The "right" sign for
"knit" will depend on whom you ask.
So make sure you ask someone who knows eh?
I just got off the VP (video phone) with Karen Foust. She is a friend
of mine. She is also a typical grandma type person and she is a
knitter. (And for the record she is a Deaf grandmother of Deaf
grandchildren.) She's been around "forever" and
enjoys homemaking, crafts, and such. I've never knitted in my life. She
knits rather often.
So I figure I'll show you what SHE uses and recommend you go with that.
She holds two index fingers one on top of the other and slides them them closer together and
back out and in again.
In a message dated 2/26/2012 2:51:38 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Gabriel Kelly writes:
interested in sign language since about 8th grade (Iím a sophomore in
college, so seven years now) and on a whim about two months ago I looked up
on Google good resources to begin teaching yourself ASL. Your website put
such a fire in my belly I just had to delve deeper in to the signing world!
I learned that the campus for the Georgia School for the Deaf was only half
an hour from where I attend college, and I am now enrolled in beginners sign
language classes being taught by Dean Evans, the schoolís interpreter. With
the help of Dean and your website I now have the confidence (and the growing
skills) to go in to the community and start communicating. I go weekly to a
Deaf knitting group just ten minutes from campus that is the highlight of my
week. Itís one thing to sign with other people learning sign in a classroom,
but itís a whole other thing to have to sign -- and I love it. In fact, I am
honestly considering interpreting as a career choice. I have never enjoyed
studying so much in my life.
All the best,
Thank you for the nice feedback. I appreciate it. A Deaf knitting group? Now
THAT is a specialized group eh? One of these days I'd love to see what y'all
are using as the sign for "knit." (vs. crochet).
Have a nice day and best wishes to you in all you do.
- Dr. Bill
has taken so long to get back to you. I wanted to wait until I could ask the
women in the knitting group what their sign was. They take their index
fingers in an X (not the handshape, but the [English] letter. Sort of like the
sign for name, but with just the first finger) then they sort of rock them
back and forth on top of the other finger. For crochet they do the same
thing, but with one of their fingers actually with the ASL handshape for x
(like a hooked needle they told me).