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Arm knitting how-to scores big on YouTube

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Amanda Bassetti, of nearby Uncasville, Connecticut, has not only reduced her costs for knitting the popular big yarn cowl patterns, but she's scored a little extra change via her arm knitting video for the holidays, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Dec 3, 2012. As a part-time nanny, Bassetti blogs about knitting and crochet, among other things, at simplymaggie.com. After posting a 10-minute arm knitting video on YouTube, her how to arm knit tutorial with over 550,000 hits has earned her a cool $1,400 in Google revenue just for the month of November.

The WSJ reports that arm knitting probably was borne of the Missioni family of design in Italy and more recently brought to the forefront of fashion by Italian-born, Andrea Brena, a design student whose "Knitted Army" performance art project at a Berlin design festival set the stage for this year's big yarn cowl fashion and broadened it to include furniture.

"In a sort of reverse Edward Scissorhands routine, he used strips of high-end fabric coiled around the length of his arm to create beanbag chairs, pillows and rugs. The technique generated lots of attention [understatement]."

Arm knitting reduces the cost of buying the giant big loop knitting needles needed for the big cowl patterns that are what's hot on the fashion scene for 2013. Size 50 25mm needles range from $32.00 to $54.00. To get the look, you can use rope or big yarn to knit these quick projects. Free chunky yarn cowl patterns and more here.

The lemongrass cowl, pictured here and for sale on Etsy, benefits "Nvader.org, an organization based out of New Zealand who works world wide to not only rescue women and children from human trafficking, they also work with local government, train the local law enforcement, work to prosecute those responsible and bring justice to those affected. Each scarf is $25 and comes in a variety of colors, just say the word and we will custom make one for you! Proceeds from every scarf sold goes to our cause!"

Follow knitnscribble on Twitter. For more frequent pattern updates, like her Facebook page: Knit and Crochet Patterns.

sources: Wall Street Journal, simplymaggie.com, KompassionKnits/Etsy.com

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