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arm knitting bookArm knitting has been a surprise (to me, anyway) hit technique in the knitting world for the past six months or more, and it’s become so popular that we’re starting to see books written on the subject. A new book on arm knitting that I really enjoyed is Arm Knitting by Mary Beth Temple.

I liked this one because, in addition to the expected scarf and cowl patterns you can get for free on the Internet, this book branches out into using different stitches, even doing a little shaping, and making a variety of scarves and cowls, yes, but also shawls and capes, which makes this a little more interesting as a collection.

There are also some tips to help you get started (I actually learned the technique from this book so I can assure you it’s sound).

I’m giving away two copies of this book; for your chance to win leave a comment on this post before the end of the day next Sunday, May 4.

Why don’t you let me know if you have ever tried arm knitting and, if you have, how you liked it. And if you’re new to the world of arm knitting check out my roundup of resources and tips for success over at About.

By Sarah White

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58 Comments so far

  1. Debbie Bell on April 28, 2014 12:00 pm

    I would love to learn to do this!!

  2. Vennetta Hayes on April 28, 2014 2:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while!

  3. Colleen Ackiss on April 28, 2014 2:39 pm

    I have tried arm knitting (unsuccessfully) using a set of instructions I found on the internet. It was a hot mess! I have found other instructions which look promising, but haven’t had a chance to try them out. Would love a copy of this book!

  4. Meg K on April 28, 2014 2:47 pm

    I’m new to it & really trying to learn it :) This book would be great to have! Thanks for the chance

  5. meem on April 28, 2014 3:14 pm

    I want to learn!

  6. Melissa on April 28, 2014 3:15 pm

    I would love this book! I’ve made an arm knit cowl :-). I’d love to learn more about it!!

  7. Chris H on April 28, 2014 3:53 pm

    This new craft is really exciting! All ages can cope with it !

  8. Jeanette on April 28, 2014 3:58 pm

    Arm knitting is so much fun. I’d love to be able to make something besides scarves.

  9. Jeanette on April 28, 2014 3:59 pm

    I live arm knitting. Quick and easy. I’d love to be able to make something else besides scarves!

  10. Sumeet on April 28, 2014 4:04 pm

    I have done knitting and I love trying new patterns. Just looking to try and learn something more and interesting in knitting.

  11. Alysha on April 28, 2014 5:55 pm

    Have never tried arm knitting, intrigued!

  12. Mary on April 28, 2014 5:57 pm

    I have resently retired and i’ve made up my mind to learn new things thst i could not do before…working, raising 3 kids on my own…one wit CP…i have been looking for a new project and i think i have found it…yea

  13. Mel on April 28, 2014 6:12 pm

    I’m an arm knitting virgin, I’m dying to have a go, I think it would be a fabulous way to do a quick throw blanket.

  14. Brandy Kaufman on April 28, 2014 6:32 pm

    My daughter and I would like to learn arm knitting this summer!

  15. Monica on April 28, 2014 6:38 pm

    I have tried arm knitting I made myself an infinite scarf with soft thick yarn and it came out great! People have complimented me on it many times and I’m proud of myself because it was my first time! I would love to learn how to do more things with it, and how yarn thickness affects what you are doing!

  16. Linda Davis Siess on April 28, 2014 6:39 pm

    I’m intrigued! A step-by-step tutorial is just what I need, with super-clear instructions. . . so my brain doesn’t panic and freeze (and I’m left with loops and knots of yarn tangled in my fingers!). Eager to try my best to learn!

  17. Jennifer on April 28, 2014 6:54 pm

    Never tried arm knitting but am interested in learning!

  18. Paula Johnson on April 28, 2014 7:41 pm

    I would enjoy learning how to arm knit. It seems like a fun fast way to knit.

  19. Lysa Demorest on April 28, 2014 11:07 pm

    I like that it mentions different stitches for arm knitting instead of having to scroll through videos to find different ones.

  20. Jane on April 29, 2014 12:34 am

    I haven’t tried arm knitting yet, but I did download a really neat thing about throwing an arm knitting party. Thought that might be fun with friends!

  21. Karla S. on April 29, 2014 3:57 am

    I’ve arm knitted several infinity scarves
    using different weight yarns. I like bulky weight (6) yarns but made some with one strand bulky and second strand boutique sashay yarn that turned out great. Would be interested in other stitches and shaping ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  22. G.K. Green on April 29, 2014 5:43 am

    Oh, yes, indeed, I have tried arm knitting … The program chair of our local knitting guild somehow persuaded me a couple of weeks ago that I should lead an interactive session for our early July meeting, and I’ve been trying various approaches to casting on, forming stitches, and binding off since then. This book would be a great help, especially in the area of stitch variety, I think. Thanks for another great giveaway! (Our guild will be donating the two dozen or so scarves that we arm-knit that evening at the meeting to a local back-to-school charity for distribution, incidentally.)

  23. Candace Carnell on April 29, 2014 6:40 am

    I have tried several times I was a child to learn to knit. I’d love learn so it could be something I could do with my mother-in law.

