Oh boy, it’s cold outside! There have been subzero temperatures and snowstorms here in Minnesota. I’m constantly having to bundle up to venture out to get necessities like milk and coffee. I would rather stay inside and make things: particularly on those blizzardy days. For the DIY this week, I decided to make something soft that’s also great for braving the chilly outdoors. This polar fleece scarf is arm knit to create big, fluffy loops of coziness.
Arm knitting is really easy to do and creates a quick, chunky scarf. The “yarn” is made out of polar fleece which won’t fray or pill. The polar fleece makes a super soft scarf to keep you warm and cozy this winter.
This is everything you need to make a polar fleece scarf:
- 1-1½ yards of polar fleece
- Ruler or clear ruler square (optional)
You could make this scarf from just a yard of polar fleece, but you need ½ a yard for the fringe on either end of the scarf.
First you need to create the polar fleece “yarn”.
Start by folding the fleece in half lengthwise.
Using a ruler mark and cut polar fleece strips about an inch wide. Cut a yard of the fabric into strips.
If you have plaid or striped fleece, you could forego the ruler all together and follow the lines of the print when cutting fabric strips.
Once you have the fabric strips, it’s time to string them all together.
Take an end of a fleece strip and fold it over a bit. Cut a slit in the fold being careful not to cut through the end of the fleece strip. Make slit in both ends of the fleece strip. (You can make slits on every strip now or make them as you go.)
Connect your fleece strips together by threaded the end of one strip through the slit of another strip. Then thread the end of the first strip back through it’s own slit. (See step by step guide above.) Pull to secure the “yarn”.
Now you have a ball of polar fleece “yarn”, and it’s time to start arm knitting.
Holding an end in one hand, measure out your arm span in “yarn”.
Then make a looped knot with the fleece yarn. (Pictured above)
You should have a yarn tail as long as your arm span on one end and the rest of the ball at the end of the other.
It’s time to cast-on.
Put the knotted loop over your arm.
- Wrap the tail yarn around your thumb so you have a loop around your thumb. Keep the yarn with the ball at the end around your index finger.
- Bring your hand under and up through the loop around your thumb
- Grab the yarn that’s around your finger.
- Pull the yarn through the thumb loop.
- Drop the thumb loop.
- Put the finger loop down around your arm.
- Pull loop snug.
- Continue from step 1 until you have 5 stitches casted on your arm.
Now you get to knit.
- Hold the tail of the yarn ball in the hand that your yarn loops are on.
- Pull a loop off your arm and over the yarn you in your hand.
- The yarn in your hand will now be a loop; thread that loop onto your other arm.
Repeat the steps with the rest of the loops on your arm until you have sort of transferred them to the other arm. Use the same steps with the other side. Keep going back and forth making rows of knitting until you have a nice long scarf.
Now you need to bind the yarn off.
Otherwise you would have to walk around with one arm in a scarf all the time. 😉
Begin like you are going to knit another row.
- Hold the yarn in your hand.
- Pull a loop off your hand and over the yarn in your hand.
- Take the (now) loop in your hand and put it on you other arm.
- Pull it snug.
- Pull another loop through like steps 1-3.
- With two loops on your opposite arm, pull the outside loop over the newest loop and off your arm.
- Pull the loop snug.
- You will have only one loop on your arm.
- Repeat steps 5-8 until you only have the one stitch left on your arm.
Past the yarn tail through the loop of the last stitch. Tie off yarn around last loop. Now your arms are free and your scarf is ready to wear.
At this point you are weave in the ends and call it done. Or you add some cute tassels onto your scarf.
To make the tassels, you need that last ½ yard of polar fleece cut into strips.
Fold the strips in half again and cut so you get four short strips out of one long strip.
To attach the strips to the end on the scarf:
- Fold the strip in half.
- Cut a slit in the center of the strip
- (or slightly off center lengthwise if you are a perfectionist like me and want the fringe to be the same length on both sides when you finished) 😛
- You don’t need a big slit: just enough to thread the strip into itself
- Thread the strip through a loop on the end on the scarf.
- Thread the end of strip on one side through the slit on the other side of the end of the scarf.
- Pull taut to create a knot around the end of the scarf.
Continue the steps for fringe on both ends of the scarf, and you have your own adorable arm knit polar fleece scarf.
This scarf is perfect for running errands on snowy winter afternoons. It’s so soft that I’ve been thinking about rolling it up and making a little pillow for travel and naps.
I adore soft and fluffy things especially blankets. This one is luxuriously soft for the ultimate in napping pleasure. Seriously I think I’m going to grab one and curl up on the nearest couch. But the supplies are limited for this ultra snugly blanket so get your while you can.
Before I drift away, stay safe out there especially if snow is in your forecast. I hope you indulge in warm, soft, cozy things. Until next week remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.