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How to Contact Me and About Simply Maggie

Contact me at Amanda_Bassetti@yahoo.com for the following:
You would like me to feature your blog or a blog post here on Simply Maggie.
To collaborate with me on a project.
Try out and review your product(s).
…or for any questions about Simply Maggie feel free to send me an email.


Welcome to SimplyMaggie.com. Thank you for stopping by. I bring you DIY video and picture tutorials for the latest Arm Knitting trends and patterns, home remodel and decor tips and ideas, as well as a little bit of my everyday life through vlogs (video blogs).

Simply Maggie has brought you all of the original Arm Knitting tutorials. You may have seen them being talked about in The Wall Street Journal, on radio talk shows and hundreds of other blogs. Check back often for new patterns and ideas for Arm Knitting.

Meet Amanda Bassetti! The owner of Simply Maggie:

aboutIt may seem a little confusing, my name being Amanda and my blog being called Simply Maggie. Maggie is what my grandparents have called me since I was a toddler. So I thought it fit!

I was married at the age of 18 (in 2007), we bought our first house right after I turned 22 (in 2010) and my husband and I have learned how to remodel our home since then. Together we have learned our favorite home style and have learned to work as a team to create a home that we both love and can find peace and comfort in.

We take on new projects every year and I will be sharing them along the way! I also take on projects myself  like teaching myself to knit and arm knit as well as gardening, new recipes, unique DIY country and cottage  décor and so much more.

Take a peek around my blog, I hope you find something interesting!

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Peg Couch January 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm


My name is Peg Couch and I am the Editorial Director for Design Originals and Fox Chapel Publishing. I am currently at the Craft and Hobby Show in Anaheim, CA where I was referred to you from our corporate buyer at AC Moore (they are big fans of your work!). I am interested in developing a book on arm knitting and wonder if you might be interested in working on this project with us. Can you please phone me on my cell at your earliest opportunity? 717-487-5523. I am traveling today but will check messages between flights. Congrats on all of your success! I hope to speak with you soon.

Peg Couch
Editorial Director
Design Originals/Fox Chapel Publishing
1970 Broad Street
East Petersburg, PA 17520
Cell: 717-560-4703, x. 120

Maggie January 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

Hello Peg! Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I am interested in being a part of your book! I apologize for not replying sooner as I have been fighting some type of flu this week. As soon as my voice is a little better I will be giving you a call (most likely by tomorrow, Monday at the latest). Meanwhile here is my email: amanda_bassetti@yahoo.com. I’m excited that you’ve reached out to me! I look forward to hearing about the book.

Amanda Bassetti

Maggie March 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Hi Peg, I was hoping I could still get in touch with you about the book on Arm Knitting. I know that it’s been a while since I heard from you last. The “Flu” ended up turning into multiple doctors and hospital visits. I am now on the mend and focusing on my blog and videos again. I was hoping I could call the number you provided this week some time. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Jacqueline January 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

Can you add me to your emails.


Maggie January 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hello. If you go to my home page of my blog you’ll see a box towards the top where you can enter your email address. Simply type your email and hit enter 🙂

Barbara January 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Dear Maggie,
I love this scarf! I just made two – one for my daughter (also named Maggie) and one for her friend. Love your dogs too! Thanks.

Jera January 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi! I really love these scarves! Especially those 15 minute scarves. Could you at all write out the directions how to knit it and send me the directions? The video does not work on our computer. THANKS!!

gilda February 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

Hi Maggie,

really enjoyed your tutorial on your 15 min. scarf. Can’t wait to get started. Your dogs are really cute. Was interested on startint to arm knit and so I saw your blog and decided to drop by, so glad I did!

Annette February 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Maggie – i sooooo confused with the 15 minute infinity scarf. It seems that your fingers change alot and I have trying to get this for at least 2 hours now. i am now at pure frustration. Is there any way you have a written directions with pictures? At the beginning of the video a pop up comes up that you did your thumb wrong and that where it goes very bad for me….what does that mean. i special ordered the yarn and really want to make this scarf for a gift. Please help with a new video or anything that can help me get this right. ugggh. I appreciate any help and even if you can skype to help me. I am a art teacher for 7th and 8th graders and can’t believe all the difficulties I keep having with so many questions.. help

Maggie February 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

Hello there! I’m sorry for the frustration. Try watching my arm knitting 101 videos or my 30 minute scarf video. They may help.

