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Readers Respond: Tips for Left-Handed Knitting

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People who are left-handed and want to learn how to knit face a dilemma. Some people insist that left-handed knitters do better when they learn to knit in a mirror image of the way right-handed people knit, while others say it's no problem to learn how to knit the same way a right-handed person would, since both hands are needed to knit anyway.

If you're a left-handed person who knits or you're someone who's taught a left-handed person to knit, share your tips, tricks and which method of knitting you use to get the job done.

Knitting Takes Both Hands

I have just taught my 8 year old granddaughter to knit, this afternoon. She is left handed, and just taught her the same as the right handed granddaughters, and she has picked it up quicker than them. I did nothing different this time. I had a lot of trouble teaching my left-handed sister, with mirrors etc. and found it confused the whole learning. So I would advice not to worry about left or right handed, as you use two hands to knit. I taught her same as my Nan, the rhyme, needle in, wool around, slip it through, and take it off. Good luck, once they have learnt, it is a craft which will take them through the rest of their lives. I am so glad I had a Nan who sat for very long hours to teach me. Thankfully my granddaughter was a lot easier to teach. Maybe the three years age difference helped.
—Guest Karen

Continental Purl Help, Please

I am left handed and have become a very competent knitter, my only problem is that when it says left side it is my right side, so I have to adjust the buttons accordingly. I had to teach myself to knit and crochet because no one could teach me. I am so left handed that I can't use my right hand to knit even if I tried. I have tried the Continental way, but don't know what to do when I need to purl. can anyone out there help me?
—Guest Gertie

Lefthand knitting

I have taught several people to knit left hand. I sit them next to me and have them do the same thing as I do. It seems to work as at least three that I know of are still knitting.
—Guest beatrice fortin
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