It's fast, it's easy, it's fun!
Arm knitting is a popular new trend that has hit the knitting world. You may be wondering, “What is Arm Knitting”. It is exactly as the name implies. Instead of using traditional knitting needles, arm knitting is a knitting technique where your arms act as knitting needles. This fun activity can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
Since arm knitting popularity has emerged, more and more yarn companies have introduced into the marketplace more and more bulkier yarns. In addition, the internet has exploded with more and more arm knitting projects.
One reason for its popularity is by using bulky yarn which produces a large chunky weave, arm knitters can quickly complete projects which result in instant gratification.
How do you arm knit? Arm knitting is similar to knitting with needles, you have to:
- Cast on Stitches - stitches are cast onto your arm
- Begin Knitting - the knit stitches are switched between both arms
- Bind Off - stop knitting by binding off the stitches
- Finishing (Optional) - sew together pieces
What can you make by arm knitting? Arm knitting is not just limited to arm knitted blankets and arm knitted scarves. You can make fun home decor items and even items to wear.
- Sleep Sacks
- And more
What type of yarn for arm knitting? Arm knitting yarn should be a chunky, bulky yarn with a yarn size 6 (super bulky) or larger. In addition, you can use one or more strands when knitting which means you can mix different colors and different yarns to get different looks. Some common arm knit yarns are:
- Red Heart Grande
- Bernat Mega Bulky
- Premier Yarns Couture Jazz
- Bernat Blanket Yarn
- Patrons Cobbles
- Other brands of super bulky yarn on the market
Below you will find arm knitting tutorials on how to arm knit, book recommendations and a link to free arm knitting projects.
An excellent arm knitting resource is Simply Maggie. Simply Maggie is a knitting and crochet blogger who offers lots of free arm knitting patterns and tutorials.
Have fun learning to arm knit!