Introduction to Arm Knitting and Wool Dyeing

A course by Javiera Ortiz
Costume designer and photographer. Itata Province, Chile.
Joined May 2019
, Costume designer and photographer

Learn how to dye wool and knit XL pieces using your arms

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (81)
  • 1850 students

Learn how to dye wool and knit XL pieces using your arms

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (81)
  • 1850 students
  • 11 lessons (1h 4m)
  • 13 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Inspiratemirando began as the travel blog of photographer and designer Javiera Ortiz, a place where she wrote and shared photographs of all the things she liked. But her constant search for inspiration led her to discover XL knitting, and it became her new obsession. She learned this new technique almost accidentally, and as a result, she turned her travel blog into a page dedicated to XL knitting. Today she is an expert in this technique and leads XL knitting workshops.

In this course, Javiera will introduce you to the arm knitting technique, which consists of using your arms instead of knitting needles. First, you'll dye your own fleece wool and with it, weave different pieces such as an XL blanket.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and tools
  • U3
    U3. Dyeing and weaving a blanket XXL
  • U4
    U4. Uses and care
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Javiera will introduce herself and her project, Inspiratemirando. She’ll tell you about her professional career, her blog and the people that inspire her.

Next, she’ll show you the materials and tools necessary for the course and will explain the differences between wool ball and fleece, reviewing the advantages of each one.

You'll prepare everything to start dyeing your fleece following Javiera’s instructions. She’ll teach you a classic dye and how to do something more daring with two-colors or even three! Then, you'll discover how to dry the material and start knitting.

The first thing you will do is a sliding knot - remember that in this technique you weave with your arms, so they should be free in order for the wool to run smoothly. Then you'll learn the chain stitch, and knit your blanket with the jersey stitch (which has two sides - one being right side up). You'll see that if you make a mistake in the process, you can easily disassemble the knit.

Once you're done, you'll see how to hide the wool tails that were loose at each end. That’s it! Being a delicate piece, you'll have to learn the basic caring instructions to protect and wash it. Lastly, Javiera will propose possible uses for you to show off your piece.

What is this course's project?

Knit an XL blanket using the arm knitting technique. Learn how to work the fleece to be able to dye it at home and achieve the color you want, and finally decorate any space with this unique and contemporary piece made by you.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in weaving and crafts, who wants to explore their creativity using a contemporary technique.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge necessary to take this course. For materials, you'll need 2 kg of knitting fleece, a large pot, kitchen burners, anilines, vinegar, gloves, access to a top-loading washing machine (optional), scissors, teaspoon and an apron to cover your clothes.


1850 Students
81 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Javiera Ortiz

A course by Javiera Ortiz

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Costume designer and photographer

Javiera is the creator of Inspiratemirando, a travel blog. She is a photographer and costume designer although she has always felt connected to crafts and fabric.

Inspiratemirando was born as a travel blog in Australia, where Javiera wrote and photographed all the things she liked. While seeking inspiration, she found XL fleece knitting and became obsessed with learning this new technique. That opened a whole new world of possibilities and unintentionally, transformed her travel blog into a page dedicated to knitting.

Javiera teaches XL knitting workshops and today has some of her blankets exhibited in Australia, as well as having her own online shop.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Materials and tools

    • Ball vs fleece and micronaje of the wool
    • How much wool do I need to make my blanket
    • Preparing for the dyeing of the fleece
  • U3

    Dyeing and weaving a blanket XXL

    • Fleece Dyeing
    • Fleece Drying
    • XXL blanket fabric
  • U4

    Uses and care

    • Care
    • Uses for your tissues
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to arm knitting and wool dyeing

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Introduction to Arm Knitting and Wool Dyeing. Craft course by Javiera Ortiz

Introduction to Arm Knitting and Wool Dyeing

A course by Javiera Ortiz
Costume designer and photographer. Itata Province, Chile.
Joined May 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (81)
  • 1850 students