a yarn lei is my fave

September 18, 2013

Today’s tutorial was created by the talented Alana of Humunuku.

diy yarn lei

In Hawaii, it’s traditional to give leis on special occasions, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. Although flower leis are most common, sometimes people like to make leis out of all different types of materials. Especially ones that last for a long time, like yarn. As a kid I remember making tons of these yarn leis for friends for different occasions. A lot cheaper than a lei and it’s made by you.

diy yarn lei

You’ll need:
– Yarn
– Scissors
– Ribbon

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Using your left hand, thread the yarn between your thumb and pointer finger. Wrap the yarn around (in back of) your pointer finger and in front of your middle finger. Wrap yarn behind your ring finger & in front of your pinky. Wrap the yarn in back of your pinky and go back weaving the yarn in the opposite way you did the first time.

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Once you get to the pointer finger, wrap the yarn behind all of your fingers, bringing it back to the palm of your hand, where you will draw it across towards your pointer. Reaching under the last line you made with the yarn, grab the loop that is wrapped around your pinky finger. Using that loop, pull it up and over your finger and the yarn beneath it.


Repeat with each finger. Wrap the end of the yarn around the back of your fingers again, and once again around the front of your palm. Repeat with the loops for about 10 or so times.


When you flip your hand over, you should have a bunch of yarn that looks similar to this. Use the end of the yarn that is sticking out of the end to pull the lei into shape. Keep weaving until you’ve reached your desired length. Cut the yarn with a little bit of extra to spare.

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Use the end piece of the yarn to wrap loop into each finger’s loop. Remove fingers and pull to tighten.


Tie into a knot and then bow if you with. You can then adorn the seam with a bow or ribbon flower or anything you’d like! Voila 🙂



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  • On September 18, 2013 , Sharon Garofalow said:

    I love this!!! I finger knitted some garlands for a party a few years ago and it was soooo fun! I remember it feeling very theraputic just to be able to work with my hands while I watched my favorite shows on TV. These leis are just gorgeous!

  • On September 18, 2013 , Holly said:

    wow this is great! My daughter is always asking for my fabric scraps for ‘scarves’ so she would love this, thanks for the idea!

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