Learn to arm-knit this gorgeous infinity scarf in less than 20 minutes
Arm knitting has become very popular in the last couple of years and it’s easy to see why – It’s fun, easy to pick up and you can make stylish and snuggly infinity scarves and cowls like this one in as little as 20 minutes. Just try it once and we promise you’ll be hooked!
What you’ll need: Two balls of chunky woollen yarn, scissors and a darning needle.
If you’re trying arm knitting for the first time, stick with the same coloured yarn. Once you’re a little more experienced, you can mix and match different tones or even choose 4 strands of thinner wool in contrasting colours for a personalised flair.
Measure 6 arm lengths of wool to create a tail and ‘cast on’ to your right arm by making a simple slip knot.
To make the slip knot, make a loop (step 1 above) and pass the working tail through the loop (step 2). Pull the new loop through (step 3) and tighten around your right arm (step 4).
If you’re left handed, still cast on to your right arm as you will be passing the work back and forth between your arms as you knit anyway.
To prepare to ‘cast on’ your first row of stitches, wrap the working thread (the yarn that is attached to the ball) around your thumb and hold the tail between your index and middle finger as above.
Pass your right hand under the working thread (step 1) and grab the section of the tail between the knot and your fingers with your right hand (step 2). Pull the tail back through under the working thread (step 3) and slip this new loop onto your right hand to make a stitch (step 4).
Repeat for another 10 stitches to complete the first row.
Once you have 11 stitches on the first row, transfer your last loop to the left hand.
To start knitting, hold the working thread in your right hand (step 1). Using your left hand, slip the first in the row over your right hand (step 2) and make a new loop by pulling through the working thread (step 3). Place this loop over your left hand to make a stitch (step 4).
Adjust the working thread so that the loop is not too lose nor too tight around your arm. The size of this knot will be the size of the space between your rows, so the tighter it is, the closer your rows will be.
Repeat the stitches down your arm until you’ve completed the row. Then, start a new row by transferring the first loop back to your right arm. This time with the working thread in your left hand, slip the first loop onto your right hand and repeat the steps above.
Continue knitting back and forth between your arms until you have roughly 20 rows.
Once it’s at a length you’re happy with, start to ‘cast off’. To do this, make two regular stitches (step 1). Pull the first stitch over (step 2) and tighten the working thread (step 3). You should start seeing the stitches come off your arm. On your final stitch, cut off the working thread at about an arm’s length and tie off (step 4).
Match up the two ends of the cowl and using the needle, thread through the tail and weave in any loose ends. Turn the cowl inside out to hide the final joining stitch and you’re ready to show off your new creation!
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