Arm Knitting Heart Blanket Tutorial
This is truly one of the most beautiful blankets I’ve arm knitted up so far and it was magical to create. Being inspired by the sky with it’s blues, white and sparkles of rainbow after a storm.
I asked the woollen mill to spin up a special mixture that includes 3 different shades of blue wool, 1 natural white shade kissed with glittery sparkles which makes the whole blanket like look magical!
UNFORTUNATELY the sparkles that flow magically through the blues on this blanket are not visible in the picture, but it truly is a magical blanket when you see it with your own eye’s.
The blue tones would also work exquisitely well to create a Disney “Frozen” blanket, but we’ll have to leave that for another time! Okay now, onto arm knitting the heart blanket.
Arm Knitting Heart Blanket Video Tutorial
For the full version of this video please see here.
Cast on 23 sts (I used a mock long tail, but you can use anything you like)
- Use one ball of white yarn for the chain and half of the loops for row 1, then tie on the second ball of yarn in the back loop of the stitch you’ve just knitting then continue making the rest of the loops with the new yarn, you should have half the loops with one ball of white and the other half with the other ball of white.
Arm Knitting Heart Blanket Tutorial Pattern
Slip the first stitch in every row for the entire blanket AND Ktbl (knit through the back loop) the last stitch in every row. If I say knit all rows, you still need to slip the first and ktbl the last stitch.
ATTENTION! Keep in mind when arm knitting the heart blanket.
Whenever you come to the new yarn OR want to change colours you must ALWAYS without exception use the intarsia twirl, if you don’t you’ll have a huge gap in your blanket.
Rows 2-6: Knit all Stitches, but use the intarsia twirl where you’ve joined the second ball of yarn on in the middle of each row (remember in every row to slip the first and ktbl the last stitch).
Rows 7: Knit with white until you come to the 12th stitch (the very center of the blanket) Tie on the blue yarn on the back bar behind the 12th stitch. Use the intarsia twirl with the white and blue yarn, then knit one stitch blue, use the intarsia twirl again with the next ball of white yarn and knit the rest of the stitches in that row with white.
Row 8: Knit 10 stitches (slip 1, knit 9) with white, do the intarsia twirl with the blue and white yarn, and knit stitches 11, 12, and 13 with blue, do the intarsia twirl and continue knitting the rest of the row with white.
Row 9: Knit 9 white, 5 blue, 9 white
Row 10: Knit 8 white, 7 blue, 8 white
Row 11: Knit 7 white, 9 blue, 7 white
Row 12: Knit 6 white, 11 blue, 6 white
Row 13: Knit 5 white, 13 blue, 5 white
Row 14: Knit 4 white, 15 blue, 4 white
Row 15-17: Knit 3 white, 17 blue, 3 white
BLUE YARN – Now divide the remainder of the blue yarn in half. The attached half will be knitting up one heart bump and the other half will be attached to the other side of the heart for the other bump.
WHITE YARN – Bring in the 400 gram (20 meters) ball of white yarn, tie it to the bar at the back of the 12th stitch on the blanket, this will be the white between the heart bumps.
Row 18: Knit 4 white, Intarsia twirl, knit 7 blue, intarsia twirl with the newly joined white yarn, knit 1 white, intarsia twirl with the newly added blue, knit 7 blue, intarsia twirl, knit 4 white.
Row 19: Knit 5 white, 5 blue, 3 white, 5 blue, 5 white
Row 20: Knit 6 white, 3 blue, 5 white, 3 blue, 6 white
Row 21: Knit 7 white 1 blue, 7 white, 1 blue, 7 white
Row 22-27: Knit all white (still use the intarsia twirl when coming to each new pieces of yarn)
Row 28: Cast off using one single piece of yarn (no intarsia twirls)
Weave In The Tails
Turn the blanket so it’s back side is up, cut all the extra yarn off leaving 12” or 24 cm tails, weave in the tails to disguise them and you should have an amazing looking heart blanket!
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4 thoughts on “Arm Knitting A Heart Blanket Tutorial”
The white is natural undyed white merino wool 3 kgs (6.6 lbs) and the blue was a custom blend I picked out myself consisting of 3 different blues and some white wool mixed with an icicle glitter fiber to give the impression of frost (which doesn’t show up in the picture very well)… you can use any of their blends, they have some nice silk wool blue blends. I hope that helps! Oh I used 1 kg of blue for the heart. So all together 4 kgs of wool went into the whole project.
Stacy, I received my yarn from World of Wool. I am so excited an I am working on felting it. I watched you video and I have one area that is still kind of stringy and can’t seem to get it to blend in. Is there a trick to get that little area to felt in with the rest? My other question is: I purchased 3 kg of the white and didn’t think about the pattern stating that I need 1.3 kg in two balls and .4 kg in a third ball. I am bad with metrics how many yards do I for each ball? Maybe I can find a conversion chart online but thought I would ask of you. While felting I practiced my arm knitting and I am really excited to get started.
Hi Kim, For problem areas you can spray a little bit of water on the wool and then try and felt it, this usually helps quite a bit. Getting the measurements for the balls perfect is impossible, however you basically need it divided in half but with about 500g which is about 20 meters separated into a third white ball for the part of the blanket that I’ve shown in green in the beginning of the tutorial (it’s the area between the heart bumps).
I’m sure it will be beautiful! Go slow, have fun and I’d love to see your finished project 🙂
Happy Arm Knitting,
I would really like to make this blanket but have never arm knitted before. Will it be bad to learn on this blanket? If not and I wanted to order this yarn from World of Wool, which yarns are they? And how much so I order it correctly? I am used to ordering in skeins. I watched your video on the World of Wool but still a little confused. Thank you in advance for your answers