How to Finger Knit with Loop Yarn and Make an Easy Blanket

Create an easy throw blanket with finger loop yarn, no knitting needles or crochet hooks required! This is a fun winter project that you can complete in a weekend to keep you warm and cozy.

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Happy Monday!

How about a fun craft project to keep you warm and cozy this winter?

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We had a couple of weekends in a row of wintry weather with snow, ice and below average freezing temperatures. . . weather that makes you want to curl up with a blanket and a mug of something warm to drink!

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I’ve fallen in love with loop yarn, specifically, Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ yarn! I discovered this yarn last year at JOANN fabric and craft store when I made a couple of throw blankets for gifts. It’s SO incredibly soft, fluffy and chenille-like, and comes in a wide variety of variegated as well as solid colors. The color yarn I used for this blanket is a variegated ‘Burgundy’. It looks more pinkish / rose in person but appears more brownish on the website.

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 Are you familiar with loop yarn? The loops in the yarn allow you to knit with your fingers, rather than needles! As I’m not a knitter or crocheter, the loop yarn is ideal for someone like me. The Bernat Alize Blanket EZ yarn comes in 18 yard skeins and is considered a jumbo size #7 gauge yarn. You’ll need (6) 18-yard skeins (108 yards total) to make a throw approximately 51 x 60 inches.

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 I followed the simple Alize EZ Afghan pattern that doesn’t require any counting other than your first row to get started.

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It’s best to start on a table or desk where you can lay out your yarn and count off your loops to get started. After you have completed 3 or 4 rows, you can move over to the sofa to work, while binge watching your favorite Netflix series. In just a couple of hours, you’ll have enough blanket looped together to shield your eyes if you’re too stressed out to watch what’s happening with Ruth, Darlene Snell and the Byrde family on Ozark. 😱. . . 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💵💊🎰

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To start, count out 65 loops for your foundation row. Mark your 65th loop with a safety pin or clip of some sort. (I used a plastic Christmas ornament hanger.)

Place your working yarn with the loops facing up in a row behind your foundation row of 65 loops.

Working from left to right, pull the 66th loop from your ‘working yarn’ up through the 65th loop (last loop of foundation row) to create a knit stitch. Pull your next loop from your working yarn up through next loop on your foundation row. Continue until your first row has been connected to a loop from the second row.

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Second row: Working from right to left, pull the next loop from working yarn up from behind through last stitch worked on previous row. Repeat across to the end of the row. Continue with your rows until you need to add a new skein.

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There are a couple of ways to join a new skein of yarn. My preferred method is to hold the last loop of your previous skein and first loop of your new skein together and work as if they are a single loop. Treat them as a single loop again when you come back to them on the next row. I like to mark the double loops with a clip so I made sure to pick up both loops together until I work them into a row.

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Another method to join your skeins is to snip the threads of the last two loops and your first two loops on your new skein and tie the tails together. You’ll weave the loose tails back through your knitted stitches when finished.

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 I thought I was paying attention but realized I had dropped a loop after I was already several rows ahead. I used a bobby pin to weave the loop back through back of the throw to secure it. The fluffy yarn is very forgiving so an extra loop can be camouflaged, threading it through the loops on the back without it being obvious.

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When you get to end of your final skein, you’ll bind off your stitches to complete your blanket.

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Bind off working in same direction as your last row, pulling the 2nd stitch up through first stitch. Pull the 3rd stitch up through the 2nd stitch and so on. Continue to the end of the row.

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 Cut the last two loops, snipping them apart by the thread that creates the loop to create a yarn ‘tail’.

The binding off directions sound more complicated than they actually are; I found it helpful to watch a video, here.

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Pull the tail through your last loop to secure it, then weave the tail through the back of your stitches to secure and conceal it.

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Use a bobby pin to weave tail of yarn through blanket | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #blanket #DIY #fingerknit #loopyarn #bernatezyarn

Use a bobby pin to weave tail of yarn through blanket | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #blanket #DIY #fingerknit #loopyarn #bernatezyarn

When you’re finished you’ll want to secure any other loose tails, weaving them through the back of the throw.

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Several videos I watched recommended using a tapestry or darning needle to secure any loose yarn tails. I just used a bobby pin again.

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 Helpful tips:

Keep your working yarn with the loops facing up behind your current row of loops. The loops from your working yarn are always pulled through the previous row of loops from the back to the front.

Check your work every 10 stitches or so to make sure you haven’t dropped a loop. Straighten your working yarn and untwist the “squiggly” loops to prevent skipping or dropping loops in your rows.

If I stopped, I clipped my next set of loops together to make it easier to find and pick up where I left off.

  Look for coupons available from JOANN to buy online and pick up at your local store or order with free shipping. I purchase my yarn online as my local store didn’t have enough skeins.

You can find the printable pdf directions from Yarnspirations, HERE.

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Don’t you love an easy craft project?!

It’s such a satisfying project and one that keeps you warm while you work!

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Lola and Sophie agreed to pose and model their Valentine heart headband photos with the promise of a treat! 🐾🐾

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Love is a four-legged word. . .

