Throw away the needles and put your arms to work! Arm knitting is quite the trend in the craft world where knitting is done through using arms and hands, with no need for needles. It creates a braided type of look.
I went over to a friend’s house and she had this gorgeous, chunky knit blanket, as seen in the photo above. She told me that she made it using arm knitting, while teaching a lady how to knit that could no longer use needles due to Arthritis.
So now, a couple months later as we sit in lockdown, I thought this would be a great idea to share and possibly a new hobby for some of us.
What You’ll Need
Thick blanket yarn, shop here.
To cast on, begin by making a slipknot and putting your right arm through the loop. Make a loop in the yarn and place this loop onto the same arm to cast on another stitch. Continue making loops and placing them on the same arm until you’ve cast on enough stitches for your project.
How to Arm Knit
Put your left hand through the loop nearest your right hand, grab the working yarn, and pull a loop through. Slip the new stitch onto your left arm, and drop the stitch you just worked off your right arm; repeat this step until all the stitches are on your left arm.
To work the next row, work Step 1, but going in the opposite direction: Put your right hand through the loop nearest your left hand, grab the working yarn, and pull a loop through. Slip the new stitch onto your right arm, and drop the stitch you just worked off your left arm; repeat this step until all the stitches are on your right arm.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until your project is the desired length, ending with the stitches on your left arm.
To bind off, work 2 stitches onto your right arm. Pull the stitch closer to your elbow over the stitch closer to your hand and off over your hand. Work 1 more stitch from your left arm, and pull the stitch closer to your right elbow over the stitch closer to your right hand and off over your hand; repeat this last step until you have no stitches remaining on your left arm and one stitch remaining on your right arm. Cut the yarn and pull it through the last loop to fasten off.
Source for instructions: Interweave.com