Ditch your knitting needles and use your arms to create these giant knitting projects! Knitting projects usually require many hours of work, but with arm knitting you can create something that's ready to use in as little as 30 minutes.
The secret to this oversized and high-speed craft is jumbo yarn and arms that act as the biggest knitting needles you've ever worked with.
As this style of knitting came into popularity, more and more companies started producing yarn that's perfect for arm knitting. But even if you can't find super bulky weight yarn, you can still make many of these projects by holding several strands of bulky weight yarn together.
Ready to make something new? Roll up your sleeves and cast on your biggest project yet!
Arm Knitting Is the Needle-Free Way for Chunky Knits
01 of 09
Stay Warm in an Arm-Knit Wrap
This stunning wrap uses a jumbo braided yarn that is both soft and sophisticated. With just nine stitches across, you can make your own luxury wrap in under an hour. Of course, you can substitute another yarn or even hold several strands of super bulky yarn together to give this a different look.
02 of 09
Make an Arm-Knit Pillow Cover
This pillow pattern uses T-shirt yarn to create a double-sided cushion. Even those who are new to arm knitting can make this entire project in under two hours! By choosing a contrasting fabric as a pillow cover underneath the arm knitting, you can create some fun cushions to match your home.
03 of 09
Use Arm Knitting to Make a Mermaid Blanket
You may have seen mermaid tail blankets before, but have you ever thought of making one with arm knitting? Simply Maggie shows you how to make this in a free video tutorial on her blog. You can also visit her Etsy shop to buy the pattern in PDF format. While you're at her site, be sure to look through the many arm knitting patterns she has to offer!
04 of 09
Learn How to Arm Knit a Blanket
Anne Weil, author of "Knitting Without Needles," shares her extensive tutorials for the basics of arm knitting. In addition to the ribbed blanket featured here, she offers so many more projects in her book and shop, including how to use arm knitting for home decor.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Make an Arm-Knit Pet Bed
Wouldn't your dog or cat love a new bed to snuggle up in? Make one in a hurry with this arm-knit pet bed! This pattern uses some traditional knitting techniques, like picking up stitches, to craft a square bed with shaped sides. Your furry friend will feel truly spoiled!
Arm Knitting Pet Bed Tutorial from DK Books on Cut Out & Keep
06 of 09
Craft an Arm-Knitted Shawl
Wrap yourself in this simple, but gorgeous shawl! With a triangular shape and a few tassels, you can wear this over your shoulders or backwards like a bandana-style scarf.
07 of 09
Arm Knit a Bulky Vest
Make a bold fashion statement with this arm-knit vest design. And like most of these patterns, you can make this garment and start wearing it in about an hour.
08 of 09
Knit a Blanket in 3 Hours
With traditional knitting, an afghan can be quite overwhelming. But when you make the same project with oversized arm knitting, suddenly it's a lot more approachable. Yarnspirations shows you how to use Bernat Blanket Yarn to create a soft and cozy blanket in an afternoon.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Craft an Arm-Knit Rug
You may be hesitant to walk on your handknits, but that's what this tutorial wants you to do as you arm knit a bath mat! This two-part video shows the process from cast-on to cast-off, with a written pattern in the YouTube description. Follow along with Truly Majestic's video to make your own rug with a contrasting wave down the center.