How to Arm Knit a (Infinity) Scarf in 30 minutes

I wanted to learn to knit for…ever.  I tried.  I failed.  Then I saw people talking about ARM KNITTING and figured I could try it…I mean, it just uses yarn and your arms…what’s the worst that could happen?

How to Arm Knit a Scarf in 30 minutes or less via

Well….it took me a while to understand.  It took me a LOT of different videos, tutorials and pictures to figure out what the heck I was doing…..but once I had it down, I was an expert!  It is SO simple.

I created a video with step-by-step to show you how to do it..and if you still need more help (like I did) there are step-by-step pics below (but my video is pretty simple to follow from those I had watch it)!

Here’s how to make your Arm Knit Scarf:


You will need TWO balls of bulky yarn.  I always get #6 bulky.  Place the ends together, then pull about 3 ft of extra yarn to create your “tail”.

how to make a slipknot

Create a slip knot.  Place your hand through the slip knot and slightly tighten…not TOO tight!  It needs to be able to slip over your hand!

FirstStitchCreate your first stitches by following the instructions above (click the image to enlarge).  Repeat this as many times as you’d like to create the width of your scarf.  I normally do between 6 to 10 in total.


Here’s the easy part.  With the arm that has your stitches on it, hold your working yarn (the yarn connected to the balls of yarn that are unused).  Pull off one stitch, this is actually two stands of yarn, over the hand that you are holding the working yarn with.  You will create a loop with the working yarn.  Place your opposite hand into the loop and tighten on your arm.

Continue with each stitch until all your stitches are on one hand.  Then continue again.  Repeat this until your scarf is as long as you’d like it to be.

To end your scarf and bind the ends, repeat steps to move two stitches from one arm to the next. Take the stitch you created first and pull it over the next stitch and over your hand.  Tighten up.  Then bring another stitch from one hand to the other and repeat until you get to the end.  To finish off, cut yarn and pull through.

*Optional* If you’d like to create an infinity scarf, use the left over working yarn and tail to sew the ends together.  I have just finger-sewn or if you have a yarn needle you can use that as well.


  1. says

    I started knitting about 2 weeks ago and then I found out about arm knitting and gave it a try. I love it! I made myself an infinity scarf that I can wear all winter long. Great tutorial.

  2. Lillian reyes says

    Thank you so much for showing how to make these I have been watching videos for days and trying to arm knit I followed along with you .you made it so easy with your step by step instructions I have made two so far I love them I am so proud of my self thanks to you .keep up the good work .

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