The video is fantastic because it shows you how to cast on, and knit both forwards and backwards... With extra tips to orient things correctly and use your arms rather than knitting needles.
It is really good that this project takes under an hour to knit up, because it is hard to set aside your knitting while your arms are the needles. What should you do if you really do need to step away? Transfer the stitches onto a random needle and gently set aside.
- 120 yards (60 yards held double) of Super Bulky Yarn. The yarns in this sample were Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Denim (Blue) and Black. (Each ball of yarn comes with 106 yards, so there is plenty for this project.) My Cowl Weighs 185 g.
- Needles - You don't need needles, you're using your arms! Depending on the size of your forearms
- Notions - You may want a yarn needle for weaving the ends of the cowl together, but the holes are big enough that you can use your fingers.
- Finished Size - ~13" x 42" Flat (before sewing the ends together.)
- Cast On 12 stitches to you right arm holding two strands of the super bulky yarn together. (0:16 of the video)
- Row 1: Knit 12 stitches backwards (from Right arm to Left Arm.) Take care to see the Knit Stitches facing towards you. You may need to fiddle with the technique a bit to find what works best for you to create untwisted knit stitches. (2:17 of the video)
- Row 2: Knit 12 stitches forwards (from left arm to right arm.) Again, take care to keep your knit stitches untwisted. (4:05 of the video)
- Repeat these two rows 10 more times (for 22 rounds total) ending on Row 2, or until the scarf wraps around your neck twice comfortably.
- Bind off loosely. (6:27 in the video) At the point the piece should measure (ROUGHLY - when laid out on wooden floor) 13" x 42" (The gauge is so loose that you can easily pull it longer or wider, so these measurements are very rough.)
- Because this is a stockinette fabric with a right side and a wrong side, we are not going to make a mobius (or infinity) cowl. To sew it together, fold it so the RS fabric is on the inside without any twists. Sew the Cast on edge to the bind off edge.
- Weave in any remaining loose ends. With a gauge this loose, weaving in ends securely may be hard. I knotted them very well and then cut the ends.
- Wrap your new cowl around you neck twice and feel super cozy! Marvel at the fact that this took you under an hour to put together.
Oh, and it really did take about 30 minutes to knit this cowl. Maybe I would be faster the second time around because I'm not taking notes while I'm knitting! Time yourself and tell me how long it took you to create in the comments below.
Thank you Maggie for this amazing inspiration!
This knitting instructions were written by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. Inspiration for this pattern came from the Simply Maggie's "How to Arm Knit" Video. You are not to distribute or sell this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2013 www.ChemKnits.com