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  • How to Arm Knit an Infinity Scarf in 30 Minutes

    Posted on January 25, 2013 by in Knit and Crochet
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    Well, here you go! Watch this step by step video tutorial to learn how to knit a scarf in just 30 minutes! Using the method of Arm Knitting allows you to knit using your arms as the needles. This creates larger stitches and in the end you have a beautiful, chunky style scarf.

     

     

     

     

    I purchase my yarn at AC Moore but I have provided links below if you want you yarn sent to your mailbox.

    To purchase chunky yarn like what I used go HERE or HERE .

    Leave any questions you may have down below.

    To watch my original video go here.

    -Simply Maggie

284 Responses so far.

  1. Jennifer says:

    So you use 2 things of yarn and about how much of it? I went to the store today but only bought 1. I missed or forgot the part where you said that you double it. So I’m trying to see if I could split this roll up or if I should just go buy another one.

    • Maggie says:

      I used two at once but didn’t use the all of either one. You may be able to get away with just one:) It may just be a tiny bit shorter which shouldn’t be a huge deal.

    • Kshitij MISHRA says:

      I think if you pick one end in the center and end which is out side of yarn ball you don’t have to buy two yarn balls.

      • Maggie says:

        Yes this is true with some yarn. I did however try it with one skein of yarn recently and it wasn’t anywhere near enough. So just make sure you buy the correct yardage. :)

        • Brit says:

          How many yardage is each ball you have used? I only bought one, and its 108, if I unwind and double this will it be enough?? Thanks!

          • Angie says:

            I did exactly that…109″ of yarn and worked of both ends to double it. I made my six stitches wide. I made my first last night and it was plenty long. I doubled it around my neck and the shortest look was probably 6 inches below my neck with the other look falling below the first.

    • Maggie says:

      Hello. Yes, use any yarn that says bulky or super bulky on the back of the package. That way it’s fuller and the holes appear smaller.

  2. Brittany says:

    I’m in love, and i’m going to give it a shot. but i have one question, how many stitches do you usually put on your arm to make a scarf? 6? or do you use more?

  3. Andi says:

    Maggie, are you on Ravelry? I just made the cowl and am adding it to Ravelry but this is not on there yet. Here is the link to the pattern page I created fully crediting this page. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arm-knitted-infinity-cowl

    I used my photos but will gladly take it down if it’s already on Ravelry.

    • Maggie says:

      I’m not on there, but I should probably sign up! haha. Thank you for posting that and feel free to leave it up there. You’re scarf looks great!!

  4. Pam says:

    Thank you for sharing your video! I went out and got Lion Brand size 6 in Oatmeal. It looks great! Thanks!!

  5. Victoria says:

    this is beautiful! could you make a blanket this way?

  6. LizzieKate says:

    This is so cute! I’m totally making one! What did you use? Is it just yarn or what?

  7. Kayla McVay says:

    I saw this last night went out today and got my yarn and I just finished my first one and it is so cute! Thank you so much for the helpful videos!

  8. Sylvie says:

    I am totally in awe! I had never heard of arm knitting before and I so love it! Your video is really clear and easy to follow. How many rows did you do for the double row scarf?
    Thanks for sharing this! :)

    • Maggie says:

      You’re very welcome. I didn’t count rows, I just measured by wrapping the scarf around my neck and when it was comfortable I the binded off.
      Hope this helps!

      • Amanda says:

        I was curious as to how long the scarf is in the picture actually is? The first one I made was way too big and the second one still seems really bulky, which I know it is supposed to be, I am just concerned it is too bulky? I absolutely love making them! So fun and I feel so crafty! I have so many requests for them from family already!

  9. Jane says:

    This absolutely incredible!!!!
    I have done finger knitting , but this is my first time hearing of arm knitting !
    I love the style too! I like how the scarf looks!

  10. Alex says:

    Thanks so much for such an easy to pick up on tutorial! After seeing this earlier today, I went out and bought yarn and tried it out. I am in no sense a knitter, but this turned out excellent! Going to make my grandma proud :)

  11. LizzieKate says:

    About how much yarn did you use? And how long should the tail be to start with? I’ve tried but the tail is always too short.

    • Maggie says:

      I used about 3/4 of each skein and for the tail, start out with 3 ft. If that’s still too short start over and make it longer:)

  12. Rachael says:

    Wow, thanks so much!! I just made one from using Country Loom yarn by Loops and Threads, just 1 strand, and its sooo warm and lovely! Im in love! So fun to make too :) Here is a link to my picture of it if anyone is interested to see how it came out–just a phone camera pic. :)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=417207918356591&set=a.129713383772714.31614.120703294673723&type=1&theater

    Thanks for the DIY!!

  13. Sam says:

    Great tutorial! My scarf turned out great, and it really did take less than an hour. Awesome! Thanks :)

  14. Julie says:

    What kind of yarn did u use ? Size?

  15. Michaela says:

    Awesome tutorial! What kind of yarn did you use Lion Brand wool-ease Thick & Quick?

  16. Mandy says:

    How did you double the yarn? I cant seem to understand how you did that but i hope i can learn how! Please help!

  17. charlene says:

    Is it safe to use the download link that you have listed? is it listed any where with a link to a pdf file? I am leary about running files because they may corrupt my computer or contain a virus. I have had this happen to me in the past.

