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Where are all the Left-Handed Crafters?

National Left-Handers Day is coming up on August 13th, so we’re shouting out our left-handed crafters! There are different options when it come to knitting and crocheting, but there’s something new to learn for any crafter who’s curious. If you’re interested in trying something new, then read on! Or if you’re a new crafter, who happens to be left-handed, we’re glad to offer some resources. Let us know in the comments if you’re a left-handed crafter, or if you have any tips!

Left-Handed Crafters, Have No Fear

For Lefty Knitters: Continental Style

While knitting uses both hands equally, some crafters find the continental style lets the left hand contribute more. Plus, it might be a bit more efficient! Continental knitting holds the yarn in the left hand, which is also called ‘picking’. This is compared to the English style, in which the yarn is held in the right hand (also called ‘throwing’). Some knitters find the Continental style faster because there is less waste motion.

Left-Handed Crafters

Continental Knitting

Here’s a tutorial for the knit stitch, and you could revisit this basic lesson for a chance to try out holding the yarn in your left hand. It will feel like you’re picking the stitches off the left-held needle with the right-held one. You could also try this tutorial for the purl stitch.

For Left Crocheters: A Playlist

When working left-handed, crochet calls for an entirely different approach. To accommodate the learning curve, we’ve created a special playlist! If you’re a more experienced crafter, you might want to skip the first video or two. However, if you’re a brand new crafter, then this will be a wonderful way to begin. Even if you’re not typically a left-handed crafter, you might want to give this a whirl, just to see if it’s a better fit.

Crafting Left Handed

We’d love to hear from you, if you’re a left-handed crafter! Do you have any advice or suggestions to offer? Let us know in the comments, and hopefully some other crafters will benefit from the shared wisdom. Happy National Left-Handers Day to all our crafters whose left hands dominate.

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  • I’m a southpaw. But I learned to crochet long before I learned how to knit, so I’m more comfortable holding the yarn in my right hand. My knitting style is that of a standard thrower. I’ll work two-fisted when I do stranded colorwork, but that’s as close as I get to knitting continental.

    • Melissa – Southpaw! Love that you use that. 🙂

  • If you prefer learning from videos, you aren t limited to those taught by left-handed crocheters. You can actually use technology to reverse videos yourself so that you can follow along correctly as a left-handed crocheter.

    • This is a great tip, Mixkino! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Graphs, charts and videos are all great, of course, but you may find a written crochet pattern that you want to follow. As a left-handed crafter, you ll need to reverse the instructions. Some people can do this easily in their minds but others, particularly beginners, may need to manually write out the new instructions. Simply print out the pattern then change every left to right and vice versa. Follow your newly-written instructions to crochet the pattern.

    • Another great suggestions, Mixkino! We also recommend doing this when following a pattern that defaults to the smallest size – going through and circling your number of stitches can save you from a real headache later. Thanks for weighing in! 🙂

  • I’m a left handed and I was actually taught by my friend who is right handed. In the beginning I thought I would never learn. I love to make baby blankets. If you want to learn keep trying.

    • Love your positivity, Annette. 🙂

  • when i wanted to learn to crochet there was no one to help me and my left hand out, so , i taught myself how to crochet. i would sit across from a woman that i cared for through home health. she crocheted all the time and i would sit across the room and watch her. that is how i got the basics i had a book that taught corchet and in a days time i was crocheting rows. that was about 10 years ago now. i might not be the best but i sure love to crochet with thread the best

    • Debbie, this is so impressive! Love of crafting is way more important than ‘perfection’, in our book! 🙂

  • I have a left handed granddaughter who is 7! Would love to have a book with illustrations for her to learn either crocheting or knitting?
    What do you have available? I have been doing both since I was 12 and would love to help her learn.
    thanks so much,
    Carolyn Hopler
    pjhopler@aol.com

    • Hi, Carolyn – This is a great idea. I’m sad to say, we don’t have any books for younger crafters that focus on left-hand crafting. We’d suggest checking out your local craftstore or bookstore, there are also some great videos, as well. Best of luck!

  • I am left handed. I can knit and crochet!

    • 🙂

  • How appalling that you post something like this.

    Left-hand dominant people are perfectly capable of knitting using the left hand to control the working needle. Instead of showing people who prefer to knit “mirrored” how to do it, you’re telling eft-handed people that they should learn the standard way instead. And knitting continental is an entirely different choice.

    You are spreading lies and misinformation. Knitting does NOT “use both hands equally” – if it did, you wouldn’t be holding the working needle in your right hand.

    I will never buy any Lion Brand products and will urge everyone I know to do the same.

  • I’ve always been left left handed. My Mom made sure that when I was in school that I had the appropriate scissors, etc. She didn’t want me to be forced to change.. I bought a book to teach myself how to crochet when I was 19 and the first thing I made was a purse.. When reading a pattern that is dealing with sides (clothing) I have to mark it to make sure that I have the left and right side correct! I also use both hands when I’m crocheting – it’s a lot faster for me. I’m 62 now and I’m still crocheting all the time!

  • I suppose it’s futile to mention this, but i will state it anyway: The assertions that knitting uses both hands equally is false. Repeating this falsehood only demonstrates a very poor understanding of knitting and the formation of both knit and purl stitches. This false assertion also indicates unawareness of the symmetry of most knit patterns. You obviously understand crocheting can be done lefty. So why the double standard? I am surprised such a large company which has been in business for so long persists in this archaic mindset against lefty knitting. Lefties can knit in the opposite direction with no difficulty. There are many online tutorials that demonstrate this form of knitting, most notably the “Lefty Knitting” class on Craftsy. It would be nice if Lion Brand would modernize its thinking in this regard and bring lefty knitters into the fold in a more positive way. You’d sell a lot more yarn by being inclusive, rather than punitive.

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