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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!
 
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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!
Cello246019 months ago
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.
blossom92833 years ago
Do you have an instructable on basic knitting techniques?
awsome craft i have an idea put them on fingerless gloves
bpwagner5 years ago
These are cute. My daughter loves them!
caitlinsdad5 years ago
stinkymum! Do you have a pattern for a Kiteman finger puppet? I would have to learn how to knit if you did.
stinkymum (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
stinkymum (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
What does a kiteman look like? Sounds fun to knit if only I knew what it was!
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stinkymum (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
I see him! white body, pink bald head with tufts of hair wearing glasses - green bow tie. hmmmmmm, it's possible!
Oh, the humanity!
Yay!
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
DebH575 years ago
Well if these aren't the cats meow! How darling! Good luck in the contest.
and...the cat's pyjamas ;0)
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.
agree with candida! Well done !!!!
canida5 years ago
These are fabulous! Also a great way to use up scraps, which is super-useful. ;)
Jayefuu5 years ago
Good ible! I found some rather cool farm themes ones here: http://www.artsandcraftsblog.com/crochet/farm-finger-puppets
ChrysN5 years ago
These little guys are cute!
I love them! So cute. I used to have gloves with little faces on each finger when I was a kid... just an idea!
kelseymh5 years ago
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!