    Thanks for any help on where else I can print out this lovely cowl.

    • Maggie says:

      Hello,
      I don’t have any PDF links on this blog post. Are you talking about the video link on how to arm knit?
      Thanks

    • Gabrielle says:

      Charlene – The Download button you are looking at is part of an ad that has nothing to do with Maggie’s scarf, unfortunately. Many websites use that ad on sites where people will get confused and think they are downloading the site content. Maggie didn’t put it there, it’s just part of the random ads that appear because of her site host.

  18. Maggie,

    This scarf is fantastic! I was hoping to ask for more details about how much yarn you used for your cowl, but I see from the other comments that you no longer have the yarn label. Could you provide a measurement for the width/length of the cowl? With this information I could “swatch” and calculate how much yarn I would need. (I have some lovely handspun bulky yarn but am not sure I have enough for the project.) Many thanks!

    • Maggie says:

      From looking at another label from a similar yarn it says 120 yards. I used 2 skeins (but I only used a little over half from each skein). So anything around that length should work:) Hope this helps!!

  19. M says:

    I really like the look of this scarf. What yarn did you use ?

  20. Yvette says:

    I just realized I have some super bulky left over from a hat & scarf i made. It’s a whole skein and it’s huge. bernat baby something in baby pink. Cool, I can save this site and watch the video later and have fun when I won’t have to stop for anything, since I can’t really imagine what I’d use for a st holder!
    Thanks!

  21. Jennifer says:

    So cool! Thanks so much for sharing. I just bought some yarn specifically to try this. Can’t wait!

  22. heather says:

    Thank you for this! I made my first one last night and love it!!! Struggled to get the hang of it at the beginning but once you get it, its easy!

  23. Donna says:

    I am a total novice at this….do you have a step by step written instructions on what yarn to buy to and how many inches to fold etc. thanks so much. Cannot wait to try it.

    • Maggie says:

      I apologize. I don’t have written instructions as that would take a while to type up. I recommend watching both videos a few times and just try it. :) As far as the yarn, if you go to the craft store to purchase some just look at the back of the yarn package and it will say what weight the yarn is (fine, medium, bulky, super bulky) Try to stick to bulk or super bulky. And I’m not quite sure what you mean by folding?
      Hope this helps!

  24. Thank you, Maggie. I love this new-to-me technique!

  25. Jill says:

    I love this scarf, you make it look so easy. i am going to attempt making one, I just have one question. how long of yarn do you use, or do you leave it on the roll and just knit until you have the right length and then cut it off?
    I never saw the end of the yarn so I was unclear about that.
    probably a silly question if your a knitter, but i have never knitted so I was unsure.
    Thank you,
    Jill

    • Maggie says:

      Yes, you just leave the yarn attached and when your scarf is long enough you bind off the scarf and then cut the yarn like I explain at the end of the video:)

  26. Anneke Sherry says:

    can you use only one strand instead of doubling it up?

  27. Jessica says:

    Has anyone tried this with a size 4 medium yarn? I would like to use the yarn I have at home but wonder if this only works with really think yarn (because I am struggling with it). I am also curious as to how it would look with a smaller gauge yarn.

    • Maggie says:

      Hello. It definitely looks best with bulky or super bulky yarn. But you can practice with the yarn you have at home and once you have it down just undo it and purchase yarn that would look better:)

  28. jellyb says:

    hi i love this and i cant wait to try it! i just don’t understand how you have two lines…is it from one yarn doubled?

  29. Adele says:

    Hi hun. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today. I would love it if you could go and check it out :)

    http://mammymade.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/mint-stuff-ive-seen-30.html

    – Adele @ Mammy Made

  30. Waleri says:

    It’s amazing!!..:)

  31. Llemoine says:

    Thank you for this video. I have had “learning to knit” on my bucket list for a very long time, this video is the visual I needed to give it a try. Much appreciated!

  32. Linda says:

    Oh the fights the yarn and I have when I try this … I always lose … but I will persist! I really really want to make a blanket with arm crochet and I’m glad I’ve found your page to show me where I’m going wrong!

  33. Emmaly says:

    How many oz./g. of either ball do you need for an average size scarf?

  34. Stella says:

    Muchas gracias por el video, bien explicado.
    Saludod

  35. Stella says:

    Muchas gracias por el video. Hermosa bufanda.
    Saludos

  36. Asenath says:

    Great video and idea. I agree knitting a scarf the conventional way takes to long. I have also have started many and have lost interest. I am definitely going to do this. Can’t wait for the Afghan video. How did you come up with this idea? Wish I would of thought of this. Ingenious!

  37. Skylar says:

    I don’t understand how to cast on this way. I learned to just twist the working yarn. Which works I think… But my biggest issue is going from arm to arm. When I pull it tight I end up with a long random string that is attached to the first loop but it isn’t the tail. The tail is still hanging so I then have 3 pieces. Also, the last loop won’t pull tight when I move it over. I don’t know how I am messing this up but I really want to make a scarf for my mom for her birthday!

  38. Skylar says:

    Never mind! It does matter how you cast on. I finally figured out your way and my scarf looks great! Thanks so much for the video tutorial!

  39. Skylar says:

    I made 3 scarves and I love the way they turned out but I am wanting to try something a little smaller than my arms but not small needles. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Becky Thompson says:

      I bet you could use a length of PVC pipe at whatever size you want.

