Last fall, we hosted lovely crochet and knitting classes with the employees here at Prime Publishing. These classes were led by editors who are experienced in knitting and crochet, and they loved the experience of teaching! You can read a fantastic recap of the knitting class here.
In February, we moved on to the next yarny skill: arm knitting! If you’ve never heard of arm knitting, it is exactly as it sounds: you knit with your arms. Many crafty folks prefer arm knitting to regular knitting because you can complete projects so much more quickly than ordinary knitting projects. This fast speed makes arm knit scarves, shawls, and blankets ideal gifts because you can still give something handmade without the time commitment that many DIY gifts typically take.
Our Arm Knitting Class Using Red Heart Yarn
Our fellow editor, Rachel Pomeroy of The Mr. Food Test Kitchen, led the arm knitting class, and she did a fantastic job teaching us how to arm knit:
Did you know that many arm knit cowls take just one skein of yarn? Did you know you can still play with tension when using your arms as your tools?
If you’ve ever wondered how to arm knit but haven’t delved in yet, I highly recommend it! Arm knitting is an easy skill to pick up and you can complete projects so quickly. Some editors completed their arm knit scarves in as little time as an hour, and others took the full two hour time slot to complete their projects.
Kristina Kittelson (AllFreeKnitting Editor) and I (Dana Byerwalter, FaveCrafts Editor) wearing our completed scarves:
Here’s what some of our staff had to say:
“Arm knitting was quick to learn and so much fun. Within 90 minutes, I had an entire scarf that I made myself without any tools but my arms! I couldn’t believe it. I am currently working on my second arm knit scarf and hope to make many more.” – Krista Childers, AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns Editor
“I’ve been fascinated by the concept of arm knitting for awhile. I keep seeing it on Facebook and Pinterest, so it was something I was super excited to try! At first it was a bit confusing — My hand is supposed to go through where? Which end is the tail? Why does this look like a giant tangle? BUT, once I got the hang of it, it was super addicting and I was so excited to have made a scarf in just 2 hours! It’s definitely a hobby I can see myself picking up!” – Rachel Kallison, Editorial Director
“I was honestly amazed by how easy and quick it was to stitch up an arm-knitted scarf! It was so fast and fun that I made another scarf the same evening. :)” – Laura Shay, AllFreeJewelryMaking Editor
“Teaching arm knitting class was so much fun. Everyone picked it up so quickly, and almost everyone left with a completed scarf. I loved sharing one of my favorite hobbies with my coworkers. My favorite part was watching the faces of the ‘crafting challenged’ individuals light up as they learned that arm knitting is a craft/skill they can actually tackle and complete successfully with confidence. And it was also great to see those who picked it up quickly helping out those who took a little longer to master the stitches. It turned into a really fun community teaching effort before our 2 hours was up.” – Rachel Pomeroy, Mr. Food Test Kitchen Editor.
How to Arm Knit
Ready to learn how to arm knit? Find some fantastic tutorials below!
Red Heart has several stunning arm knitting tutorials using their yarn, including:
More Free Arm Knitting Patterns
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