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DIY – Arm Knitting a Scarf in Under an Hour

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February 21, 2017

It’s the time of year that everyone starts counting down the days to spring and sunshine. We are all tired of the snow and ice and cold weather, tired of having to bundle up just to make a quick trip to the grocery store, and hoping for a warm day so we can wear something more than an old university sweatshirt.

Why not dress up your winter wardrobe —and while away the winter hours—by making an inexpensive and easy infinity scarf? Give yourself a treat of something new to wear as the winter wears down. Don’t know how to knit? Don’t worry. Even if it takes a few tries to learn how to arm knit, you can still make a scarf in under an hour.


You can choose any type of yarn, but a bulky yarn works best. The number of strands you use determines the bulk of the scarf when it’s completed. As a guide, if you are using a bulky number 5 yarn, you will probably want to use two strands. If you use super-bulky number 6 yarn, you need only use one strand. Depending on how big the skein is, you may need to buy more than one. Either way, if you look for yarn that’s on sale you can easily make a scarf for under $5.

The first time I tried to make a scarf, I watched video after video online. The hardest part was casting on the first row. I just could not figure out how to do it. I found these still pictures of how to cast on the first stitches and was finally able to grab the right yarn and go over and under when necessary! Once I completed the first row, it was much easier to figure out how to knit the rest.

Here are the three best videos I’ve found to help you make a scarf of your own:

After you get the hang of it, the hardest part will be deciding your color, bulk, and length options. Make it as thin or chunky, long or short, wide or narrow as you want. You can sew the ends together to make an infinity scarf, or make it longer for a wrap around scarf and add some fringe on the ends.

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