      • Maggie says:

        I’m sure that would work as well. I have seen that before where they put duck tape on the ends of the pipe. But if you don’t want to purchase that then your arms work great!

  40. Maria says:

    I was curious as to what kind of yarn you used? I love the one you used in the video!! :) can’t wait to try this myself! Thanks!!

  41. Maggie says:

    Love the scarf!! I’m gonna try making one. I bought yarn and then came home to watch the video again. And just wondering do I need two seperate balls of yarn? If so ill be headed back to the craft store before I start :) thanks!

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  46. Becky says:

    That was a great tutorial!! I just made one in under an hour! I took apart an unfinished scarf buried in a drawer so I didn’t have the right yarn but it came out great. Thanks for the video.

  47. Erin says:

    Love this! I mastered the first part, but I am having trouble on the second part where you switch it to the other hand. I am able to switch it, but when I pull on the working yarn there is a cluster of yarn in the middle that I’m not sure what to do with.

    • Maggie says:

      It will look like a little bit of a mess each time you switch to the other arm but just try leaving it loose and going on to knitting the next stitch until you have it figured out. Once you have it figured out you can start it over and begin tightening by pulling on the working yarn. Hope this helps! It’s tough to explain when you can’t see if something is being done wrong.

  48. Leslie says:

    Thank you so much for your very easy to follow video! I enjoy different crafts but have never knitted (or anything like that) before. Just finished a scarf and I love how it turned out! I want to try the blanket too.

  49. Sandra says:

    This is so cool, thank you! I also got an idea about shredding old torn clothes and tying them together to use them for making a scarf with this technique, or maybe an old pair of torn but soft and comfortable jeans.

    Couldn’t you also arm crochet? I would LOVE to learn that! What do you think? :D Please please please…

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  51. Courtney says:

    how do I double up the working yarn?

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  55. Gita says:

    a very nice idea..
    like a finger knitting but this is more WOW

  56. Natalie says:

    So, I absolutely LOVE this! I decided to try it with some yarn that I had laying around (it wasn’t super chunky or anything, just regular yarn) to practice and it sucked. I don’t quite understand how you have two lines.. Help please?

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  59. Sue says:

    Loved this! Made two scarves in an hour. So cool and easy!

  60. Anne says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  61. Liz says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I found this link on pinterest and even though I’m not the craftiest person, I decided to try because it’s such a great looking scarf. After one false start, I made myself an awesome scarf in less than an hour for less than $10 in yarn.

  62. Kimber says:

    I just made my scarf tonite. It was an awesome video and tutorial and the outcome was amazing. I do not even have enough good things to say about this scarf! Thanks for taking the time to teach us! Once I do my hair (ie take a shower and brush it) I will take a pic for your FB page.

  63. Sarah says:

    Great tutorial! I made my first one quickly and I’ve never knitted anything. Thanks for posting!

  64. Sara says:

    So I know you have probably answered this a few times now but what yarn did you use? Name and type? I was asked to make a scarf like this and I was curious what type of yarn I need to buy. Could you tell me a good brand I should look for? Thanks so much!

    • Maggie says:

      Hello! I used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in the color Linen I believe. Any super bulky yarn or bulky yarn works best. That one and Bernat Roving yarn are my favorites for this project.

  65. Jessica says:

    Great video! I don’t know how to knit with needles (I’m a crocheter), but now I can knit with my arms! I didn’t have any bulky yarn in my stash, so I used three strands, two strands of Lion Brand Homespun yarn and one strand of worsted weight yarn. It turned out so awesome, I’m going to have to make another tomorrow!

  66. Brooke says:

    Ok I feel a little confused I dunno how to even get started I bought two balls of yarn same color size everything. But when u say you are taking strands from both balls??? I see in the video you have them folded over to make a half circle?? Do u use one ball for the tail and the other for the scarf itself? I understand everything in the tutorial except the first few steps on getting started like as soon as u open the balls of yarn. Could u please help me thanks

    • Maggie says:

      Simply pull a strand of yarn from each ball and knit with them as if they’re one strand. Make your slip knot about 3 feet in and begin casting on.

  67. suziesaturn says:

    not gonna lie, this took me a while to figure out. I had to redo it a few times before I felt I was ready to end it. This was also my very first attempt at any sort of knitting, and I must say, I am very pleased with the end result. It was supposed to be a cowl, but I put a couple extra lines in and it was a bit too big. Now it is a nice sweater-like shawl.

    Thanks for the video update, it really helped!!

  68. Jo says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of arm knitting before, it’s brilliant! Thank you for the video :-)

  69. Quinta says:

    I really enjoyed making this scarf, and it came out beautiful! My only problem was that for the life of me I couldn’t comprehend the “casting on” part of the project! I am an accomplished knitter, this was a total mental block!! After 2 hours of trying, I knew I would have to figure out an easier way……I knitted my 12 stiches on to a Pringle can, then transfered them to my arm!!! It worked like a charm! Knitting and casting off were very easy!!! Thanks Maggie for sharing your creative project!!!

  70. Zahra says:

    Please can you continue the filming to show how to finish them off by join both side into one.

    Mine look awful when i made them together.

    I love this show thanks so much ;)

  71. Lauren says:

    Hi Maggie!

    Would it work out okay if I used just regular, fuzzy yarn: Lion’s Brand but the one that is bulky and fuzzy? Also, how long did you let your scarf get (to let it wrap around twice) and you used 12 loops on your arms instead of 6?

