation that you want, and choose your yarn to match: tickly mohair (with nylon for added strength), whispering silk, absorbent cotton (if things get messy)
You will essentially be using your non-dominant hand as a small loom, creating a cord approximately 1/2inch wide. The width may vary somewhat according to yarn thickness, but that’s the finest I’ve known it.
With the palm of your non-dominant hand facing you, take the end of your yarn in your dominant hand and tuck it between your thumb and forefinger, clamping it in place. Wind the yarn behind your forefinger, in front of your middle, behind the ring, and right around the pinkie. Coming back towards the thumb, go in front of the ring, behind the middle, and in front of the fore. You will repeat this process once more, creating two loops on each finger; using your dominant forefinger, grab the lower of each pair of loops in turn, and slowly lift it over the finger and off.
One loop will stay on each finger until the end, and you will weave around as above to create the second. Your work will grow down the back of your hand, and tugging on the bottom every now and then will keep it neater and help the loops lie lower on your fingers. It takes a little while to get into the rhythm, but it grows quickly once you do.
If you need a break, slide each loop in turn onto something cylindrical (I used a spent AAA battery). Once you are near out of yarn, cast off by taking the single loop off your forefinger, placing it on your middle finger, lifting the lower loop as before, and repeating along your fingers. When you get to the last loop, pull the yarn through and tighten until it snugs up. Secure both ends of yarn by sewing them into your rope, and enjoy your new cord. Please don’t show me photos of it in use.
Want to see what I originally intended the cord for? I’m currently working on that project, and will show you when it’s finished.