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!
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.
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.
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.
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.