    • Maggie says:

      Hello! As long as it’s a bulky weight yarn it should work fine:) Also I don’t have exact measurements I just wrapped it around my neck to measure and when it was comfortable I binded off. And yes 12 stitches.

  72. Lynn says:

    Outstanding!!!!! Not only do you make a REALLY cool scarf…….It’s also a Great Performance Art! I am looking forward to making one for someone…whilst we sit and casually chat!

  73. Margi says:

    This is so much fun…I have made two scarfs,,However I have a problem. Sometimes I don’t start a project because my kids are around. I am afraid the will need me and my arms are tied up in yarn. What is a good way to stop and keep your place so it is easy to pick it back up and start again. I was thinking of knitting onto a paper towel roll,,,but not sure if that would work…Any advice

    • Maggie says:

      Haha, Well the best thing you can do is just make sure you have the half hour to at least get it knitted and then you can sew the ends some other time. But if you really have to take a break there isn’t really a quick way to take it off of your arms. What I did was find a piece of electrical wire which I transferred all of my stitches onto and closed into a loop so that I wouldn’t lose any stitches. Hope that helps! :)

  74. The Dutchies says:

    Dear Maggie!
    We saw this video and we had to try it. It is so hilarious!! We had great fun, thanks a lot!
    Greetings from the Netherlands
    – The Dutchies -

  75. Mikela says:

    I am very much into crocheting and absolutely love this! In fact, I love it so much that I shared it on my blog :)

  76. Sara Valdez says:

    This is great! I just started working on my first scarf and it’s coming out great so far :-)

    How long is the scarf in the picture? I know you don’t count rows but I’m guessing you measure the length somehow…

    • Maggie says:

      Hello I don’t have an exact measurement. I just wrapped it around my neck twice and when it was comfortable I binded off.:)

  77. Christina says:

    I have never knit before but I saw your video and decided to give this a try. Fantastic directions. It took me a few tires to get it but I finally did! Thanks so much for posting this!

  78. Michelle says:

    As a crocheter I am too impatient for knitting, but this is a great project! I just made my first scarf and was amazed that it took so little yarn and so little time. And it was soooo easy!! I will be making more. Thank you for the tutorial; you did a great job with it.

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  80. C. Crowley says:

    This looks very interesting! I am making scarves for a project and it would speed things up considerably.

    I hope at some point there will be about 20 still pictures showing the tricky details like casting on and swapping the yarn from one arm to another. That way it’s possible to look at just what you need for as long as you need to.

    Second video much better. Thanks.

  81. Camille says:

    Do you have any idea why my tail end gets shorter when I am switching from one arm to the next?

    Thanks!

    • Maggie says:

      Hmm, try tightening it up when you make that first stitch. Also make sure you aren’t knitting with the tail:)

  82. TaraR says:

    Hi I found this on Pinterest and I absolutely LOVE the idea! I’m new to being crafty and I hope this isn’t a ridiculous question, but I was wondering how you even got the yarn started? I see comments about doubling the yarn, but even that doesn’t make much sense to me yet! Any help?? :-)

    • Maggie says:

      Hello there! When you purchase your yarn look on the back of the package to make sure it’s bulky or super bulky. Once you’re ready to start your scarf pull a strand of yarn from the center of each ball and use them both at one time as if they are one strand. Hope this helps!

      • Robin says:

        You can also wind a center pull ball, and then pull one strand from the center and one strand from the outside of the ball, holding them together as if they were one strand.

  83. Julia Gagnon says:

    I made your scarf tonight and i loved it!!!! Iam 14 years old and it took about an hour. At one point I could knit and watch pretty little liars at the same time.

    So excited to show my friends(and tell them it was really hard, even though it was easy)

  84. Maegan says:

    I already made two of these! I want to make the blanket next..how would you change colors while arm knitting? (I’m fairly new)

  85. Natasha says:

    This is SO cool! I’m going to try it. Do you think it would look okay if I used two different colors? Also, could I make a blanket by adding a lot more? Thanks!

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  87. Kalynn says:

    Hi this is a wonderful tutorial but for some reason when I do the stitching it seems to look much too loose! I don’t know how else to explain it or how to fix it but I also don’t understand how you pull the stitch tight? What part of the yarn are you pulling? The working yarn?

    • Maggie says:

      Pull the working yarn to tighten. But on the first stitch that you knit on each arm you have to tighten it by pulling the working yarn and pushing the “knot” part of the stitch up at the same time.

  88. Kelsey says:

    I bought one ball (skein) of “Loops & Threads – Cozy Wool”, which is 90 yards. I think the color is called “fleece”, it is a creamy white. I unrolled it and folded it together in the middle to start with the two strands in the very beginning.
    There was enough material to make one loop, and when I put it around my neck, it comes down my chest a bit more than the tutorial scarf, which I think is due to difference in yarn and the looseness of my stitches. So I didn’t need two balls of yarn.
    But this was absolutely fantastic and super easy to follow, I’m so excited!! I’ve never knit in my life and was able to do this in about 45 minutes, but next time it will be much faster. Thank you!
    And it looks absolutely great :)

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  90. Kris says:

    This was so much fun to do!!! I have made 2 scarves, that didn’t take any time at all!! Great idea, and wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for teaching me how to do this!!!

