I started knitting when I was in high school. It was one of those little hobbies that became an obsession very quickly. Honestly I am not sure why I picked up my first set of needles but I know where I was. We lived in Saudi Arabia and one of the summers that I spent with my parents on break I just started. Like everything else in my life once a project was started I could not stop until I was done. Sweaters, skirts, actually mostly sweaters. Crazy, in hind site why did I not start with scarfs or mittens. I stopped knitting for years, started back on the fancy scarves for a bit and then last winter I got hooked on Arm Knitting and Chunky Wool.
Arm Knitting Tutorial
Lets talk arm knitting first, WOW, that is all I can say. It is the coolest thing watching your project come together in minutes. Not kidding here folks literally minutes for a knitter. I had trouble at first with the concept of casting on. Good lord there are so many you-tube videos and blog posts and everyone is different.
Trust me some of them are pretty darn complicated and it does not have to be that way. After watching a few videos I said forget that let’s think through how I cast on with needles and work backwards.
First Step to Arm Knitting
The first step is the first stitch. Now if you are a fisher-person(fisherman), or someone who has crafted then you know what a slipknot is. Well a slipknot is always the first stitch.
In case you do not know how to create a slip know let’s walk through the steps.
- Create a slip knot
- create an arch and make sure you leave a long tail ( basically grab the end of the yarn or the beginning and make sure you have at least 2 feet maybe three. Grab the yarn at the two foot mark and let it dangle
- twist the arch clockwise
- spread the loop
- reach through and grab the tail
- pull tail through the loop (not all the way)
- place loop on your arm and make snug
Is that clear as mud for everyone? Honestly if my instructions are complicated, search “slip knot” and just remember use your arms not needles.
Cast on is next Step
Now wipe your brow and let’s cast on the stitches for an arm knit Chunky Blanket we cast on 18
- With loop on your right arm grab the yarn in your left hand (not the tail)
- turn the yarn clockwise creating a loop
- slip loop on your right arm loosely
Grab yarn and turn clockwise
- pull to make loop snug
- Repeat this step 17 more times (actually 16 because of the slipknot start) Now we are ready to start knitting
Chunky Knit Blankets
I adore my chunky knot blankets and now have a few in my home. Took me a bit of time to find the exact wool I wanted but experimenting is the spice of life right? I knit three where the wool was too thin for the look I wanted before I found the grey wool. Life works out because the pink one I made first has become Lou’s fav.
Have you tried Arm Knitting?
I find it is easier to explain the slip know and cast on but the actual arm knitting portion is best viewed on line. I Did try and create a video but didn’t have time to really edit. So guess what I searched and found someone who knits like me…. I like my casting on better but the arm knitting part works well. If you conquer casting on my way skip to 10:50 in the video from Simply Maggie to master the art of arm knitting. In the meantime I will work on my own video LOL
- 2 skeins chunky wool