How to hold your yarn and needle in one hand – One-handed knitting tutorial

I’ve uploaded a new tutorial showing how to knit fully one handed. My previous videos show how to knit with some use of your amputee hand, but this wasn’t the smoothest of methods and it didn’t help those who had no use of their right side.

I learnt to crochet, and in doing so, mastered how to hold and control the yarn in my left hand. The next step was to apply this to knitting but this was harder in practice. It was tricky to hold the yarn with tension and the needle at the same time. After dropping the yarn and the needle a good few times, I finally cracked it and I can now knit fully one handed.

So I wanted to share this technique to help those who have taken up knitting one-handed and want an easier method (once you’ve got the hang of it) of holding the yarn, or to help those who could not use my other method to start knitting.

Please share this video with anyone who might benefit and if you’re trying it for the first time – don’t give up! It’s tricky but you’ll get it and it’s worth the perseverance. Thank you for watching.

Much love

Elisabeth x

If you’re interested in more one-handed knitting and crochet tutorials, take a look at my YouTube channel.


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:

One-handed Knitting – Knit Stitch Tutorial:

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