The latest trend in knitting has to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen: it’s arm knitting! If you’re not familiar with the term, imagine multiplying the size of your yarn like crazy and replacing knitting needles with your arms. You end up with a super fluffy, super warm, totally unique creation. It’s one of those knitting projects that everyone I make it for falls in love with it instantly- there’s definitely no “Um, gee, thanks” responses!

How to Arm Knit a Giant Blanket

What You Need

  • At least one giant ball of yarn (this video features yarn made from alpaca wool). One ball of yarn can make a 4×6 foot blanket.
  • 2 arms

What to Do

Step 1: Unravel 6-8 feet of the yarn. Start by making a slip-knot (see image) and put your right arm through it.

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Step two: Start casting! Grab the two pieces from your slip knot, split them with your left thumb and pointing finger, then pull your right arm down. Then use your right hand to go under the first string, over the second one, and then grab the third string and pull through (it’s just like regular knitting!). Don’t forget to leave the loops loose so you can get your arm through them. Repeat this process until your arm is full.


Step three: Unravel several more feet of yarn (giving yourself a lot of slack helps it from becoming a big arm workout!). Use your right hand to grab the next piece of yarn. Keep holding it as you pull the first stitch over your right hand; this will create a loop. Next, stick your left hand through that loop and repeat with all the loops after until you reach the end again. Repeat this whole process until you reach the desired length of your blanket.


Step 4: Cast off. To do this, make two knits (as you’ve been doing in Step 3), then pull the first knit over the second one. Make a new knit and pull the previous one over it. Continue this step, which ties off the ends, until you’ve reached the end. Finally, just weave the extra “tail end” on either side of your blanket.

Check out these other neat giant knitting projects and a cool DIY backyard project as well!


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