Craft Diaries // That time I learnt: Giant Arm Knitting
Anyway, first things first – casting on! The main thing you need to know how to do is to make a slipknot for this bit, everything else is really easy. To make your tail (which is used for casting on, and then any excess is used for tassels) you put three arm lengths of wool over your shoulder, and then make a slipknot around your wrist. I started with my right arm but I don’t think it really matters. To cast on is then just like normal knitting (google it as I can’t eloquently explain how to pull one loop through another) but using your arms as your needles. I think we did 13 stitches to get the blanket wide enough to be a topper.
After that, it's just like normal knitting except using your arms as the needles - it's far far far quicker too as it is so chunky! Again if you're only using this blog post as a guide as to how to make your own, I'd recommend googling a basic knit stitch. My main tip when using your arms as needles is that if you remember to keep your palms facing each other when you're entering the stitch from either side, you can't really go wrong.
You basically just keep going like that until you have about three arm lengths of wool left, and then cast off (this is basically closing down each of your stitches and finishing with a knot). You can then use the excess to make tassels.
I didn't actually take any photos of it in progress as I raced off ahead and finished my blanket in 40 mins. I'm rather happy with the result!
I'm by no means a pro now but I did think it was super simple to pick up - once I've done my massive wool order, I'll probably watch a Youtube video or something to jog my mind but I'm now fairly confident in my ability to arm knit some Christmas presents! [That being said, I'm not sure what I'd do if I dropped a stitch or wanted to do anything other than blankets, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!] I'll probably do a story over on instagram when I pick it back up.
I'd definitely recommend giving it a go if you've been thinking about it.
Difficulty scale: 3/10.
Let me know in the comments if you've given it a go or want to!
- Helen xo
[Ps. If you want to give this exact workshop a go, it’s at London Craft Club which is super near Tottenham Court Road station – if you’re not local like me and want to stay over, there’s a cheapish Hub by Premier Inn just round the corner which is where I stayed. The workshop is £65 and is 2.5hrs long. It’s perfect for beginners as no prior knowledge is needed and there were 8 of us in the class. There’s a limited number of colours you can choose for your blanket, but you select that when booking. This isn’t an affiliate link or anything, I just had a really good time!]