Stay Tuned for our Step-by-Step guide to creating your own arm-knitting projects and Tips to make it easier!
This is the perfect post to help you get started with arm knitting. We share our best techniques for casting on, and simple ways to safely pause your work. You’ll also learn the pros and cons of using wool vs. synthetic yarn. Finally, we have your resource for the best arm knitting tutorials and where to get everything you need to become an expert arm knitter.
Arm Knitting: Take Two
We’re back! My best friend Janine from Happy Happy Nester and I are at it again, arm knitting for our second project together.
Read until the end to learn the best and easiest way to arm knit the most luxurious blanket ever. By the end of this post we hope you will be confident enough to try this yourself. And just in case you’re not in the mood to knit, we’ve got links to where you can buy one just like it. Plus, we have a 10% off coupon code. Simply use TWINS10 at checkout to save off your entire purchase on the BeCozi website!
This is a sponsored post. But all the words and opinions are authentically our own.
Real Wool Makes All the Difference
First of all, while Janine and I really liked the way our first arm knitted blanket turned out, we still saw a huge difference between the synthetic wool and the blankets made out of real wool. We used acrylic (synthetic) wool the first time because, well, we were experimenting. To be honest, we really had no idea what we were doing, nor if it would turn out. So, we hesitated at the idea of spending the money for real wool.
Now, with more confidence and the technique down, we are ready to try it again. This time we are using real Merino wool. If you missed our post about our first arm knitting experience, you can read all about it. We learned a lot and you will too.
In Search of a Better Way to Arm Knit
Secondly, we wanted to try this project again because we were not very happy with the videos we used the first time. We had trouble following the techniques and came across several problems that were never addressed. It seemed as though the videos over-simplified the method.
They underestimated the real amount of time the project would take. The first videos we used skipped over many potential issues that could (and did) sabotage the project. We knew there had to be a better way. We were on the hunt for improved information to help our friends, followers and ourselves.
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Arm Knitting Blanket for Beginners
Thirdly, we wanted to arm knit another blanket because I came across a technique for casting-on that was so, so simple and very different from the casting-on method that we used. I was eager to try this new method.
The two cast-on methods are the “M” Method and the “Loop” Method. The Loop method is the more simplified version and the one I prefer. But this is a personal choice. Click here for a great beginner arm knitting tutorial by BeCozi.
Our Arm Knitting Game-Changer
We soon came across Larissa from BeCoziand started reading her easy arm knitting tips. Larissa also shares her unique HAND knitting technique which is a great option for people who don’t like the idea of knitting on their arms. We learned BeCozi sold very high quality 100% Australian Merino wool at competitive prices. The BeCozi website is a great source for all your chunky knit throw supplies and needs.
Synthetic vs. Merino Wool: All the Facts
I want to spend a few minutes discussing the pros and cons of using synthetic wool vs. merino wool in terms of arm knitting thick blankets.
Truthfully, synthetic wool isn’t nearly as soft as Merino Wool. Even during the knitting process itself, the synthetic wool felt harsh and somewhat abrasive against my skin. My arms were red and irritated after knitting. In contrast, the Merino wool is the softest thing I have ever felt. Even when I had it pushed tightly up my arms it never felt harsh. The entire experience was noticeably more comfortable because of the softness of the Merino wool. You can imagine how wrapping yourself in this luxury would feel.
The Look of the Knit
Because the synthetic wool we used was smaller and thinner than the merino wool, the look of the knit is very different. The real wool version is much fluffier, so it tends to create a much more uniform stitch. The synthetic wool we used was somewhat flat rather than round, so it showed twists and angles depending on if you were twisting the yarn. Twisting the yarn is nearly impossible to control, so this contributes to a lack of consistency in the final look of the blanket.
In addition, because the real wool is fluffier, it is easier to create the impression that all the stitches are even. This is because the fluff takes up any extra space created by a slightly bigger stitch. If I’ve lost you with this explanation, don’t worry about it. My main point here is that it is much easier to make a perfect, uniform and professional looking blanket (even your first time) using Merino wool than with the synthetic wool. You can read all about our first arm-knitting experience and all we learned if you haven’t yet.
Wear and Care
Both types of wool are somewhat delicate and need to be treated with care. The synthetic wool can be hand washed while the Merino wool should only be spot treated or dry cleaned. In either case, you should wash with care in order to protect the shape and longevity of the wool.
