Good morning! It’s spring… well, sort of. We still have snow falling this week. But hey – that’s Michigan for you. I know I’m a little biased toward northern accessories like a spring scarf (don’t laugh, all you readers down in Florida) but the truth is, a lightweight scarf like this one makes for a cute accessory year-round up here. You may have caught my preview of this project the other day when I posted some silly mother-daughter photos over the weekend. I’ve become an arm-knitting junkie. The first project I made was a blanket, and today I’m going to share a tutorial for a slightly smaller project: an arm-knit infinity scarf.
Because your arms are much larger than knitting needles, arm-knit projects work up really quickly. By my 3rd or 4th project, I was cranking out scarves in about 15-20 minutes, so you can do this on a lunch hour, during naptime, or while you watch your favorite TV show. All you need is your yarn and your arms! This project uses one skein that’s 35 yards for 18-20 rows of 8 stitches (I say 18-20 because it depends how large your arms are and how tight or loose you make your stitches. This isn’t as uniform as specifically-sized needles.) If you’ve chosen a yarn that’s only 30 yards, that should still work all right – you can always make your scarf 6 or 7 stitches wide instead.
This project is a little different than the tutorials I’ve seen out there. Instead of using 2 skeins of a bulky yarn, I picked a yarn geared specifically toward scarf projects so that I could make it more lightweight and more suited for the changing weather. See, you don’t actually need several skeins of yarn to arm-knit. You will have a lot leftover. What you need more than one skein for is to double or triple the bulk going into your weave – to work with more than one strand to make your piece thicker – to compensate for the large knit. Less yarn also makes this a lot more cost-effective project: this scarf cost me $4.19. Granted, I used a 40% off coupon for my yarn, but you can do the same, and you don’t need ANY tools but the ones you were born with. :)
You ready? Let’s jump in!
Are you excited to get started? I had never knitted or crocheted before trying this technique, and I LOVE it! I hope you enjoy!