Intro to arm knitting: make a quick single or double loop cowl | Cara Corey | Skillshare

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Intro to arm knitting: make a quick single or double loop cowl

teacher avatar Cara Corey, Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to arm knitting


    • 2.

      Casting on stitches


    • 3.

      Knitting the cowl


    • 4.

      Binding off


    • 5.

      Sewing the seam


    • 6.

      The finished cowl


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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 Cara Corey Designs, 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. 

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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 two little kids, so my plate is very full right now, but I believe you always have to make time for creativity.

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1. Introduction to arm knitting: Hello. This is Sara Corey from Mary Marina. In this class, I'm gonna teach you how to make a cow using our meeting. And just like it sounds, arm knitting is where instead of using needles, you're gonna actually put the stitches back and forth across your arms. And the cool thing about our meeting is that not only does it make these giant loops that look really need, it's quick. You could have this project done in probably half a Knauer, maybe an hour at most. So So the only material you need for this project is just the yard. And I am using a yarn that I got a Michael's craft store called Chunky Grand A. They come out with some new yarns that are actually in a size called Jumbo. And if you turn to the back of the label, it will have a number there of this number. ISS seven. I've actually never seen that until recently. Usually, the biggest number is six for a Super Bowl. Cayard. So you can either use one skein of these big jumbo yarns or you could put together 3 to 4 strings or strands of a Super Bowl. Cayard my favorite Super Bowl key arm to use is Lyon brands. Woolley's thinking quick. I use that for almost every other project I make. It's a really great all purpose yards, So if you can't find one of these really gigantic yards, I'm like I said, you could use three or four strands of a smaller yard. Another really popular option lately is, well, robing. It looks very similar to this yarn. It's basically just what will starts out as before. It gets spun into yarn. It's very thick. You can order that from a lot of sellers on etc. I could just do a Google search for wall robing, and it comes by the pound. Usually £1 should be plenty to do this project. In fact, it might be so thick that you would need to actually split the rope into two sections. So you got wool robing. You could use a Super Bowl Keilar 3 to 4 strands or one of these jumbo yards 2. Casting on stitches: So let's get started making our cowl Go ahead and take the label off. And the first thing you need to do is cast on your first row stitches. I'm gonna use eight stitches, but I would say anywhere from 6 to 8 is probably gonna be plenty to get the with you want for this cowl For the cast on method that we're gonna use, you'll have to have a good length to start with because it's gonna draw yarn from both sides here. So leave yourself probably three feet of yarn to start with, and we're gonna make a slipknot into that yard. So you just wrap it around your hand like this one full time around, and then you'll reach through the hole there and pull up a loop, and then you just let go and tighten it. That's your first stitch. You gonna place this first stitch on your right wrist, then tighten it. You want to leave a little bit of air in there, so it's not super super tight. If it's too tight, it's gonna be really hard to work into that first row stitches. So maybe, you know, into the air in there I'm gonna turn to the side so you could see better not your first stitch. We're stuck. Your second stitch. You're gonna take this length of yard and you're going across it over like this to make a loop. And then you're gonna reach through that loop with your left hand and pick up your working yard you're working on is the yarn that's attached to the full Skane. And so you're just gonna pull loop of that working yarn through like this? I'm place it on your wrist and I have two stitches and then just kind of pull that Titan. Okay, so we'll go for the next one. Make that loop left hand through the loop, grab a loop of working and pull it through and place that over your right wrist. Now we have three stitches. I know this. Continue doing this until you have eight stitches. Once you get the hang of it, it's just kind of muscle memory. Scoop them down. So you have a little more room. Titan leaving a little bit of space there. 12345 six. Make sure you don't grab accidentally the working yard instead of the tail some in eight. There's a first row stitches and in the next step will talk about working through the following rose. 3. Knitting the cowl: Okay, now that we have our first rose dishes on our arm, we're going to start working these stitches onto our other arm. So you might want to cut off this piece right here just to make it a little bit shorter. So it's not confusing you as faras, which piece you need to grab, because now we're just gonna be using the working yard again. The working yard is the part that's attached to the full skiing. Okay, so we're gonna start by looping this working yard over your right thumb, and then you're gonna take your first stitch on here, hold it over your whole hand, and then lift this loop up. So now you've got a new loop, and you're gonna place that loop on your left hand. So now you're attached. So you don't want to pull your arms apart while you're still attached, and you're gonna take that working yard again, looping it on your right thumb, take the next loop, pull it over your whole hand, and then lift up a new loop. This is you're working on. Remember? Working young Luke goes over the left hand, not two stitches. Air over here in the restaurant the right, and then you're just going to continue doing this until you've done all the stitches in that row. So I'm just gonna do it kind of quickly again. It's like muscle memory. As soon as you get this kind of feeling of looping this loop over your hand, lifting up a new loop and then placing it on the left hand, that's really easy. Yeah, I love this yarn to cause I kind of has a color change in it. So each row is gonna have kind of an ombre effect. Okay, so now that we've reached the last ditch, we have all of our stitches on the left hand, and