Best Source for High Quality Merino Wool for Arm Knitting Projects
BeCozi sells the most beautiful 100% Australian Merino chunky wool. They provide all the information you might need to decide how much wool you will need for the size of your project and how much it will cost. We decided to make full size blankets and bought 8 lbs. of yarn. BeCozi sells their chunky knit wool yarn for $32/lb. So, our blankets cost $256 for the wool. The estimated size blanket is 40″ x 60 ” but it depends on the size of your knitting. My blanket ended up being closer to 5′ x 6′ because my stitches were somewhat tight (I have small arms). You can expect your blanket to be anywhere between these two sizes. They offer the wool in 22 different colors, more than enough to give you a very hard time deciding which one to choose.
How to Arm Knit: Start Off Small
We are guessing you’re already in love with the beauty of these blankets (or you probably wouldn’t be here). Janine, Julie and I know you will agree that BeCozi’s Merino wool is the better choice. If the cost is stopping you, why not start off small? Here are some ideas and the amount/cost of the yarn necessary to complete each project.
Infinity scarf: 1 lbs.
An extra-long scarf: 2 lbs.
25×30 inch blanket: 2 lbs. (baby)
35×45 inch blanket: 4 lbs. (Small throw for your bed or sofa)
40×60 inch blanket: 6 lbs. (Medium throw for your bed of sofa)
50×60 inch blanket: 8 lbs. (Fits Queen size mattress up to pillows)
58×70 inch blanket: 10 lbs. (Fits Queen size mattress, mattress of 60×80 inches)
All Super Chunky Merino Wool is sold by the pound at BeCozi so keep this in mind when planning your project(s).
BeCozi sells many Chunky Knit Wool products pre-made, as well as patterns and other home decor and fashion items. If you love the look and feel of chunky knit Merino wool, you should check out all the unique products that BeCozi makes including poufs, pillows, pet beds, rugs, knitwear and more.
To encourage you to get started and reward you for coming to our blog, we want to share this 10% off coupon code off your purchase from the BeCozi. Just use the code TWINS10 at checkout.
Arm Knitting for Beginners: Tips from Jodie and Janine and Mistakes to Avoid
Note: We learned these tips the hard way, but you don’t have to.
Arm Knitting Tip #1
Don’t leave your skeins rolled up and start arm knitting with just one skein opened up.
Learn from our mistakes. Janine and I were so eager to get started that we did this and soon found ourselves in knots. This is because each stitch creates a twist, so you end up twisting the yarn as you go. Be sure to unwind all of the skeins and either pile it on the floor in front of you or roll it into a ball like Janine did. I placed a plastic mat on the floor to protect the yarn from any dog hair (two black labs roaming about) and worked that way.
Arm Knitting Tip #2
Plan ahead and pay attention to the amount of yarn you have left. Don’t get distracted and knit to the very end. You need to leave enough yarn (enough for about a row and a half) to bind off.
I was doing a Live Instagram video and was having fun chatting away, knitting, and answering questions when I looked down and realized I only had a bit of yarn left. After attempting to bind off and getting about halfway through, I realized I didn’t have enough yarn.
Arm Knitting Tip #3
Pay attention. This tip goes along with the above lesson but is a bit more general. Basically, especially as a novice, you want to pay attention to what you are doing. If you relax into the rhythm too much you may lose track of what you are doing. It’s good to leave the TV off and focus your attention as much as you can.
Arm Knitting Tip #4
You can safely take a break during your project.
Use Saran wrap. Pull out a piece of Saran wrap long enough to string through all of the loops of your row as you take the stitches carefully off your arm. I actually traveled from Janine’s house to mine with my project held by the Saran wrap. For transport, I just tied the ends of the Saran wrap together and was able to carry it safely like that. It’s brilliant.
We see an Arm Knit Merino Wool Blanket in your future!
We would love to hear any tips you learn when you try arm knitting. Just comment below and I will potentially add them to my post so others can benefit from them as well.
After reading this post we hope you feel confident, armed (get it?) and equipped to make your own arm knit blanket or throw. You may want to start as we did by trying out your first arm knitting project using synthetic wool. You may want to choose a smaller project. But, if you are like us and you are lusting after a thick, luscious, luxurious chunky knit blanket, we encourage you to invest the time and money in knitting a gorgeous real Merino wool blanket. And take advantage of our coupon code from BeCozi, TWINS10. There is nothing quite like it and we are sure you will agree. Happy Knitting!
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Your post is amazing and I also love how your blanket turned out! Bravo to such a great project! And we both have a fabulous heirloom piece! Thanks so much for organizing this and including me in the wool blanket project. You’re so thoughtful and generous! I’m such a lucky girl to have you two as friends!
