I don’t knit.
But what’s a girl to do when she wants a chunky handmade scarf or garland, and she wants it right away?
Arm knit, of course.
I learned this technique while on a mother/daughter retreat this spring, and I’ve been waiting until cooler weather to share my rock star arm knitting skills with you all.
It does take a bit of finessing and practice to get started. But once you’ve got it, you can rock it out in no time flat.
Step 1: Grab two different colors and roll your yarn into a ball. Then, take the ends and create a loop.
Step 2: Put the loop over one arm. Take the end (or tail) in the other hand, and twist your hand over to create another loop, slipping this over your arm. Pull the tail so that the second loop is as tight as the first. Do this until you have 8 loops on your arm.
Step 3: Once you have 8 loops, put the tail in the other hand (the arm with the loops). Keeping the tail in that hand, slip the loops over your hand, and onto the other arm, one at a time. Do all 8 loops, then repeat on the other side. Since this can be tricky to explain, you can watch this helpful You Tube tutorial for this part (it’s at about 2 min 50 seconds).
Step 4: Once you reach your desired length, grab your tail, and thread it through the final loops on the end, pulling tight, and tying in a knot. If you want to make an infinity scarf, take the tail, and pull it through the loops on the opposite end (where you started). If you’re making a garland or regular scarf, you can skip that step.
I assure you, it only sounds complicated. Like I said, once you get going, it’s a breeze.
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