Nancy March 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

Thank you for the arm knitting how-to. It was very helpful. I am having a problem getting the final piece even. i generally have one side that is longer than the other although I keep the stitches even. Maybe it is how I am finishing the piece?
I also was wondering if you would share where you got the tabletop display bust you use to display the finished scarf.
Thank you again,

tracy April 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi Amanda,

Just wondering why I can no longer watch your arm knitting videos? I’ve arm knitted one scarf but it has been a while and I need to refresh my memory. Btw, your dog are so cute!!!!!

Maggie May 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

They are under the knitting category on my website. Thank you 🙂

Cindy Richards May 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

Dear Amanda/ Maggie

Sorry to be contacting you out of the blue but I am the Publisher at Ryland, Peters & Small and CICO books. We have offices in London and Soho, New York. I wondered if you would be interested in authoring a book on arm knitting – I think it would be awesome.

I very much look forward to hearing and hopefully discussing further.

Best and thanks

Cindy (Richards0

Laurie Wilson May 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hi Amanda,
I just loved your 15-minute arm knit infinity scarf! Your tutorials are wonderful! Have you ever thought of doing a tutorial on a giant doily rug made of clothesline? I don’t crochet myself, but would love to make one of these if I had one of your tutorials to follow …

Linda June 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Hi Maggie and assorted pets who own you!

I love your stuff and wandered around the yarn store today trying to decide which project to tackle and with which yarn. I finally came home with 2 balls of Bernat Blanket (1 in turquoise and the other in vintage white). They are Super Bulky (6). I really like your latest arm knit blanket and was wondering if you could suggest a pillow (either arm knit or knitted with needles) that has that same “organic” look. I have searched the web and I find you projects the most appealing.

Thanks for the postings and for any help you may be able to offer.


Maggie June 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hey there! I am coming out with an arm knit pillow pattern in the next month or so. Keep an eye out and thank you for the compliments! 🙂

Ann August 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Hi…I am trying to subscribe but can’t find the link…What do I do? Thanks. Your video is very well done. Thanks.

Amanda September 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

I just made my first arm-knit scarf. But I noticed on one of your pictures that the cowl had a little cuff on it with a button. How did you make that? I’d like to add that little detail to mine.

Love your blog, btw.

Edward September 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Hello Amanda Bassetti

my name is Edward

I am from Athy, Co.Kildare, Ireland

I started knitting when I was 11 and I am still knitting.

I am a fan of your knitting videos on You Tube.

I did Arm Knitting yesterday.


Angie September 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for the great tutorial videos. I have seen pics of other people’s arm knit blankets and honestly they look like yarn nets and not blankets. Is there a way to avoid that?


Molly Carpenter October 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hey Amanda,

Love the arm knitting videos! I just recently picked this up and am loving it so far. However, everywhere I am looking the Premier yarn couture jazz is selling out and am not able to find the amount I need in the colors I am wanting. Do you have any other yarn suggestions? Thank you so much!

Molly Carpenter

Maggie October 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

Hello. Did you try walmart.com?

Molly Carpenter October 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

yes and they are down to just a couple colors now.

Dominique October 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

I would like to receive your new project. I really like what you do. Sorry for my English. I’m french québécoise.
Thank you

Jamie October 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hi Maggie

I am having some trouble with the arm knitting. Mine are always narrow at one end and then get really wide.they are never long enough to wrap twice either. What am I doing wrong? ?



Maggie October 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

Don’t bind off too tight because it will come out as a narrow end. If you watch in my videos I don’t really tighten the stitches all the way while binding off.

Emma Copestake October 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

Hi Maggie,

I work for a book publishers in London and am currently working on our forthcoming title ‘You Tutorials – Knitting’. We’d love to feature one of your tutorials within the book and were therefore wondering if you could give us permission to take a still from it? We would of course credit you in the book and could send you a copy too once published?

Afraid this is fairly urgent – I look forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks & very best wishes,

Emma Copestake
Picture Researcher
Carlton Books

Manique castillo October 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I really need to find the premier yarn couture jazz. I have looked everywhere and no luck!! These blankets are the perfect gifts for family and fast! I don’t have much time. If you could help me out I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Maggie November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

Try premieryarns.com

Elisabeth November 5, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hello Amanda!