Aww, Janine, Well, it seems the feeling is entirely mutual. We are lucky to have each other…for inspiration, for support and for that little extra encouragement that we ALL need. This project was so much fun to do together….from the first post to this second try. I’m so glad we stuck with it to get this final piece. Like you said, it will be an heirloom piece, it is THAT special!
Thanks for your sweet words. It means the world to me!
With love and hugs,
Loi Thai, You are so kind! That means so much to me! Janine speaks so highly of you! You are welcome to “hang” with us any time! We can give you an easy arm-knitting lesson then! Thanks so much for your comments. Julie and I appreciate it so much.
Jodie & Julie
Ashelyn Downs says
I LOVE your writing style! Awesome content aside, your talent sets you apart! It’s so refreshing in this blog-dense world!
Ashelyn, Wow, what great compliments. We feel your sincerity which makes your words powerful and oh so appreciated. When you write a blog you really don’t know how people feel unless they take the time to comment, so we really love that you took the time. It means so much to us both. We hope you will come back often and that we can continue to inspire and interact. With so much gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Carolann Iadarola says
I just love these blankets! What fun! I would love to tackle one someday soon. Beautiful post and pics. Thank you!
Hi Carolann, We are so glad you like the arm-knit blankets. We too are in love. It has been a rewarding and fun project. There’s such satisfaction in creating something with your own two hands, or in this case, arms! We encourage you to give it a try, and we promise to hold your hand the whole way. You can direct message on Instagram or message us here with any questions. Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you will come back and visit us often because we sure have lots to share! With blessings and gratitude, The Design Twins, Jodie & Julie
Could not find directions for beautiful arm blanket shown on site. Could you please email.
If you search “Arm Knitting” in our SEARCH OUR WEBSITE bar it will pull up our two blog posts on this topic. “Arm Knitting Made Easy” and “Chunky Knit Throw: Arm Knitting is a great affordable Option”. These two links will take you to each of these posts.
I hope this is helpful!
Jodie & Julie
This blanket looks fun. I will try making one. Thank you for the idea.
Dar, Yay! We are excited you’re going to go for it. We did, and we are so very happy we did. You have all the tools you need (and then some) but still feel free to reach out if you need to. Best wishes, Jodie & Julie
Suzanne Hettinger says
Because of your post on IG, I came to your blog and now I have the guts to try this blanket. I am doing it in the Couture Jazz milk color to starters. I practiced a bit last night and I it came out amazing – so I am ready to go to make a blanket this weekend. I am gifting it to my daughter for her birthday. I can’t wait to bring it to her.
Suzanne, We are so touched by your letter! You have us in the palm of your hand and we are picturing the scene when you walk up to your daughter and present this blanket to her. I’m crying in my coffee reading this…how full your heart will be putting your unending love into a gift and your daughter overwhelmed with gratitude, love, and awe at what you’ve done for her…tears are dripping down my face knowing that we played a part in helping this happen. Love…that’s what it’s all about! You have made our day by sharing this. We know who is in charge, though, so we take no credit. But to be in service to our Lord to help spread joy and love, there is no greater calling. Please keep us posted. All our blessings and gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Patricia Townsend says
I absolutely love this & want to try to make one!? I haven’t “knitted” since I was probably 13 or 14 ,and made what I refer to my daughter s as infinity scarves! Bc there was no end to them,….I never learned how to cast off!!!? so glad to have found your site and to know you’re not “IG Snobs” trust me there’s a lot of them out there…..God Bless…
Patricia, What an absolute delight to have you visiting on our blog. I so enjoyed your message! You were cracking us up…infinity scarves (by accident) that’s awesome!! Jodie and I never knitted before, even though our amazing mom is PRO knitter extraordinaire!! You can do this! If we can do it anyone can…promise! We will be bringing you lots more fun DIY craft and decor projects in 2017 so we hope you will stay tuned! We hope to never in our lives be thought of as “snobs”…never, never. That would be the worst! We hope we are the opposite. Many blessings to you, sweetie. With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
I found you two beautiful ladies on IG and so happy I did! Your homes are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the details of the blankets ~ I think perhaps I could do it. ???? Janine is very talented also! I look forward to getting to know all 3 of you
Aw Pat! Your message just warmed my heart…I feel like I can hear your sweet voice speaking these kind, kind words to me! The arm knitting is a must try. You absolutely can do this. Even if you make a mistake or don’t like it the first time, depending on how picky you are, you can just undo and redo until you are happy. Janine was more of a perfectionist and did this twice. Jodie was happy with hers even though it wasn’t absolutely perfect. It’s not like you can ruin the wool and be stuck. We think you’ll have a great time learning to arm knit. We really hope you will become a regular on our blog and always reach out when you can. Many blessings to you, Sweet Pat. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
I can’t wait to try!