  24. Suzie on April 29, 2014 8:34 am

    Never heard of it until now. Would love to give it a go. :)

  25. Becky on April 29, 2014 9:07 am

    I have friends who have extolled the awesomeness that is arm knitting, but I haven’t tried it myself. I would love to try it with this!

  26. Janetta Dobler on April 29, 2014 9:11 am

    I tried arm knitting once. I got confused and the project didn’t turn out as nice as I had hoped. Would love to win a copy of this book so I can try again!

  27. Eska on April 29, 2014 11:09 am

    I’ve never arm knitted before but it’s something new I am curious about. I have to try it at least once.

  28. Linda Rumsey on April 29, 2014 11:15 am

    I have never tried, but any form of knitting has to be good!

  29. Elaine R on April 29, 2014 11:20 am

    I have tried regular knitting but not arm knitting. I would love to win this book and I’m hoping arm knitting will be easier.

  30. kim on April 29, 2014 11:23 am

    Have tried the cowls, would love to try some different techniques!

  31. Monique on April 29, 2014 11:30 am

    Wow! Would really need this book. Started a recycling business with yarn that I take from sweaters, etc., so this would be handy to have and a great tutoral referal. Thank you for giving us all a chance!

  32. Margay on April 29, 2014 11:35 am

    Never tried it, but it looks interesting.

  33. Julie on April 29, 2014 11:56 am

    I have never tried, but would love to learn and do this with my daughter!!!

  34. Kathrynn on April 29, 2014 12:11 pm

    I haven’t tried arm knitting yet but would love to learn

  35. Karey on April 29, 2014 12:17 pm

    No, I haven’t tried arm knitting…yet! But it’s on my list!

  36. aj on April 29, 2014 12:47 pm

    This sounds fascinating. Something my partner and I can do together while we watch television.

  37. Marla Albertson on April 29, 2014 1:18 pm

    Would love to learn this technique. Looks like a lot of fun.

  38. Patty Jensen on April 29, 2014 1:40 pm

    Perhaps this will be the way I finally learn to knit!! I have not tried this yet, but am anxious to give it a try.

  39. Mary Rokisky on April 29, 2014 2:08 pm

    No I have never tried arm knitting but have just started to learn finger knitting. When I master that arm knitting will be next.

  40. Cindy S on April 29, 2014 2:11 pm

    I have not tried it, but I have looked at some videos. I sure will try it if I win the book!

  41. Theresa on April 29, 2014 2:21 pm

    I am curious how you could stop in the middle of a project and it not get messed up? I would love to see someone actually doing it.

  42. nina d. on April 29, 2014 3:01 pm

    Would love to try my hand, I mean arm, at this!

  43. Patricia Embury on April 29, 2014 7:08 pm

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve watched a video and am looking for more projects to try.

  44. Lori Morton on April 29, 2014 7:27 pm

    Ooooh..definitely want this book to come and live at my house!! lol My friend is teaching me to do this!! Need help! giggle…just not “getting it”…& she just laughs! This book is neeeeded here! :)

  45. smfsprout on April 29, 2014 8:23 pm

    I haven’t tried arm knitting, but it looks like great fun and I would love to give it a shot.

  46. Cindy Dahlgren on April 29, 2014 8:23 pm

    My son loves arm knitting, but we only know how to make scarves. This book would be a neat addition to our crafting library.

  47. Wendy Hatton on April 29, 2014 9:44 pm

    I didn’t realise you could shape and do other stitches with arm knitting. I’d love to see the book and give it a go.

  48. Eden on April 29, 2014 10:27 pm

    Would love to try this!

  49. Dennis Mullins Sr on April 29, 2014 11:39 pm

    Hi, thanks for having the giveaway. I have wanted to try but then I think I don’t know if I can or not. I did learn finger knitting though. I really could use one of the books to give me the confidence to learn.

  50. OHSue on April 30, 2014 12:38 am

    I actually have taught arm knitting at a local craft store. The students just love it and they get to take home a finished project with just one class, something they don’t get to do in my other classes.

  51. gail on April 30, 2014 1:36 am

    I first saw arm knitting on your email, I get each day Craft gossip.com it blew my mind, in the first two weeks I made 20 plus scarves all with different wools such a great craft. Have been teaching everyone I know and strangers too. would love to win the book but as I live in Australia I am not sure I can enter. Not to worry its been so much fun thanks its has been great.

  52. Ann on April 30, 2014 8:23 am

    this would be fun to learn how to do

  53. Bea on April 30, 2014 9:18 am

    I would be fun to try and learn something new!

  54. Cindy Moore on April 30, 2014 11:41 am

    Yes, I made two skinny arm knitted scarves with some of my “art” handspun. They turned out great.

  55. Debbie B on May 1, 2014 8:12 am

    Had my first attempt at arm knitting a few weeks ago. loved it. I just found out how to finger knit too. Would love to win the book

  56. Lee on May 1, 2014 8:26 am

    I have never tried arm knitting – I think It would be a fun thing to try out! thanks!

  57. Vanessa Fasanella on May 1, 2014 9:04 am

    I would love this book, as I am trying to learn to do more with arm-knitting than just the 90-minute cowl I learned.

  58. Cathy on May 2, 2014 10:25 pm

    Looks interesting, something I would like to try.

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