  91. Gemma says:

    So awesome! I made mine with 1 skein of bulky yarm of 100m, find the end and the beginning. It was enough for me to make a scarf that i can wrap around my neck twice. Thnx for sharing! :)

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  94. Amy says:

    Just made the scarf and I love it! I did make mine just a lil longer than what is pictured, but might go with a shorter one next time! Everyone loves it, thank you!

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  98. Ana Silva says:

    This is fantastic!! I love knitting but it’s too time consuming =( Do you know how to knit on the round like this?

  99. Diane Campbell says:

    This is so AWESOME! I have a wonderful daughter in law who wants a big bulky blanket knitted but did not have huge knitting needles. THIS WORKS!! I have knitted since I was 5 years old. Where is world did you get this idea? Wow!! Impressed! Also now I know what yarn to use too. I was wondering if Bernat Baby Blanket yard would work also. It’s Super Bulky also and very soft. Any opinion? Thank you for this tutorial!! EXCELLENT! You did a great job teaching!!
    Diane

    • Maggie says:

      As long as it’s super bulky it will be perfect. :) Glad you enjoyed this! And thank you, I’m glad this was helpful for you.

  100. Mollie says:

    Hello! I absolutely love this tutorial. Just have one question. Would you be ok with me selling scarves modeled after this? I have adapted it a bit and was just wondering if you would be ok with me selling them? I know it is just a general tutorial and not a pattern, but I just wanted to make sure. If you have any issues, please let me know. Thank you so much!

    • Maggie says:

      Sure! Thank you for asking:) I’m happy to share this for others to sell and maybe make a little profit!

      • Mollie says:

        No problem! I just wanted to make sure. I know I would have wanted someone to ask me had I been in your place. :) thanks again for the great and straightforward tutorial.

  101. Samme says:

    Should the arm knitting video still be available at this site? I don’t find it. Just looks like a blank box. Looking forward to learning this and teaching it to my elderly mom to give her something to do! Sounds so easy breezy! :D

  102. Albert says:

    I showed my wife arm knitting. I suggested that using old clothes of similar colors (from the Good Will) you could wind up with a wonderfully colorful area rug in relatively little time.

    I think I’ll be making one of these very soon just because it looks like an awesome way to recycle old fabrics.

    Thanks!

  103. Emily says:

    This is the coolest idea EVER! Did you come up with this yourself?
    When I tried it for the first time, it turned into a war with me and the yarn. (The yarn won :P)I can’t seem to get the knitting process right. Is there a step I’m messing up? Or is it just something that takes practice?
    Anyway, you did an awesome job demonstrating this technique. Keep doing what you’re doing! Thanks :)

  104. [...] by knitting with their ARMS instead of needles.  There are ARM KNITTING tutorials on a blog by SimplyMaggie, and I think I just might have to try it [...]

  105. Paige says:

    This looks so great and easy! I cant wait to try it. One question though: How did you do the double strand? Did you just use 2 balls of yarn?

  106. gray gray says:

    i was completely frustrated with the first video but then the next day i decide to try again and after some trial and error i completed my first scarf although its a little snug cause i ran out of yarn. the first one i made was a little bit um… interesting but still cool and im motivated to try again and hopefully end up with a beautiful scarf like yours thanks for the inspiration

  107. Lynn says:

    What Fun!!?
    A GREAT and easy to follow video.
    Thanks so much! Love It.??

  108. [...] I’m glad to say that it was a success.  I followed this video by Simply Maggie, which demonstrated the whole process really well.  It took me a couple of tries to get the [...]

  109. [...] Anyway, the object is to test a pin that the Pintester has already tried. I got really GUNG HO and decided to tackle the “Arm Knitting” pin which was originally posted by SimplyMaggie. [...]

  110. Julia says:

    Hi! I’m just posting to tell you I modified this on my own to finger knitting! Great great tutorial, but I just couldn’t get the correct yarn! (: its just as simple and fun!

  111. Anna says:

    I just made mine and it is amazing!! Thank you for the tutorial, so easy to follow, even for a non-knitter, like me. Love it!

  112. [...] Anyway, the object is to test a pin that the Pintester has already tried. I got really GUNG HO and decided to tackle the “Arm Knitting” pin which was originally posted by SimplyMaggie. [...]

  113. Victoria says:

    How many yards do I need?

  114. Phuong H. says:

    LOVE IT!! I will be trying this as soon as I get finished knitting my scarf with the actual needles! I’m a true beginner and this scarf looks amazing! Thanks!

  115. Martolucia says:

    I pinned a link to your older tutorial quite a while back thinking I will try this when I have time… OH MY WORD!! If only I knew this will be so quick! From the moment I clicked the way of holding the yarn, it was 40 minutes and I’m done :) Thank you so much for sharing! Best tutorial I followed in a loonnnnnggggg time!

  116. Claudia says:

    I just made one, it took me one episode of Dexter haha! I used Lion brand wool ease “tigers” which is a black/white striped with solid black mixed in. I think I made it a little too long but that’s ok because it looks amazing! I almost used both 87 yards and probably should have stopped earlier but you know when you knit and watch shows you kind of lose track! Anywho, I’m going back out tomorrow and getting some more so I can make a bunch of them! Thank you soooooooooooo much for this wicked easy video!

