Any left handed knitters?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by MeatKing, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. MeatKing

    MeatKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I have decided to take knitting lessons, to learn.. but thn thought I would googe how to do it 'left handed" One article said it may be worth teaching my right hand as, I will always have to reverse patterns ect. What do you think? Is it hard to reverse patterns in your head? should I try to do it left or right handed?

    I just have these viseons of me playing softball. Every ball that came at me I would swing with different side [​IMG] So I never really got good at either... Highschool was better, we hada lefthanded gym teacher, who was amazing [​IMG]
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    You really use both hands when knitting. You don't need to learn to knit in a different way than right handed people knit. My grandmother tried to teach me in a reversed way as a child and it was a mess. It's better to knit the same way everyone else does, so you can follow patterns, look at instructional pictures, look at instructional videos and have them all make sense. Fortunately for me, I ran into a lefty knitter in my travels, who straightened me out.

    Each hand has a knitting needle in it and as the needles move in and out of the stitches you are making, you can actually use either hand a little more, when transferring the loops from one needle to the other. A right handed person may move the right needle more. I tend to move the left needle more. Instead of inserting the right needle into the stitch that's on the left needle, it's more like I am using my left needle to place the stitch onto the right needle. Then I wrap the yarn around the needle and make the stitch in the usual way. The way the yarn is moving and how the stitch is forming, is the same, either way. This may make more sense to you, after you have learned how to knit a little.

    The main thing that can be very different between knitters, no matter if they are left handed or right handed, is how they hold their yarn. Some hold their yarn in their right hand, some in their left hand. Holding your yarn with your left hand may be easier for you than holding it with your right hand. You might find you have better yarn tension with your left hand, so that you have more even stitches. The yarn can be loosely run through the fingers or wrapped around a finger. Of course, some people drop their yarn between stitches, too, which is usually called throwing your yarn.

    Once you learn to make a basic knit stitch, you can experiment with different ways of holding your yarn, to see what's most comfortable for you. They all work and everyone develops their own preference and style. You may want to start with the style your teacher teaches and experiment with others, later.

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