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Old 03-09-2006, 02:01 PM   #1
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Some advice needed
So, my dad walks into my room yesterday, looks at all the yarn I got(my grams friend dropped off two HUGE bags of acrylic yarn yesterday ), and finally says, "When are you going to teach me how to knit???" I told him when he has a day off work(I think he said this saturday, sunday, and monday he has off). So, I agreed to teach him how to knit(I taught him how to crochet too). After pondering about it for an hour, I started to think, "How am I going to teach a lefty how to knit???" That's right, my dad is a lefty. We got a book that shown right and left hand crochet. Does anyone know any good books that we could go and buy so it teaches him how to knit left handed?

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Old 03-09-2006, 02:07 PM   #2
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okay first of all is your dad rather ambidextrous? Most left handed people are...hafta be really. I am left handed, can't even begin to think about holding a pen right handed but when i grab scissors, doors, etc i almost always grab with my right hand.

if he is rather ambidextrous i would strongly suggest teaching him how to knit "right" handed. i don't know what method you use but i would really have him sit next to you and mimic your movements. It is very likely he will be able to get it just like that. if it becomes obvious that isn't working for him then you may have to find another alternative but i would bet he will be able to learn just like that.



and i LOVE that your dad wants you to teach him how to knit. what a fun bonding experience for you two! and getting yarn money outta him will be waaaaay easier if he understands the beauty of the LYS!
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:11 PM   #3
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My dad is a pure lefty. He does everything left handed. I thought about grabbing a mirror and showing him the videos on this sight, and be can put the mirror up to the screen and mimic what Amy does backwards.

And I have to agree, my dad will see the beauty of the LYS!
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:12 PM   #4
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Jenelle -

My mom is also left handed but knits right handed so your dad might be able to get it. If not on the basic tecniques tab on this site, under knitting Amy does have something about left handed knitting....

At the bottom of this page...and it reads:

To see how to do this, simply prop a mirror up to the English or Continental knitting videos, and watch the videos in the mirror! It is mirror reverse of standard Western knitting.
Knitting is awkward at first, no matter which method you use, no matter whether you're a righty or leftie. If you are a leftie, and have heard of this method of knitting and think it will be easier for you, I would encourage you to try Continental knitting first. That method also favors lefties, and you will have a much easier time following standard instructions, because you won't have to reverse them!
If you knit this way, then you will find using a mirror alongside the videos on this site a handy trick. Just remember that your "right slanting" increases and decreases will slant to the left, and vice versa!


Good luck! That is great that he wants to learn!
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:13 PM   #5
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:18 PM   #6
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I have a book that shows left handed knitting. I got it at Michaels, it was "Teach yourself to Knit" or something like that.
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:29 PM   #7
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Hello Jenelle,

I'm a HARD CORE lefty!!! I do everything lefty. Pour drinks, grab door handles, eat, throw a ball, etc. EVERYTHING! (btw,..can u tell I love being lefty?! )LOL!!

I taught my right handed daughter to knit. She's only 7. I first taught her continental. Then noticed she was having a bit of trouble. But she was doing it all by herself. I was like WHOA, Good Job! But I could tell that english method would probably be easier for her. So then I thought LOL just like you but in reverse..."how am I going to teach her right handed??" :thinking:

So I played around with the needles a few minutes (english method) and I got it...then showed her. It clicked for her quite fast.

If you knit continental, then being a lefty...I think that would be easiest for him to learn. Very natural for lefties IMO to learn. If you knit english method...then try maybe teaching yourself continental then show him.

Maybe show him Amy's videos of continental knitting, along w/ some instructional bks. etc.

Good Luck!!
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I'm left-handed, and an aunt tried to teach me to knit as a child using the mirror method and I got so confused I gave up on it. My grandmother (also a lefty) said she experienced the same thing. She did learn how to crochet and taught me how, but I could never do anything complicated because I got confused trying to reverse the directions (she confessed to having the same problem).

Years later I found this site and learned continental method, and I haven't looked back.
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My dad is an English crocheter, so maybe I can teach him continental knitting, since I knit continentally. I'll try to teach him how to knit right handed. Maybe I can convince him to take me to Michaels this weekend??
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:51 PM   #10
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I can' help with instructions like the leftys in here can, but here's a website that teaches left handed that might help, too.

http://learn-to-knit.com/

This one is not a basic "learn to knit" site, but it does have how to do different things left handed!
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