2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
How To Knit A Scarf In 30 Min.
The chunky, loopy results may not be your style, but you’ve got to give arm knitters an “A” for creativity. And, apparently the look is trendy in some circles, with boutiques selling the scarves for just under $50. According to a Wall Street Journal article, credit for the craft goes to Italian designer Andrea Brena who turned arm knitting into performance art at a Berlin design festival in 2012.
Since then amateur designers have uploaded tutorial videos on YouTube, and young folks are catching on to an old art with a new twist.
SimplyMaggie.com is the most popular do-it-yourself video site with more than half a million views of arm knitting.
Amanda Bassetti does a good job of making it look easy to arm knit an infinity scarf, but it’s not so easy. The concept seems simple–do the same things with arms as you do with needles. But while your arms are busy being needles, your fingers also have to hold the yarn and create loops, turn it to slip stitches and pull your arm through. Plus, you have to be ambidextrous to go back and forth, right and left.
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