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From Crochet to Arm Knitting – Adventures with Yarn

By on November 11, 2014

My first yarn adventure was learning to crochet. My crochet adventure began when I was 11 years old along with most of the other kids in my neighborhood thanks to a friend’s mom and her “talent” for keeping the neighborhood kids entertained and out of trouble. Without telling my age, remember that we didn’t always have cell phones, video games, mp3 players, computers and cable television. We played outside, rode our bikes and played group games to entertain ourselves. Crochet lessons that summer became our afternoon group activity. We would meet in my friend’s backyard after lunch, sitting in the shade, watching my friend’s mother demonstrate how to crochet. This group included both boys and girls, young and older kids all together with a common goal . . . chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, granny square. We learned to roll that rug yarn into a ball that fit into the empty coffee can with a plastic lid and a hole about the size of a quarter in the middle for the yarn to pull out through (this kept our yarn ball clean and not rolling loose). We all made granny squares using both black and white yarn and I remember laughing and talking and having a great time learning to crochet that summer. I remember making a rug for my bedroom and hot pads for my mom and then I didn’t crochet for many years. I have picked up my crochet hooks from time to time through the years making ponchos, baby blankets, afghans, and other popular items. I learned to read patterns, make more complicated stitches and different types of yarns. I can say that learning to crochet is something I have never forgotten and have used throughout my life. From time to time a new fashion fad comes on trend and I like to give it a try and see what I can make.  Anyone remember broomstick crochet? Here comes my newest yarn adventure . . . arm knitting. I saw some posts on facebook showing the funky, chunky scarves and cowls that people were making and went to YouTube to watch some videos and learn how to do this new fun method using your arms and no knitting needles or crochet hooks at all. I have made a lot of these scarves now and am adding them to my accessory section in my shop. The arm knitting gives a bulky loose loop texture to the scarves and resembles a fishing net when stretched out on the back side.

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Arm Knitting resembles fishing net texture

 

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

Napa Valley Pinot

Napa Valley Pinot

Union Square

Union Square

Honolulu Pink

Honolulu Pink

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Oatmeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures are just a sample of the scarves I have “arm knitted” and have listed in my shop.  Check them out Arm Knitted Scarves in my shop, cherylsjewelryboutique.com

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