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Arm & Finger
Knitting 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear
© CICO Books 2015 contents Introduction 4 Tools and materials 5 Arm knitting techniques 6 Finger knitting techniques 16 Finishing touches 19 Making your own T-shirt yarn 22
FINGER KNITS for the home Tea-time table set 76
ARM KNITS for the home
Nautical sailor knot pillow 79
Color pop scatter pillows 26
Hanging hearts 84
Comfy stool topper 28
Handy storage tubs 86
Cozy striped throw 31
Pom pom garland 90
Bolster pillow 34 Seamed square blanket 36 Two-tone tote 38 Twisted stitch lap blanket 40 Pom pom lampshade cover 42 Seed stitch throw 44 Tea cozy 46 Woven pillow 48 Travel blanket 50
Spiral bath mat 82
FINGER KNITS to wear Big bow headband 94 Layered loop necklace 96 Floral corsage brooch 98 Color-block clutch purse 101 Stack ’em up bangles 104 Beaded leather necklace 106 Linked up scarf 108
ARM KNITS to wear
Infinity scarf 54
T-shirt yarn bolero 56
Hand-warmer muff 58 Raspberry ripple shawl 60 Simple wrap gilet 62 Hooded scarf 64 Multi-wear button scarf 66 Stylish capelet 68 Fashion cowl 70 Quick beanie hat 72
arm knitting techniques Knitting without needles is simple once you know how, but here are some tips to help you along. One of the things I love most about arm knitting is not only how quickly you can complete bold statement projects, but how quick it is to learn. Before you know it the fluid motions for creating the stitches will flow easily!
Long-tail casting on The majority of arm knitting projects will use the long-tail method of casting on; this involves taking a length of yarn
1 The starting point of the foundation or cast-on stitches is
from the ball and using this to create the foundation
to create a slip knot. Begin by drawing out a length of yarn
stitches. The long-tail method will give a strong and sturdy
from the ball; youâ€™ll need approximately 1â€“2 forearm
base to the stitches from which you will be knitting.
lengths per ten stitches to be cast on.
2 With the length of yarn (the yarn tail) drawn from the
3 Slide the slip knot over your right hand and onto your wrist,
ball, make a loop by taking the working yarn (the yarn on
adjusting the yarn to make the slip knot sit snugly on the
the side of the ball) over the yarn tail. Reach through the
wrist. The two ends of the yarn will be hanging from your
loop to take hold of the working yarn and draw it through,
wrist, arrange them so that the yarn tail sits to the left-hand
hold this section firmly while drawing up on both the yarn
side and the working yarn sits to the right-hand side. With the
ends to fasten the slip knot into place.
yarns in this position you will be ready to cast on the stitches.
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4 Pass the yarn tail over the palm of your left hand, looping
5 Pass your right hand under the lower loop on your palm
over your thumb. The yarn tail will be the lower section of
and over the upper loop.
this loop and will sit closer to your wrist.
6 Take hold of the working yarn and draw your hand back
7 This loop will become the stitch. Once it has passed over
through the loop over your left palm.
the loop on your palm, slide it over your right hand and onto your wrist.
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This simple blanket features a handy pocket into which the whole thing can be folded and stowed away. It also doubles up as a comfy pillow—ideal for travel!
• Sirdar Faroe (100% merino wool) super chunky yarn: 6 x 1¾ oz (50 g) balls—approx 47 yd (43 m) per ball—of shade 0398 Meadow (A)
Approximate size: 50 in. long x 40 in. wide (127 cm x 101.5 cm)
• Rowan Big Wool (100% merino wool) chunky yarn: 4 x 3½ oz (100 g) balls—approx 87 yd (80 m) per ball—of shade 061 Concrete (B)
time to make You can make this project in three hours
Double check the size of the pocket by folding the two sides of the blanket into the center then folding in half—the pocket needs to be large enough to cover this surface area. To form a pillow, fold the side sections of the blanket in toward the middle and fold in half before tucking inside the pocket.
travel blanket Blanket With two strands of A and two strands of B held together
making up and finishing
(four strands in total), draw out five arm lengths for the
With the blanket wrong side uppermost, place the pocket
long-tail cast-on, and cast on 20 sts.
section on top with the wrong side also uppermost. Align
Knit 24 rows.
the cast-on edge of the pocket with the cast-on edge of
Bind (cast) off.
the blanket, centering the pocket on this lower section of the blanket. Using the yarn tails, sew around the two sides
and the base of the pocket to attach this to the blanket.
With two strands of B, draw out three arm lengths for the
Leave the upper section (that points to the center of the
long-tail cast-on and cast on 15 sts.
blanket) of the pocket unstitched. Weave in all the yarn tails to finish.
Knit 9 rows. Bind (cast) off.
itches and g on more st in st ca by t anke se the size Upsize this bl ber to increa em m re t bu ket, and e rows— working mor e a larger blan at od m m co to ac of the pocket rn. allow extra ya
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hand-warmer muﬀ Beat the chill with this fun retro hand-warming muff, working with fashion and fun fur yarns to create a striking accessory.
• Lion Brand Imagine (40% acrylic, 30% wool, 30% nylon) super chunky yarn: 3 x 1½ oz (40 g) balls—approx 8 yd (7 m) per ball— of shade 314 Purple Haze (A)
Approximate size: 10 in. (25 cm) wide
• Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick (88% acrylic, 12% polyester) super chunky yarn: 1 x 8 oz (227 g) ball—approx 160 yd (146 m) per ball—of shade 437 Dove (B) • Lion Brand Fun Fur (100% polyester) chunky yarn: 1 x 1¾ oz (50 g) ball—approx 63 yd (58 m) per ball—of shade 98 Ivory (C)
time to make You can make this project in an afternoon
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arm knit muﬀ Muff Knit 9 rows.
making up and ﬁnishing
Bind (cast) off.
Place the outer muff and the lining together with wrong
The yarn tail will be approx. 100 in. (245 cm). Do not cut
sides facing. Use the yarn tails from the lining to join the
this as it will be used for seaming, and making the
lining to the outer muff section at both of the short ends in
turn. Use the long length of yarn tail from the outer section
With A, draw out four arm lengths and cast on 8 sts.
of the muff to join the seam along the length of the muff
using mattress stitch (see page 20), being sure to secure
With two strands of B and two strands of C held together
both the lining and the muff outer in the seam. The lining
(four strands in total), draw out six arm lengths for the
section will roll outward to create fur-lined openings at
long-tail cast-on and cast on 10 sts.
both of the short ends. Create the neck strap by folding the remaining length of
Knit 8 rows.
yarn tail into three and neatly braiding (plaiting.) Knot it on
Bind (cast) off.
the opposite side of the muff to secure the neck strap in place to finish.
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ÂŠ CICO Books 2015 TIP Be sure not to get in a tangle when knitting with fun fur by dividing the ball into two separate, equal balls before beginning.
Create beautiful throws, covers, and more for the home in no time
• • Finger knit your own necklaces, bangles, and storage tubs • All the projects are quick to knit and lots of fun! Make open-textured scarves, shawls, and a bolero to wear
35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear, by Laura Strutt. Published by CICO Books 2015