I’m Elisabeth from Hungary, Europe and first of all thank you to show me your knitting technique by arm. I’d like to try it but the couture jazz jarn doesn’t seem to be available in Europe. Have you got any idea how can I buy some?

Many thanks & very best wishes,

Maggie November 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hello! I am not sure which websites ship out there. I premieryarns.com sells it.

Debbie November 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

Do you have a written step by step pictures of how to knit an infinity scarf without needles (on your arm) ?

I would like to print it and follow it rather than watch it on the video.

Thanking you in advance


Sam November 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Hi Maggie,

Just wondering where you would recommend getting the yarn you got for your Arm Knitting tutorial?? I know you put some websites up on here but I was wondering if you have found any knew places because I can’t seem to find it anywhere. It might be that it HAS been discontinued… and if that is so, would you mind recommending another type to use for arm knitting??

Greatly appreciated,


Hanna November 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Hello, I am trying to find the couture jazz yarn but it is sold out everywhere. Is there another yarn that can be used for the arm knitting? Thank you! – Hanna

ann johnson November 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Where do you purchase your super bulky weight yarn?

Lacy Jae December 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Hi Amanda! I hope you are doing well. 🙂 I’ve been using your arm knitting tutorials and videos and I’m really pleased with it! It’s so much fun. 🙂

I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about the Couture Jazz yarn that you use in your new pattern arm knitting blanket video? I’m having a hard time finding a similar yarn as I’m entirely new to this and am not sure how to compare yarns. I HAVE been watching the Premiere Yarns site but it hasn’t had enough of the colours I want for my blanket project for an xmas gift, and other yarns seem to be much less fluffy than the Couture Jazz you use – so my holes are quite big, and it’s not much of a cozy blanket if that makes sense.

Are there any details you can give me on the Couture Jazz and what other types of yarn would work the same? Brands or even terms that would help me find similar at a yarn store? Your blanket comes out looking so thick and fluffy, and that’s really what I want!

Thank you so much in advance. 🙂

Cherita December 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I don’t knit but I would like to purchase this scarf. Do you have them for sale?

Maggie January 7, 2015 at 7:54 am

I sure do. My etsy shop is linked on the side of the page. Or head to etsy.com/shop/thevelvetcove

Melanie January 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hi Maggie!
I have been watching your tutorials and love them! I have contacted Premier Yarns and the Couture Jazz has been discontinued. Do you have a recommendation for a similar yarn? I am on the hunt for a beige yarn in the same weight and feel as the Couture Jazz. Can you help?


Maggie February 2, 2015 at 10:39 am

They still sell couture jazz yarn on premieryarns.com but the colors have changed a bit.

Sophie January 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

Hi Maggie! I love your Youtube tutorials and would love to make an arm knitted blanket. However (being in the UK) I’m unable to find the Couture Jazz Yarn that you recommended and am unable to find any other brands/yarns which are similar.

What is the thickness of the thread (and to make my findings a little easier) what would the needle size be for the yarn?

Many thanks!

Maggie January 28, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Have you tried premieryarns.com? I believe they ship to the UK

Sheryl January 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm

i cannot get my hands on couture jazz premiere yarn used to make your arm knitting piece. Is there another yarn similar that I can use?

Maggie January 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Have you tried premieryarns.com? They have it in stock there, just different colors.

Janice Lewis February 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hi Maggie,
Re your plank countertop, can you tell me how many hours it took you to complete the project?

Mickey February 6, 2015 at 11:11 am


This is not a reply. I just wanted to let you know I am from Uncasville, I started kinder. at Uncasville. Went to caticism (sp). Went to Montville High School from 7th grade and graduated in 1975. My family are the Thorpe,Turner. We lived on Kitemaug Rd, haven’t been back since 1976, got married to a sailor and away went. When I save the money up for the yarn, I an going to make this blanket. I have made several of the scarves. Nice to meet you and God Bless you and your family

Jennifer oberdorf March 9, 2015 at 8:37 am

I recently discovered your site and I love your arm knitting video but I had a question I was hoping you could answer. Im sure you have seen the chunky knit blankets all over the Internet…my question is why do they say that the merino wool bulky yarn that most of those are made out of are not suitable to use in arm knitting? Look forward to hearing from you and making a blanket!
Thank you

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Laura July 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Maggie, I just discovered your youtube account and I am thrilled! Arm knitting has been an amazing discovery, and I’d like to request a tutorial. Could you teach us how to make arm knit or finger crochet hats with cable knit? Or maybe a turban-style head warmer? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!