  117. Lynne says:

    Hi, your scarf looks great and the tute was so easy to follow, I have just one part (of my knitting) that I’m not happy with. When it is finished the stitches pull very easily making long loops in the scarf which doesn’t seem practical. If maybe you catch a stitch with your fingers as you put the scarf on, or baby gets their little fingers in a loop or something similar the the scarf is spoiled although I have seen the arm-knitted baby blankets so obviously it must work. I must be missing something somewhere along the line, any idea what it might be? Thankyou.

  118. Nicola says:

    Amazeballs!!!! After taking forever to work out the very first step (yep, I didn’t know how to make a slip knot!), this is such an easy technique. Thanks so much, I love my new 20 minute creation!

  119. Lena says:

    I don’t understand I can’t get past the first stich.

    • Bonnie says:

      I had an issue, but watched the first stich many times over and figured it out. It is a bit hard to see the first time, but you need to make sure you are putting your hand under the string that goes over the top of your thumb and over the thread that goes on the backside of your thumb. I hope that helps!

  120. [...] scarf weather is upon us! Fancy knitting yourself a gorgeous scarf like the one above? Maggie of SimplyMaggie.com made hers in just 30 minutes… without even using knitting [...]

  121. [...] dumpstered a ridiculous amount of yarn the other day, and then found this video about how to knit fast and easy without needles (a blanket in an hour) so I am going to try [...]

  122. Natalia says:

    Hi so do I use to ball of yarn at once to make make it double? How long should I do I for the one in the picture. Thanksxxx

  123. Natalia says:

    Sorry ment do I use two balls of yarn at once? X

  124. Trina says:

    Hi, This tutorial was wonderful and you explained it so well, this coming from a beginner knitter.

    The scarf came out beautiful, I was so happy!

    My grandmother just passed away so I stopped talking to all my friends and don’t go out anymore, all I do is stay home and cry so I wanted to learn how to knit but this arm knitting tutorial is way too cool. Thanks, you and your video tutorial are awesome!

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  127. [...] can find the tutorial by Simply Maggie here or watch her video below [...]

  128. Price says:

    If your not familiar with knighting or knots … how long do you think it could take to get this technique down? I’m homeless and would love how to do anything that myself or family could take advantage of. I watch the video but still get a little lost. Although your instructions are crystal clear.

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  130. Robin says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m typically not a knitter but can’t wait to make these for my daughters!

  131. Rachel says:

    Have you ever tried knitting this with two different colors?

  132. Sam says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I can’t tell how much I love that this video was so easy to follow and I’ve never knitted in my life! awesome, just awesome.

  133. Alexis says:

    Thank you so much for the video…I’ve never knitted before so I wanted to give this a go and you made it look super easy…plan on making these for x-mas!

  134. Malorie says:

    If you are in the middle of making one, but you have to stop, can you take it off your arm without ruining it?

  135. Brandie says:

    Hi Maggie! Love this scarf! I can’t wait make one. :) but I am wondering if you can use two different colors of yarn? Or would it not look very good with example two shades of brown or two shades of grey?

  136. Wendy says:

    I seem to gain loops each time I switch arms?

  137. Brianna says:

    I went to the store today, bought nine skeins of lion brand homespun yarn, and made three of these. This is awesome.

  138. Reagan says:

    Hi, I LOVE the color of yarn you used. Did you buy if from the links you provided? And if so what is it called? (:

  139. Sandra says:

    I’ve never even picked up a ball of yarn before today, a total rookie! And I’ve made 2 today. Super easy if I can do it absolutely anyone can do it! Thank you Maggie so much for sharing this, no really thanks a lot now I’m obsessed and have bought a ton of yarn to make Christmas gifts for everyone, haha! I’m very much looking forward to exploring the knitting world! Thanks :)

  140. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’m on my third scarf for Christmas presents :)

  141. kitty says:

    Awesome

  142. Jordan says:

    Hey, great tutorial! I just need some clarification on one thing! When you start the knitting process and are switching from arm to arm, I see for the very first loop you put your hand through the back, and the remaining loops you put your arm through forward. Is it essential to twist only the first loop, or does the direction you put the loops on your arm not matter?

  143. Bobbie says:

    Ive made two of these now, one with thin yarn ( the first one) and one with super bulky. I thought my problem was because of the thin yarn and that’s why I tried again. My first problem is that when I do my switch from one hand to the other, I can’t get the yarn to tighten so I’ve got all of this extra on the sides by the end. I’ve tried leaving the extra and tying to tighten. The tying looks fine but either thing I do leaves me with my second problem… While wearing the scarves, something inevitably pulls (not even hard) on a loop and it won’t tighten back into the knits so I’ve got all these random stings hanging there!!! HELP?!?!?!?

    • Maggie says:

      Hello. I am posting an Arm Knitting 101 video on how to tighten that first stitch today. Also, to fix those snagged stitches just tug on your scarf from both ends at the same time to stretch everything back into place.

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  145. Bonnie says:

    Thanks Maggie!

    Just made this scarf and am in love! Found some amazingly soft thick yarn and I went with the 12 stitches across. It is a bit thick so the next time I might scale down to 8 stitches across, but there will be a next time! Thinking of making these as holiday gifts!!

    Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing such an easy craft!

  146. rach says:

    How many rows should my scarf have?

