You can knit this giant statement scarf using your arms as the knitting needles!
This long scarf takes any winter outfit to the next level, thanks to a lighter alpaca blend that creates a soft, floaty look. Add a fringe of super-fuzzy suri alpaca to the ends and you have a flirty bohemian yet sophisticated accessory. Experiment with different yarn weights and fibers to create a look that is uniquely you!The best part, this scarf can be made in a matter of hours, by simply knitting on your arms. Like this project? You should visit Anne's blog, Flax & Twine and check out her book, Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting!
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Makes 1 scarf approximately 14" (35.5cm) wide, 96" (244cm) long. Measurements will vary slightly based on your arm size, tension, and yarn choice.
You will need:
Arm Knitting How To PDF (download above)
240 yd (219.5m) of chunky-weight yarn (color A), combining 2 x 20-yard (18.9m) lengths
100 yd (91.4m) of fuzzy worsted-weight yarn (color B), combining 5 x 20-yard (18.9m) lengths
600 yd (548.6m) of chunky-weight yarn (color C), combining 5 x 120-yard (109m) lengths (this would require less if make the scarf shorter)
2 skeins Blue Sky Alpaca Techno in Fame, 120 yd (109m), 13⁄4 oz (50g),
68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extra fine merino (color A)
1 skein Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri in Whipped Cream, 142 yd
(130m), 13⁄4 oz (50g), 67% baby suri alpaca, 22% merino, 11% bamboo (color B)
5 skeins Blue Sky Alpaca Techno in Metro Silver, 120 yd (109m), 13⁄4 oz (50g), 68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extra fine merino (color C)
- Download the "Arm Knitting How To PDF" by clicking on the link above and navigating to the download button.
- Prepare the yarn. Measure five 20-yd (18.9m) strands of color A. Measure two 20-yd (18.9m) strands of color B. Combine and set aside these 7 strands for the first color-blocked section. Repeat this measurement and combination process so you have yarn set aside for the ending color-blocked section.
- Using Arm Knitting How-To PDF, cast on 12 stitches to your right arm with colors A/B, holding all 7 strands together. Knit 5 rows. Trim the working yarn to approximately 8" (20.5cm). Reserve any excess yarn for making tassels later.
- Change colors, switching the working yarn to 5 strands of color C (see Arm Knitting How To PDF).
- Continuing with color C, arm knit until the scarf measures approximately 80" (203cm) or your desired length, keeping in mind there is still a 16" (40.5cm) color-blocked section remaining. End with all of the stitches on your left arm.
- Switch the working yarn back to colors A/B and knit 5 rows. Then bind off all 12 stitches.
- For tassels, cut 16" (40.5cm) strands from any and all remaining yardage of color A and color B yarns. Distribute the strands evenly into 12 piles. Each pile should have 8–10 strands of yarn.
- To make a tassel, fold one pile in half. Thread the folded end through the edge of the scarf, making a loop. Bring the loose ends through the loop. Pull each tassel taut and adjust each knot at the scarf’s edge. Add 6 tassels spaced evenly to each end of the scarf.
- Weave in all loose ends from the knitting and color changes.
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