Have you tried arm knitting yet?
I know, I know. At first I passed over this fad like…that is just crazy. But late one night I found myself with a bunch of left over T Shirt yarn, and decided to get a little crazy. And you know what? It was FUN. Like really, really fun!!
What did I have leftover T Shirt yarn for you ask? Well, that I can’t tell you about just yet. But needless to say, I had balls and balls of it after having painstakingly made my own from thrifted T Shirts. And I wasn’t about to let all of that handwork go to waste. So arm knitting it was. And now, I am hooked. Arm knit all the things.
Arm Knit Pillow DIY
Haven’t tried arm knitting yet? Well, prepare to be hooked. Literally – ha! (What, you missed my ‘hands are tied’ joke on Instagram the other day?!). This took me about 1.5 hours to make from start to finish, and I am being extremely generous with my time. It may have taken less, more like an hour. And I am by no means an experienced arm knitter. The other night was my first time trying it…ever. So if I can do it, you can do it.
- 2 Skeins of T Shirt Yarn (or sweatshirt yarn, my new fave). I handmade mine, but you can find it for sale at Walmart.
- Arm Knitting Tutorial, found HERE.
- Pillow Insert
- Darning Needle (Optional)
Arm knit 2 squares, about the same size as your pillow insert. I was using very thick yarn, and was able to do this with 10 stitches. Keep a very long tail on one of your knit squares.
Place the pillow in between your two knit squares, and pin together in various places around the side edges. Slip a darning needle on the end of your tail.
Go back and forth with the needle through the stitches around the side edges of your pillow, securing the two knit squares together all the way around. When finished, simply cut the tail with about 5 – 10″ remaining, and weave it through the pillow to hide the loose end.
In all fairness, you can probably do something way fancier here – like the mattress stitch Anne talks about at Flax & Twine. I was just keeping it simple. Weave that bad boy together any old way you want – so long as one side sticks to the other – and the pillow is held firmly in place in the middle!
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…