How to Knit Finger Puppets

By Michelle Powell-Smith

Things Needed

  • Yarn, small amounts in several colors
  • Double point knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Embroidery floss

Every knitter ends up with bits and bobs of scrap yarn leftover from other projects. Knitting finger puppets is a great way to use up these leftovers and create a fun gift for a child or a playful one for an adult. Use double point needles to knit finger puppets, adding colorwork or embroidery for faces and detailing. Consider knitting an entire set of finger puppets to represent farm animals, book or television characters or a family. Knit finger puppets are an ideal on the go project, as they can be done without a pattern, take very little yarn and are completed quickly.

Determine your cast on. No one wants to knit a gauge swatch for a finger puppet, so a rough estimation will often work. Cast on enough stitches to comfortably fit an adult's finger. Choose an even number to make decreases at the end of the finger easier. The knitting needles should be smaller than what you would typically use for the yarn.

Cast on your stitches, spread between three or four double point needles as you prefer. Work approximately 4 to 6 rows of knit 1, purl 1 ribbing to stabilize the edge of your knit finger puppet and prevent rolling at the end of your finger puppet.

Begin working in stockinette stitch, knitting all stitches. Work 8 to 12 rows in plain stockinette. Once you reach the top joint of the finger, add a face or details if you want to use colorwork or add arms, a beak or tentacles. You should have approximately 20 rows total before you begin the end of finger shaping.

Knit 2 together, knit 1 on the next row as you decrease for the fingertip of your knit finger puppet. Knit one row plain and knit 2 together around on the following row. Break yarn, leaving a 6 to 8 inch tail. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Use embroidery floss or yarn scraps to duplicate stitch or embroider a face or features into place on your knit finger puppet. Add detail to bring life and personality to your knit finger puppets.

About the Author

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.