  147. Lisa says:

    I just made one, it went great!!! I would like to make one for a 7 year, would I just cut the stitches in half, so 6 stitches instead of 12?? Any idea on length?
    Thanx :)

  148. Caryn says:

    Just found this on Pinterest – short on $$ for Christmas presents this year….you have just helped me find the perfect gift! I am by no means crafty….however I can’t wait to get to the store to buy my first skeins and start knitting away! :)

  149. Carol says:

    hi,
    I tried to follow this video but had trouble not sure if it was because the video was not taken behind you so I could follow the same way you were doing it or because I have never knit before. Have you ever had a crochet arm scarf pattern? Thanks

    • Maggie says:

      I should try the Arm Crocheting and make a video! Also I have a video that films from behind. Be sure to check out my youtube channel “SimplyMaggieBlog”.

  150. Taylor says:

    I have thick yarn from Walmart and for the past 2 nights I’ve been trying to make one of these. I have done 12 stitches in width but I haven’t been counting the length as I’m doing it. and one strand of yarn keeps running out before I finish and it messes the whole stinkin thing up! any ideas why? maybe I’m doing it too long? or should I do less stitches in width?

    • Maggie says:

      Hello, measure the length by wrapping it around your neck. Once you have the desired length, bind off. Be sure to leave enough yarn to bind off and sew the ends together.

  151. [...] used this fantastic tutorial by Simply Maggie and found it very useful. The only bit I got stuck on was the long tail cast on [...]

  152. Malina says:

    Maggie, I wanted to make an infinity scarf but don’t know how much yarn to get. And possibly a blanket too but don’t know much about knitting. How many bundles should I buy?

  153. Malina says:

    Maggie, I wanted to make an infinity scarf but don’t know how much yarn to get. And possibly a blanket too but don’t know much about knitting. How many bundles should I buy? Thanks.

  154. Cuc says:

    This is amazing, I just finished knitting my first scarf last week and I can’t wait to try this! Thank you! So excited to make this for my friend for her birthday!

  155. Jan says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I can’t wait to get started!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  156. [...] knitting went viral with online tutorials showing how to knit a cowl in under thirty minutes like Simply Maggie with almost a half million hits to [...]

  157. Robin says:

    I found this accidentally and I’m so glad I did! I had one skein (42 yards)of super-bulky, space-dyed yarn that I bought because I had to have it….and then looked at it for more than a year wondering what on earth I could do with only one skein. After watching your video twice, I cast on 6 stitches and went to town. By the time the yarn was running out, I had a rectangle about 20 inches long. I whipped together the ends, using the tail as you’d suggested, and it’s a perfect circle scarf to pop over my head. Now I must get more bulky yarn to make more…..
    I am wondering what would happen if I raid my yarn stash and run about 6 strands of different yarns through my spinning wheel in an attempt to make my own unique bulky….? I’ll let you know how it works!

  158. Ivy says:

    I am having trouble with the last stitch the one with the not when moving it to the second wrist for the first time. Any advice?

  159. Michelle says:

    This is such a cute scarf! I’ve never knit anything before but I am SOOO trying this. Thanks for the video. I feel like I could do this. I think I know what I’m getting my sisters for their birthdays! :)

  160. [...] ten euros and was intense fun.I owe it all to Ju Ju who showed me the website. Here is the website:http://www.simplymaggie.com/how-to-arm-knitI found it on ravelry.comthis is the second project I’ve done on there. Now I have this [...]

  161. Jen says:

    This rocks!! I have crocheted for Yeats but never tried knitting, and wanted sdomnething creative to do at night where I didn’t have to count rows or stitches. Just finished my first one and I love it! Used one strand of the thick n’ wooly (or whatever was referenced above – my wrapper is gone) and I used less than one skein. Used a dark navy color and and very excited to wear this for the rest of winter! The perfect thing to wear in my cold office when a regular scarf just isn’t nice enough. Your video was so helpful. Will definitely be making more as gifts…and for me!

  162. Jaime says:

    Hey Maggie,

    I’ve made a few scarves a already, but I’m having some trouble. When I begin stitching onto my other arm and get to the end, my last stitch is very big and elongates the scarf, and when I finish the scarf the ends are not the same width. I’ve tried tightening the stitch but it doesn’t seem to work. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any ideas would be great. Thanks.

  163. Picknitter says:

    Arm knitting, who would have thought. So cool, and quirky enough my 20 something daughters will love this! Guess what I’m going to learn to do in 2014! Following you on Pinterest.

  164. Guadalupe says:

    Hi Maggie, just wanted to thank you for posting this (I realize I’m a year late!), I’ve been wanting to learn how to make these scarfs for a while, and your tutorial was great and super easy to follow! I made two yesterday in less than an hour (I made one and when my daughter saw it she begged me to make her one too), and I am in love with them! I mixed different yarns instead of using two strands of the same, and the results were amazing! I wish there was a way to show them to you, but I don’t have a website or anything I can link here!

  165. Lisa says:

    I have gone crazy making these scarves. So much fun and sooo hard to decide which color of yarn to get. So many to chose from. I have been making some with the Lions Brand Hometown. Just used Azalea in that line and it made a very fun, multicolor scarf. I am also wondering the same thing that Jordan asked about. If going from behind the loop as opposed to going through the front side makes a difference when switching arms.

