A Chinese granny who has been blind for nearly 60 years used her sense of touch to learn how to knit clothes for family and friends.

Li Zhongrong has knitted thousands of jumpers and regularly visits shopping malls and department stores to touch the items on display.

"I know the knitting techniques of the sweater once I touch it,” said the 72-year-old, from Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Blind grandmother knits thousands of jumpers, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China

An eye disease meant Li became blind at the age of 13, but at the age of 32 she decided to learn to knit in an effort to save money on clothes for her three children.

Despite being blind she claims it took her just a week to learn how to knit.

"It's not that difficult, as long as I am careful and do the job as I was taught,” she added.

Her first work was a green sweater for her son when he was two or three, which took a week to create.

Recently, her granddaughter wanted to buy 700 Yuan (£68) jumper, but after touching it Li was able to knit her the same style at a fraction of the cost.