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Old 01-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #11
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I'm a lefty, and have to be honest, it never even occured to me to try and learn to knit left-handed.

I don't have any problems knitting conventionally. I'm self-taught, mostly via Youtube
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #12
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:56 PM   #13
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I knit continental (though I learned from a book how to do the knit stitch and from this website how to do the purl stitch, cuz im a lefty with a righty (and knitter) mom).
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #14
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I knit English. I hold the yarn in my left hand and knit from the right needle on to the left. It makes things easier for me.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #15
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The thing about knitting as a true lefty is you'll have to adjust some patterns because things like cables and increases/decrease will be backward with the standard pattern. This isn't insurmountable, but something to consider.

If anyone is curious here's more info -
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATmirror.html
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #16
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I don't care about things such as cables twirling the opposite direction so, I don't bother with making changes. Luckly, the people who are bothered by them can make simple changes if they please.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #17
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I am a leftie, have only been knitting for a few months (but I love it) and I do knit right handed, continental style. I didn't want the hassle of reversing patterns and all that, plus my children are right handed and I figured if they ever wanted to learn one day then it would be easier for me to show them
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:32 AM   #18
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I would think that if a righty can learn to backwards knit (from left to right) instead of turning the work and purling, then a lefty should be able to knit as a right handed person. After all, when they write they do it from left to right just as the right handed do. The only difference is they use their left hand. You would not expect their writing to mirror that of a right handed person so why should their knitting or crochet? Granted they would probably learn to knit best if taught by another left handed person, but may not be available to them.

Look for videos on line. Perhaps you can find a left handed person teaching right handed knitting. I wish you both the best.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #19
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Another option for your mom is to try Andrea Wong's Portuguese Style Knitting.

I'm exclusively left handed - long story there - and it's by far the easiest method for me. The yarn is tensioned either around your neck or with the use of a knitting pin, and the yarn is moved from or back with a flick of the left thumb.

Check out the Knitting Daily video of Andrea demonstrating the method on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzfYS9_t27k.

It's super simple, and the video alone is enough to to get anyone started, if they want to give it a try.

Good luck, and happy knitting!
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #20
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I, too, am a lefty and I honestly have no idea how I could learn to left hand knit. I do some things very different than I should, I guess. I definitely don't do english method, but my continental is kind of...interesting. I never, ever got the trick of holding the yarn wrapped around my finger, so I lift the yarn every time. I'm a hopeless case. I'm knitting an afghan right now and having to lift it every time for 200+ stitches a row is tiring.
*sigh*
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