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I was intrigued by this "arm knitting phenomenon" right from the get-go.

No, I was no knitting pro. Yes, I had knit my mom a bag for Christmas one year.

But after I had finished that bag, I decided that knitting just wasn't for me.

However, when a friend asked me to try arm knitting with her, I was on board.

I love trying anything new, and I thought it sounded interesting.

I came to find out right away that it was quite simple, which made me an instant fan.

The instructions that follow are for a double or single cowl, also known as an eternity scarf. Simply find yourself a ball of thick yarn, nothing else required. You can also use thinner yarn and three strands of it as your one strand. The yarn should be at least 25 yards. Sit in a comfortable spot with the ball of yarn out in front of you. Make sure it's wound in a way that will unwind easily.

My favorite YouTube video to watch for simple arm knitting is "Lion Brand quickie arm knit scarf pattern."

Feel free to watch this at any point.

Step 1: Begin by measuring out 3 yards of yarn. At the point of 3 yards, make a slip knot. Place that slip knot loop on your wrist. This will actually be your first stitch. We will be knitting 6 stitches per row.

Step 2: Cast on your first row of six stitches — you already have your first stitch on your wrist — holding your arm up a bit from where your yarn lays, you will notice a triangle with the yarn, one side being your working yarn (the yarn that will be knit into your scarf) and the other end, being your 2-yard beginning piece of yarn.

With your thumb and pointer finger, grab those two sides of the triangle and lay it out on the palm of your hand. You will see that you have four pieces of yarn. Grab the first piece of yarn — the one toward your body — and put it over the third piece of yarn. Grab that third piece of yarn and pull it up, that is your loop you will put on your wrist. After placing it on your wrist tighten it up a bit (you will always use your working yarn to adjust your stitch), making each one the same size, making sure that your loops will come off your wrist. Continue doing this until you have your six stitches. Now we are ready to knit the body of your scarf.

Step 3: The rest of your scarf will be made up of the stitches that follow. Lay the working yarn over the palm of your hand. Take the first loop closest to your hand and take it off your hand. The piece of yarn laying in your palm is now your new loop that you will put on your opposite hand. You have just knit your first stitch!

Adjust your stitch (loop) so it is big enough to come off your hands. Now lay the working yarn again on the palm of your hand and do the same thing, taking the second stitch off and putting the yarn in the palm of your hand on your opposite hand. Do this to all stitches. You will now be going back and forth from right to left hand, adding stitches, for the remainder of your scarf. That's it!

Step 4: When you have been knitting a while and have some length to your scarf, you will want to decide how long you want your eternity scarf to be. When you are ready to finish your scarf, begin this process by making your first two stitches of a new row. Now take that stitch and put it over the second stitch, taking it off of your hands. Continue by putting on a third stitch, then taking the second stitch over the third and off your hands. Continue with this until you are done taking the six stitches off.

Step 5: The final step is taking your two finished ends and stitching them together to make an eternity scarf. If you want a simple long scarf, you are now done ( just knot off that last finishing stitch). Take your two ends and lay them out making sure there is no twist in your scarf and have them meet in a circle. With your hands, take the 2 yards of yarn you began with and start stitching it into the ends of your scarf, going from left to right. You can then take the other end of your working yarn and wind it through the other end. When you get close to the end of both pieces of extra yarn you've been stitching, you can knot them off.

You now have a beautiful scarf to wear!

Enjoy it ... and the fact you made it by yourself!

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