Learn how to make a beautiful and soft arm knit blanket in less than an hour. I'm sharing a helpful arm knitting video tutorial and where to find the chunky yarn for the DIY blanket!
Would you believe me if I told you I knit a beautiful, soft fluffy blanket in less than an hour before Christmas? It's true! I've tried my hand at arm-knitting before (or "tried my arms"...) when I made this scarf. Here's how I made this beautiful squishy blanket - it's so easy and fun!
This post was first published in January 2016 and has since been updated.
Best yarn for an arm knit blanket
First of all, to get the same voluminous (or non-holey) effect like I did, make sure you use super-thick yarn, doubled.
I found this massive yarn called "Ginormous" by Loops & Threads at Michaels (100 yards/ 91 meters each):
It's regularly $20/skein, but I managed to grab it on sale for half price! 2 skeins made my lap-sized blanket that measures about 36 x 40". If you can't find this yarn, look for something similar - it's a "Super Bulky" yarn at 5-6 WPI (wraps per inch).
Here are some other super bulky yarns you can find on Amazon:
Arm knitting a blanket with chunky yarn
I doubled the yarn when I was arm knitting, so I used both skeins at once. (I held the two yarns together from each skein, and knitted them together as one.) This gave my blanket a nice cushy look with less of a holey look that I've seen in other arm-knitting - I really like it!
Can you knit one with thin yarn?
If you're using a thinner yarn like a worsted weight, you could triple or quadruple the yarn for a similar look.
Easy arm knit blanket tutorial
Want to make one too? Here's the video tutorial I used by Simply Maggie. There's no way I could do a better video than hers - she explains everything so perfectly. My blanket is not quite as long as hers, so if you want to make a larger one buy 4 skeins of the yarn I used.
Let me know if you try your own arm-knit blanket; I'd love to see yours! Don't you think this is just the perfect blanket for a winter living room to cuddle with?
Arm knit blanket step by step - with a fringe!
If you like this arm knit blanket post, you might like my new fringed arm knit blanket tutorial and video! It contains step-by-step instructions for arm knitting as well as a video tutorial. Click here or on the image below to check it out.
Happy arm knitting!