Beginner Arm Knit Blanket Tutorial

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Learning to arm knit a blanket is an economical and rewarding  way to obtain one of these trendy home decor staples. And, bonus, this tutorial is easy enough for a beginner!

Have you been eyeing those cushy, gorgeous, chunky blankets like I have?  For two years I have wanted to make one!   In fact, I bought my yarn last summer and finally was able to make it happen- six months later.

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As for my knitting experience, I made two tiny sweaters sixteen years ago when I was expecting my first baby.  And by “sweaters” I mean, I made a square for the back with six rectangles that I stitched together to make sleeves and front flaps.

Does anyone remember that baby sweater on the front of the Martha Stewart Baby magazine? Yeah, I made two of those.

My mother-in-law, sat with me at our cabin over Christmas break and helped me every time I dropped a stitch, which was a lot.

I remember nothing but the words “casting on and casting off”, so let’s just say, I qualify as a beginner.  In fact, my venacular is probably going to get corrected by seasoned knitters in the comments.

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The good news is -I am your guinea pig. And if I can do this project, SO CAN YOU!

Beginner Arm Knit Blanket Tutorial


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Inspired by this post/video from Simply Maggie.

  • Knitting is very difficult to describe in writing, so I went ahead and did a Youtube video for you.

I am so pleased to have finally made one of these arm knit chunky blankets!

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 And my mother-in-law didn’t have to help me at all.

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There has already been an announcement at my house that this particular blanket will never be on the floor and never leave my room!

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My girls are already scheming about making their own and keeping them in their rooms.

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  1. karen
    February 23, 2018 / 12:40 PM

    Love the blanket! I might give it a try.
    I am an email subscriber and I love the barn mug!

  2. Pat Miller
    February 23, 2018 / 12:47 PM

    Blanket looks warm and cozy! I am a subscriber and like the morning latte cup. It was a hard choice!

  3. Colleen
    February 23, 2018 / 12:58 PM

    This is so exciting Sarah! Can’t wait to check it out the! I am a subscriber and I like the rooster cup.

  4. Susann Hodges
    February 23, 2018 / 1:01 PM

    Very grateful I’m a subscriber because I absolutely can’t wait to “test my knitting arms” on blanket making. Looks so cozy! I’ll place my chunky blanket around my shoulders in the morn as I sip my herbal tea — from the rooster “alarm” mug, IF I happen to get selected. Love this blog!

  5. Kim
    February 23, 2018 / 1:02 PM

    I am a subscriber and am going to make this chunky throw with my granddaughter over spring break! Throws are her weakness. I can’t wait! I love the Rooster mug!

  6. Chrissy Gandy
    February 23, 2018 / 1:05 PM

    The cable knit blanket looks so warm and cozy. My favorite blanket is morning latte cause I can’t go without my morning coffee. I am an email subscriber.

  7. Beth Napp
    February 23, 2018 / 1:06 PM

    I might need to try this! I am an subscriber and I love the farmhouse mug!

  8. Jenifer Scherlin
    February 23, 2018 / 1:13 PM

    Yay, Sarah!! I am a subscriber who CROCHETS!! However, I might still give it a shot!!
    My favorite coffee mug is, of course, the Morning Latte!!

  9. Laura Stroebel
    February 23, 2018 / 1:16 PM

    I am an email subscriber and look very forward to your video’s and just signed up to follow you on instagram! You are always an inspiration. I love the rooster mug!

  10. February 23, 2018 / 1:16 PM

    Yay, Sarah!!! Great job! I just saw your french mattress cushion tutorial, too! PINNED!

    I’m a subscriber, and I love the “Morning Latte” mug! 😉

  11. Kathy Irwin
    February 23, 2018 / 1:19 PM

    I follow you and love the barn mug! Thanks!

  12. February 23, 2018 / 1:45 PM

    WOW! I love what you do. I just watched the video. I’m running out this evening to buy the supplies to get started. Thanks for sharing this fun and functional idea. I am an excited subscriber and I love the barn mug!

  13. Brenda
    February 23, 2018 / 1:46 PM

    Lovely blanket and you did a great job on the tutorial.

    I am a subscriber and love the tractor RUSH HOUR mug. Thanks.

    • Kari McMillan
      February 23, 2018 / 1:58 PM

      My favorite is the Rush Hour. I live in Iowa so it would be perfect.

