Warm, cozy knitted blankets are usually made of thick yarn. However, they could get very expensive, so you can learn how to arm knit a blanket with thin yarn instead.
This arm knitting method will require multiple strands of thin yarn to create a bulkier blanket, but this can be made easily using various color combinations.
Arm knitting is fun and easy, so with a bit of practice, you can start knitting your blankets in an hour or two, like a pro.
Step-By-Step Guide On How To Arm Knit A Blanket With Thin Yarn
Step #1. Make a slip knot
Start with making a slip knot. To do this, create a loop at the tail end of your yarn on top, then pass through the loop with your thumb and index finger.
Pinch the end of the yarn that is attached to the skein. Pull the long end of the yarn through the loop and tighten the knot.
Step #2. Cast row one
Put your slip knot on your right arm and put your left index finger and thumb between the working yarn or the yarn connected to the skein.
Grab the strands of yarn with the rest of your fingers in the left hand, and twist the yarns up.
Using your right hand, grab the yarn in front of your thumb and pull it up. Reach through the loop and grab the end of the yarn in front of your left index finger.
Pull the yarn through the loop and slip your right hand through. Repeat these steps until you have at least ten loops on your arms.
Step #3. Work on the rows
Pull the tail of your yarn to the side and grab the working yarn with your right hand. Wrap your yarn around the front of your thumb.
Working from the bottom up, fold your hand around the working yarn to form a fist.
Using your left hand, pull the stitch of yarn on your right wrist over the other that is holding the working yarn. Drop the stitch and slip your left hand through the working yarn.
Pull tight, but not too tight, to allow the yarn to slide on your wrist. Repeat until everything is transferred to your other arm.
Your stitches will alternate from your right to your left arm, so repeat the process until you have the length or size you desire.
Remember to have at least four yards of yarn left to bind off your blanket.
Step #4. Bind off
Put all your stitches on your left arm and create two more stitches on your right arm. Drop your working yarn, and with your left hand, grab the stitch that is closest to your elbow on your right arm and pull it over the other stitch.
Pick up the working yarn and knit another stitch on your right arm. Repeat the process until all stitches are off your left arm, save for the last stitch.
Remove the last loop and pull to make a large loop. Measure four inches on the working yarn and cut. After, you can pull the working yarn up through the loop and pull tight like a knot.
Step #5. Finishing the blanket
Lay the blanket out flat. With the working yarn, pull the blanket under the first line of stitches from where you see the first “V” and pull the yarn all the way through.
Find the first stitch on your blanket, on the left side. Pull the yarn underneath, all the way through.
At the end of the last row of yarn, cut around seven inches off the tail. Pull through the final loop and discreetly weave the end into the backside of the blanket.
How Do I Use Thin Yarn For Arm Knitting?
You can use different methods in making your own chunky yarn from thin yarns. You can choose to knit single crochet strands, use multiple strands, or make a center-pull cord.
Use a single crochet strand
Make a chunky yarn strand by crocheting one. You only have to crochet a chain as long as you can.
Come back at the beginning and single crochet the first row of your blanket, which should give you a strand about a quarter of an inch thick.
Use multiple strands
You can increase or decrease the thickness of the yarn simply by adding strands. You can use different colors and get creative with this idea.
However, the problem with this technique is that the blanket could look a bit stringy, so you may want to twist the strands together before starting your blanket project.
Make a center-pull cord
The center-pull cord is easy to make. Simply make a loop with the yarn and grab the yarn through the center to make another loop.
This project is easy enough if you know how to arm knit a blanket with thin yarn. A good aspect of this project is that you only need yarn, your arms, and probably a pair of scissors to put everything together.
Take your time and enjoy creating your blanket. This arm-knitted blanket is a great project to do by yourself or with your kids if they are up to it.