2. While holding the point at which the yarn crosses, reach into the loop and pinch the strand of yarn that connects to the yarn ball.
4. Pull down on the tail (yarn strand that is connected to the yarn ball)
5. Continuously repeat from point 2. The point at which your yarn initially crossed over will turn into your finger knitted strand. Keep inching your fingers up that strand as it gets longer. The story below is an imaginative picture for teaching your child.
FINGER KNITTING STORY
Once there was a little bird.
Thumb and index fingertips touching each other are the beak of the bird.
One day (s)he was flying over the land and spied a little worm inside of a hole.
The loop is the hole and the strand of yarn that hangs down under the loop and is connected to the ball is the worm.
She knew that the little worm could not fly and so she asked if (s)he wanted to fly about the wide world with her/him. The worm was so happy to go on this adventure but since she/he didn’t have wings the bird had to hold on tight to the worm.
Reach into the loop, pinch the yarn tightly, and pull it through the loop (rather than pulling the yarn up with one finger).
The bird flew with the worm as high as they could go.
As you pull, the pinched yarn will stop (yarn pulled with one finger would keep on going).
Then they were at the top of a bell tower looking over the land and together they rang the morning bell.
Let go of the loop you just made and pull down on the yarn under the loop, which makes the loop smaller. This requires fine motor attention so that the loop doesn’t completely disappear and unravel completed stitches, rather pull until it becomes the right size for your fingers to fit and pull the next worm through the loop.
They became such good friends that every morning, they met each other to ring the morning bell for the land.
Continue making loops.
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