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  29 comments for “How to Finger Knit with Loop Yarn and Make an Easy Blanket

  1. Liz
    January 31, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful! Love the colors and the cozy throw!

    • Margaret
      February 2, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Beautif

    • Margaret
      February 2, 2022 at 6:21 pm

      Beautiful and cosy
      Love to make a rug is that possible an what yarn would be suitable tk u

  2. Kaye
    January 31, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Your throw is beautiful and looks so cozy. Thank you for such explicit instructions!

  3. January 31, 2022 at 6:58 am

    I would love to try this! Hopefully, my arthritic fingers will let me!! Thank Mary for another craft project and the picture of the girls in their Valentine headbands!

  4. January 31, 2022 at 7:42 am

    This is really cute and I’m wondering if you could also use needles with it. Love the varigation and the finished piece. It looks so soft and comfy! Perfect for our close-to-zero days and nights!

    • January 31, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Jeanie, Bernat makes lots of beautiful chenille style yarn, loop-free for knitting and crocheting. :)

  5. January 31, 2022 at 8:01 am

    So pretty, and your sweet girls look very cozy all nestled down in it. 😊

  6. franki Parde
    January 31, 2022 at 8:46 am

    The color combinations are endless!! Sweet!! franki

  7. January 31, 2022 at 9:00 am

    So pretty Mary, and looks like fun! The girls certainly think it’s cozy 🐾 they look adorable in their headbands! I think you’d love crochet, it’s easy to learn and do… stay cozy!
    Jenna

  8. January 31, 2022 at 9:08 am

    We’re seeing a whole new side of you here, Mary. I love the blanket! I have never seen yarn like that, but I really like the end results. Well done!

  9. Rita C.
    January 31, 2022 at 9:41 am

    So cute, and the colors are really soft and pretty!

    • Clara
      January 31, 2022 at 9:59 am

      Mary, Your throw is so pretty. I love and appreciate the detailed directions. The girls are so cute in their headbands. Stay warm. Clara ❤️

  10. Cindi
    January 31, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Mary…I have always wanted to learn to crochet or knit and even tried when my daughter was pregnant with my first grandchild..but my brain and hands could not communicate…even though I do lots of other crafts. I was so disappointed…this may be my chance. I now have four grandchildren aged 4,4,( twins) 4 & 6. Yes 2017 was a busy year for my family) Hmmm…. Might be my chance. Love the pictures of your puppies- my Southpaw (7 year old dachshund beagle mix) was sitting in my lap as I read your post and he told me not to even think of dressing him up like your adorable pups! Peace

  11. Linda
    January 31, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Oh Mary you never cease to amaze me! Love your cozy knit blanket and the photos of “the valentine girls” on the porch. I also got a good laugh from your comment about watching the Ozark….I’m sure my blanket would look like an undersea creature if I attempted to finger knit it while watching the Ozark…Lol! I have to down a huge bowl of popcorn and a cocktail or two just to get through it! I also love how you have the little emojis at the end of your sentence like they do for clues before scenes in the show. Clever! What I love about you is that you’re so across the board with anything you do and are definitely never boring – thanks again Mary for the fun post!

  12. January 31, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I love this. It is a perfect project for me to use as an exercise for my fingers as I recover from chemo caused neuropathy. Going to order some skeins of this yarn immediately. Already printed out the instructions. Thank you so much. Plus, as always love Sophie and Lola in their holiday fashions. They are beyond adorable.

  13. January 31, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    I ❤️ this project, Mary!! The throw certainly turned out so beautiful and I love the variegated yarn. I really should give this project a try. Thank you for sharing all your tips. 💕

    • Char
      February 12, 2022 at 10:05 pm

      Love the look, but for me, I think knitting with regular chenille yarn would be way faster! But, then, I like to knit. 🙂

  14. KathyP
    January 31, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I love this Mary! I’ve never seen this yarn but it was made for me as I can’t knit or crochet. Love the variegated color!

  15. Jerrie Stanton
    January 31, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    So pretty! Lola and Sophie look so fluffy and beautiful too enjoying your blanket.🐾🐾❤️

  16. January 31, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Mary, I adore the throw, the color is beautiful. The girls look so cute in their head bands!

  17. Cyndi Raines
    January 31, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    How very pretty! The colors are perfect for Valentine’s! Well done Mary. I enjoy crocheting and have knitted a little, but this sounds like fun and so glad you are enjoying this new craft! You do all things well! ♥️ Hug the pups for me! ♥️🐾

  18. February 1, 2022 at 12:58 am

    It sure looks cozy… beautiful colors! And hello sweet Lola and Sophie!

  19. Lisa
    February 1, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I love this and that includes your sweet girls! 🐾🐾Thanks for the great directions! ❤️

  20. February 1, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Love the soft fluffy aspect, but I couldn’t comprehend finger knitting, I’m sure if I focused hard I could make a hot pod but feeling very intimidated with your big project! So nice to pick and choose your colors too… The girls are looking extra festive on their plush blanky!

  21. Sue
    February 1, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to try my hand or rather fingers at this! 😉This would be a perfect gift for my MIL who is hard to shop for and stays cold this time of year. 💕

  22. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    February 1, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Mary, impeccable photographic timing to get that shot of Sophie slipping a treat out of that mug! What a capture! The girls look so pretty in their freshly groomed coats and Valentine’s Day headbands.

  23. Teresa LC Chang
    February 5, 2022 at 10:56 am

    thank you for sharing. I used to knit over 20 years ago and now am getting back to knitting and this project is excellent.

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