Finger Crochet Basics

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When people find out I crochet, they say one of two things. They either say, “I wish I had time for that” or “I’d like to learn, but I don’t have the supplies I need.”

Today, we’re going to address that second objection. We’ll eventually get to the first one, but for now, let’s talk about supplies.

You only need two things, other than your own hands. You will need a ball (or skein) of yarn and a pair of scissors. Other than that, you need your own hands. It will help if the yarn is a category 5 bulky weight, but that isn’t necessary.

I am going to give you basic instructions and then share a video from Naztazia on making a finger crocheted cowl.


1. Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how to do this, the video does show you how. The way I do it is like tying a balloon. Wrap the yarn around your index and middle fingers. Insert a loop under the yarn. While holding the loop, pull your fingers out of the original wrap and pull the loose end to tighten the knot.

2. Make your chain. Put your index finger and thumb in the loop you just made with your slip knot. Pinch the working yarn (not the loose end, but the one that leads to the ball of yarn) and pull it through. Repeat this for as long as you want your chain to be. (If you want a head start on the video, make a chain of 30.)

3. Make a single crochet in the second chain. The loop on your finger does not count as a chain. Insert your index finger in the second chain. Loop the yarn over your finger and pull it through the chain, bringing up a loop. Insert your thumb in both loops, pinch the working yarn, and pull it through, placing the new loop on your finger. Repeat for each chain.

4. Do row 2. At the end of the first row, chain 1 by following the same process as for your beginning chain. In row 2, the process is the same for making your single crochet except that you insert your index finger under the top two loops of the stitches you just made

5. Repeat. Do this for at least 4 or 5 rows. If you want, repeat row 2 until you have a scarf

6. Fasten off. To do this, start another stitch. Instead of completing the stitch, cut your yarn and pull the end through your last loop. Weave on the end by pulling it through 5 or 6 stitches on the backside of your work. Do the same with the yarn tail at the beginning too.

Correcting Mistakes

As you go along, if you make a mistake, don’t worry. Remove your finger from your working loop. Slowly pull on the working end of the yarn until you pull out the mistake. (In yarn-speak, we call this frogging because we rip it back and “rip it” sounds a lot like “ribbit.”

After you have pulled back to your mistake, just start again from that point. While it’s annoying to have to do this, in my opinion, it’s an easier process than in knitting.

For Visually Impaired Crocheters

If you are just getting started with crochet, this might be a way to learn, especially if you crochet by feel. It makes you have to feel the stitches so you get more familiar with them.

I didn’t finger crochet until this project. It might have helped me when I was learning.

The Video

As promised, here is the video from Donna Wolf of

That’s it. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you make a finger crocheted cowl, tag me in Instagram @jen.nipps. I’d like to see it.

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