Finger Knitting for your American Girl Doll


Let me just start off by saying that ever since the day C was able to hold something in her hand, my husband and I could tell that she would do something creative with her life. She is a child that LOVES crafts, but it goes beyond that. She enjoys thinking up all sorts of crafty things to do with materials that are right inside of our house. She doesn’t need a kit, and because she NEVER throws anything away (she pulls egg cartons out of recycling), she has plenty of supplies. Knowing this about my daughter has made me want to give her every opportunity that I can to encourage her be creative.

I love to knit. I learned how just after I got married, almost 9 years ago now, and it has since become a passion for me, and I figured that someday I would teach C.

So we started last year by learning how to finger knit. This is a good way to start the knitting process because it really helps with fine motor skills and listening to instructions. It is also helpful that fairly quickly you have an actual product that you can be proud of. C was all about it, and she hasn’t stopped since!

Yesterday we were just hanging around; we had one of those perfect weekends. You know, the kind where you don’t have anything you HAVE to do, but there is so much that you CAN do. She picked up her finger knitting box and began to make some scarves for her American Girl Dolls. C figured that since it was starting to get chilly outside, now may be a good time to do so. Together, we decided it would be fun to make a little video on how to finger knit, so that anyone that was interested could learn.

Let me say that there is no wrong way to finger knit. All right, let me clarify…there probably is a wrong way to finger knit, but to me there is no wrong way. If you end up with a scarf-like object that looks cute at the end, you have done it right in my book.

Here is what you need:

2 hands

4 fingers

A skein of yarn (the chunkier the better and try not to get one that will be difficult to see)

Step 1:  Cast On. If you or your little one are right-handed, you will be casting on to your left hand (or vise versa). Start with your pointer finger and weave the yarn in and out each of your 4 fingers and back again until you have 2 “wraps” on each finger.

Step 2: Start finger knitting. Start with your pinkie. Pull the bottom “wrap” over the top and off of your finger. Repeat with each finger. When you only have 1 “wrap” on each finger, pick up your strand of yarn again and weave until there are 2 “wraps” again on each finger. Continue this process (finger knitting) until you are at the desired length or you feel like stopping.

** If and when you need to take a break, C usually decides to take a pen or pencil and put her 4 loops on it. When she wants to pick it back up, she will then put them back onto her respective fingers. 

Step 3: Cast off. Again, start with your pinkie. Take the “wrap” that was on this finger and move it to your ring finger. Then pull the bottom “wrap” over the top and off of your finger. Move the “wrap” from your ring finger to your middle finger. Once again, pull the bottom “wrap” over the top and off of your finger. Continue until you only have one “wrap” left on your pointer finger. Then tie off the yarn. Now you can cut the yarn and your scarf (for you or your doll) is complete!

Both of C’s brothers have beautifully knit scarves made by their sister and she has also made them for many of her dolls. She is so excited to learn to knit “on needles” but until then, she is very content just making gifts for everyone!

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Lauryn, this is fabulous! So very helpful and I love that you (and your assistant!) offered a video along with the photos/instructions. I can’t wait to try teaching my son… and eventually, my daughter, too. Thank you!!

  2. Great how to, Lauryn! I can’t wait til my little one is ready to learn this.

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