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Being the crafty mama that I am, I always get excited when I come across a new form of a hobby that I already enjoy. While browsing for some DIY Christmas gift idea’s, I came across arm knitting. I also feel like I am the last person on earth to discover this awesome “arms on” form of knitting. After further investigation, I realized how many pins and tutes there are about this subject. So today’s post is not going to be a DIY, but rather a “what I learned” after diving into this new-found hobby.
It’s Super Easy
While it does take some practice rows to get the hang of it, once you do, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is. After a couple of rows that I had to go back and redo about 4-5 times, I then found a full on chunky blanket in my lap an hour after that. This tutorial from Simply Maggie was the first one I discovered. Not surprising as she was sort of the pioneer in creating arm knitting pin’s. I like her style and her dog (who likes to photobomb her videos occasionally) and her visual how-to videos were so easy to follow along.
Forget the needles, who knew using your arms to knit was so much fun? I’ll admit, while these big giant needles are definitely eye candy , and will make your knits tighter, they are expensive. Besides the price, using my arms just gives me so much more satisfaction. I’m literally elbows deep into every project of this sort that I do and it’s pretty great.
No seriously, it is. These videos should come with a warning beforehand that after learning how to do this, you will suddenly find less money in your wallet and more super chunky yarn skeins in your craft closet. I learned how to do this maybe 4 days ago, and I’ve already made the aforementioned super chunky blanket and this infinity scarf that I’m in love with. The tutorial for that is here.
It Can Be Expensive
Like I said, if you’re not careful and get carried away like I did, it can get a little pricey. Not so much for making a simple scarf, because you can get away with a less bulky yarn like this one. Plus, it will only take you 1-2 skeins to create that. To make a blanket however, it took me 6 skeins of this yarn to make one that is 3 x 5-ish. It can all add up, but the end result is always worth it in my opinion.
Like a lot of projects of this sort, your mind is able to get lost and wander a little bit. It only makes sense that if you’re working with cloud like material that your head will get stuck up there with them for a bit.
It’s Hard To Put Down
Since there are no needles as placeholders, once you start, you’re committed to this baby until it’s done. I made the unavoidable mistake of putting down my scarf midway because I ran out of yarn. I thought I could just tie the end through the open loops and come back to it easy peasy. Boy was I wrong. At first, I was able to pick up where I left off, and then 2 rows later I realized I had it facing the wrong way so I has 2 “wrong” rows on my “right” side. When I tried to backtrack and correct it, I took a wrong turn and it became a big mess. I decided to just unravel the whole thing and start over. Luckily, a scarf is fairly quick to assemble, had that been the blanket, I probably would’ve cried a little.
The End Result= A Great Gift
Chunky sweaters/blankets/scarfs are in right now, at least in my book of style. If you scroll through winter fashion on Pinterest, you’ll see tons of these scarves incorporated into the outfits featured there. As long as you don’t have a sister/friend who isn’t a fan of such an accessory , *cough* my sister kasi *cough*, then one of these projects could make a great from the heart gift that will get it’s fair share of love. For the mermaid lover’s out there, here’s the link to one of those super cute mermaid tail blankets that can also be arm knitted in no time flat.
So there you have it, the down and dirty truth about the arm knitting craze. Proceed with caution and enjoy every minute.
P.S. If you’ve made anything please share pics in the comments! I would love to see my fellow arm knitters’ creations! 🙂
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