Arm Knitting for Beginners | How to Arm Knit | Step-By-Step Pictures and Top Tips from Team Woolly
We have photographed a step by step for arm knitting for beginners, the explanations can be found under the arm knitting images. We have divided the process into 3 phases: Casting On, Knitting a Row and Casting Off. We hope you find this visual guide helpful, but if you find it tricky still, have a look at our arm knitting for beginners VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE.
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Casting On – Arm Knitting For Beginners
1. Make a loop at the end of your yarn with the tail end over the top of the working yarn
2. Take one hand and reach through to pull the working yarn through the loop
3. Thread your arm fully through this loop
4. Tighten slightly with spare hand, leaving a little slackness as this first stitch will end up further up your arm!
5. Create your next loop as before, thread through onto your arm. Repeat this process for the amount of stitches stated in the pattern.
6. Tighten slightly between casting on stitches, and re-shuffle up your arm as comfortable.
Knitting a Row – Arm Knitting For Beginners
Note: the following stitches are the same process whichever arm you are working with first, we have just included images to show a row on your left arm and a row on your right arm as visually it can be helpful.
1. Take the working yarn in your spare hand
2. Pass this to the hand that is holding the stitches, with the yarn going upwards over the fingers and between your thumb
3. Using your spare hand, pick up the first stitch on your arm
4. Slip this stitch over the hand that is holding the working yarn
5. Drop this stitch and with the now spare hand, slip your fingers under the working yarn so that your palms are together
6. Pass this stitch onto the spare hand, repeat this process along the stitches on your arm until the end of the row.
Your stitches will then be on your other arm. Repeat all these same steps as before for the amount of rows that the pattern states.
Casting Off – Arm Knitting For Beginners
1. Knit two stitches as the method states.
2. Using the arm with the stitches on, pick the first of the two stitches (the furthest up your other arm)
3. Pull this stitch over the second stitch you made
4. Drop the stitch into the work. Knit one further stitch and repeat the process.
When at the end of the row with one stitch on one of your arms, thread the working yarn through this stitch loop, pull tightly, trim the yarn leaving enough to gently weave in to hide.
Team Woolly’s Top Tips for Arm Knitting For Beginners
- Start with reject yarn to calm your arm knitting nerves: A great choice for arm knitting for beginners! If you are feeling a bit apprehensive about giving it a go, how about start with some “reject” Mammoth yarn? It is a cheaper option to start practicing with and you can move onto our standard yarn afterwards for your main blanket. Basically, although we call it “reject”, it isn’t defective, it is just a little bit crimped, these crimps can be gently steamed or smoothed out and actually, some customers have told us that they like the texture of the crimped look anyway!Why is it crimped? This yarn comes from the very inner of the compressed bales of yarn. We roll 1KG, 2KG or 4KG from the bales to offer as standard arm knitting yarn projects and then stop at the inner section when the yarn is compressed. This “reject” yarn is then offered at a discounted price in our sale every so often – a great chance to bag some bargain arm knitting yarn to start practicing with! Keep an eye on our CLEARANCE yarns page or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when the reject sale lands.
- Have a giant needle or piece of dowel handy: Why? In case you need a break! You can carefully transfer the stitches from your arm to a giant needle or dowel so you can pop off to the loo or to make a brew. Just remember which arm the stitches came off and make sure they go back on the correct way! If you don’t have anything to hand, you can gently slip the stitches off your arm onto the floor or a table, again remembering which arm they came off and if you leave the arm knitted blanket in situ, you should be able to slip your arm back in.
- Watch our arm knitting for beginners instructional video! Often creative and crafty people are visual learners and we like to be shown how to do something – reading instructions doesn’t always sink in so easily! That is why we have an arm knitting for beginners video for you. WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE,
- Don’t get too tense about your tension. Arm knitting for beginners needs to feel comfortable, although it can be a quick process to create your own arm knitted blanket, when you are starting out, you want to take it slow until you get the hang of it. This is why it is important not to cast your stitches on too tightly when you begin. Cast on each stitch, tighten slightly yes, but that stitch will need to be able to travel up past your wrist and sit comfortably on your arm as your work grows. Its worth taking a little extra time to cast on comfortably.
Arm Knitting for Beginners – What About A Pattern?
Arm knitting is a bit more subjective than standard knitting when it comes to patterns. Arm knitting is a fun and relaxing activity; being comfortable is key.
Everyone’s arms are different sizes and will work to a different tension, so when it comes to casting on your stitches, you will feel when enough is enough for you.
As a guide, most people can manage approx. 15 to 30 stitches comfortably give or take a couple. 1 stitch is approximately 2 inches (5 cm). (A 15-stitch cast on could create a blanket approx. 75cm in width, but it will depend on the size of your arms and tension as previously mentioned.)
As for the number of rows, again, it really is up to you! However, leave at least 4 x the width of the blanket in yarn to cast off.
How Much Yarn for Arm Knitting?
As a guide, an approx. 150cm x 150cm or 120cm x 180cm blanket will need a 4KG ball of Mammoth Yarn.
We have an in-depth arm knitting for beginners blog post dedicated to working out HOW MUCH ARM KNITTING YARN TO USE HERE.
A Rough Calculation
To work out how much yarn you need: Multiply each side together. Divide by 5000. The result is KG.
100 cm x 100 cm = 10000 sq cm / 5000 = 2KG
Prefer A Video Tutorial?
Here’s a couple of links to help you: