Arm Knitting a Chunky Blanket
So, I thought I'd give arm knitting a try. I kept seeing it on Pinterest as well as a couple of friends posting their cozy-looking, chunky blankets, so I asked for a big ball of yarn for Christmas (how old am I?!). It seemed easy. Only 45-minutes according to all the youtube videos. I thought I'd enjoy the experience. Let me be very honest and say, I did not. This is not for the faint armed!
If you're dead set on arm knitting your very own blanket, then you're going to need some giant, chunky yarn. I'm sure you can find this a number of places but you'll find the one I used HERE. (If you're ordering your yarn from the US, look HERE.) You'll want to have an idea of what size you want your blanket to be before you purchase your yarn. My yarn ball was 4kg of 100% merino wool in cream and my finished blanket measured 3'x8' (4kg was £125). I used every bit of it (actually I almost ran out at the end, don't make that mistake). You can order smaller balls of yarn to fit within your budget.
This next piece of advice sounds silly, but I'm being dead serious. Do not start this activity hungry. Once you get started, you will not be able to take breaks. The videos say it only takes 45 minutes, but if this is your first time trying it, I can almost guarantee you'll take longer. Which brings me to my next piece of advice, don't start this project with only a small window of time to complete it in. So that means if you have to pick up the kids from school in 30 minutes, now is not the time. Give yourself plenty of time so that you aren't stressed about getting it done.
Because I am a total rookie, I think it would be best if you watched the video I did, from someone who clearly has a better grip on the situation. You can watch it HERE.
I think that this project it totally do-able no matter your skill level. Yes, getting started will probably be frustrating and I guarantee you'll have to go backwards to redo something at least a couple of times. Don't let that discourage you from completing it because getting it started is the hardest part. Once you're past the first row, it's a piece of (heavy) cake. I will say, I seemed to struggle a little more than I thought and I think it had to do with just how chunky my yarn was. It was a little difficult getting the first row started and holding the strands in place with small hands. If I were to do it again, I think I would try for slightly less chunky yarn (however the finished look of the chunky yarn is great!) Is my blanket perfect? Not even close. If you're looking for a perfect blanket, try West Elm. If you're looking for something you can cuddle-up under with pride and say "I made that!", then this is the project for you:)
I would have liked for my blanket to have been wider, and I had PLENTY of yarn to do so, but keep in mind that your blanket can only be as wide as what 1 arm can hold. For me, I was only able to get 12 loops of this VERY chunky yarn onto my arm before I ran out of space (this is from elbow to wrist). The video I watched, the girl was able to get 18 rows onto her arm, however, I noticed her yarn wasn't as thick. Keep in mind that as your knitting, it will look like its maybe narrower than it really is. Once you're all done, you'll be able to pull and stretch it out a bit.
Have anymore questions? Feel free to send me a message and I'll help as best I can. Don't forget to leave a comment about how you're blanket turned out, and any tips we may have missed! Good Luck!