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!