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Intro to arm knitting: make a quick cowl

Cara Corey, Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

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6 Videos (18m)
    • Introduction to arm knitting

    • Casting on stitches

    • Knitting the cowl

    • Binding off

    • Sewing the seam

    • The finished cowl


About This Class

Arm knitting is super easy and fun — no knitting needles required! In this class you will learn how to knit giant loops back and forth across your arms and then how to assemble the knit piece into a cozy cowl. Cara Corey, the owner and maker behind Mary Marie Knits, also explains how to select a super chunky yarn for arm knitting. 

You do not need to know how to knit to take this class. This is a great project for beginners. 


You can make your cowl a single loop or an extra long double loop. Even a longer cowl can be knit in less than an hour. 


The only material you need is the yarn:

• 1-2 skeins of a jumbo yarn, such as Loops and Threads Chunky Grande
(cast on 6 stitches)


• 3-4 skeins of a super bulky yarn, such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick 'n Quick
(cast on 8 stitches)


• 1 pound of wool roving (available from many sellers on
(cast on 6 stitches)

Once you know how to arm knit, you can use this technique to make other things, like big blankets. 

3 of 3 students recommendSee All

Very nice class. Clear explanation on how to make cowl. Would love to make one for me. Thanks





Cara Corey

Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

Hi, I'm Cara and I'm a former journalist-turned-pattern designer. I specialize in modern knitting designs using giant needles and unique materials (see my work at I make everything from hats and scarves to pillows, poufs, and other home decor. I absolutely love knitting and crochet, and I couldn't put my needles down if I tried.

I have a toddler and a baby, so my plate is very full right now, but I believe you always have to make time for creativity.

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