Arm Knitting Step-by-Step: Slip Knot & Cast On

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Welcome to part 1 in this step by step series on how to arm knit. This is such a simple and quick craft to do, even kids could do it! In fact, you don’t even need prior experience with knitting! The following pictures, videos and instructions that I have provided will have you well on your way to arm knitting in no time! Before we begin, let’s talk about what materials you are going to need to get started with your first arm knit scarf.

Arm Knitting Supplies

materialsThe most important thing you will need for this project is 2 skeins of chunky yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or Lion Brand Hometown USA. These are my two favorite yarns to use. They are soft and come in a variety of colors. Two skeins will be enough to make one scarf with a little left over for a scarf cuff if you choose to make one. You will also need a pair of scissors.

And that’s it! Let’s get started…

How to Arm Knit Step 1: Make a Slip Knot

Step 1

With two strands of yarn, one from each skein, you need to pull out about 4′ of yarn (this is called your “tail”). The side of the yarn connected to the skein is called the “working yarn”. To make a slip knot, form a circle and pull the working yarn up through the bottom of the circle. Slip your right arm through the loop. Not too tight though. It needs to slide easily on your arm.


Watch the Video for How to Arm Knit Step 1: Make a Slip Knot


Arm Knitting Step 2: Cast On

With the slip knot on your right arm, put your left index finger and thumb between the working yarn (the strand connected to the skein). Grab all the strands with the rest of your fingers in the left hand and twist up. With your right hand, grab the yarn that is in the front of your thumb and pull it up. Reach through that loop and grab the yarn in front of your index finger. Pull the yarn from your index finger up through the loop and slip your right hand through. Pull snug to your arm and make it the same tightness as the slip knot. Repeat 8 times. You should have a total of 10 loops on your arm when you are done.

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Watch the Video for Arm Knitting Step 2: Cast On

You now have a great foundation for getting started with your first arm knit scarf. Check out the next parts in this series. You’re on your way to making your first arm knit scarf!