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Can anyone give me any detailed instructions of how to knit left handed?

February 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Knitting Instructions


Most people who are left-handed knit just like everyone else — stitches to be knitted on the left needle, stitches that have just been worked on the right needle. That’s what I do. As others have said, both hands have things to do really, so the fact that you prefer one hand for writing is not as important as it might be for a one-handed task.

Other people who are left-handed prefer to knit in mirror image — stitches to be knitted on the RIGHT needle, stitches that have just been worked on the LEFT. This works just as well, and it’s entirely your choice which you prefer. Neither way is "right" or "wrong." Any way to knit is fine if it produces good knitted fabric.

The one problem with mirror-image knitting is that it makes it harder to follow other people’s written knitting directions. You can look at illustrations in a mirror, or the videos that have been suggested, but you will still have to use a certain amount of brain power to translate some (not all) instructions. You may not want to do this if you want your knitting to be a totally relaxing pursuit! But there will also be some directions you can just follow as written.

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  • 1 hairbender // Feb 14, 2010 at

    Detailed, no, but I can explain just a little. There is a good explanation here: http://nimrodel70.blogspot.com/2005/12/knitting-backward-tutorial.html This is often referred to as "knitting backwards".

    The thing is that you should learn to knit right-handed. When knitting, both hands have to work much the same, and when new, both are going to be like left feet anyway! All the patterns are written for right-handed persons, and if you follow the pattern, you will get something that will be a mirror image of the original. Sometimes that won’t matter, but sometimes it will not fit well. There are times that we need to knit left- or right-handed.. that is, in both directions (for example, doing entrelac). It’s easier to work by learning to knit the way the rest of the world does it, and then learn alternate methods later on.

    You can see a clear tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT-u3MBGFtI which is done in English style.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI5Gbjz5bvc is doing it Continental.
    For purling, see http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/backwards.html
    More http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATreverse.html
    Hope that helps!
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  • 2 vnelson85 // Feb 14, 2010 at

    here are some videos for left hand knitting

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=knitting+left+handed&search_type=&aq=f
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  • 3 chris_laning // Feb 15, 2010 at

    Most people who are left-handed knit just like everyone else — stitches to be knitted on the left needle, stitches that have just been worked on the right needle. That’s what I do. As others have said, both hands have things to do really, so the fact that you prefer one hand for writing is not as important as it might be for a one-handed task.

    Other people who are left-handed prefer to knit in mirror image — stitches to be knitted on the RIGHT needle, stitches that have just been worked on the LEFT. This works just as well, and it’s entirely your choice which you prefer. Neither way is "right" or "wrong." Any way to knit is fine if it produces good knitted fabric.

    The one problem with mirror-image knitting is that it makes it harder to follow other people’s written knitting directions. You can look at illustrations in a mirror, or the videos that have been suggested, but you will still have to use a certain amount of brain power to translate some (not all) instructions. You may not want to do this if you want your knitting to be a totally relaxing pursuit! But there will also be some directions you can just follow as written.
    References :
    I’d recommend Elizabeth Zimmerman’s *Knitting Without Tears* as an excellent book for anyone who wants to go a bit beyond the basics. Her instructions are excellent and she’s quite funny. This book has been in print continuously since 1972 for very good reasons!

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