Introduction: Finger Puppets for All Reasons!

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A quick and easy kid project is to knit and sew finger puppets. It is very simple - even an adult can do it! My niece in England asked me for finger puppets so I devised this very basic pattern. If you can knit garter and stockinette stitch reasonably well, it will be a doddle! This would be a great chance to teach a child that knitting and sewing is fun!

Step 1: Once Upon a Time.....

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Once upon a time, there was a pair of number 3mm knitting needles, several scaps of coloured yarn, a darning needle, some embroidery floss - and an inquisitive child, longing to learn something new and have fun at the same time!

I am sure that I am not alone in having little balls of yarn left over from major projects, which are really too small to do anything with. (by the way most of my yarn is Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand) The perfect way to use these oddments up is to knit finger puppets - you can create a whole scenario, just by using a bit of imagination.

Are you sitting comfortably, then we'll begin.

With a brightly coloured yarn of your choice, begin at the lower edge and cast on 16 stitches and garter stitch two rows. Continue in stockinette stitch, beginning with a knit row, and knit 10 rows.

Step 2: Creating the Head

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Break off the first yarn and join on pink or brown or any colour you like for the head. Stockinette stitch 6 rows.

Step 3: A Good Hair Day!

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Break of the face colour and join on your hair colour. If you like green or purple hair instead of yellow or brown - go for it!

Stockinette stich for two rows, beginning with a knitted row.

Next row
Knit two together to end (8 stitches)

Take a darning needle and run the cut off thread through the 8 stitches on the needle and bind of very tightly.

You now have a little finger guy!

Step 4: Sew and Sew

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With the purl side on the outside sew up the little body, starting at the hair and work down, being careful to use matching colours on your needle as you go. You can use up the ends of yarn that you cut off when you changed colours.

DO NOT SEW UP THE BOTTOM, as this is where the finger in "finger puppet:" comes in!

Turn right side out and you have made your basic finger puppet.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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With your darning needle and a strand of embroidery floss, carefully embroider two little eyes and a cute mouth. Use a contrasting colour to the face colour for this.

For the little scarf, cast on 35 stitches in a contrasting yarn - do not knit any rows, but cast off immediately.

Attach the scarf round the neck of the little fellow and catch together with your darning needle where the scarft overlaps.

Step 6: Variations

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Variations are endless and depend solely on you or your child's imagination.

You can embroider lazy daisy flowers on the body of the puppet. You can add buttons down the front by sewing a French Knot. You can braid three pieces of hair coloured yarn and attach them to the sides of the face at the hair line - and behold - girl puppet. You can add little yarn bows, sew on pieces of lace or ribbon - whatever takes your fancy.

I am sure that you and/or your child will have a lot of fun creating these little puppets and maybe even put on a puppet show or two!

And as the story ends, they all lived happily ever aft.


caitlinsdad (author)2009-08-18

stinkymum! Do you have a pattern for a Kiteman finger puppet? I would have to learn how to knit if you did.

PattyM59 (author)stinkymum2016-11-12

Our children's hospital uses finger puppets to comfort the kids when getting bloodwork done and upon arrival at reception. The IWK here in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) goes through about 1,000 a month. I'll be using this pattern to use up my scraps for a very good cause. Thank you for posting it

stinkymum (author)caitlinsdad2009-08-18

What does a kiteman look like? Sounds fun to knit if only I knew what it was!

caitlinsdad (author)stinkymum2009-08-18

Kiteman's avatar, the unoffical face of Instructables, next to the Instructables Robot.

stinkymum (author)caitlinsdad2009-08-19

I see him! white body, pink bald head with tufts of hair wearing glasses - green bow tie. hmmmmmm, it's possible!

caitlinsdad (author)stinkymum2009-08-19

Oh, the humanity!


Cello24601 (author)2013-11-24

To make my girl finger puppet more girly, I double the amount of stitches at the beginning and gradually k2tog to be back at the starting amount, and counted those as regular rows in my row count.

blossom9283 (author)2011-09-04

Do you have an instructable on basic knitting techniques?

GinnyPottersDaughter (author)2010-12-22

awsome craft i have an idea put them on fingerless gloves

bpwagner (author)2009-09-02

These are cute. My daughter loves them!

MadBricoleur (author)2009-08-10

I think I have a quick fix to the title that would make it sound quite a bit better: Finger puppets for all occasions? Just my 2 cents :D cool ible

DebH57 (author)2009-08-06

Well if these aren't the cats meow! How darling! Good luck in the contest.

porcupinemamma (author)DebH572009-08-10

and...the cat's pyjamas ;0)

porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-08

have you ever seen a finger puppet book that has a pattern for little bird puppets? I believe it was published in England and very probably out of print. I've tried for years to find that book.

porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-08

agree with candida! Well done !!!!

canida (author)2009-08-06

These are fabulous! Also a great way to use up scraps, which is super-useful. ;)

Jayefuu (author)2009-08-06

Good ible! I found some rather cool farm themes ones here:

ChrysN (author)2009-08-05

These little guys are cute!

riku-riku-chan (author)2009-08-05

I love them! So cute. I used to have gloves with little faces on each finger when I was a kid... just an idea!

kelseymh (author)2009-08-05

Cute and funny, complete and practical. And you even know how to write proper English (a rarity here at I'bles ;->). Thanks for a great launching point!

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