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Old 12-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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any lefties out there?
Hi everyone,

I'm not a lefty (predominantly right-handed but do a lot ambidextrously), but my mom is. I just learned how to knit, still working on my first project, but I feel like it would be really fun to teach her/learn together. She's naturally really good at almost anything crafty, and she used to belong to a women's crafts group at our local Recreation Department before the city totally slashed that budget. I feel like she'd love it. The problem is that when I mentioned it to her, she said that she's tried a little in the past, but she's a lefty and has always been taught by someone right-handed. Which would be the case here. If you're a lefty, do you hold the needles differently and mirror-image the whole process? I feel like just to teach her the basics I could probably switch my process up without messing with my mind too badly, but I can't even imagine how to reverse it for a left-hander. Is there no difference for lefties? I'm too new at this to know much of anything other than what I was taught.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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I'm a righty, but I have taught lefties to knit--'righty' style. I found that the lefties tended to adjust how they hold the needles as they got more accustomed to knitting, but since patterns and stitch instructions are written only one way, learning the conventional way makes it easiest in the long run.

She may want to learn to knit 'continental' style. That way the yarn is held in the left hand.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #3
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Of all the lefties I know personally only one actually knits left handed. She told me that she has to change patterns sometimes to fit knitting left handed which is a pain sometimes.

Knitting is a both handed hobby so the rest of them just learned to do it right handed. Sometimes just knitting with the yarn in the left hand (continental) or right hand (english) can make a difference in comfort level.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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I'm a confirmed leftie who learned to knit right-handed because that was the only way the lady teaching me knew how to knit. I think lefties tend to be adaptable. Most of us use a right-handed mouse on the computer after all. Maybe your Mom would give a try to knitting rightie, especially with an enthusiastic daughter teaching.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
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Ambidextrous here. I've read from knitting instructors that it's best to sit across from her when teaching a lefty. That way she can mirror your movements.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:48 PM   #6
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Thanks, everyone! I didn't think about patterns having to be reversed. She does a few things righty, like kicking or hitting a ball. I think she taught me to tie my shoe by sitting across from me, so I could teach her knitting the same way. I'll have to look into continental and see if I could show her that way and let her figure out what works better for her. It would be nice to have a hobby in common with her.
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Originally Posted by colleen114 View Post
Thanks, everyone! I didn't think about patterns having to be reversed. She does a few things righty, like kicking or hitting a ball. I think she taught me to tie my shoe by sitting across from me, so I could teach her knitting the same way. I'll have to look into continental and see if I could show her that way and let her figure out what works better for her. It would be nice to have a hobby in common with her.
I am a lefty and I knit continental. I tried to learn english style for a few years and just couldn't get my hands to listen to my brain. Picked continental up right away. I think learning how to knit "left-handed" is just too much hassle. You have to use two hands no matter what so mindswell learn to do it "normal" so you don't have to fight with reversing patterns your whole knitting-life. You just need to guide her to finding the most comfortable way to hold and control the yarn.
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I'm a leftie, but I knit rightie. When I first started learning, I tried to learn leftie, but it was confusing because all the videos and stuff were geared towards right-handedness. So I learned right handed and now its natural...Slightly ambidextrous maybe?

If it makes any difference, I knit mostly English style.

Now, my little sister is a leftie and she knits leftie, just mirroring everything I do. She tried to learn right-handed and it confused her.

Each to their own, I suppose...
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I'm a lefty and I knit continental. My grandmother was a lefty and knit lefty, but complained of having to reverse patterns and problems so told me to knit right or continental. I can do both but prefer continental, feels more natural. Hope it helps!
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Hi Everyone,

I'm also a lefty. When I decided I wanted to knit I tried it left handed but no one could show me how to do it. I then went to knitting classes for right handers and finally was able to get it. It took a lot of practice and many of my things wound up across the room ...hahaha... In the beginning I found it very mentally exhausting going against the grain all the time. Now I'm fine, I just wish I could knit better.
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