HOW TO MAKE AN ARM KNIT POUFFE
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.
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.
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
With the WS facing, use the long yarn tail and your hands to weave a running stitch along one of the