Woman With Use of One Arm Learns to Knit With This Simple Trick

Woman With Use of One Arm Learns to Knit With This Simple Trick

I love this story, it’s so inspiring.

Debbie Weiss teaches knitting, crocheting and beading at The New Jewish Home in New York. She wants her students with physical limitations to be able to do the hobbies they love so she created a technique she calls “adaptive knitting” which allows students to knit with one hand.

See one of her techniques in action with nursing home resident Dominga Marquez:

That’s what I call ingenuity – kudos!

Hat tip: Upper West Side Patch

About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.


  1. Susie

    I have lost my right arm and shoulder due do to cancer. I want to learn how to crochet with one arm. I need to know where to g e t a tool to help me please.

    • Danielle

      Hi Susie, where are you in the world? I would be happy to share your story with this community to see if we can connect you with someone who can help. Danielle

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