Arm Knitting Video How-To and Stash-Busting Idea

So you or the kids want to learn how to arm knit. Great! Join Vickie Howell as she demonstrates step-by-step how to knit with your arms in her free video. It’s really easy and super fun!

Arm Knitting a Cowl: The Ultimate Stash-Busting Project

My coworker, Alice Weaver, raided the yarn scraps here at Interweave to create a really colorful cowl with arm knitting. From start to finish, it took her about 35 minutes to make.

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Alice, aka Red Queen Alice, is wearing her arm knitted cowl wrapped twice around her neck.

Alice’s experience included the use of 14 different small-gauge yarns. She goes into greater detail below, and her account makes it all sound so easy!

Cowl Pattern

The project is 6 stitches across and 32 rows long. I used a basic arm knit technique, with standard bind-off, and using the tails to stitch the ends together.

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Arm knitted cowl seamed.

Tips for Working with Multiple Strands

To make sure that all of the yarn would stay together and that I wouldn’t lose any threads during arm knitting (since it’s rather hard to sort it out when you’re mid-row and feel rather encumbered by that point), I used a bag with a large opening at the top, then gathered the ends, and pulled up. Once I measured out one forearm-length, I tied a knot so all the yarns would be together whenever I needed to pull more yarn from the bag, and I had a decent tail for the project start.


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Front and back of Arm Knitted Cowl

Thanks, Alice!

Stash-busting works for every hair color!

Alice shared pictures with me of the cowl worn a couple different ways and with a few different hair colors. As you can see, stash-bushing with multiple colors creates a cowl that’s very versatile.

Below is Pink Queen Alice and White Queen Alice. Yes, these are cheeky references to Alice in Wonderland. She’s kind of a nerd like that. And we love that about her. The cowl is worn as a hood in the Pink Queen Alice photo. Very clever.

Wear as a hood or a cowl.

Learn more

Want to know more about arm knitting? Former Interweave Knits editor Lisa Shroyer shares 10 life-changing truths about arm knitting on our blog.

Love stash-bushing? Check out the Yarn Leftovers series on our blog for fun patterns and techniques.


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