CreativeBug Workshop: Finger Knitting with Amelia Strader

Requiring nothing more than a skein of yarn – this project might be the ultimate in low-tech crafting.

In this workshop Amelia Strader shows us how to finger knit chains of yarn that can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. Amelia teaches the sequence in a chunky yarn so it’s easy to follow along. Despite its simplicity, the chains are stunning when worn in stacks for a modern and tactile look.

Amelia Strader has a lifetime of experience teaching and crafting under her (handmade) belt. She has been knitting and sewing since she could hold onto a needle. Having grown up in a family of artists and creative people, she feels lucky to have been surrounded by art supplies, fabric, and yarn at a young age.

Amelia graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design and for 8 years she worked in the garment industry as a technical designer. She uses the skills she developed as a technical designer to help work out GoGo Craft designs and patterns. Several of her projects have also been featured on “How-Tuesdays” on and Etsy Virtual Labs. She is also the coordinator of the popular monthly crafting event, Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, CA.

CreativeBug, a new series of how-to videos for DIY’ers, recently launched to inspire you. For $25 a month, subscribers have unlimited access to a continuously updated library of creative workshops in knitting, crochet, sewing, jewelry, entertaining, home decorating and kids crafts. Featuring some of the country’s biggest talents, instructors include Debbie Stoller, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Heather Ross, Weekend Sewing, Christine Schmidt, Print Workshop and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. Creativebug’s state of the art audio and video production quality, short video segments and entertaining presentation make the videos accessible to artists of all skill levels.

CreativeBug now has multi-month packages. Subscribers can now get a discount for signing up for multiple months in advance!

  • $24.99 monthly
  • $19.99 per month, billed every 3 months
  • $16.99 per month, billed every 6 months

Now through September 30, EcoSalon readers get $10 off for any subscription plan when they apply promo code ECOSALON12 upon signing up.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a pattern. Make a print. Make a difference.


Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.