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DIY Arm Knitting a Blanket

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You know, after I tackled the whole Arm Knitting Infinity Scarf challenge, I just couldn’t stop there.  I had to keep going, as I love to crochet and knit!  So today I am going to share with you this DIY Arm Knitting a Blanket tutorial, and also include another (shorter, and hopefully just as easy to follow) video as well! You can click here for the video, or scroll below to click play!

DIY Arm Knitting a Blanket

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The Dose of Reality November 5, 2013, 12:53

The blanket is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the color of the yarn you used, too! Gorgeous!! –Lisa
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Jennifer November 5, 2013, 14:02

Thanks you! :-)

popcosmo November 5, 2013, 12:55

Whoa… gorgeousness again! I wondered if that was possible! I seriously am going to try this. I’m hoping over winter break we get snowed in and the power goes out (I better go shopping in advance and print out these instructions!) I tried knitting and used to love to crochet. This looks simple enough for a newbie like me! I can’t wait to try it!!!!
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Jennifer November 5, 2013, 14:02

Thanks so much! You totally need to get some yarn to stash away for those snowed in days!

Katy Donaldson Taylor November 5, 2013, 14:58

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!! So…from start to finish, how long do you think it takes? Can’t wait to try it out!

Jennifer November 5, 2013, 15:28

Seriously, from start to finish, this took me an hour. I have done a few (gazillion) infinity scarves with this technique so if this is your first time, I know it will probably take longer. If you have haven’t tried it before, I would guess it may take you about an hour and a half. Once you get in the swing of things, you will be popping these out left and right in now time!

kimber November 5, 2013, 20:00

So pretty! I thought about doing this too! Love!
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Jennifer November 5, 2013, 20:41

Ah, you totally should do this! My mom loves her new blanket! I have to make one for myself now…

Kristen November 5, 2013, 20:28

That blanket is so beautiful! I absolutely love it! It’s definitely something I would buy if I saw it in a store.
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Jennifer November 5, 2013, 20:40

DOn;t buy it!! Make it!! :-) Thanks Kristen, I am so addicted to making these. I think everyone is getting a scarf and blanket this year!

Tamara November 5, 2013, 20:39

Ooh, I also love how it looks and I can imagine how it feels. It feels like I want to cuddle with it for a hundred hours!
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Jennifer November 5, 2013, 20:45

You need to make one of these in PURPLE for Princess Scarlet. :-)

Jackie November 6, 2013, 04:47

Thank you! The video is so helpful. :)

Jennifer November 6, 2013, 07:36

I am so glad you find the video helpful! :-)

kendra kay November 6, 2013, 10:56

my mom tried to teach me to knit and my rows looked a mess. some were loose, some were tight, it looks so fun and relaxing and i just think i need to loosen up a bit when doing it so they are nice even lines and rows. it’s such a talent. knitters make it look so easy! beautiful blanket, i love that chunky open knit.

Jennifer November 6, 2013, 12:40

Thanks Kendra. It is a quick learning curve, but I always try and make sure to get the same sized loops for everything. My first scarf was a little crazy, but everything after that has been perfect!

Chris Carter November 6, 2013, 13:26

I actually think I could do this!!! I need to watch your video like ten more times though- what a perfect idea for Christmas Gifts!! You are so talented Jen. :)
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Jennifer November 6, 2013, 13:29

Thanks Chris! You totally need to do this….when you are feeling better!! :-)

Brittnei November 6, 2013, 15:53

I’ve never heard of this before! You have intrigued me for sure. I learned how to crochet once upon a time and I definitely want to get back into it for sure.
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Jennifer November 6, 2013, 17:41

That’s awesome! That’s how I was wanting to get back into crocheting…this is a great way to get started!

Sylvie November 8, 2013, 22:28

Did you finish off the edges, or just the last that you cast off? Just wondering how you keep the original starting edge from having miss-shaped hoops, which is what I have at the moment.

Jennifer November 10, 2013, 14:39

I just casted off. On a couple of scarves I have gone back and rewoven in a few loose loops, but I have done this several times now and keep the same tension and haven’t had a problem since.

Brtt November 9, 2013, 12:18

There is no sound after the music. I can’t hear anything you’re saying. : (((

Jennifer November 10, 2013, 14:36

Oh no! I have gone into YouTube and I think I have it working now. Sorry for the glitch!

Gayle November 9, 2013, 22:33

Lovely! I wonder how big it would be with the 8 oz super bulky. I recently made an infinity scarf in size 13 needles with lion brand home spun thick and quick super bulky. And it is soft and fluffy! Definitely wanna try this with the super bulky!!

Jennifer November 10, 2013, 14:33

The maroon (Bordeaux colored) scarf was made with 8oz! It is AWESOME and thick.

Amber April 11, 2014, 16:59

If you did it with the super bulky yarn, would you still need three skeins?

Jennifer April 11, 2014, 19:15

I would still use the 3 skeins.