  166. Cuc says:

    I finally got around to making my own scarf using the technique from your video. I didn’t do the cowl version and only did one skein but I liked how it turned out. I will be trying it with two skein when I get more yarn. Thanks for the tutorial! I linked to your tutorial on my blog post.

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  168. Misty says:

    Thanks so much for this great video. My 6 year old has been wanting to learn to knit for a while. Doing it this way has given her a great successful first knitting experience. She is the proud maker of her first chunky infinity scarf and already planning more. Thanks again!

  169. Janine says:

    Thank you so much for this great video! I am from Germany and I think they would love it here! Amazing how easy this is! Thanks!

  170. [...] you seen arm knitting? Yes, it’s just like what it sounds like: using your arm as a tool for knitting. So if [...]

  171. [...] Craft: This Arm Knit Scarf says that it takes only 30 minutes to make! I bet it would still take me an hour or so, but that [...]

  172. [...] the ever pinterest popular Arm Knit Scarf.  It has been pinned from a variety of places but I used this tutorial to learn as I think she does the best job explaining what to [...]

  173. Sarah says:

    Hi,

    IN NEED OF HELP!!

    I knitted almost the whole thing perfectly then went wrong on one little bit so tried to undo it and then it started coming apart and didn’t know how to fix it so had to undo the whole thing!!! :'( So traumatised!!!

    What do I do if I lose a loop?? Anyway of fixing it or do I have to start over again ? :( thank you! xx

  174. Rachel says:

    I made this today and it was SO easy and the tutorial was amazing. Thank you so much for showing me how to do this! I used the wool yarn and it is so warm and comfy. I need to make a bunch more now! :)

  175. […] be having so much fun over the next few months (or year) using these yarns for projects like Arm Knitting , socks, a hat for my husband which I already started and maybe even some Christmas gifts. […]

  176. […] never thought that you can knit on your arm. Well, this is truly impressive! In 30 minutes you can have an infinity scarf. For you, your mother, your friend or whoever you […]

  177. Nicole says:

    Made this this morning with some purple yarn and its great. I might do 9 stitches instead of 12. Easy to close at the end as well

  178. […] found these great instructions-complete with a video from Simply Maggie on Pinterest. There are also PDF instructions you can download, if that’s […]

  179. DENISE EASTER says:

    Soooooooo cool I’m going to try it let u know how it comes out!

  180. […] armbreien kun je heel snel een leuke shawl maken. Het is wel belangrijk het juiste garen te kiezen, zodat de […]

  181. Gwen says:

    I watched so many videos and yours is the only one I could follow. It must be because we can watch from behind you. Thank you so much. I feel quite confident I can do it now.

  182. jala4251 says:

    Hi – I followed your tutorial and loved the outcome. Question: could i make the same scarf with Bulky 5 bamboo yarn, rathen than Super Bulky 6 yarn?

  183. Amel says:

    How many yards do we need if I want bulky????

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  185. Tiffany Weir says:

    I just recently tried arm knitting myself and I am loving the results!

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  188. Crickett says:

    Curious about using a wool yarn …. Do have a suggestion on a wool yarn or bland that you would think compared in wieght ? Would like to make as gifts.

  189. Jessica says:

    Hi Maggie, thanks for this post and the videos!! I found it this morning and just finished my scarf! I love it! I had lion brand country loom yarn that I bought to crochet an infinity scarf and I was having the hardest time with it. I tried for hours and never figured it out. I’m more familiar with knitting, but like you said it is so time consuming! So this post made me super excited! I only used one thread instead of two because the yarn is a little bulkier. And it took around half the skien. So I ended up spending under $5! Thanks again, I will be using this a lot! Happy crafting! -Jessica

  190. Dawn Spiertz says:

    Love this web site what ply wool do I use please

  191. […] Small Home Big Start’s “Friday Favorites” post. From there I finally got to the basic tutorial for the cowl, from Simply Maggie. Simply Maggie has an awesome video tutorial, and between that, and my sister’s knitting […]

  192. Kelly Flores says:

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial!!! I just tried it and it worked! I love the concept of arm knitting, and I love the way you taught it. I cannot wait to make some more & post them on my blog. Thank you again, you did a great job! Easy for a never-before-knitter, like me, to learn!

  193. Wen says:

    I know how to do this. It made for great Christmas gifts last year. But how did you do the button? That really sets it off.

  194. Katelyn says:

    I LOVE this!! I crochet and have never tried knitting! I’m going to attempt some for a Christmas gift. A couple of questions. I see you said you used 2 strands from 2 skeins in the scarf so I’m just confused at the loop for the first step in the cast off. It just looks like one strand doubled over. Just want to make sure I get it right. Also what was your finishing links like how long did you make it before you stopped in so the edges together I don’t own an infinity scarf or any scarf so I don’t know how long they normally are. ???? thanks so much for the easy tutorial and awesome site and I can’t wait to try this!! :)

    • Maggie says:

      Yes, I used 2 strands. One from each ball of yarn at the same time. Also I never measured my scarf, I simply wrapped it around my neck and if it was my desired length I ended the knitting.

  195. Paula says:

    How do you make button closure

  196. […] 30 Minute Arm Knit Scarf- check out the video […]

  197. Carol kogut says:

    I am making your scarf. How do you put the button on. There is nothing on their video. Luv making it

  198. Penny says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Your video was the easiest to follow that I have found. I made my first one today. Super excited to get more yarn to make Christmas gifts. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us.

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