then we're just gonna do the opposite. Take that working yard, loop it over your left thumb, and then take the first loop, pull it all the way over your hand and lift up a new loop with that bum. Put that new loop on your right hand and tighten it just a little bit there. So working yard over the left thumb. Luke over. Pull up a new loop, place it on your right. So I'm just gonna go across this whole second row lift with a bone, but the new look over our sorry, but the older over the new loop New loop goes on right hand. Okay, so now you have to rose and you can start to see the shape of the Cal forming. That basically is just making You're kind of traditional V shape, stitch soccer nets, steps from knitting, and then on the back side, you're going to get a totally different. It's more like knots on the back. So as long as all that you're not sir on the backside and your these are on the front side , you're doing it right. If you get so just continue. But this process, where you're you're picking up the working yarn with your thumb and then pulling a full loop over your hand and putting the new loop on the other hand until you get all of your yarn used up 4. Binding off: So the lights of your cow is kind of up to you. I'm gonna show you how to do a single Luke Kao, and so I kind of test it by wrapping it around my neck and just seeing, you know, if it were a tash, would it be long enough? Um, if you want to do a double loop cow, it's going to need to reach probably your belly button to be long enough to wrap around twice on. And if you do that, you also need to get probably two skeins of this, um, huge yard or the 3 to 4 skeins of the Super Bowl. Keilar should be plenty to get you the length you want. Eso I'm gonna show you here how to bind off this piece so you could go ahead and finish it and make your cowl. Um, and it's which to one that's got six stitches. So that should be nice and easy to bind off. They're on my right arm right now, so basically, you're gonna net the 1st 2 stitches just like you would normally and place those stitches on your left hand. And then you're gonna take the first of the two stitches and you're just gonna pick it up and drop it over your left hand there. So now you only have one. Then you'll go ahead and yet the next etched regularly so that you have to on your left hand and then just pick up that 1st 1 Drop it over your hand. Do you have one again? So you'll just continue doing that net. Take the 1st 1 over. Drop it until you get back. Whole road finished. It's a little tricky when you're working. Yard starts falling down, but these stitches could be nice and loose, and it won't hurt anything. The last one. Drop it over. Okay, Now you have one stitch on your hand and this long piece of working yearn, which actually you should be getting to the end of the skein. You just want just enough that you can sew up a seem so this is probably three or four feet , and that's a good amount. So you just take that tail and and you're just gonna put it through the loop and pull it tight, so that will give you a nice bound off edge, and we're going to use that edge to so of our seem and finish our cow 5. Sewing the seam: All right, So now we've got our finished net peace, and we're ready to so the two ends together to create a cow. A. To this point, it probably looks a little bit short. And why it? And that's okay, because when you get it finished, you're gonna stretch it out. His material is very stretchy. Lengthwise weaken. See eso? Basically, what you need to do is, uh, start right side up and we're gonna find, um, both ends to connect. So you're bind off and that you just finished has these kind of V shaped stitches at the top and then your cast on edge. It just looks kind of funny at this point, and that's OK, because all we really need to do is just find one stitch from each end to match up. So you're gonna full down the top peas and kind of match up the ends, and then you're gonna take the long and that you just finished using for your bind off. And we use that to so the same. I'm gonna go ahead and tie a knot in it because, as you can see, the ends are kind of coming undone. So let's just make sure that they won't unravel. It's kind of hard to see because this yarn is so colorful, but basically we're just going to find a stitch on either end to start with. Take this tale in. We're just gonna try to match them up so we'll take the tail and run it through the first stitch over on this side and come back around. Find the second stitch second V here, put it underneath the top part and then go and find the corresponding stitch on the other side. Go under there. When you pull that you're in tight, we'll start making a seam. There's really no expert way to do this because the stitches air so big on. And if you have a better way or a different way of seeming, you can do that, too. But basically I'm just funding one loop from one side, corresponding loop from the other side. I'm just pulling my arm and threw, so go ahead and do that until I get to the end of the row. When you pull the seem tight, you can kind of see it's looping around. Then, as I'm coming to the end, get to the last stitch here. Last stitch here whole through. There you go. If I hold it up, you can kind of see that we've connected the two ends together, and now we have to loose yarn ends that we need to sew up. So I'm gonna take this one wish was from the very beginning of our work. Pull it through the other side. And I'm just gonna tie these two ends together in a knot nice and tight. And then I'm going to cut off that extra yard, and I will be all done with my scene. 6. The finished cowl: So at this point you can turn your work, uh, right side out again. And now you can stretch it so that it will be at its fulling. And again, this is a one loop cow. So it's gonna be kind of small if you're going to do a double loop cow. Um, it should be at least twice this size once you pull it tight and I'll show you what it looks like on So this is what the finish cow looks like. Like I said, this is the single loop version. It's super warm and soft. But if you wanted to do the double loop version, there would be even bigger and warmer. I'll take it off Seacon. See what the stitches look like when they're all finished. Um, it's awesome that there are so many big, chunky yarns out there now a lot more than there used to be in their great for our meeting . And hopefully I'll be back here soon with more classes to teach you other things to dio with our meeting. So thanks so much for washing the class and I would love to see your projects in the gallery