Dear Ann, We are excited for you! Please keep us posted as to how it goes! We would love to hear. Thank you for coming to our blog. We are so glad you found us. We sincerely hope you will make us a habit and visit as often as your schedule allows. With blessings and gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Holly Farris says
Would love to try to make one! Looks like a lot of fun! March Madness is awesome – hope I win!!!
Oh Holly, I really hope you do! I plan to make more….but with spring coming I’m moving on to other projects for now. But I’m certain next winter I will be wanting to do more in other colors. It’s super easy! Even for someone like me with no experience. My moto is that, if I can do it anyone can!
Good luck! And thanks so much for your visit!
Jodie & Julie
Tammy Loveless says
Loving my merino wool arm knitted blanket that you inspired me to do. Thanks ladies March Madness
Oh Tammy! Really? You made it!! That’s so awesome! That makes me so happy! Let’s keep inspiring each other! Good luck!
With love and hugs,
Jodie & Julie
This blanket really is cool! I would go with the merino wool. March Madness is a great time to tell you ladies that I love reading your blog and seeing you two on Instagram. Thank you ????
Marilyn, It is a very good time to tell us…hee hee. Tell us every day so you have 31 chances to win! Thank you for your kind reply. We hope you will continue to enjoy all we have to share. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Donnamarie Larkin says
Yeah~ thank you for this blog 🙂 I have had my eye on these blankets for some time and on your IG , they are not that popular here where I’m from that I have found or heard from others, but dying to get one or make one if I can for our new home 🙂 From the videos I have watched in the past several months I’m not so confident I could do one but your blog does offer some great advice in attempting. I will def check out the video on Artizen home and see if that changes my mind. These are such beautiful blankets~~ Love your blogs. Thanks again for March Madness 🙂 Happy Saturday
Is there anything you don’t know how to do and do beautifully? I have been in the blanket envy since I saw one of these on a blog. I know nothing about knitting. Can I do this? You give me hope! I wanted to make one for each of my four sisters. Christmas is coming! I better get started. Love, love, love your blog!
Peggy, you just about made my day with your amazingly generous reply! Wow! You could give us big heads if we didn’t know that God was the source of every gift we’ve been given! So to God goes the glory. That being said we are grateful to you for your kind friendship and support. It makes this whole journey worthwhile. We hope you will continue to make our blog a fun and inspiring part of your every day. With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
March Madness. I got an arm knit as a gift I love it!
I want to make this! March Madness:)
Not related to the arm knitting, but I love that navy & white (maybe black & white?) pillow with the tassels on the couch ????
Maryellen Kawalec says
I still want to make one of these even though it will be spring soon. I arm knitted a scarf last month, so I am ready to try this!
Sherry Hudson says
Who has ever heard of arm knitting? Not me! Your throw is really beautiful. I love your tutorials. Thanks! March Madness!
Kimberly - @shiplap.on.the.lake says
Reason 4: a super cute blanket with all the feels! Love this.
So, how many stitches would you cast on for a queen sized throw?
This is really hard to answer. All the measurements are there. It totally depends on the size of your hand and the size you want it to be even on your queen size bed. Every persons cast on number will be different even for the same size blanket. Then you have to decide do you want the blanket to the edges of the bed? Do you want it to go over the edge? How far over? To the floor? It’s all up to you, and it’s all depending on the size of your hand as well. Good luck, Jodie & Julie
Stephanie Hall says
I have knit for years and years. I just love the look of this chunky knit throw! March madness.
Wow that is a beautiful blanket . I would love to try to arm knit someday. March madness
I am in love with this blanket. I am not sure I am ready to take the plunge into making my own, but this just might be a summer project. Thanks for all the great tips! March Madness! ????????
Jill Stephenson says
Julie and Jodie,
Happy St Patty’s Day! What a gorgeous blanket. I have been swooning over these blankets for a LONG time! Thank you for sharing in your informative tips. I will have to take a peak at Artizen Home!
Have a blessed weekend!
I love, love this throw! I’ve only ever attempted arm knitting a scarf and I can’t say it turned out as beautiful as your throw! ????????
I have never heard of arm knitting before, it’s so cool ????
