Story by Melanie Leach
In recent months, arm knitting has become a new hobby for those who love DIY projects.
Arm knitting is similar to knitting with needles, but a person uses his or her wrists and hands to weave the yarn into a new project.
The stitches are much looser than those found in knitting with needles, but the process takes less time, which makes it appealing to young adults.
These young people say they are drawn to this hobby because of the affordability and simplicity.
It takes about 30 minutes to make a scarf, and it is “exactly like regular knitting except you use your arms as needles. Stitches are larger, which makes it take a lot less time and adds to the overall design of the finished product,” said Drake University student Mary Jo Elder.
Knitters find the skill easier because, “It’s on a larger scale, and it is really easy to correct if (a person) misses a stitch,” Elder said.
Arm knitting may even help older women who used to knit with needles continue to complete projects. Those who have had arthritis in the hands enjoy the art of knitting once again.
First-year Sam Olea said she can believe arm knitting will become a new pastime.
“The use of needles (will) begin to diminish,” Olea said. “Girls our age will not know how to use needles or want to buy them. Arm knitting is an innovative way to make scarves.”
Olea said she believes this type of knitting will become more appealing because of the time it takes to craft.
Although there are several options for arm knitting, including blankets and sweaters, the most common product is the infinity scarf. A scarf that can be found at Target for $20 can be made for less than $10.
Elder encouraged those who want to learn the skill to begin with online tutorials on video-sharing sites such as YouTube.
“It is really rhythmic, so once people get the hang of it, they are able to do it very easily,” Elder said.
Elder, a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, is considering teaching arm knitting as a fellowship project, as it’s easy to teach and learn.