One-Handed Knitting – Tension & Holding the Yarn

Hello all,

Below is a video tutorial on knitting tension & how to hold the yarn one-handed for those with an upper body disability.

Method one wraps the yarn around the arm a couple of times and can be controlled by the elbow joint.

Method two holds the yarn under your arm, near the armpit and is controlled by tightly squeezing, while the forearm pulls it in place.

The biggest challenge is keeping tension and finding a system that allows you to pull tight but keep a flow.

Thanks for watching!

Yarn: John Lewis DK
Needles: 6mm Metal

One-handed Casting On Tutorial:
https://elisabethward04.com/2015/03/01/one-handed-knitting-tutorial-casting-on/

One-handed Knitting – Knit Stitch Tutorial:
https://elisabethward04.com/2015/09/08/one-handed-knitting-tutorial-the-knit-stitch/

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One-handed Knitting Tutorial – The Knit Stitch

I’m a recent convert to the world of knitting and crochet and although it was challenging at first, I’ve found ways around so that I can do it too.

I want to share my method and help any beginner one-handed knitters out there or those keen to give it a go but don’t think they can. Without further ado, below is my one-handed knit stitch tutorial – I hope it’s helpful!

Essentially my technique is to wrap the yarn around my elbow/amputee arm to hold it tight and keeping my right needle stationary under my armpit. The hardest bit is getting tension and finding a system that allows you to pull tight but keep a flow.

I’ll post a video soon on playing around with the yarn and tension as this video mostly focusses on how to do the knit stitch one handed.

Please let me know if you have any questions, this in’t the best view for learning, I just wanted to show it could be done and how.

If you’re missing your left hand, I would place the left needle under your arm and using the left handed (this seems contradictory but most knitting is ‘right-handed’ and I’m missing right hand) tutorial below you can follow my process but in reverse.

There are some useful links below, & a link to my casting on tutorial if you’re interested. Thanks for watching!

Beginner Knitting Tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVQCK_-rKc&index=2

Left handed knitting:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b21msW3cS34&index=9

My One-handed Casting On Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6OyU0SM5rs

Yarn: Patons Big Fab – Green – John Lewis
Needles: 9mm Plastic

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One-Handed Knitting Tutorial – Casting On

Since learning to knit, I have been utterly addicted and extremely chuffed that I found a way around a seemingly two-handed activity. When I was searching for tutorials, there were very few one-handed tutorials. They either consisted of two-handed knitters awkwardly attempting one-handed knitting, or showed people knitting one-handed but offered no instruction as to how to do it if you’ve never knitted before, or guidance on their technique as a one-handed knitter.

So even though I hate the idea of my ugly hand being on show the way it is in this video, I wanted to offer a useful alternative anyone out there who was like me- wanting to learn but convinced it was not possible. My way may not work for you but feel free to contact me if you want to work out a way – I’ll do my best to help with my knowledge.

I hope this video is helpful, enjoy and good luck!

A tutorial on casting on one-handed for those with an upper body disability.

Please let me know if you have any questions, this in’t the best view for learning, I just wanted to show it could be done and how.

If you’re missing your left hand, I would place the left needle under your arm and using the left handed (this seems contradictory but most knitting is ‘right-handed’ and I’m missing right hand) tutorial below you can follow my process but in reverse.

There are some useful links below, & a link to my blog if you’re interested. Thanks for watching!

Casting on Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWJQvsZ6kT0&index=1

Beginner Tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVQCK_-rKc&index=2

Left handed knitting:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b21msW3cS34&index=9

Yarn: Patons Big Fab – John Lewis
Needles: 9mm Plastic