Arm Knitting: How To Knit An Infinity Scarf In Just 30 Minutes

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Yesterday I stumbled upon this awesome arm knitting DIY project via Pinterest: a knitted scarf in 30 minutes. The blog post is in Finnish but it’s easy to get the idea by the pictures Katja provides on her blog.

Not only the finished item looks pretty beyond limits, it’s also a really quick project to knit which makes it into a perfect last minute knitted gift! No wonder I instantly started to play around to find out how arm knitting is done and what is achievable using this technique.

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Arm knitting works like usual knitting, except that your arms are used instead of knitting needles. It took me a few minutes to get used to, but once I got my hands ready to do both tasks – holding the stitches and knitting, actually – it went smoothly.

I managed to finish the infinity scarf shown below in under 30 minutes, actually!

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It’s been worked using four strands of yarn (2x DK white silk, 1x Rowan Kidsilk Haze and 1x grey sock yarn) held together.

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The texture was a little bit too loose for me so I decided to do a mere hand knitting instead of arm knitting at my second attempt just to achieve a little tenser knitting gauge.

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This looks like a technique I need to explore further. I really fancy the finished objects and can’t wait to wear my new arm knitting infinity scarf!

In case you need help with this technique, DIYnCrafts.com features a comprehensive compilation of tutorials on arm knitting.

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What color combinations would you like to use? And which materials?

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Friday Freebie Pattern Poll: Free Knitting Patterns For Shawls

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Which free shawl pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for shawls to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Ester, Hannah und Dora.

 

Ester shawl knitting pattern

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Friday Freebies: Herzicolor (Free Knitting Pattern For Socks)

Every Wednesday, the upcoming free pattern of the week is posted on my Instagram (@jriedeknits) and Twitter (@jriedeknits) – feel free to follow me for previews!

Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern for socks is Herzicolor, a knitting pattern for a pair of socks featuring various little hearts patterns worked in two colors (stranded).

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You can download the free Faroese sock knitting pattern here in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely alpine knit stockings, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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Friday Freebie Pattern Poll: Free Knitting Patterns For Socks

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Which free shawl pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for shawls to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Himbeeren, Nano Flowers and Herzicolor.

Free Knitting Patterns For Socks

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Vote here for your preferred free knitting patterns for socks to be featured in this week’s Friday Freebie!

Which pattern should be the next Friday Freebie?

  • Herzicolor (38%, 5 Votes)
  • Little Aliens (31%, 4 Votes)
  • Nano Flowers (31%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Kulturelle Landpartie 2015: A Weekend In Wendland

We spent this weekend in Wendland at Kulturelle Landpartie – more or less spontaneously, and discovered that internet coverage via cell phone is quite hopeless there. Sorry for the inconvenience! The good news is we had lots of fun, visited interesting exhibitions and met lots of lovely people.

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Most of our time we spent at the exhibition of Steve Moore at Seedorf.

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He shares space in an old barn with a stork, a blackmith (Jo Fechner) …

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… a painter and a lovely lady who creates weird but beautiful artwork with Barbie dolls. Like the Sleeping Beauty who met bed springs shown below.

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We enjoyed Saturday evening at Seedorf listening to a boring live band in the barn…

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… but as soon as the band stopped and the DJs took over we enjoyed ourselves dancing, drinking wine and chatting. (Yes, I have been dancing too. Unbelievable, as they did not play pretty punk music. Could eventually have been the red wine influence, who knows.)

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On Sunday, we finally managed to get out of Seedorf and stumbled upon a beautiful fine arts exhibition in a small village near Tramm – guess it was Jameln as far as I remember.

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Finally I found something I would have liked to buy there: the painting shown below. I really can see her pointing at my bed. The artist’s name is Mara Mattuschka – a pity I cannot afford to buy art in this price class (not to speak about my current lack of free wall space – but that’s a different story).

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Can’t remember the name of the artist who created the lovely paintings below, I’m sorry.

