Who's heard of arm knitting? Honestly? Not us, until very recently. Turns out it's a bit of a trend in the world of crafting, and it's super quick and easy too. It's a bit like proper knitting, but for impatient people, ideal! It's also the best way to get some of that lovely chunky knit effect in your life. We're seeing it everywhere at the moment, (seriously you don't have to scroll very far through Instagram to see a blanket scarf or a chunky knit throw draped on the end of a bed) and we love it.
So with the help of Wool Couture, we've found a really easy guide to arm knitting that will leave you with a super cute blanket in just three hours. Intrigued? Keep on scrolling for our 10 simple steps on how to arm knit a beautiful blankie...
If you are after more crafty projects we have plenty of ideas over on our hub page.
You will need:
- Giant yarn
- An arm
Step one: make a slip knot
Lay your yarn across the palm of your hand and hold it with two fingers. Leave 4in hanging below your little finger. Wrap the yarn around your hand.
Step two: bring the yarn through the loop
Turn your hand so that your palm is facing down. With your other hand, slip your fingers under the first loop and grab the second loop that attached to the ball of yarn. Bring the yarn through the loop.
Step three: create a slip knot (again)
Slide the yarn off of your hand. You now have created a slip knot. Place the slip knot over your right wrist and pull tight
Step four: cast on
Make a loop with the yarn attached to the ball so that the yarn hangs in front of your hand.
Step five: pull through the loop
Put your left hand through the loop that sits below your little finger. Grab the working yarn and pull it through the loop. Drop the original loop off your right-hand fingers and place the new loop on your wrist.
Step six: tighten and repeat
Gently pull the working yarn and tail apart to tighten the stitch on your arm. Repeat until you have cast on the desired number of stitches for your blanket
Step seven: pull the first stitch over your fist
Pick up the yarn attached to the ball and place it over your thumb and hold between your fist. Pull the first stitch from your right-hand wrist over your fist.
Step eight: complete the rows
Turn the new loop slightly clockwise so the yarn attached to the ball is closest to you. Place the new stitch on your left wrist and pull gently on the yarn attached to the ball to tighten the loop on your wrist.
When you have finished casting on your desired amount of stitches, you should use the same technique to do all of your other rows.
For each cast on stitch allow 2.2in. For example, if you want a blanket that is 22in wide, then cast on 10 stitches.
Step nine: knit two stitches
Pick up the first stitch that you knitted and pull it up and over the second stitch. Drop the stitch off completely over your fingers so that you have one stitch remaining. Repeat until you have one stitch left.
Step ten: finish the chunky blanket
Pull the end of your yarn through the loop and pull to tighten. To neatly hide the strands of yarn left, weave them in and out of each stitch until they are secure.
*DIY steps courtesy of Wool Couture