  14. Sandra
    February 23, 2018 / 2:11 PM

    Excited about your YouTube channel. Congrats Sarah! I am an email subscriber. Love the barn mug – “farm life”. Have a great weekend.

  15. Karen W.
    February 23, 2018 / 2:34 PM

    Yes, I am a subscriber. My favorite mug is the delightful rooster.

  16. Beth Ferrari
    February 23, 2018 / 2:42 PM

    Hi. I am newly subscribed to your blog and I like the tractor mug. I always said “I should have been a farmer”.

  17. Beth Ferrari
    February 23, 2018 / 2:43 PM

    I am newly subscribed and I like the tractor mug!

  18. Jody
    February 23, 2018 / 3:43 PM

    Love the video. Look forward to more!
    Email subscriber.
    Favorite mug is latte.
    I’m blessed to live in an original farmhouse where we raised our 4 children and now 8 grand-darlings run through. Incredible memories for our families!

  19. Eugenia Klassen
    February 23, 2018 / 4:23 PM

    I am a new subscriber and already loving it,especially with this arm knit blanket tutorial!!!! When I seen the title I thought “Really? ARM knit?? There’s gotta be a catch!” So excited I can’t wait to try it! The video is very clear. I would choose the tractor mug.

  20. Nicole Gadsby
    February 23, 2018 / 4:31 PM

    Hello 🙂 I just love your tips and ideas. I am an email subscriber and I’m loving the farm life barn mug.

  21. Kathy Glow
    February 23, 2018 / 4:49 PM

    Love the throw. I would like to try it for sure. I’ve been a subscriber a couple of months now and am enjoying it. Thanks for all you do. Love the Rooster mug. Actually they are all cute.

  22. Jenny Lott
    February 23, 2018 / 5:49 PM

    Love that blanket!!!! I am an email subscriber and I love that Morning Latte mug! 🙂

  23. February 23, 2018 / 5:52 PM

    Sarah –
    Thanks for always keeping your site informative , interesting and fun ! While I have have never been a knitter , I sent my niece your tutorial and I will continue to gain decorating inspiration to keep my home cozy ! That to me is the biggest compliment ! I’d have to say I like the morning latte mug as I cannot survive without my coffee !

  24. Peggy
    February 23, 2018 / 6:48 PM

    Love the blanket! I’m an email subscriber and I love the rooster mug.

  25. Francis Moore
    February 23, 2018 / 7:07 PM

    I am an email subscriber. I like all the mugs. I would probably choose the rooster.

  26. Marj
    February 23, 2018 / 7:36 PM

    I am a subscriber, I love the tractor mug and I love your arm knit blanket!

  27. Amber Martin
    February 23, 2018 / 7:39 PM

    Am a subscriber and I like the Farm Life mug!

  28. Yvonne Dominguez
    February 23, 2018 / 7:50 PM

    I am an email subscriber. I loved your tutorial on the blanket. You explained it well. I wish I had he patience to make one. He he. I love the rooster mug. Happy Friday!

  29. Tanya Hulbert
    February 23, 2018 / 11:06 PM

    Sarah! I’m so impressed as I didn’t know you knew a thing about knitting! I love the baby sweater story! So sweet! I am already an email subscriber (as you know) and I think if I had to choose one I like either the Morning Latte or Farm Life mug! So fun! Your video was really well put together, too. Nice work!

  30. Shelli Adams
    February 24, 2018 / 4:07 AM

    Congratulations on your first video Sarah! My daughter loves to knit and made me a scarf for Christmas. I will show her your blanket! I love your designs. I am an email subscriber and my favorite mug is the Morning Latte.

  31. Fay
    February 24, 2018 / 4:12 AM

    The blanket is beautiful!
    I’m an email subscriber and love all the mugs, but like the barn one best! I think 🙂

  32. Margaret Bucher
    February 24, 2018 / 6:27 AM

    I am a subscriber and I love all of the mugs-but would love the tractor one for my husband would love it! I would love to make the throw, but have tried knitting with very little success, so if you ever want to sell one -let me know. I LOOOOOOOOOVE it!!

  33. Janet
    February 24, 2018 / 12:41 PM

    I am an email subscriber and also love the barn mug. My cover photo is an old barn in my town.

  34. Mary Ann Hohensee
    February 25, 2018 / 5:19 AM

    Heading out to buy the yarn so I’m ready for your video. I am a subscriber and love them all! To choose one would be rooster. Thank you! ?

