Yes, you really can knit a scarf in 30 minutes! Once you get started, arm knitting is lots of fun, and it’s so satisfying to see a project come together in an evening (perfect for last-minute gifts). I love the texture of the big loops created by this technique, and the soft yarn makes it extra-cozy. You can wear this scarf long, or loop it around your neck twice for warmth.

Time Needed 
30 to 60 min
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Skill Level 
Intermediate

Step-by-Step Tutorial Read

Materials
  • Project Yield 
    1 scarf
  • Time Needed 
    30 to 60 min
  • Skill Level 
    Intermediate
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    For this project you’re working in doubled yarn. Bring together two skeins and measure out six arm lengths.
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    Make a slip knot. Hold so the working yarn is to the left and slide your right arm through the loop. The loop should hang on your wrist, but not too tight. You’ll need to be able to slide this loop a little further up your arm later.
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    Separate the tail and the working yarn. Loop the working yarn over your left thumb. Loop the tail over your left index finger to hold it in place.
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    Now you’re ready to cast on. Slide your right hand into the loop on your thumb from the front. Your right hand should go through that loop, so when your hand is all the way through, you’ll have two loops on your right wrist. Then slide your right hand into the loop on your left index finger, but this time from the back of the loop. Pull that loop through, and you’ve created your first stitch. This is just like casting on knitting needles, except in this case your arms are the needles!
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    Repeat the cast on until you have ten stitches on your arm. If you want you scarf to be wider or narrower, just increase or decrease the number of stitches.
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    Now it’s time to start knitting. Keep the tail to the side, and pull out a few feet of the working yarn. Take your working yarn in your right hand. Slide the first loop off your hand and pull the working yarn up through. Stick your left hand through the new loop you just pulled up. That’s one knit stitch! Pick up the working yarn in your right hand again and give it a little tug to tighten the stitch.
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    Repeat that stitch until you reach the end of the row. When you finish, all the loops will be on your left arm. To start the next row, pull out a few more feet of the working yarn and hold it in your left hand. Slide the loop off your hand and pull the working yarn up through it, just like before, but this time you’re putting the new loop onto your right hand.
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    When you finish the row, all the loops will be on your right arm. Then start the next row, just like in the previous step. Keep knitting until your scarf is the length you want it to be. I made mine about 52 inches long, which is long enough to loop over my head twice.
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    When you’re ready to bind off, hold the working yarn in the hand with the stitches over your arm (in my case, the right). Just like you did before, slide the first loop off your hand and pull the working yarn up through. Stick your left hand through the new loop and tug to tighten. Again, hold the working yarn in your right hand, slide the next loop off, and pull the working yarn up through. You now have two stitches on your left hand.
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    Pull the first stitch over the second and tighten. Knit another stitch, then bring first stitch over again and tighten—just like casting off regular needles. Continue down your arm until you only have one stitch remaining.
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    Cut the yarn, leaving more than half a yard of tail. Slide the final loop off your arm and bring the tail through. Pull to tighten the knot.
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    Fold the scarf in half. Use the tail to sew the the two halves together. (You’ll need a tapestry needle with a large eye.)
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    Tie of the yarn and cut the ends.
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    Your scarf is complete!

Arm Knitted Infinity Scarf

$18.00
Kit Yield 
1 scarf
What's Included
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn
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