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Guess next weekend you can find me at Meuchefitz.

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Kulturelle Landpartie 2015 is open until May 25th. See you there!

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Friday Freebies: The Life Of A Tree (Free Shawl Knitting Pattern)

Every Thursday, the upcoming free pattern of the week is posted on my Instagram (@jriedeknits) and Twitter (@jriedeknits) – feel free to follow me for previews!

Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! The free pattern poll this week had a clear winner. We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is Bea, a knitting pattern for a Faroese lace shawl featuring various lace motifs worked from top down.

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You can download the free Faroese shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free shawl knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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Shawl Design In Plain English 2015 Edition & Schedule Update

Due to family reasons I had to change the schedule for the shawl design course a little. There are three major topics left: vortex shawls, shawls with slits and the really exotic shapes.

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The updated schedule is as follows:

  • Vortex Shawls: June 9th
  • Shawls With Slits: June 12th
  • Exotic Shapes: June 16th

I bet you are all busy with the shapes we dealt with so far anyway, aren’t you? 😉 So hopefully the shawl design schedule update does not affect you too much. I’m really sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

There will be a book based on this series which practically will replace my book Shawl Design In Plain English (2012 edition). Everybody who purchased this book will get a free copy of the upcoming 2015 edition. You will be notified!

Have a nice day,

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Friday Freebie Pattern Poll: Free Knitting Patterns For Shawls

Last week, The Life Of A Tree made the race in the poll for our #fridayfreebie. Which free shawl pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for shawls to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Bea (from the book Beaded Shawls), Judith (from Beaded Shawls, too) and Susanne.

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The Bea shawl knitting pattern
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The Judith shawl knitting pattern
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The Susanne shawl knitting pattern

Vote here for your preferred free knitting patterns for stockings to be featured in this week’s Friday Freebie!

Which pattern should be the next Friday Freebie?

  • Bea (54%, 7 Votes)
  • Judith (23%, 3 Votes)
  • Susanne (23%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Shawl Design: Winged Shawls (Elongated Triangles)

Feeling lost? Find the course schedule here or have a look at the overview of all shapes covered in the course.

Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are winged shawls, also known as elongated triangle shawls.

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Winged shawls are based on triangle shawls. The wings are formed by adding additional stitches at the lower ends of the shawl (when working top down – on the upper side when working bottom up, of course). The more stitches you add per row, the more of a wing you get and the more spiral-like and rounded inwards the wing end becomes.

To create a winged shawl, follow the pattern for a triangle shawl first, then add your additional stitches when approaching the end. An example pattern template for a winged shawl worked from center neck down is given below.

Pattern Template: Winged Shawl

  • Work a Triangle Shawl (Center Neck Down) until shawl is of desired size to start the wings.
  • Next row (RS): Sl1 wyb, work 3 sts in seed stitch, slm, YO, m1 (wing increase stitch), k to next marker, YO, slm, work N sts in center panel pattern, slm, YO, k to next marker, m1 (wing increase stitch), YO, slm, work in seed stitch to end. (Increase more stitches near the wing increase stitches to form stronger wings!)
  • Next row (WS): Sl1 wyf, work 3 sts in seed stitch, slm, p to next marker, slm, work N sts in center panel pattern, slm, p to next marker, slm, work in seed stitch to end.
  • Continue in this manner until shawl is of desired size, then work a few rows of garter stitch edging and bind off all sts loosely. Block gently.

Easy, isn’t it?

Our next topic is going to be vortex shawls. Check back soon if you enjoyed this article!

Happy knitting,

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Thank You!

Just a short note to say thank you to all of you for your interest in yesterday’s #fridayfreebie. The traffic was overwhelming in a very positive sense!

As you have probably noticed this site is enabled by pattern sales and advertising. I want to say thank you to everybody who showed interest in my advertising partners by clicking yesterday, too. It helps me keeping this project alive and it is really appreciated.

Happy knitting everybody!

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