HOW TO MAKE AN ARM KNIT POUFFE

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For­get what you thought you knew about chunky yarn – there’s a new girl in town and she’s big­ger and bet­ter than ever. With jumbo yarn, you can arm knit your way to a squidgy new home ac­ces­sory in an af­ter­noon.

There are no nee­dles re­quired for this sim­ple, dumpling-shaped bean­bag, and you only need to be able to knit and purl. Hello, lazy week­end project.

Arm knit­ting

As with knit­ting in the round, arm knit­ting doesn’t re­quire turn­ing the work, as you’re pass­ing the stitches across from the left arm to the right arm and back again with­out turn­ing. This means con­tin­u­ous knit rows form stock­ing stitch. If you de­cide to use knit­ting nee­dles for this project in­stead of arm knit­ting, you’ll need to work a knit row fol­lowed by a purl row and so on in­stead to form stan­dard stock­ing stitch, and the purl rows in the pat­tern will be­come knit rows. Arm knit­ting can be hard work on the arms. If you’d like to take a break at any point, care­fully slide your arm free of the live stitches and thread in a broom han­dle to hold them in place. Cast­ing on Cast on to your left arm. Make a slip knot for the first stitch, then cast on the rest of the re­quired amount of stitches us­ing the thumb method. Knit stitch First row (worked from left arm to right) hold the work­ing yarn with your left hand where it joins the cast on stitches. Use your right hand to pull the near­est stitch

over your left hand, then pull up the loop of yarn in your left hand through the stitch from back to front, cre­at­ing the first stitch of the next row. Turn this first stitch so the work­ing yarn is on the left, then place it on your right arm. Work along the rest of the row in the same way. Sec­ond row (worked from right arm to left) pass the first stitch from your right arm to your left hand, un­twist­ing it. Use your right hand to pull the work­ing yarn through the stitch from back to front, cre­at­ing a new stitch. Turn the stitch so the work­ing yarn flows to the right, then place the stitch on your left arm. Con­tinue along the row in the same way, un­twist­ing each stitch as you go so it sits flat. Work all the fol­low­ing knit rows in the same way as the sec­ond row, swap­ping lefts and rights over if you’re work­ing from left arm to right arm. Purl stitch Pass the first stitch from your right arm to your left hand. Use your right hand to pull the work­ing yarn through the stitch from front to back, cre­at­ing a new stitch. Turn the stitch so the work­ing yarn flows to the right and sits at the front of the work, and then place the stitch on your left arm. Con­tinue along the row in this way. Work all fol­low­ing purl rows in the same way as the sec­ond row, swap­ping lefts and rights over if you’re work­ing from left arm to right arm. Cast­ing off For this de­sign, the cast off is worked from left to right arm. First, work 2 knit stitches from left to right arm, then pass the first stitch over the sec­ond. Work an­other knit stitch from left to right arm, then pass the pre­vi­ous stitch over this. Re­peat un­til the end of the row.

In­struc­tions

The piece is worked flat, then seamed at the back and gath­ered to cre­ate a sphere Cast on 12 sts to your left arm Rows 1-3 k Row 4 p Rows 5-7 k Rows 8-27 re­peat Rows 4-7 five times Row 28 p Cast off, leav­ing a long tail for sewing

Mak­ing up

With the WS fac­ing, use the long yarn tail and your hands to weave a run­ning stitch along one of the

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