Monday, January 20, 2014

Introducing Arm Knitting

Last week when I was at the Craft and Hobby Association in California, I saw the most amazing make and take! It was called Arm Knitting! I had never heard of the technique and fabulous CRAZE that is sweeping the nation! But, after seeing everyone walking around the conference in their new scarves I had to check it out!

Trendy Vickie Howell, for Yarnspirations, was teaching hundreds over the week how to make these simple 20 minute scarves with just your hands! 

I had to check out Vickie's tutorial online to see if I could do it myself!

Now, after watching this video I had to hop into my car and rush to my local Craft Warehouse to gather some chunky fibers to try it out!

Once I got the hang of casting on, I was on a roll! You can see me go at it on our Instagram feed in this 15 second video. One tip that I want to  share with you would be to make sure that your tail end (not the working yarn attached to the ball of yarn) is very long (about 2 yards) when you make your slip knot. It is hard to see her tail end in the tutorial.

When looking for yarn to make your scarf, look for big bulky yarns for texture. Add as many strands as you would like! For my first, I used ivory, neutrals, and gold yarn!

Shown above are Pearl (gold) by Feza Yarns - one strand, Haciendo (ivory) by Plymouth Yarn - two strands; and Brio (color 9404) by Berroco - one strand

I have to admit I am hooked! I created two simple scarves and have enough yarn to make another one if I wanted! I made an infinity scarf by tying the ends together to wear around my neck as shown above. Then, I created one long enough to be able to  wrap twice around my neck, as shown below. I especially love the gold weaved through!

I hope you have been inspired to try this new trend out! It is fast and easy! I made both scarves in only 40 minutes! Stay tuned into our blog this week and next as we share some more designs! Depending on what yarn you use with this technique the scarf will look different! I can't wait to share more! Until then, happy knitting!

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