I knitted a cowl! With my arms!
I tried out Pattern #14 from Learn to Arm Knit, and it turns out I really liked the experience AND the finished object!
File this experience under "This is What Happens When You Tell the Internet People at Leisure Arts that You'll Try Just About Anything." Tutu-making, Knooking, loom knitting, Tunisian crochet, and now arm knitting are all things I probably wouldn't have tried had I not been encouraged to try them out for the sake of a post. And I'm glad I did try!
I've been seeing arm knitting pictures swirling around the Internet for a few months now, and I was curious. Not curious enough to actually learn something new and try it for myself, but curious enough to wonder how much yarn it used, how long it took, and why anyone would knit with arms when you could actually put needles down.
|This is the face of a woman who wishes she had changed the settings on her camera before she got tangled up.|
Now that I've tried it, I know it doesn't take quite as much yarn as I'd feared, it takes less than an hour to make just about anything, and it's kind of fun to not need any tools. If you have arms that work even somewhat well, you can arm knit. You can make a cowl in less than an hour. And it will be big! And fluffy! And beautiful!
Learn to Arm Knit has very detailed instructions to get you started at the most basic level--there are instructions on how to make a slip knot. That detailed. If you know how to knit already, you could skip over a few steps. But I'd encourage you not to, because this is a tiny little book and you may as well get good and settled in with this booklet so that you can figure out how to use BOTH of your arms like the active needle. Don't worry, only one arm acts as the active needle at any given time. But you do use both hands at the same time and that takes a little bit of getting used to. Still, it's pretty easy to get into the swing of this.
The instructions for each cowl are the same, but the book has thirty-five possible yarn combinations set out in a grid format listing the brand and name of the yarn, the colorway, and the number of skeins required for each cowl featured in the booklet. The #14 cowl calls for two skeins of Patons Classic Wool Roving in different colors and a skein of Patons Bohemian yarn.
I've never worked with the Bohemian yarn before, and I loved it. It's a super bulky weight yarn and it's all lovely and velvety and such an interesting contrast with the roving yarn. I had a tiny bit of it left when I finished nearly five feet of knitting. That was long enough for a cowl I could wrap around my neck twice. And I had a little less than half a skein left of each of the roving skeins. I could make another cowl that's a bit shorter!