Carrie November 11, 2013, 12:35

The blanket turned out so pretty. I’ve knitting with knitting needles before but never even knew that you could use your arms. How creative thanks for sharing.
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Jennifer November 11, 2013, 12:51

Thanks so much. You are a step ahead of me with the needle knitting. I haven’t tried that….YET!! :-)

chrissy@thePEARLblog November 12, 2013, 19:24

i have never seen this typ of blanket making before. i am going to show the video to my daughter and see if she can make me one! thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party
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Jennifer November 12, 2013, 21:12

Awesome!! Thanks so much for popping in :-)

Gina November 15, 2013, 01:43

Is there a way to make it more dense (ie smaller holes) this sounds totally doable for me (the awkward kid with extra long arms lol) but i keep picturing my frozen toes getting stuck on the large holes hahaha

Jennifer November 15, 2013, 09:05

WEll, to make smaller holes, I think you would then need to move down to the knitting needles, which there are a ton of sizes. The loops for an arm knitting scarf are going to be about the size of your arm/wrist.

Jessie November 16, 2013, 19:59

Hi! This blanket is awesome. I think Im gonna try it out for christmas presents this year. How hard is it to switch colors in the blanket? Just tying the two yarns together maybe? And how big does this end up being? Thanks for the video!

Jennifer November 16, 2013, 20:00

You can probably tie off the yarn and change colors that way, I actually haven’t tried that yet. The blanket I made fit a twin size bed! So it’s a good size. :-)

Jessie November 20, 2013, 15:37

I actually just made one, and I did just tie off and switch colors and worked great. Thanks for the video, it was a big help! :)

Ivette November 29, 2013, 11:18

Loveee this vid :) it helped me finally complete my scarf..but now i have to try this as well!! thank u soo much!!

Jennifer November 29, 2013, 20:05

That’s awesome! So glad it helped :-)

Mary December 3, 2013, 12:48

How long were the skeins of yarn? This looks great!

Jennifer December 3, 2013, 13:15

Thanks so much! They were 6oz weight and 185 yards for each skein. :-)

raquel garza December 3, 2013, 20:10

just wanted to share with u …that everything u said u felt about arm knitting and youre addiction to it now describes my husband to a T!!! lol he has arm knitted 5 infinity scarves in 2 days. he is already planning a blanket now. thank you for sharing.
Any ideas where we can find something chunkier than a 5 or 6?

Jennifer December 3, 2013, 20:48

That’s awesome!!! I love hearing that. :-) I did find a really chunky 8oz. at my local Michael’s craft store. I would try and check with your local craft stores, and if al else fails, you could probably order online. I made my mom a blanket and she loves it!

Veronica December 11, 2013, 01:53

Just wondering when it says 3 skeins you mean the 3 used together correct? Not 1 skein at a time. I want to make this quick as a prayer blanket this weekend for a friend going in to have surgery next week. Thanks!

Jennifer December 11, 2013, 07:49

Yes, you use all three at the same time. You will be knitting with three strands. It’s explained in the video :-)

Jessica December 14, 2013, 18:20

Hi there. Im new to arm knitting but loving it. But I’m having a problem. The first two I made were with homespun thick and quick and I ran out of yarn. I cast on 36 and it was a solid rectangle. I tried 28 with the second and still rectangular. I tried my third one just now with regular homespun and I ran out of yarn on row 22 and its reallys rectangular. What can I do to make it more square? Im such a nit pick it drives me crazy.

Jennifer December 14, 2013, 21:23

Hi Jessica, mine was actually more of a rectangle and fit a twin bed. I would try and make as many arm stitches as I would rows, and that should help you have more of a square. I hope that helps! :-)

Meg December 17, 2013, 09:19

I was planning on needle knitting blankets for my father in law and dad for Christmas. Of course, my kids and I all got sick and all the Christmas crafting got pushed back. I did get through the first blanket and thought I was about finished the second one, when I realized to my horror that in my overtired and recooperating fog, I’d been making a baby sized blanket for three days! I was in a dead panic about being able to take it all apart, start over and getting it done in time, when I found your blog. This was a lifesaver! So simple and so pretty! Can’t wait to give my dad his gift. Oh, and for anyone looking for other yarn to try, I absolutely loved how the Loops and Thread Charisma worked for this project. Michaels has had it on sale all season!

Jennifer December 17, 2013, 10:10

That’s awesome Meg! So glad it was able to help you out :-)

Kate January 4, 2014, 21:36

I have been having fun arm knitting today and my blanket is beautiful BUT it is toooo tiny – at 36 stiches cast on, I only got 9 rows and ran out of yarn – at the cost of the yarn there is no way I can buy enough more to make it big enough. :( I think you need to include the # of yards on the skein so that others can avoid this problem ( I looked for this info but didnt see it if it’s there). As for me, I am going to take it all apart, make it 28 stitches wide at only double strands as opposed to triple, and hope I end up with something more adult sized!

Jennifer January 5, 2014, 07:55

Hi Kate, I did not have the yardage included in the post, but it was in the comments as someone else asked the same questions. All of my skeins were 185 yards…hopefully that helps!

