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Old 02-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #11
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I don't have much experience teaching stroke survivors, but I have worked with teaching children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities for a couple of years now. It's all about the repetition, and small steps. Make sure you're providing positive feedback for every small victory. What about lever knitting? It props the needle under the arm and does the remainder of the steps with the opposite hand. It could allow easier "juggling" of the needles and yarn. I know I had trouble learning since I'm extremely left-hand dominant, but was taught right-handed with ease!
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #12
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teaching stroke victim to knit
I have never tried the level knitting method. There are many sites on line, and will teach myself.
Thank you for responding and will remember that the repetitiveness is necessary.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:50 AM   #13
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With the long needle held under an arm, you don't have to be able to use that arm at all. I've also heard it called "shepherdess" knitting, because it allows for carrying stuff in the non-knitting hand. There are pins made for people using that style that add tension to the yarn for you. I've had some success with it myself when I was starting out (but settled on a Continental variant.)
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