If you are looking to make something with a knitted look but you don’t have the time and still want it to look fabulous, then arm knitting may just be the perfect craft project for you! It is super easy to learn and has the knitted look that can make others think it took you quite a while to complete. There are many beautiful pieces you can make by arm knitting.
So what is arm knitting? It is using several skeins of yarn to form a fabric by using your arms as the needles. This method of forming stiches allows you to create a stunning project that hangs from your arms. It is also a great way to create a bulky knit project in not a lot of time. While it is said that arm knitting came on the crafting scene around 2009, it really didn’t get popular until late 2013, early 2014. This new craze can be credited to an Italian artist by the name of Andrea Brena who used arm knitting in her performance art pieces which became a huge hit on Pinterest.
If you are looking to learn how to arm knit, there is a whole list of tutorials that you can find on the web. Some of the best tutorials can be found on YouTube and is especially helpful to see it visually. These tutorials will not only include an intro of how to begin arm knitting but there are tons of information on how to cast on, knitting and binding off and many other techniques. There are also many patterns out there to choose from. Once you have the basics down of arm knitting, the projects you can do and learn will be endless.
Some tips of arm knitting are first off yarn control. This is very important. Yarn control will help your project look cohesive and not a stringy mess. When you are arm knitting, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of all the multiple strands. It is important to make sure that all of your yarn is feeding evenly from each ball. It is best to use the end from the outside of the ball rather than from the inside. This helps prevent tangles. Because you are using your arms and arms can be irregular, you need to make sure that your stitches are even. The best way to make sure your entire stitches look consistent is by using the same place on your arm each time so that they all come out the same size.
Though arm knitting projects are one of the fastest knitting projects to finish, you never know when you may need to stop suddenly. To stop mid project, use a broom stick or any big stick to hold your knitted piece. That way you can come back to it anytime when you are ready.
Check out this YouTube video to learn how!