Sunday, January 12, 2014

Arm Knit T-shirt Yarn Cowl

Arm knitting has been all the rage on Pinterest and after seeing some cool projects, I decided to give it a try. 

This was perfect project to use up some of my extra T-shirt yarn from the crocheted T-shirt rugs. See the diagram to the left for instructions on how to make T-shirt yarn. I used two T-shirts for this yarn. I plan on cleaning out my closets and repurposing a lot of T-shirts into these comfy scarfs. They make fast, inexpensive, easy, and beautiful gifts as well!

How to make T-shirt yarn
Arm knitting was pretty intuitive to me and I just started right up without any tutorials. However, even beginning knitters find this project accessible (see The Pinning Mama's scarf here) and numerous video tutorials can be found (Simply Maggie's excellent tutorial is here and and updated version with a cast off here).

Cast on 10
Arm knit until scarf is ~40" long
Cast off, leaving ~20" long tail
Use tail to seam the cast off edge to cast on edge creating an infinity scarf

It was fun looping the stitches over my arms and transferring from one arm to another to add rows. The scarf grew so fast, it only took me about 30 minutes from cast on to cast off. Check out the pictures below taken during the process. It was especially difficult to get pictures while knitting, the two shown were the most successful attempts at me setting a timer and wedging the camera under my chin. 

My scarf was long enough to wear open or wrap once around my neck. It is super warm and comfy and I can't wait to make more!

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