“I have been a crafter all my life, but being a left handed crocheter, I have struggled with my projects coming out looking like my right handed friends. Do you have any tips for me?  How about video or book suggestions?”

–Rachel

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Hi Rachel,

You know, this is such a common question among left handed crafters.  It’s something we all struggle with.  In truth, I am also left handed, and struggled with this a great deal while growing up.  My solution was to learn to do everything right handed, but I know that this isn’t the best response for everyone.

As I’ve taught, I’ve learned a few tricks here and there to help left handed workers. If you are learning from a right handed crafter, sit opposite them and mirror their movements.  Alternately, have a big mirror set up across from the right handed person, sit next to them, and watch what they are doing in the mirror.  It will take a bit of getting used to, but it really does work. You’ll be working in the opposite direction, so just keep that in mind when you are picking your work back up after setting it down.

Here are a few basic differences between right and left handed work:

Lefties will work left-to right when working in rows.

Lefties will work counter clockwise when working in the round.

When finished, your work will be exactly the same, with the only difference being where the starting and ending tails are.

And don’t forget, in the day and age of information technology, YouTube is a life saver when it comes to learning new techniques.  There are crafters who specialize in left handed lessons – try searching for “left handed crochet” and see if you can find what you need.  AllFreeCrochet has a left handed crochet lesson playlist that you may find quite useful.

After you’ve practiced along with the videos online, just keep practicing.  To help you edges, just make sure that you are ending in the correct stitches and use stitch markers to mark the first stitch of each row before you turn your work.

Good luck, Leftie!

Comments
  • Anne Speeckaert

    I am a lefty in most things and was taught by my mother who was right handed, and I sat beside her my left to her right hand. Everything to me looks the same as things made by a right-handed person and can’t imagine why I see directions for left handers. Directions are the same for both left and right handed people except for the direction you do it in.

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  • Becky Murphy

    I am also a lefty. Have never had a problem and I crochet clockwise in the round. I have a right handed friend who says my crocheting is prettier than the right handed.

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  • I am left handed also and always thought my crafts were sloppy and never knew hiw to correct them now i know i can find the proper way to make them look better all the simple stitches are fine it’s trying intricate stitches that come out wrong

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  • Eva Sallans

    My daughter was very left handed, so my mother would sit in front of a mirror and knit or crochet while my daughter watched and copied her movement; only backward; it actually worked. She did a really good job of her left handed edition of anything she made.

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  • As a leftie self taught crocheter I was interested to read this as I have never had any issues. I actually work clockwise in the round too, not counterclockwise. The only issue I’ve ever had is to mentally reverse patterns when working from a diagram but I think as a leftie you get used to doing this with all kinds of things in life!!
    I also make all my YouTube videos left handed as I know how much these helped me when I started!!

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  • Lillian Schultz

    I recommend a book with left-hand & right hand directions. That is what I used many years ago. I checked one out from the library first & ended up buying the same book from a book store. It worked very well for me! Good luck to all the left-handed crocheted & knitters as there r books for that also!

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