The "right" sign for
"knit" will depend on whom you ask. But since you are here, that means you
are asking me and so I'll show you what I use. Plus I'll show you a
few variations that I've seen.
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 has
actually done crochet. (Plus 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 crocheted in my
life. So I figure I'll show you what SHE uses and recommend you go
with that. But then for the heck of it I'll show you what I use
She holds two index fingers together and pulls one of them away from
the other while changing it into an "X" handshape. Then she repeats the
Okay, now I'll show you the sign that I use for CROCHET. You
might think that my using a different sign from what Karen uses would have some sort of
negative effect on my life. But honestly I don't think it has lessened
my quality of life any. So, I'll probably just keep on using this same
sign to mean "do some sort of craft work involving needles and string or
yarn." Heh. For all of you people who actually know the
difference between knitting and crocheting and want two different signs --
hey feel free to use Karen's sign for crochet (above) and go see her
sign for knit at: "KNIT".
Here's another version for your amusement. This one starts with straight index
fingers and then pulls both of them outward into "X" handshapes.
I think this is the version that Karen's husband (Robert) uses. Note: Robert
is a mechanic not a crocheter (is that a word?). So for what it
is worth (which probably isn't much, heh) here's his method. Start
with crossed index fingers and pull them both to the side as you change them
both into "X" hands.
CROCHET: Version 3