I’ve always been a crafter and love to make things, but I had never really been interested in knitting until I saw these beautiful, chunky, knit blankets. I learned that people were actually knitting blankets with their arms rather than knitting needles! I jumped right in, and have found arm-knitting to be perfect for a beginner, and the finished arm-knit blanket is super cozy and lovely.
The Coziest Home Decor DIY Project
Many arm-knit blankets are made with a thick, unspun wool roving, which is gorgeous, but also quite tricky to find and pricey. Another beautiful and more accessible option for this home decor DIY project is to use multiple strands of a super chunky yarn which is more readily available at a craft store.
This arm knit blanket is made with 6 skeins of super chunky alpaca wool yarn, and the whole thing came together in about an hour and a half, start to finish. Because the yarn is thick and the loops are wide, you can quickly make it through rows and rows of knitting. It is pretty amazing to watch a blanket form so quickly before your eyes!
I love to have a cozy throw blanket nearby any seating in my house, so it is easy to grab and cuddle up with a good book, or to watch a favorite show. This home decor DIY blanket adds a lot of warmth and wow to anyplace you use it.
You will just use one stitch to make the whole blanket, transferring the loops from one arm to the other as you knit. I will walk you through the process with the below photos for reference.
Here’s how to make your own arm-knit blanket:
- Find the end of the first 3 skeins of yarn, and line them up. You will work with all three strands as if they were one during the whole project.
- Measure out about 4 yards of yarn and tie a slip knot in the strands.
- Slide the slip knot over one of your wrists.
- You should have two strands coming off of the knot, one that has the 4 yards you pulled out, and the other attached to the skeins of yarn.
- Keeping the loose strands closest to you, pull both sections of yarn away from the knot using your thumb to hold the loose section and your first finger to hold the attached section.
- Pull the strand from below your thumb up and over the strand on top of your first finger.
- Pull the strand from the top of your first finger through the loop you formed in step 5, and pull it up and over your hand.
- Now you should have two knots on one wrist. The slipknot, and the first cast of the blanket.
- Once again, pull both strands of yarn away from the knots, creating a “V” like a slingshot.
- Take the strand from below your thumb, pull it over the strand on your first finger to make a loop.
- Pull the strand from your first finger through the loop and up and over your wrist, making a third knot.
- Repeat the steps to “cast on” to your arm until you have 28 knots on your arm.
- Once you have all of the first row of knots on your wrist, you will begin to transfer the knots to the opposite arm to make another row.
- Take the strand that is attached to the skeins of yarn and simply lay it in your hand of the arm with all of the knots on it.
- Holding that attached strand in your hand, pull the first loop from your wrist, over your hand leaving it loose.
- Slide your hand with palms together inside the strand you were holding, creating a loop over your opposite wrist.
- Again, take the attached strands of yarn into the hand with most knots, and hold it tight.
- Pull the second loop from your wrist off of your hand, and put your opposite hand through the loop you are holding, creating another loop on the second hand.
- Continue those steps to move all of the knots from the first row onto the second arm, forming the second row.
- Once you get to the end of the loops, once again place the attached strands into the hand of the arm with the most loops, and begin the process back onto the other arm again.
- Continue this process to arm knit through as many rows as you can get with the first skeins.
- When you notice you are close to the end of the yarn, tie the three ends from the first skeins onto the three ends from the second three skeins to make one continuous strand.
- Leave the ends long to be able to weave back in when you’re finished.
- Continue moving the rows back and forth between arms.
- After you have knitted 68 rows, it is time to cast-off. With all of the loops on one arm, place the attached strand in your palm and hold it as if you were going to make another row.
- Make the first stitch by pulling the loop off your wrist, threading your hand through the strand in your palm, and pulling the new loop onto your opposite wrist (just the way you have done).
- Do the same thing one more time, so you have two stitches on your wrist. Then, before you make another stitch, pull the first loop up and over the second and all the way off of your hand.
- Now you will only have one stitch on your wrist.
- Add another stitch, and then pull the first over and off your wrist again. In this way, you will be dropping a stitch with every stitch you create, effectively casting off your arms and finishing the last row of the blanket.
- When you get to the last stitch, pull the loop over and off of your arm.
- Cut the strand of yarn about 12” from the loop, and pull it through the loop finishing the last knot.
- Thread the tail of the strand back and forth through the blanket edge to hide it.
- Thread the ends of where you tied the two strands together through the blanket to hide them.
- Cozy up with your new arm-knit blanket, a stunning home decor DIY creation!
Warming up to this fun home decor DIY idea? Check out these equally awesome home decor DIY projects.