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Old 08-15-2005, 01:09 PM   #1
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Hi. I learned basic knitting when I was a kid, and have recently picked it up again - I am loving this website!

Here's my question: My 9-yr-old daughter wants to learn also, but she is left hand dominant - do left-handers knit in reverse or is it standard for everyone no matter your hand preference?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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My 10 yo DD :XX: is a lefty knitter. I know there are certain things that she has to watch for in patterns. But I'll leave that to the lefties to tell you about.

Alls I know is that I can't work on her stuff!
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:45 PM   #3
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And from the other end of the spectrum, I taught a left-handed woman to knit last year, and I taught her 'righty' because there was no way I could make it lefty. Plus since all the patterns are written as for one type of knitting, I had no idea how to convert them.

She, and other lefties I've read about, knit perfectly well. The only thing that has evolved is that she tends to hold the right needle still and does the majority of her movement with the left needle.

I would vote to teach your daughter regular knitting as we know it.
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Old 08-15-2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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I'm a lefty and was taught to knit by a right handed person. I guess I have adapted a few things, but for the most part I knit as a right handed person would. It never seemed a big deal------two hands, two sticks, one string!!!
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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I am a lefty and I knit and crochet right handed. Knitting is really a two handed enterprise (unless you're one of the few who tucks one needle under their arm), so she should be able to pick this up as well as anyone. I will say that knitting continental is faster for me because of the left hand. I think that you should teach her to knit your way, so that you can help her later.
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i am left handed too and i would just suggest going to someone who doesn't insist that she learn how to knit left handed. it is better to be "forced" to knit right handed than left if she is at all ambidextrous (of course this is just my opinion) because people won't be able to help her when she gets stuck. My teacher just basically sat in front of me so i could see what she was doing and taught me how to knit continental since most of the work was done with the left hand anyway.

i had to pull out my needles to see if i do the same thing that Ingrid says and i can't tell that i do but i was conscious of it so maybe i is likely that that is correct for what i do too. sounds like what i do for other things
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Old 08-29-2005, 03:39 PM   #7
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I'm also a lefty who was taught by a right handed knitter. I knit English the right handed way. Again I agree with teaching the way you knit so you can more easily help your duaghter. Usually children find it easier to learn English, and most children adapt pretty well, especially since knitting is a two handed activity.
I also play piano and guitar, both right handed, and when I tried a guitar strung "backwards" I was totally lost.
Another consideration: if she's ever going to work from patterns or charts, they definately have a right-handed bias. A true "left-handed" knitter has the stitches being knit off the right hand needle onto the left needle, therefore types of decreases (left-slanting or right-slanting) have to be switched, and sometimes the directions of cables too. It can get REALLY confusing. I'm a VERY left dominant person, but I can't get my head around knitting lefthanded.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting to you and your DD! :XX: :XX:

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Old 08-29-2005, 07:35 PM   #8
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I am a lefty and I taught myself to knit this past year....I tried continental (but my tension was just too....TIGHT) and I now do it english style, and I do it from left to right like most people. I am very lefthanded/footed dominant, and this has never been a problem for me, ever.

I remember when I was growing up my mom knitted in reverse, and let me tell you, the results were sometimes a bit unpredictable. Do your daughter a favor and teach her to go from left to right, like the patterns go, and like how most people who will help her will go.
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I'm a self taught left-handed knitter that knits left-handed. I've reversed everything for so long, I don't notice. The easiest way to teach a leftie to knit as a leftie is to face them instead of sitting beside them. I've taught alot of righties this way.

OOh, and by the way, TRY to teach the continental method, it's MUCH faster.
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:11 PM   #10
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I am left handed, but knit right handed. I have problems purling, as it just does not seem natural to me, so I do it backwards, working left to right....sounds confusing, but it isn't, it's like knitting backwards is all.

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