How to Arm Knit a Blanket Step-by-Step

This step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know about arm knitting a blanket, from choosing the right yarn to casting on and binding off.

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Introduction

Are you looking for a unique, handmade gift for a loved one? Or maybe you’re just in the mood to snuggle up with a cozy blanket of your own creation. Whatever your reasons, arm knitting is a fun and easy way to create a one-of-a-kind blanket in no time. All you need is a few skeins of chunky yarn and your own two arms!

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to arm knit a blanket from start to finish. Before you know it, you’ll be cuddling up under your very own handiwork. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

-Yarn: You’ll need between 4 and 6 skeins of chunky yarn, depending on how big you want your blanket to be. Make sure to get super chunky yarn for the best results!
-Scissors
-Tape measure
-Arms! You’ll need two arms that are at least 24 inches long.

Step One: Make a Slip Knot

Start by making a slip knot about a foot from the end of your yarn. To do this, leave a long tail (about 12 inches) and make a loop. Take the yarn coming from the skein and put it over the top of the loop. Now poke your fingers through the hole and grab the strand of yarn coming from the skein. Pull it through the hole until you have a new loop. You should now have two loops on your needle. Put your thumb and first two fingers through the new loop and hold on to the working yarn (the strand coming from the skein). With your other hand, poke through the first loop and grab the working yarn. Now pull it through that loop until you have a new loop on your needle. You’ve now made your first stitch!

Step Two: Cast On

To start arm knitting, you’ll need to make a slip knot and place it over your right arm, just above the wrist. Then, make a loop with the working yarn and place it over your left arm. Now you should have two loops on your left arm. Take the top loop and pull it over the second loop, then off your left arm. You’ve now made one stitch! Make sure the stitch isn’t too tight by gently pulling on the working yarn.

Step Three: Knit the First Row

To knit the first row, make a slip knot and put it on the needle. *Note: You will always use your right hand to hold the needle, no matter if you are a righty or a lefty. If you are a lefty, don’t worry, you will knit the same as a righty, just everything will be reversed.*

Now that the slip knot is on the needle, hold it in your right hand with the tail hanging down. Take the working yarn (the long end) and put it over your index finger of your left hand.

With your left hand, pull the working yarn through the loop on your right hand needle (the slip knot). You have now made your first stitch! Be sure not to pull too tight, or your knitting will be difficult.

Step Four: Knit the Second Row

After you knit the first row, do not turn your work. You will continue knitting the second row from the opposite side. Again, start by sticking your right arm through the first loop on your left needle, then reach over and grab the yarn with your right hand. (If you are left-handed, you will do the opposite.) Pull the yarn through the loop and off the needle, then let go of the old loop with your left hand and stick your arm through the new loop. Reach over with your right hand and grab the yarn to complete the second stitch.

Step Five: Continue Knitting

To continue knitting, simply loop the yarn around your right arm again and pull it through the loop on your left arm. Then, tighten the new loop by holding on to both ends of the yarn and pulling gently. You’ve now made one more stitches!Repeat these steps until you have reached your desired length. When you’re finished, cut the yarn and tie it off by making a knot. There should now be a long tail of yarn hanging from one end of your blanket.

Step Six: Bind Off

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end! Now it’s time to bind off, which will finish your blanket and allow you to take it off the needles.

To bind off, start by knitting two stitches as usual. Then, insert your left needle into the first stitch you knit (on the right needle), and lift it over the second stitch and onto the left needle. You’ve now decreased by one stitch. Knit the next stitch as usual, and repeat this pattern until you only have one stitch left on the right needle. Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull the tail through the last stitch to secure it.

Step Seven: Weave in the Ends

The final step is to weave in the ends. You will need a tapestry needle and some yarn in a contrasting color. Thread the needle with a long tail of yarn, and then weave it in and out of the stitches on the edge of the blanket. Trim the excess yarn, and then repeat with the other end.

Finishing Your Blanket

Congratulations! You’ve arm knit a blanket! Now it’s time to finish it off and make it perfect.

To finish your blanket, simply weave in any loose ends and trim any excess yarn. Then, wash your blanket according to the care instructions for your chosen yarn.

Once your blanket is clean and dry, it’s ready to use and enjoy!

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