Intro to arm knitting: make a quick cowl Premium class

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
Mansi Bidwai

Skillshare Teacher





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.