On October 27, 2012 I filmed and posted the first ever step-by-step video tutorial on how to arm knit a scarf on youtube. To see the video click here. This was just a few days after I taught myself how to arm knit from seeing a quick video, in a different language, of a woman arm knitting with no sound (no words being spoken). Find her video here. I was also inspired by Andrea Brena, a youtuber from Italy. Find him here.
My first video was bad quality and hard to hear, but it managed to go viral within just a couple of months with over 250,000 views! By January of 2013 I had so many requests for a better quality video I did my best with my little 80.00 digital camera to film a video that explained the process even better in under 10 minutes. Watch that video below:
This video quickly hit 500,000 views and by November, 2013 I got an email to be a part of a Wall Street Journal article all about the wonders of Arm Knitting and how big of a trend it had become among the DIY enthusiasts! I quickly jumped on board and did an over the phone interview. The article had a release date of December 4th and it was on the front page of the newspaper! Find the article here.
I went on to keep creating new patterns and tutorials and got many opportunities to share my love for arm knitting through a radio interview on WTMJ, writing a book, filming arm knitting videos with Good Housekeeping TV in NYC. I have taught people of all ages how to create beautiful knit pieces using this method and I look forward to seeing where this art takes me next! (Which is back to NYC to teach at the Vogue Knitting LIVE! event)
I also created and pinned the first ever arm knitting pin on Pinterest at the end of 2012. You may have seen it floating around.
How and why did I learn how to arm knit? Well, Like many other knitters out there I had a hard time finishing a knitting project. They can take a long time and it can be discouraging. So I went on a search for a faster way to knit, I found videos of women using giant needles, but those were too pricey. I went on to find the video I mentioned above and I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.
I have since shared my newest tutorial on how to arm knit the 30 Minute Scarf using a new camera and answering the questions I receive the most. You can see that video below:
Below is a photo of me arm knitting for my first time. I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in the color linen and I used 2 strands at one time. As you can see, in the photo I cast on 8 stitches. I ended up knitting until I had my desired length of scarf. Between 26 and 30 rows.
This was the first photo I took of me wearing the first arm knit scarf I ever made!
Since this scarf, I have created patterns for blankets, cowls, more scarves, and the list goes on! Find the patterns here!