Pat Howe says
This was amazing I love it what a beautiful job making it. You guys rocky…..thanks for sharing..happy March Madness
Tanya Smith says
One of my closest friends and I have been trying to find time to arm knit our own throws! I’ll definitely be following your tips for this project! Thanks for reposting with “easier” tips! <3 I also LOOOOOOVE those patterned pillows on the bed with your gorgeous throw!
I plan on giving arm knitting a try. I think I am going to start out with a scarf just to get the hang of it. Then, when winter rolls around again, I will have a warm scarf to wear ????
Diana Rodden says
I am interested to knitting and needed a hobby at my leisure time.
Then I found your blog and was so excited. I like the arm-knit blankets. It looks fun. I will try to make this one with merino wool. Thanks for your informative blog and love your idea.
Besides knitting, I also love to collect woolen blanket. Woolen blanket that I like most from texelana.nl. It wonderful and soothing. It can bring my self relax when I lie down on the soft. Thanks again and wish you all the best !!
Diana, Arm knitting sure sounds like the perfect past time for you. We are so excited that you found this blog post helpful and inspiring. We are going to update this post and soon be bringing you another technique (or two). Also, we will be sharing more resources for a variety of different materials to use, some lighter feeling weights for the summer and even some vegan wool. We hope you will come back and enjoy all our new updates coming soon. Thank you again for your kind support of our blog and for your sweet reply. Blessings, Julie & Jodie
How beautiful that turned out! Well done! My only challenge is that I’m allergic to wool so I wonder if that type would itch. Hmmmm….
Thank you for reading our blog and your sweet comment! I am highly allergic to wool and I haven’t felt any problem, but I never have it directly on my skin I don’t think. I use mine mainly for decorating honestly. These blankets are delicate…if you use them they show wear quite easily. I like to gently sit on and just wrap over my shoulders but that’s it. Becozi has some summer chenille blankets that are a bit lighter weight but really made more for use. Hope that helps. XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Bri Adams says
It turned out even more beautiful the second time. I agree- there’s nothing quite like real wool. Thank you for including the video link. This is something I’ve wanted to try. Now I think I just might be brave enough!!
Dear Bri, Aw, Sweetie! It’s so good to see you on here, Love! Thank you for your kind words. Jodie and I know how busy you are and we appreciate your taking the time to read and reply. We do highly recommend arm knitting. Jodie had a blast…but for those time challenged people receiving a pre-made blanket like I did is pretty cool too 🙂 Thank you again! In friendship, Julie & Jodie
Alie Hadon says
Superb! what a great blog. I really like it very much. Thanks for sharing your home decoration ideas with us. I am also looking for these kinds of ideas from very long time and suddenly I found your blog.Please keep sharing these kinds of blog with us.
We are so pleased to know you enjoyed this post and are loving what you find here on our blog. We plan to continue long into the future as we really enjoy what we are doing. Your kind support is greatly appreciated. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
I have multiple balls of yarn, and need to know best way to connect them together but cannot find any info on how to do this, any ideas?
Sue, Sorry for the delay in our reply. Jodie is the expert on arm knitting and I haven’t been able to nail down an answer from her…eek! I do know that a fantastic resource is our friend and expert knitter Larissa, @becozi! Visit her site and her blog. She has video tutorials and she will answer questions too. You can reach her on her site or DM her via her Instagram. Hope that helps. Blessings, Julie
Did you girls know how to knit already? I don’t knit and so I’m wondering if I would be able to do this beautiful project! I love it so much! Thank you for this helpful post and review!!
Thank you for the kind words! Jodie is the master arm knitter over here, which is slightly different than regular knitting, but similar! Good luck if you decide to try this fun project!
Lots of love,
Jodie & Julie
I have always wanted to make one of these blankets but don’t know where to get the material from. Can you help me out?
Did you see our links to where we purchased our Merino Chunky wool? You can get it online from http://www.becozi.net – You can click on any of the links and it will take you right to her website. We also have a coupon code you may have noticed (TWINS10) which will give you 10% off. I hope that helps! Good luck with your project!
Beautiful blanket. Im just wondering whether you have felted the wool? It looks as though you are knitting with unfelted merino which is so delicate but looks more silky. Do you treat it afterwards instead?
We used merino wool and yes it is delicate. We didn’t treat it afterwards but you always can if you choose to use the blankets heartily. We use the blankets more for decorating. Thank you for joining us on our blog. We sure hope you will continue to enjoy. Blessings, Julie & Jodie