Debbie ludwig July 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

I have tried primer yarns.com and have been told that they have discontinued coture Jazz yarn. Not jyst changed the colors. Is their any other yarn comparable to the coture jp jazz that you could recommend?

Maggie October 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

It’s not discontinued. Premieryarns.com

Carol August 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

I am writing about your newest post, the arm knit pillow. Do you have a video available that shows you how to make this? I can’t seem to figure out what stitch you used-everything I try turns out to look like a scarf! Which yarn is better for this project, Premier Yarns Couture Jazz yarn or the Red Heart Grande? Could you please respond at the above email. Thank you for your time (my daughter desperately wants this pillow for Christmas!)

Monique b August 16, 2015 at 6:49 am

I found your tutorial on the plank counter tops and wanted to see how they have upheld. My biggest concern is whether or not they have warped. Thank you so much in advance for a response before we dive in head first with regret.

Maggie October 2, 2015 at 7:20 am

Hi there, no warping, denting, scratching, etc. They have held up perfectly.

Dana M. Sherman September 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

God Bless you and your family. Am glad to see a Godly young lady doing whats she loves doing with God in mind. -Dana Marie Sherman

Meha November 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Hello Maggie, I watched your video tutorial on how to arm knit a blanket. I’ve been searching for beginners directions but using the giant needles. Any suggestions?

Wagner November 6, 2015 at 6:16 am

Hi Amanda Maggie :)))
I am the editor of a french magazine called Modes&travaux. It is a very popular magazine and we sell about 410 000 copies a month. I would like to quote your arm knitting web site and i would like to have one or two photos of some snoods . Can you please answer. I need to know for monday morning. You can call me if you want 00 33 6 77 13 60 38
Best regards,

LaAundreanna Avelino December 7, 2015 at 1:06 am


I am supper appreciative that you share your joy with us. I am a nineteen year old crochet and I have been crocheting for about 8 years old I am looking to take it a step further which is by selling my products. I am asking you for your advice a tips on how to be successful with owning my own business online. thank you Sincerely LaAundreanna Avelino

Jill December 17, 2015 at 9:46 am

Hi, Amanda!

I just used your tutorial to arm knit an infinity scarf/cowl and loved how it turned out! I was wondering, do you know if it’s possible to finger knit a slouchy beanie? I’m no good at using knitting needles but using my own body seems to work. 😉 I’d love to be able to make myself a hat. I appreciate your suggestions!

Haylie December 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Hi Amanda,
I am obsessed with arm knitting, crafts, and with your blog. I recently made a blanket for my mom for this Christmas and it turned out great, but my only concern was it’s holes were bigger than what I preferred. I know this happens when you don’t do it tight enough, but I did it pretty tight. I don’t know, but the holes in my scarves aren’t as big as they were in my blanket. If you can give me any tips on this, I would love to make it even better the next time!
– Haylie

Maggie January 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Hi Haylie, using really think yarn helps keep the holes looking smaller. When knitting a blanket the holes can get a bit bigger because it moves up your arm which is bigger than your wrist. Keeping the stitches as tight as possible is the only tip to prevent this.

Ariel December 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I really love what you do! Thank you for this.
I recently saw in kickstarter an arm knitting project which I am trying to learn how to do myself. It looks very simmilar to your blanket, but I was wondering if it is the same. It seems to have a different ending.
Would you mind taking a look and sharing your thoughts on it?
Go to http://www.kickstarter.com , search for a project called ‘ohhio’.

Many thanks in advance,

deborah January 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

I saw one of your ads on a finer knit an ear warmer done in 15 minutes11 and I can’t find it on your site can you tell me where I can find it.

Karen February 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

How big is the finished Lush Blanket? I can’t wait to get started on it. I want to make some for my daughter and her best friends as they go off to their first year of college.

