One Hand Knitting 2

     Having read the RBB profile page (I hope you have), you’ll see that I work in the Mental Health field.  What does this have to do with Knitting? What?  Well!  I worked with individuals that weren’t suffering from mental health disabilities and disorders, but also had physical disabilities.  I used to teach skills that could be used in daily routines, and one of these skills I taught, was knitting.  That said, I had some individuals who had difficulty holding a pencil or a fork, who wanted to learn how to knit and crochet, problem is, these typically require you to use both hands and I had some individuals who didn’t have to use of one hand, or couldn’t hold a knitting needle or crochet hook.

I started looking online and I asked a friend who is an Occupational Therapist, who asked other OT friends, and we all basically came up with the same answers.  Find a way for them to not have to hold a needle in their hand, or hold the needles for them (which I have done in teaching knitting…).  I then found online several people had used like binder clips, and built these contraptions that I did not have time to make, nor the funds.

Then I found an article that a woman had used batting and fabric to make a cushioned under the arm needle holder.  Again, I was too lazy to make one that was stuffed and comfortable so I took some fabric we had in the classroom, rolled it up and used that.  It was surprisingly comfy.

Now, I’m going to show you how to do this.  I found a large amount of people saying they had liked knitting before they had a stroke, and the side affects left them unable to do this.  The contraption I’m going to show you how to make, can sit under any arm and hold the needle for you.  Soon I’ll make a video for one handed knitting using it, but for now, heres how to make your own!

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How to!
1. If using a towel (which I encourage, they’re fluffy and give extra cushion under your arm) fold it in half width wise like this

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2. Roll the towel so the fold is on one end like so

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3. Secure the roll with a rubber band or two about 1/4 the way down from the folded edge.  This will help hold the needle in place when you are knitting it, and will basically give you extra length so it can comfortably sit under your arm.  If you don’t use this for one handed knitting, it can also give you more su
pport when knitting (I think so anyway)

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4. Stick a knitting needle into the center of the roll at the folded edge.

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5. Start knitting!

This contraption can be used for crochet as well if thats your preferred craft tool!  I hope this helps all of you out there get back into knitting, or attempting the craft when you previously couldn’t.  Happy crafting!

About Kelly

Kelly is an avid knitter with over 10 years experience with the craft. She works with the mental health community as the Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation day program and uses crafts to help aid in recovery. She is also a Penn State alumni.

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