Knitting has made a huge comeback, and we're fully embracing it. To make this gorgeous, chunky-knit throw blanket, simply use your arms as knitting needles. Depending on the size of your blanket, expect to finish one in as little as an afternoon.

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Try this trendy knitting method to create a chunky-knit throw blanket. What makes this technique so different? You use your arms instead of knitting needles. These elegant blankets make great gifts or accessories for your own home. When you're done, pair it with these cozy home products we love.

How to Arm Knit

What You Need

  • 12 skeins of arm-knitting yarn (we used Jazz Couture Yarn in Blush)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Measure Yarn

measuring yarn with arms

Measure about 4 yards of yarn with your arms. This should give you plenty of slack for casting on the first row.

Step 2: Cast On

making slipknot over hand

Make a slip knot and slide it over your right hand. To make a slip knot, wind yarn into a circle, keeping the tail of the yarn on top. Place your fingers through the loop, and grab the piece of yarn that is attached to the skein. Pull the yarn through until you have a circle large enough to fit your arm through. Pull on the loop to tighten.

Step 3: Cast on First Row

pulling arms through loop

To cast on the first row, align your pointer finger with the tail of the yarn and your thumb with the working yarn. Using your left hand, wrap both fingers around the yarn, and pull up to make an X-shape. Use your pointer finger from your right hand to loop your hand through one of the X's, and pull it through. Then use your thumb to loop your hand through the second X, and pull it through again. Repeat 20 times. Once you've cast on 20 stitches, you should have a short tail.

Step 4: Start Knitting

pulling off cast loop

Hold the working yarn in your right hand. Pull off one of the cast loops to create another loop. Put your left hand through that loop and grab the working yarn. Pull it tight to your arm. Repeat down the entire row. Continue knitting rows back and forth, and from one arm to the other.

Editor's Tip: When you're at the end of one skein of yarn, add a new skein with a small knot. Make the knot as tight as you can.

Step 5: Bind Off

pulling first loop over second loop

Hold what's left of the working yarn. Make a loop and transfer it to your left arm like you're still knitting. Do that one more time. Then drop the working yarn, and pull the first of the two loops off your hand, going over the second loop in the process. Re-tighten the loop, then add another loop. Continue pulling and tightening loops. When you get to the last loop, slide the tail through that loop. Pull tight.

Step 6: Tuck in Ends

tucking in knots

Cut remainder of the tail off, and go back through your work to trim off any excess pieces of yarn from where you tied the skeins together.

Comments (4)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 3, 2018
I agree with the others :( This LOOKED like it would be a really fun project. I could not keep up. I wish it was an instructional/tutorial, with a slow moving teacher doing it! I guess I will have to go elsewhere to find one, too. - But a great idea, nonetheless.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 21, 2018
I am way wanting to try this but are these directions in English because I didn't understand a word. No worries tho, I'll just get directions elsewhere.Thanks 😊
Better Homes & Gardens Member
April 23, 2018
I agree. This looks like fun and simple work. I knit but these instructions are waaaay beyond anything I could understand!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
April 23, 2018
I must be really dense because I found this to be clear as mud. I kind of expected this to be more of a beginners level. The pictures didn't really show the steps very clearly and the video was choppy and way too fast.....I should probably go buy a book about arm knitting...looks cool. Thank you!