Bulky-style yarn and nimble handiwork are all you need to try out this simple technique.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Snuggle up in a big, cozy blanket made by hand—literally. This blanket's pattern, designed by Teresa Carter of DeBrosse, involves arm-knitting, a technique which uses the knitter's arms instead of needles. When arm-knitting, choose yarn in a size of 6 or "super bulky." Knitters can decide the number of skeins they want to use based on desired thickness and length.

We also have a few tips for those attempting this pattern for the first time: First and foremost, depending on the size blanket you want to make, you will need to purchase varying pounds of yarn. For a small 30 x 50-inch blanket, use 6 pounds of yarn; for a large 40 x 60-inch blanket, you'll need 8 pounds. To achieve your desired final size, keep a loose tension. When you start the project, do not turn or flip your work. And if you're a beginner? Use our basic knitting how-to as a guide. 


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

hands creating slip knot for arm knit blanket
Step 1

Measure 8 to 10 feet of wool. Create a slip knot by placing the tail end over the working yarn.

hands creating loop around wrist for arm knit blanket
Step 2

Slip one hand through the loop.

hands creating slip knot with loop around wrist for arm knit blanket
Step 3

Using your hand in the loop, reach through to pull up the working yarn. (Note: Working yarn is the yarn connected to the source.)

hands creating slip knot with loop around wrist for arm knit blanket
Step 4

Pull the working yarn through the loop.

hands pulling slip knot for arm knit blanket
Step 5

Tighten until a slip knot forms.

yarn looped around wrists for arm knit blanket
Step 6

To begin your blanket, cast on your first row of stitches. To do so, loop the tail ends of the slip knot around your opposite hand's index finger and thumb.

yarn looped around wrists and hands for arm knit blanket
Step 7

Slip your hand (holding the slip knot) under the loop made on your opposite hand's thumb.

figure eight of yarn formed around hands and wrists for arm knit blanket
Step 8

Cast the stitch onto your hand; you have cast on your first stitch.

hand looping yarn around other hand for arm knit blanket
Step 9

Cast the first few stitches onto your arm, using a loose tension and leaving wiggle room in each stitch.

hands creating row of loops for arm knit blanket
Step 10

Once your arm is full, gently slip stitches off and lay on your working surface. Continue to cast on until you have 13 stitches.

hand pulling yarn through loop for arm knit blanket
Step 11

To knit the body of the blanket, pull a loop from the working yarn up through each stitch (this is emulating the knit stitch). 

hands forming loop for arm knit blanket
Step 12

On your first row, you'll work left to right; on your next row, you'll work right to left. (Note: Your cast-on stitches may appear to be laying on an angle. Always twist the stitch towards the right before knitting into them.)

hands forming loops on top row of arm knit blanket
Step 13

Continue arm-knitting until you only have around 7 yards of wool left.

hands each creating a loop for arm knit blanket
Step 14

To finish your blanket, cast off to ensure that your stitches don't unravel. To do so, pull up loops into your first and second stitches as normal.

hands each combining loops for arm knit blanket
Step 15

Take the second loop and insert it through the first loop. You have now cast off the first stitch.

hands weaving top row of arm knit blanket
Step 16

Continue with all stitches by pulling up a loop on the next stitch, and then pulling it through the previous stitch. At the end of your last row, cut tail and pull through final loop; discretely weave end into backside of blanket.


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