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January 17, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Knitting a scarf can take days, weeks or months, but finger-weaving can take less than an hour. Finger-weaving dates back to the 1800s, but still serves as a modern and enjoyable craft today. It’s the perfect gift to give on a budget, and it still possesses the handmade, heartfelt effect. All you need is a skein of yarn, scissors and your hands.
Step 1: Put a piece of yarn between your thumb and index finger, and leave a tail several inches long behind your hand. Weave the long end between the fingers, and go over the index, under the middle, and so on, until you’ve crossed all the fingers and return to the index. Don’t cross the yarn over the index finger, though.
Step 2: Let the yarn rest across your palm with two strands of yarn across each finger.
Step 3: Starting with the pinky, pull the bottom loop over the top loop and over your finger. Repeat with each finger.
Step 4: Re-weave the yarn between the fingers like in step 1. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Gently pull the finished weaving behind the hand to lengthen, and tighten the scarf.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 until your scarf is at the desired length. Take the bottom loop off your pinky and let it fall. Take the remaining loop on your pinky, and move it over the ring finger. Repeat this step until you have one loop remaining on your index.
Step 6: Remove the index finger’s loop. Cut the yarn, and thread the end through the loop. Pull to tighten, and you’re done!