Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make knitting classes more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
It appears that knitting is fast becoming a favorite hobby for many; both
male and female alike. This hobby has been around for a very long time and
if you believe that a blind person may not be able to participate in this
activity then think again.
I want to reassure you that for a blind person knitting is probably one of
the most enjoyable pastimes and if you keep this in mind then you’ll soon
see how it could be made enjoyable for everyone. Here are some hints to
help you make knitting more accessible for your blind students.
1. Start with the attitude that knitting is for everyone.
2. You need to understand that a blind knitter is going to use their sense
of touch to help them do their work.
3. Let your student feel the various sized needles and explain to them the
types of things that they can knit with each size.
4. Go slowly and show them how to do such things as casting on, casting off,
tying off, and how to fix some of the more common errors.
5. Start with small and simple projects so as to keep encouraging them.
The trick to all of this is to continually show them through the use of
touch and also remember to explain the various types of yarn to them.
This should be a good start for you. Happy knitting!