Mosaline February 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Your are so creative and talented! Love your passion, enthusiasm craftiness! I am big fan of crafts, yarn, and crotcheting. Tried knitting years ago, it didnt work out too well BUT I am going to rethink the hold knitting thing again! Girl you need your own show…………………Move over MARTHA here COMES MAGGIE!

Angela Kotul February 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

I would love it if you would send me more patterns

Maggie February 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

Hi there. All patterns are available on my blog and my etsy store. Head to the Knit and Crochet section of my blog or click on SHOP at the top of the page.

Judi February 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Hi Maggie, I just watched your video on arm knitting a blanket in 45min. I have a couple of questions though. My son and his wife have asked me to make one for them in queen size. Your’s was 18 stitches cast ons for the afghan size, I can’t grow longer arms so how do I more than double that in width and for that size project how many skeins of yarn would I need? Also, what would be the tail length? A video for this size project would be wonderful.

Maggie February 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

Hello. You could make a couple of blankets and “sew” them together using the same color yarn. I don’t have measurements or conversions of on how big the blanket should be and how much yarn you would need. That would be something you’d have to calculate.

Ms. I May 7, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Hi Amanda — I’m a first timer on this arm knitting. I’ve tried it about 3 times and had to keep restarting due to the yarn tangling and twist. I read its best to roll the skein in a ball first, with the working end pulled from the inside hole. The best I got was on the 5th row, then the yarn twisted and tangled. As I was unraveling, more yarn kept loosening from the inside hole making my small twisted pile to a huge blob of tangles and twists. I have read of keeping the skeins apart as you knit, put in empty coffee cans and puncture a hole on the lid for the yarn to come out, put in ZipLoc bags and cut a small hole for the yarn to come out. But it did not say where to cut the hole. Whether the bottom corner or right center of the plastic bag. Regardless, I’ve tried it and it still tangled and twisted.

I am using a super thick yarn, 9 and 10.5 and arm knitting at three strands at a time.

So if you have advice how to arm knit dealing with yarn twisting and tangleing that you have to unravel as you go along, or make a tutorial video about this – it would be great.

So far the huge blob of twisted yarn has taken me about a week, depending how much time. I started with first two full 8 hours, and 3-4 hours a day and lesser as the yarn are all unraveled. I’ve seen on eBay huge blobs of twisted yarns that people just leave, don’t want to deal with unraveling it, they sell the raveled yarn who have a lot of time, thus they get all these skeins to play with.

Hope you can help. Hopefully one day I will finish the big ball of skeins (3) to one beautiful, soft blanket. I wanted the thick yarn you use but it’s a bit expensive and I cannot manage it let alone 11 skeins. Thanks for your time.

lily July 24, 2016 at 5:23 am

i’m interest i want to get you eamil

Debra Argon September 18, 2016 at 1:00 am


How do you wash your blankets. I am so eager to get started but worry about the care after it is made please ty.

Maggie September 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Hi Debra,
I hand wash with cold water and tumble dry on extra low. If you want to wash in the washing machine I would wash on delicate with cold water.

Lisa Luciano September 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Do you have a tutorial for the mermaid blanket yet? That would be a perfect Christmas gift for several little girls (including my grand-daughter!) that are on my list. Thank you so much for all you do. You are truly an inspiration to us all! God Bless!

Maggie September 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

I apologize for the delay! My husband will be taking the baby tonight so I have the opportunity to film the video tonight and will have it up by the weekend including the full pattern and dimensions.
Thank you for the kind words!

Rachel September 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Hiya, I wondered if you could do a tutorial on knitting chunky Christmas stockings as I’d love to make some for my sisters this year. Thanks.

Maggie September 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Hi Rachel! I will keep that in mind for the holiday season!

Ashley August 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm

Hi Maggie! I wasn’t sure where you would read my comment, so I’m just commenting on a bunch of your posts! I’m a bit confused about how many skeins I should use to make an arm knit blanket. I like the length of your 50″ by 60″ blanket, and I noticed that you used 11 skeins just like in your 45 minute arm knit blanket. That blanket seemed to be a lot smaller than this one. Is 11 skeins accurate for this size of blanket? Thank you!

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