  35. Allisan Ahearn
    February 25, 2018 / 11:02 AM

    That blanket is beautiful!! I’m a subscriber and would love that barn mug!! Obsessed with barns! Lol

  36. Joan Thorp
    February 25, 2018 / 1:09 PM

    I love your posts, and the blanket looks amazing! I like the Morning Latte or Farm Life mug!
    Thanks oodles!

  37. Juliette Glaviano
    February 25, 2018 / 1:22 PM

    I love your blog and I am an email subscriber. I think I may just have to try my hand at making that blanket. I love all of the mugs but I think the rooster is my favorite or maybe the barn. Hmmmm. Thank you for the chance to win

  38. Sonya B.
    February 25, 2018 / 2:09 PM

    I might have to try to make one of those. I am an email subscriber (happily so) and I love that barn mug since I have an infatuation with barns.

  39. February 25, 2018 / 5:24 PM

    Love the arm blanket throw! I’ve wanted one since first seeing them, but can’t find time for all the projects in progress now! I am a subscriber, and l e all the mugs, but the rooster really appeals to me! Thanks for being the generous person you are ~ it’s fun keeping up with all you do, and are thankful for the generous ways you give of yourself to us.

  40. February 25, 2018 / 5:27 PM

    ???! … LOVE all the mugs …
    … I’M thankful for the generous …

  41. Karen Guest
    February 26, 2018 / 12:42 AM

    Love the rooster mug! I’m a subscriber and am just learning to knit and crochet…thnx!!

  42. Michelle
    February 26, 2018 / 3:04 AM

    He blanket is beautiful and so cozy looking! I am an email subscriber and although it’s a hard choice. I like the rooster mug. : )

  43. Tracy Taylor
    February 26, 2018 / 4:45 AM

    Love love the mugs! My fav is the tractor! My husband retired from John Deer Harvester in East Moline, I’ll. I am an email subscriber!

  44. Sally
    February 26, 2018 / 5:15 AM

    Love the blanket!! I am thinking of making a swatch with three strands of yarn held together to see how well the blanket turns out. I am retired and on a fixed income and have accumulated a sizable stash of yarn over the years.. Yarn hoarder? Maybe.. LOL.. I am a subscriber and love the latte mug.

  45. latanya
    February 26, 2018 / 5:57 AM

    I am an email subscriber. I like the rooster mug.

  46. Karen
    February 26, 2018 / 7:58 AM

    I am an email subscriber and I would love the rooster mug! Thanks!

  47. Kaye
    February 26, 2018 / 8:09 AM

    I wished I could knit, great job!

  48. Shelly
    February 26, 2018 / 9:07 AM

    I am a new subscriber and love your blog. We live on a farm in Illinois and love the barn mug. We rescued our poor barn a few years ago and it looks great now! Thank you.

  49. Linda
    February 26, 2018 / 1:48 PM

    I hope to try to arm knit the blanket! I am one of your blog subscribers and I like the rooster alarm clock mug!

  50. S Spires
    February 27, 2018 / 10:10 AM

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for the tutorial! I am a subscriber and I really like the Alarm Clock mug.
    I do basic knitting (squares and rectangles) but haven’t tried anything this large before. It’s lovely! Have a great day.

  51. Lindsey Young
    February 27, 2018 / 7:13 PM

    I’m an email subscriber and I love the rooster mug!

  52. Jodie Gooch
    February 27, 2018 / 9:40 PM

    Can’t wait to try try this with my daughter! I am an email subscriber and I like the farm life mug.

  53. Lisa Montgomery
    February 28, 2018 / 5:07 AM

    I am a subscriber and pinned your tutorial for the blanket. I definitely want to try it. It’s beautiful! I love all the mugs but the rooster is my favorite.

  54. Patricia Culbreth
    February 28, 2018 / 10:31 AM

    could not possibly pick out my favorite mug. I grew up on a farm and love, love, love, them all. Love old barns, love tractors, love chickens and milk cans. My three sons all have restored old farm tractors and they are beautiful! Nothing like living on the farm and out in the country.

  55. Amelia Wright
    January 6, 2020 / 3:51 PM

    i can not find the pattern where is the pattern?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 8, 2020 / 6:07 AM

      Amelia, there isn’t a pattern. But, if you watch the video, I show how to make it! xoxo

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