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Adventures in Arm Knitting with Britney and Jess

Ever since Anne Weil's stunningly beautiful book Knitting Without Needles hit the Fancy Tiger shelves, there has been a huge surge in fantastic chunky knits coming through the store. Britney and Jess made two different variations of the same plump arm knit cowl, and we absolutely adore them both!

Even Jamie got in on the fun with a little impromptu arm knitting meet up. Jess was spearheading the project since she was already a seasoned professional.

Britney's Extra Long Arm Knit Cowl

Pattern: Infinity Cowl by Anne Weil from her book Knitting Without Needles
Yarn: 4 skeins of Madelinetosh ASAP in Tart
Modifications: Kept going until skeins ran out

When we got Knitting Without Needles in, I fell in love with this giant wrap-around cowl. It took me two tries to figure out arm knitting. The first try ended in a LOT of twisted stitches, but I quickly learned from my mistakes and just as quickly had a jumbo squishy cowl completely finished and wrapped around my neck. So satisfying! I bought 4 skeins of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P., held all 4 strands together, and knit until I ran out of yarn. Easy peasy! While I will absolutely be keeping this beauty for myself, I will certainly keep this quick project in mind as a last minuet gift idea.

I freaking love this cowl! I've worn it every day since I made it because it's the coziest of all the cozies. I love wearing this with absolutely everything wrapped three or even four times! I'm not really know for my warm blooded nature so I am definitely pleased to have this wonderfully warm accessory to wear during the cold Colorado winter.

Jess's Half Sized Arm Knit Cowl

Pattern: Infinity Cowl by Anne Weil from her book Knitting Without Needles
Yarn: 2 skeins of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. in Faded Parka
Modifications: I casted on 9 stitches so I could wrap it twice and held 4 strands together!

I recently visited Tokyo and basically was in craft overload the whole time! I went to the Habu Textiles store (Avril) in Kichijoji, Tokyo and I lost my mind. They had so many samples that were finger knit, finger crochet and arm knitted. I immediately bought a book and taught myself how to finger knit and fell in love instantly. When I got back, I saw Britney's amazing arm knit cowl and had to make one!!! SO I DID! As much as I loved the oversized look of Britney's massive scarf, I decided that I wanted something a little smaller for mine. I just got two skeins of yarn and knit from the inside tail and the outside tail of each ball while still holding 4 strands together. The results were perfection.

It's no secret that Madelinetosh yarn is one of my favorites. I just love the bright amazing colors they offer. I have never worked with A.S.A.P. before and I picked a color that was new to me as well! I am proud of myself for not picking the brightest color available... although... edison bulb would make a pretty magical cowl too....

I will be wearing this cowl all winter! I will definitely pick to wear my cowl over my coat on days that are too warm for both, with a double wrap for a delightful neck hug when it's really chilly out. It's such an eye catching accessory. Those big stitches are so dreamy!

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