arm yourself

My book designer, Karina, discovered a new way of knitting at her last craft party. If you haven’t heard of this latest craze, it’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s fast … necessarily so, since you’re all tied up … literally … in yarn, using your arms instead of needles. And as you can imagine, there are a number of reasons why you can’t be tied up for too long.



Because of the size of the stitches your “needles” produce, you can make an infinity scarf in about a half hour, even if you’re a beginner.

Find a step-by-step written tutorial with photos for the scarf pictured above at a wonderful blog called Flax & Twine: A Happy Handmade Life.

Or knit a blanket in just 45 minutes with a great video tutorial from

An added bonus? It’s a workout for your arms … we’re talking toning, big time.

Note: For 20% off Lion Brand Quickie Arm Knitting Yarn, enter MARYJANES20 in the coupon code box during checkout for yarns at:

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, this is kinda cool! It actually looks more complicated to me than using needles. The one drawback I see is if you needed to stop, how would you get untangled without dropping stitches and getting really messed up? That is a huge problem I always get into with needles. Or maybe I just make too many mistakes. I could see me getting all knitted into the the project!!

  2. Cindi Johnson says:

    Hahaha! Well, I can’t even put the sink sprayer back into is post without spraying myself, I can’t imagine what kind of tangle I will get into trying this ~ but I’m game! What a fun activity that would be for an afternoon gathering of friends.

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