Thursday, 21 March 2013

Finger Puppets

Easy Peasy!

Knitting your own finger puppets is the perfect beginners project, and are easy to personalise to your own taste. They are also a great way to use up scraps of wool and won't take up too much of your time!

In October 2012, I decided that for one of my friends birthday's in December, I would knit her a set of Harry Potter finger puppets. So, for the next two months, in between other projects, I made around 20 of the characters from the Harry Potter books!

The following pattern is for the general shape of a finger puppet. It is up to you to add any details you want afterwards!

I tend to use 4.5mm knitting needles when making finger puppets, but feel free to use 4mm or 5mm depending on what size you want.

Cast on 6 stitches

Row 1        Knit all
Row 2        Purl all
Continue in stockinette stitch up to and including row 17
(If you were to use a different colour for the head of your finger puppet, I would suggest swapping to it at Row 13)
Row 18      P2tog   P2    P2tog      count 4 stitches
Row 19      Knit all
Row 20      P1 M1 P2 M1 P1       count 6 stitches
Continue to stockinette stitch until row 36
(If you are using two colours, switch back to your body colour at row 25)
Cast Off

I would suggest adding any details you want to the face or the body of your finger puppet before sewing up the sides, it's a lot easier! (Hair usually has to be added after you've sewn up your puppet)

Once you've added any details you want to your finger puppet, fold it in half and sew up the edges!
Hermione, Harry, and Ron!

Adding hair to your puppets isn't too hard. For short hair, it's a case of just stitching it on through the finger puppet (Careful! It's very easy to get big knots of wool inside your puppet, leaving no room for your finger!) For longer hair, cut lots of strands of wool approximately double the length you want your puppet's hair to be. To attach a piece, thread a strand half way through a stitch on your puppets head, and then knot it, easy!

If you want to make scarves for your puppets like I have above, cast on 25 stitches, and then cast off on the next row.

Here are some of my other Harry Potter finger puppet creations:
Lucius Malfoy

Hagrid                                                                          

 Dobby!

Thank you for reading my Finger Puppet tutorial!

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