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For February 2017:

How to make knitting classes more accessible

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!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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