Danielle January 13, 2014, 00:33

I bought the exact yarn that you show in the video, creating the same links and hoping for the same amount of rows. I only was able to create 16 rows before I ran out of yarn?! It stated that you even had leftovers… I have re-started twice and had the same problem. Because I only have 16 rows, the blanket is beautiful, but way long and skinny. Am I the only one having this issue, any suggestions? Help is appreciated(:

Jennifer January 13, 2014, 07:35

Hi Danielle, I am not sure why you are having that issue, but it is not going to be a square blanket, it will be long and fit a twin sized bed. If you do not want the blanket to be that long, don’t cast on as many links and then you can do more rows. I am not sure how you are running out of yarn when I had yarn left over either. Sorry you are having difficulty, you may have a thicker set yarn and that could also be the problem.

Danielle January 28, 2014, 00:46

Thanks for responding! I went back and found the labels to my yarn.. And I had got bulky 6 therefore it was 165 yards, rather than 185 yards. I apologize:)! I will pay more attention next time, I love the blanket and it is beautiful!

Jessica January 22, 2014, 18:53

A friend of mine wants me to make a blanket just like this only for a king size bed! I’ve only made the infinity scarves and I know that you cast on 12, so I’m wondering how many did you cast on for this one? I saw in other comments you said yours would fit a twin bed. So maybe do what you did x3?

Jennifer January 22, 2014, 20:14

That may work, but I would buy more yarn, there will be a point where you run out and will need to tie on the additional skeins of yarn to be able to keep going. Let me know how it works out!!

Tami January 28, 2014, 17:14

I am so excited to try this but can you stop in the middle or do you have to finish it all at once.

Jennifer January 28, 2014, 17:25

Hi Tami, my daughter has made scarves like this and stopped in the middle. She would have an empty paper towel roll, or something long enough to place her links on without having them get tangled or loose. Hope that helps!

brie February 7, 2014, 05:27

I’ve been trying to make this for my boyfriend for valentines day. I keep having the problem of the edge where I cast on is… hm loose? And so much longer than the side I’ve casted off. Help? I’ve redone this three times now.

Jennifer February 7, 2014, 09:32

hi Brie, i am sorry you are having issues. I don’t quite understand what you are having the problem with. I think you are saying that the end you cast off is shorter than where you started? If so, you may be casting off the stitches tighter than you need to. I have a video for Arm Knitting for beginners on my YouTube channel. Try and check that out and see if that helps.

Brie February 7, 2014, 17:57

The edge I cast off is fine it seems to be the perfect size and its tight enough. Its the first edge I’ve casted on. All the stitchs slide and is very loose. =\ maybe there’s a way of casting on tighter? Sorry I’m not sure how else to explain it.

Jennifer February 7, 2014, 18:50

I would try and cast on your first row as tight as you can. Then just even out the tension in the second and remaining rows. I always “adjust” my stitches after every row to make them the same and uniform. Hopefully that helps. Let me know how it goes!

Heather February 7, 2014, 12:34

Hi. I literally envisioned this for my own black leather sofa (just like your pic-exactly…) for my mil to knit. Started shopping patterns and voila!!! Found a pic from ur link & now it’s my own creative project since I don’t knit. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer February 7, 2014, 14:16

Heather that is awesome! I am so glad you were able to make it your own :-)

Anna February 13, 2014, 11:13

I am so going to make this! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Debra May 29, 2014, 09:18

Hoping to make the arm knit blanket today. Do you connect the skeins of yarn before you start???

Maggie July 23, 2014, 06:49

Awesome..wanted to do a blanket for my daughter …I will give this a try. Let you know how it turned out.

ashlee July 23, 2014, 18:00

I tried to make this blanket and on the end on the last loop or knot or whatever it slipped throughout my fingers and no I’m desperately trying to undo this blanket. But I loved it up till then I used the same yarn and it is a great colour and its really soft. When I undo this blanket I am definitely making it again

Jennifer July 24, 2014, 06:23

So sorry! It has happened to all of us. Hope you make it again and LOVE it!

Jaci October 29, 2014, 19:08

Is it warm even though the holes in it are so large?

Jennifer October 30, 2014, 09:43

Very much so!

Maddy November 19, 2014, 03:08

What color yarn did you use for the pictured blanket?

Barbara Hair November 30, 2014, 16:53

Can I use 4 or 5 skeins at a time for a thicker blanket? I bought 5 skeins (all that was left) of the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn….106 yards each. Just hoping it’s long enough…..

Jennifer December 1, 2014, 11:14

I am sure you can, but the thicker it is, the shorter it will probably be. Just keep that in mind when you make it :-)

Rebecca December 3, 2014, 18:06

I made one using a different tutorial but my problem is that it came out like a giant fish net…Is there a way to make the holes tighter together?

Jennifer December 4, 2014, 15:33

You could try using bulkier yarn and adding a strand or two more to thicken it up. However, it will look a bit like fishnet if you are using a thin yarn. ;-) Hope that helps!

Kaitlin December 15, 2014, 14:41

Hi,
I am so in love with this! I have arm knit scarves before but not blankets. Wondering if anyone had luck with the king size version? Do you just tie the yarn together when you get to the end of the skeins? Thank you!

Jennifer December 15, 2014, 19:44

I have never tried that! That could be cool with different colors woven together.

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