Finger-Knit Wreath–a Five Fabulous Finger-Knitting Project

I was musing the other day after my finger knitting kit post about how much I love the texture of finger knitting and how it mimics the gorgeous chunky knits I’ve been seeing everywhere. Suddenly, boom!, the idea of a finger-knit wreath hit me and absolutely had to come to fruition. What a beautiful way for your kiddos to lend a hand with making holiday decorations. And, bonus, it’s a wreath you’ll want to hang for years to come.

I love neutral wreaths with just a touch of holiday color. I adore that rich green against the cream, but the metallic taupe dupioni silk ribbon is so lovely, as well.

Those double doors you see are my new front doors–very dramatic and fantastic until you have to squeeze in and out that little half door with eight bags of groceries! But, I love them, regardless.

This wreath is a perfect way to wrap up my Five Fabulous Finger-Knitting Project Series! Don’t fret though, it’s not the last time you’ll see a finger-knitting project from me. To see all the projects, click on the button below.

I know it’s late in the season for wreaths, Christmas is in four days, but you really couldn’t think of a better way to keep your kiddos hands busy and happy during this long break than finger knitting.

Also, if you make the wreath neutral, you can change ribbons and embellishments with the seasons.  This would look great with fall leaves, Easter pastels, spring flowers, etc. It’s as easy as weaving something new in to the yarn and styrofoam.

Here it is!

Materials
Two styrofoam wreaths.  (The ones I found at Michaels weren’t round, so I just put two of their forms together)
150 yards of chunky yarn to make a whole lotta finger knitting

24 gauge floral wire

You need to begin by finger knitting your yarn.  Here is a step-by-step finger-knitting how-to.  Kids are great at it and it is a fun project for them to do while listening to a book read out loud.  Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens while you do it and your family will remember it for years to come. You will likely have to do more than one ball of yarn, but I show you how to join them below.

Next, you need to thread the floral wire through your strand of finger-knitting.  This is much faster than it sounds so don’t let it stop you.  Make a loop and twist in the wire so it is easier to thread without getting caught on the yarn.

Thread the floral wire through the strand by going underneath one strand per row. Don’t cut the wire yet.

For ease, you may want to work with the finger knitting bunched on the wire and then stretch it out as you apply it to the wreath.  For this you need the amount of wire to be flexible.
I simply held two wreath forms together, flat sides facing.  If you found a round one, that that will work on its own.

Begin by wrapping a length of wire around the forms. wrapping in the strand from the end of your finger-knitting.  The paddle with the wire should be at the other end.

Start wrapping the strands around the form, pulling the strand tautly, but not too tightly on the wire. In the beginning this is a little more challenging because you have to pull the entire mess through the middle.  I tried making a ball of it and pulling it through, but it just ended up twisting the strand too much. It won’t take long before it’s more manageable.

Condense the strands on the inner side of the ring as you go.

It should look like this.

Once you get to the end of your strand, cut the wire, leaving about 8 inches extra wire.

To join two strands, thread the wire from the end of the strand around your wreath into your new, already-wired-strand.

Thread the wire about six to eight inches in and twist the end around the wire that is already there. Repeat this process with the wire from the new strand into the old strand.

Then, thread the yarn ends of the finger knitting chain through the strand in the same way.

Pull tightly together and continue wrapping.

When you get back to the beginning, and you still have wired finger knitting left, hold it about where it would turn around the inside of the wreath.

Cut the strand an inch or so below that point.
Pull out the extra little bits of cut finger knitting until you have the four loops (the ones that would be around your fingers).  As you pull out a row or two you’ll get a length of yarn again.  Thread the loose yarn that you’ve pulled out through the four loops as if you were ending a strand of finger-knitting.

Twist and weave the end through the back of your wreath.

I did it such that there was a bit of hanging thread left, that I wove to come out the top of the wreath–perfect for hanging.

Voila!  You’re done.

I especially love it with that long green ribbon with long tails.  I only had one length of that ribbon, and I wanted to hang them on the doors, so I had to cut it in half :(.  But, please, adorn it with a beautiful long-tailed bow!

Or, try a bunch of red berries.

Alright, alright, it’s time for me to get back to my other holiday duties.  My family is coming in to town, including my mother, sister, brother and my sister-in-law.  It’s going to be a crew! but I’m looking forward to it.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!  I’ll see you on the flip side with a fun New Year’s Eve jewelry tute!

    • anne

      Thanks Ale! I love getting your comments!

  1. ClaireLA

    I love, love, love this! We have a dark green front door and this would look wonderful in the aran color with holly or a red ribbon. Once again, thanks so much for sharing your pattern and photos. xxoo

    • anne

      That will look absolutely fabulous! have fun!

  2. Love the wreath! Thanks for putting up the tutorial. I have been reading about finger knitting and really need to give it a try!
    Looking forward to a new year reading flaxandtwine!

    • anne

      Definitely give it a try – it’s really fun!

  3. anne

    I had a comment on another page about using the wire v. not. Here is my response:
    You can skip the wire and just wrap the finger-knitting, however I liked the additional shape that the wire added. It kept a tension on the finger-knitting without it feeling too stretched out. I also think the wire will make the wreath last longer and keep the finger knitting looking perky! Happy Holidays!

  4. When I first looked at it I assumed it was a tube knitted on a round loom then stuffing it to fill out the shape. No matter how it was created it is lovely!

  5. Anne, what size styrofoam ring did you use for the wreaths? I went to Jo-Ann’s and bought the biggest size they had that was round and it’s 12 inches in diameter. I have a single front door and thought a 16 inch width might be better but the 12 inch may be big enough. The next size up wasn’t rounded at the edges so I didn’t think it would work as well for this project.

    Thanks!

    • anne

      Clare, I think the ones I bought were actually 12″. I think the finger knitting will look great on any size wreath. However, if you have a standard size front door, my guess is that you will want a bigger size to look proportionate on your door. My double doors above are each super skinny.

    • Thanks for the reply, Anne! I might go with a 14 or 16 inch for my door and save the 12 inch for another project. :)

  6. Thanks for the instructions, I have never finger knit anything so I need them. This is so wonderful and can be made it other colors too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Cindy Merrill

    Wow, I had no idea where to begin, thanks so much for these step by step instructions! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  8. anne

    Thanks so much for your comment Cindy! Your welcome. I hope you love your new wreath!

  9. Angela

    Love it! My daughter can’t get enough working with yarn. Now we have a project for her creations :)

    • anne

      This makes me so happy to hear! Have fun and happy holidays!

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