Cool crisp air and knitting go arm-in-arm...

Happy last full day of summer! Here in NH fall officially begins tomorrow morning at 10:21 am. I’m looking forward to adding colorful mums to my gardens and finding the perfect pumpkins and gourds for my porch. I have to admit I hung my burlap wreath on the door at the lake on Monday—just couldn’t wait any longer.

When I think of fall, I picture myself cuddling under a warm knit blanket enjoying some fresh apple cider. I love to knit and I’m working on an easy pattern that I want to share with you. But first I have a confession—I started the blanket in the spring, but had to put it away for the summer. It was just too hot to have it sitting in my lap while I knit!

Many beautiful shades of charcoal in this yarn.

Love seeing the texture and pattern created by a simple Garter stitch.

I know you will be intrigued by this knitting project, and guess what… it requires no knitting needles, you use your arms as the ‘needles’! I know is seems odd, but the results are beautiful!

I chose to arm knit the Garter Stitch Blanket Pattern by Anne Weil. The pattern and material list can be found in, Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting. I started with a free trial at Creativebug and then purchased Anne Weil’s amazing book. I will confess to watching the “how to arm knit “ tutorial on Creativebug MANY, many times. The best advice I received from the tutorial is to keep your wrists close together!

While the yarn specified in the pattern is absolutely beautiful, I chose to substitute with a readily available yarn ‘Wool-Ease Thick and Quick’ by Lion Brand. It can easily be purchased at many local craft and fabric stores. I plan to use 15 skeins of yarn in a Charcoal color—this will allow the blanket to be perfectly sized for cuddling!

I am arm knitting with five strands of yarn simultaneously allowing for the exact thickness and texture I want in the blanket—I started with three strands and worked my way to five. Yes, it’s okay to rip out and start again!!! So far I’ve finished 15 rows and the pattern is looking great!

My goal is to finish this blanket before Thanksgiving. I will keep you updated! If you would like to try a quick arm knitting project, choose a cowl scarf from Anne Weil’s book. Or be adventurous and arm knit the Garter Stitch Blanket Pattern along with me! I love photos, so when you finish your project snap a quick one and send it to me.