Monday, February 2, 2015

Arm Knitting -- Infinity Scarf

Arm Knitting an Infinity Scarf

Dad and I were talking about cool crafty things that I could do and he mentioned arm knitting as something he did "back in the day" for a school project. I looked it up and found a video for arm knitting an infinity scarf in 30 minutes or less. It seemed pretty cool and I had been wanting to make a scarf for a while and just never got around to it. 30 minutes seemed quick enough, so I decided to try it!

... so soft ... so fluffy ...

I used 2 skeins of Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky Graphite yarn. I doubled up, just like in the video and spent about 10 minutes tightening and then loosening my base row (?), I was worried that I would end up doing them too tight and then not be able to get the loops back over my hand and on to my other wrist. Or, worse yet, they would be so tight that I ended up cutting off circulation and had to cut them off my wrist! (What a waste of perfectly good yarn!)

Once I got that first row as tight as I felt comfortable with it being, I found that it was surprisingly easy to do the next few rows. 15 minutes later ...

Almost 30 mins and this is how far we are ... /cry

... And I have 4 rows complete. At this point, I am just a little bit discouraged. I have also realized that there is no way I can get these things off my wrist now that I've started and that I am now committed to finishing the entire project in one go. Short attention span is not helping me right now. Another 20 minutes and I have just a bit more done and it is actually starting to looking to look like a scarf.

I think I'm finally getting the hang of this ... right?

Okay, I say just a bit more and what I really mean is "Are we done yet?" because I have now started to scratch the back of my hands while transferring the loops from wrist to wrist. It's almost like being attacked by your cat in the same spot over and over. Not fun. However, I am resolved to finishing this project and power through the rest of the rows!

Scarf before I whip stitch the two ends together.

 And voila! A 30 minute project actually took about 2 hours. I am new at knitting, in general, so that could have something to do with it, or maybe it was that I kept getting distracted by the Gilmore Girls and Jared Padalecki's super cuteness and baby moose hair. :D Anyways, I used the last couple feet of yarn to cast off and the tail of the slip knot to make this super long scarf into an infinity scarf.

Dad wearing his new scarf.

And now, just the scarf (because it has a bit of an ego). ;)

Not bad for my first try! I will be making 2 more; one for my Aunt and another for my Grandmother, so I'll post those up once I get them done.

Next post will be DIY Paracord Bracelets, thanks for reading!

~ Kimiko of Andromeda Crafts