Are there any kids on your gift list — perhaps grandkids, younger siblings, or your own children? Do you think the kids would enjoy learning how to knit using their fingers rather than knitting needles? If so, there’s a brand new book you’ll want to introduce them to. It’s called Finger Knitting for Kids: Super Cute & Easy Things to Make. Eriko Teranishi is the author of this book.
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Copyright Date: This book was originally published in Japanese and has just been translated into English. I am reviewing the English translation of the book, which has a copyright date of 2019.
ISBN 13: 978-4805315330
ISBN 10: 4805315334
This book is available in the following format(s):
Number of Pages: 64
Skill Level: Beginner — The projects included in this book are all suitable for first-time finger knitters.
The Focus of This Book:
This book teaches kids how to do finger knitting — in other words, knitting without knitting needles or a knitting loom. The book also gives kids instructions for making 15 super cute projects including hair accessories, hats, a blanket and more.
The Finger Knitting Projects and Lessons Included in This Book:
You’ll find the following finger knitting projects and lessons included in this book:
- Learn how to knit a straight long scarf + variations.
- Learn how to knit a circle scarf + variations.
- Learn how to knit a braided scarf + variations.
- Learn how to knit a scrunchie + variations.
- Learn how to connect knitted strands to make a hat and scarf.
- Learn how to knit a tricolor hat.
- Learn how to knit a striped purse.
- Learn how to knit a magic scrubber.
- Learn how to knit a blue pillow.
- Learn how to knit a flower floor cushion.
- Learn how to knit a fluffy lap blanket.
- Finger about finger knitting gifts.
Additional Topics Covered in This Book:
- How to braid
- How to make a pom pom
The Best Things About This Book
This book is absolutely adorable! The projects in the book are all super cute. The book itself is cute too.
I’m totally impressed by the significant number of interesting projects you can make with lengths of simple finger knitted cord. I actually found this book to be quite inspiring — which came as a surprise.
What you have here is a truly useful, creative and varied collection of beginner-friendly projects. If your kids actually invest the effort it takes to make these projects, they’ll be rewarded with appealing items they can actually wear, decorate their rooms with and use — which is a definite bonus. For that reason alone, I’m thinking buying them copies of this book could be preferable to buying them things like movie tickets or circus tickets. How cool is it that the kids could make their own back-to-school hats and scarves?
The step-by-step tutorial photos are clear and helpful. The book’s layout is logical, starting with the basics and then building on the initial knowledge that’s been shared.
These projects are kid approved. I handed the book to my 4-year old to see what her reaction would be. She immediately started picking out projects she wants to make from the book. Her favorites are the flower hair accessories, the bows, the purse and the blanket.
We haven’t attempted to make any of these items yet. She is still a little young for finger knitting. The book is recommended for 5-12 year olds, and she still has a 4-year old’s attention span. But she is obviously interested in making these items, and she is looking forward to the experience. I’m think the odds are good that your kids will be similarly enthusiastic about this book and the projects in it.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
The majority of the projects in this book are “girly”. There’s an abundance of pink throughout – plus fluffy yarns, feminine hair accessories, bows, flowers and a cute little purse. It seems obvious to me that little girls are the intended target market for this book.
However, knitting is not a girls-only skill — and boys don’t have to totally be left out of the fun if you want to include them. There are several projects in this book that could be boy friendly if knitted in masculine colors. There’s a tri-color hat pictured in red, white and blue that is boy-friendly exactly as pictured. The knitted scarf is pictured in pink, but it is a unisex design overall. It could be knitted in blue, green, tan or another boy-friendly color, and it would work well in a little boy’s wardrobe.
There’s a blue pillow in the book that could be boy-friendly with one slight change. As designed, the pillow has cute little flower embellishments on it. I’d suggest leaving those off if you have a little guy who wants to make a pillow like this for his room.
I think this book is absolutely charming. It would be a wonderful Christmas gift or birthday gift for the kids in your life. If you’re a work-at-home or stay-at-home mom or dad, this book could be a great way to keep your kids busy during the summertime when your kids aren’t in school. I think Finger Knitting for Kids is more than worth it’s asking price. Your kiddos are likely to get a huge amount of enjoyment from this book.
Where to Buy This Book:
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About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.
This page was last updated on 8-19-2019.