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Old 06-04-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Left Handed Knitting HELP!
I am left handed, so does that mean that I reverse all of my instructions ?

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Old 06-04-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. The instructions for any pattern are the same right or left handed. We just had another lefty post and here is the thread. We had a lot of informed left handed knitters reply but if your question is still not answered let us know.
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:21 PM   #3
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Birdiesmama,

If you knit moving your stitches from the right needle to the left one, you will need to remember when reading instructions that when they say left needle, it will be your right and when they say right it will be to your left. It helps me to read the instructions out loud changing the direction so I can get it right.

Does that help?

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Old 06-08-2007, 02:15 AM   #4
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I am strongly left-handed and knit both English (wool in the right hand) and Continental (wool in the left hand) fine. When teaching someone to knit I recommend you go with the usual way as otherwise reading instructions and learning from others in the future will be difficult, and there is no reason you can't learn 'right-handed', knitting off the left needle onto the right. I don't think hand dominance is so relevant to knitting as, say, writing. Definitely try it the usual way first.
If you do decide to do it backwards, watching others demonstrate how to knit in a mirror, or looking at diagrams in a mirror, will help. Or sitting opposite the demonstrator rather than to one side.

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Old 06-08-2007, 10:57 AM   #5
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My right hand is pretty dominant but I'm an ambidextrous knitter.
That is, I can knit left-needle to right or right-needle to left,
pick stitches or throw them, and use both hands for Fair Isle.
All of these maneuvers felt awkward in the extreme when I was first learning them, but now they feel natural.

It seems like an unnecessary burden for left-handed people to be told that they need to knit differently, and to reverse every pattern direction. Knitting is a two-handed process; both hands are part of the act, and when you're learning to knit, you are training each hand to perform its role. I think Sarah, who speaks from experience as a left-hander, has the right idea: there may be no need to separate yourself from the whole world of knitting techniques and patterns because of your hand dominance. You'll probably still want to use your left hand to cut threads and sew seams, but for the 95% of knitting that uses two hands, try the usual way first.
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