Book Review 'Arm & Finger Knitting' by Laura Strutt

The number of 'non-knitter' friends who recently sent me a viral "arm knitting" video makes me think that this is definitely something which has captured the imagination. I'll admit that it isn't something that had ever called to me, so when publisher CICO invited me to review a copy of the brand new book Arm and Finger Knitting, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. Plus I already know a load of people who will be interested to hear about it!

Written by Laura Strutt - blogger, freelance writer and former editor of 'Craft Business' and 'Sew' magazines (and various other books) - this is a quality paperback with 112 pages including plenty of clear photos, and step-by-step instructions. There are 22 arm knitting projects which cover various techniques from casting on and binding off, to increasing, decreasing and cables. Projects are split into homewares and wearables. 

"Arm & Finger Knitting" - by Laura Strutt / CICO books -  review

If you like the 'open' texture of arm-knit fabrics then there is a lot to choose from. As well as the Infinity Scarf, I predict the "Travel Blanket" (with storage pouch) and "Lap Blanket" (featured in issue 49 of Mollie Makes) will be the most popular projects from the arm knitting section. Textured and modern, they both make great statement pieces for the home.

I must confess that I find some of the garments to be... erm... "interesting"... but then it's rare to find a book where *everything* appeals. Perhaps I'm just a bit too old/traditional to appreciate the hat and multi-way button creation pictured below.
"Arm & finger knitting" book review.

On the other hand (!), the finger knitting projects are right up my street - my love of knitted and lucet icords is well documented, but I'd never tried making them with my fingers before.

There are 13 finger-knit projects in the book, including a brooch, headband, necklace and various things for the home. I've pictured my three favourites - all of which I can imagine making with or without 'help' from the kids. They are simple but effective.

'Arm & Finger Knitting' book review.

As well as being potential stash busters, these projects would also work well with DIY Yarn (tutorial here)What I like most of all is that the designs are easy enough for beginners. The fact that they work up quickly also means that the excitement of finishing something can be yours within a very short time, potentially making this a great 'gateway' craft!

You can buy the book at Deramores*, and Amazon-Arm and Finger Knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear* and other  good booksellers. If you'd like to see more reviews and projects made from the book, take a look at Laura's great blog, Made Peachy, or follow her on Twitter where there are links to all the blog tour posts.

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  1. I have been finger crocheting, arm and finger knitting since I was a kid.
    I love it and I'm interested in this book.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh I'm glad you like it - there are some great projects in there! Hope it will give you some inspiration :)


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