Hello! I’m eagerly waiting my publication date for Knitting Without Needles, which is only 5 days away now! I thought that in honor of that, I would share my five favorite arm knitting patterns from the book. Did you know that there are 30 patterns and projects in this book? Yes, 30!! First, that made it difficult to narrow it down to five. Second, and even better, there are so many gorgeous things to choose from in this book, any maker will find lots of things to be delighted by! Here’s a link to order if I had you at hello!
Like most things I teach you how to do here on the blog, the book has very detailed instructions and step-by-step photographs for everything! I have done this both for how-to arm knit, the advanced techniques, and also for each and every project. An arm knitting newbie will definitely be able to make the things shown here and in the book!
It was so hard to narrow down, but here they are, my Top Five Arm Knitting Patterns! Oh, and before I forget, if you order before September 1st you get a big bonus (including a video tute) – more on that here!
1) Faux Sheepskin. Sigh, I love the gorgeous faux sheepskin above (okay, and the loft it was shot in!). The inspiration for this was fueled by an obsession to have a version of a sheepskin that was made from yarn alone. For those that don’t like the idea of an animal skin, this is a stylish replacement. I adore its cozy feel and look. It adorns my favorite chair even as I write this! Details on the pattern are on Ravelry.
2) Color Block Scarf. This color-block scarf has a different feel that the common arm knit cowl. I wanted it to feel floaty and light, which it is, but I also wanted it to bring the drama. You don’t need to make it this long if you don’t want to, but I feel super fabulous sporting it this way. I wear this item from the book most regularly. Ravelry details here.
3) Oversized (Floor) Pillows. Chunky knit pillows exude softness and luxury. This is a basic pillow pattern with both a color blocked version and a textured, seed stitch version. I wrote these arm knitting patterns with instructions to make it any size you want. So, whether you want it enormous or tiny, you’ll easily have a lush arm knit pillow to fall back on each and every night! Ravelry details here.
4) Purl Side Tote. This bag is simply stunning. I carried it out the other day and received so many compliments, I came home glowing. I made the bag big, but the directions show how to make any size bag you want! I love how graphic this is and the leather handles add just the right touch! Details on Ravelry here.
5) Lace Pillows. This is my answer to those nay-sayers that claim that arm knitting is one-dimensional and ugly. I beg to differ. I think these lace pillows are gorgeous (if I do say so myself!). Not only do they look amazing, the best thing is you can make them super fast! I show you how to do it in the book step-by-step so no need to be afraid of this project! Ravelry details here.
In addition to these five, there are other incredible arm knitting patterns and projects like a rope rug, an enormous floor pouf (more on that later), three different hats, and a cabled blanket! So go order Knitting Without Needles now, while you can still get the bonus. You know you want to see me video teaching you how to make this hat and get the two bonus projects.
I haven’t left finger knitting in the dust – more on that this weekend! Also, if you want to join my Knitting Without Needles Ravelry group, I’d love it if you joined us!
If you’re curious about the photography and styling, here’s the story. While I acted as Creative Director, photographs were taken in two different locations. In Utah, photography is by Jessica Peterson, with Brittany Jepsen styling. In New York, photographs are by Lucy Schaeffer with Pam Morris styling. They and their assistants are talented, patient, kind and amazing to work with! Thank you for making my book beautiful!!