Are you looking for a unique and cozy way to keep warm this winter? Why not try arm knitting! In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to arm knit a blanket using just your arms and some yarn.
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In this beginner’s guide, you will learn how to arm knit a cozy blanket in just a few hours! This super simple method uses only your arms and bulky yarn to create a homemade blanket that is ideal for last-minute gift giving. Whether you are a complete knitting beginner or a seasoned pro, you canarm knit a beautiful blanket in no time at all.
What You’ll Need
-At least 2 pounds of chunky yarn (the amount you’ll need will vary depending on the size of your blanket)
-A pair of large knitting needles (size 15 or larger)
-A tape measure
Step One: Casting On
Start by making a slip knot about a foot from the end of your yarn. Make sure the tail is on the inside of the loop. Next, put your knitting needles together and hold them behind the loop on your thumb so that the tail is coming over your first two fingers (the working yarn should be over your index finger). Now poke your needles through the loop and grab the working yarn with your needles (over-under-over) and pull it through until there is only a small loop left on your thumb (recruit a friend if you need help with this part!). Still holding onto the working yarn with your needles, release the loop from your thumb and allow it to fall so that it sits over both of your knitting needles. Finally, tighten up the loop by drawing on both ends of your yarn (the working yarn and the tail). You should now have one stitch (Loop) on each needle.
Step Two: Knitting the Blanket
Now that you have your yarn and your needles, it’s time to start knitting! Begin by making a slip knot on one needle. Then, hold the needle with the slip knot in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. Insert the right needle into the loop of yarn on the left needle from front to back. Then, wrap the yarn around the right needle from back to front. Now, using your right thumb and index finger, pull the wrapped yarn through the loop on the left needle. You’ve now made one stitch!
Step Three: Binding Off
To bind off your blanket, you’ll need to knit two stitches together. Insert your right needle into the first stitch on the left needle as if you were going to knit it, but don’t yarn over. Instead, insert the needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it and yarn over. Now you can pull the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. You’ve just decreased by one stitch! Continue knitting two stitches together until you only have one stitch left on your right needle. Cut your yarn and pull it through the final stitch to secure it.
Once you’ve reached the end of your project, there are a few things you need to do to finish it off. First, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. You’ll need this tail to weave in the ends. To do this, thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and weave it in and out of the stitches on the edge of your work. When you reach the end, pull the yarn tight to close up the hole, then tie a knot. Cut off any excess yarn.
Now your blanket is finished! Congratulations on completing your first arm knit project.
Knitting Tips and Tricks
As you may have guessed, arm knitting is very similar to regular knitting; the main difference is that you use your arms instead of traditional knitting needles. This means that you can create chunky, cozy projects in a fraction of the time it would take with regular needles! If you’re new to knitting, or simply looking for a fun, fast project, arm knitting is the perfect solution.
Before you start arm knitting, there are a few things you should know. First, because you are using your arms instead of needles, your stitches will be larger than they would be with traditional knitting. This means that arm knit projects will use more yarn than their needle-knit counterparts. Secondly, arm knitting is a bit more strenuous than regular knitting; if you have any issues with your wrists or arms, this may not be the best activity for you. Finally, because of the large stitches and chunky yarns used in arm knitting, this method is not conducive to detailed patterns or precision stitching. If you’re looking for a project with intricate details, stick to regular knitting needles.
Now that you know what to expect from arm knitting, let’s get started! Below is a step-by-step guide on how to arm knit a blanket, perfect for beginners.
1) Start by winding your yarn into a ball. You will need approximately 3 skeins of chunky yarn for a blanket that is approximately 30”x50”; if you want your blanket to be larger or smaller, adjust your yarn accordingly. Once your yarn is wound into a ball, cut off approximately 30 yards and set the remainder of the skein aside – we’ll come back to it later.
2) Make a slip knot at the end of your cut strand of yarn and place it over your non-dominant hand so that it sits between your thumb and first two fingers.
3) Reach over with your dominant hand and grab the strand of yarn that is closest to your non-dominant hand (the strand should now be wrapped around both of your hands). Pull this strand towards you so that it goes over the top of the strand on your non-dominant hand and under the strand on your dominant hand – you should now have two loops on each hand (one loop should be on top of the other loop).
4) Grab the bottom loop on your dominant hand with your non-dominant hand and pull it over the top loop – you should now have one loop on each hand again (the loop on your non-dominant hand should now be tight around both strands of yarn). Drop the loop off of your dominant hand – you should only have one loop remaining on your non-dominant hand. This completes one knit stitch!
Arm Knitting FAQs
If you’re new to arm knitting, you may have some questions about the process. Here are some common questions that people have about arm knitting, along with answers to help you get started.
What is arm knitting? Arm knitting is a way of knitting that doesn’t require any needles or other tools. Instead, you use your own arms as the needles!
Is arm knitting easy? Arm knitting is actually very easy, and it’s a great way to get started with knitting if you’ve never tried it before.
What do I need to arm knit? All you need to arm knit is some yarn and your arms! If you want, you can also use a crochet hook or other tool to help hold the stitches while you’re working, but it’s not necessary.
How do I arm knit? There are a few different ways to arm knit, but the most common method is to hold the yarn in your left hand and make a loop around your right arm. Then, use your right hand to grab the yarn from your left hand and pull it through the loop. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your right arm. To knit the stitch, simply grab the bottom loop with your left hand and pull it over the top loop and off of your right arm. Continue working in this manner until you’ve finished your project.
More Arm Knitting Projects
Looking for more arm knitting projects? Check out these tutorials:
-How to Arm Knit a Blanket Step by Step
-How to Arm Knit a Scarf
-How to Arm Knit a Cowl
Where to Buy Arm Knitting Supplies
If you’re new to arm knitting, you might be wondering where to purchase the supplies needed to create your first project. Although you can find arm knitting supplies at some craft stores, your best bet is to order online. This ensures that you’ll have everything you need and that the quality of the products is high.
Here are a few of the supplies you’ll need to arm knit a blanket:
-Yarn: You’ll need about 6-8 skeins of bulky yarn, depending on the size of your blanket. Make sure to choose a type of yarn that is soft and comfortable to work with, as you’ll be holding it against your skin for extended periods of time.
-Needles: You’ll need a pair of 35mm or 40mm knitting needles. These can be made from wood, plastic, or metal, so choose whichever type you feel most comfortable with.
-Scissors: You’ll need a sharp pair of scissors to cut the yarn when you’re finished knitting.
-Tape measure: A tape measure will come in handy to make sure your blanket is the right size.