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May 22, 2012 08:48:19   #
jenk57
 
I am sure that you can find videos posted on YouTube showing left handed knitting, which may help her to "see" it and you as well.
 
May 22, 2012 08:50:09   #
suebuddah
 
I am left handed and I was taught by my mum who was right handed , its the only thing I do right handed xx
May 22, 2012 08:53:24   #
Tennessee.Gal
 
See if the child can knit right-handed.
May 22, 2012 09:30:19   #
Nilda muniz (a regular here)
 
I a, left handed and learned from a right handed person. However, she taught me to knit right handed and I was about 31 yrs. old when this happened. In summary, if she is interested, I don't think it will be a problem for her to learn. Maybe, keep the learning lessons to 15 min. Long at the beginning.
May 22, 2012 09:51:04   #
eilenablue
 
Hi 4Pins,

I'm left handed and like many others here on KP, was taught to knit the right handed way as a child. I don't recall learning to be too difficult.

Years ago I found and bought a little sign that said "If the left half of the brain controls the right side of the body, then only left-handers are in their right minds!" (no offence to all you lovely right-handers out there ... just kidding around) :D
May 22, 2012 10:12:23   #
Palenque1978
 
Interesting... I never thought that there was a left-hand knitting technique. Much less did I know there is such a technique.

My daughter is a lefty... yet, when I taught her to knit when she was about 5-years old, I taught her to knit as I do... I'm right-handed.

Years, later when I began to knit again. She got the bug and wanted to knit scarfs... she was now in her latter 40s.... she had not forgotten... and with just a bit of review she was home free. She's never said anything or complained about knitting as I do. When she learned to play the guitar, as a teenager, her instructor asked her if she wanted to learn to play left-handed. If she wanted to learn that way, the guitar would have had to be restrung, opposite of the way it's normally strung (sorry I had to use the work "normally" Lefties... no disrespect to you all). But, Stephanie chose to learn it as we all were ... so the guitar would be strung the same as for the rest of us (we were all in Scouts, so playing guitar was cool at campfires... I was a leader for the younger group).

I agree with Chez! Stephanie is quite versatile... and very intelligent, I might add. She can cut with righ-hand scissors, but prefers left-handed ones. She also learned to play trumpet as a righty.

But, for the life of me... I don't think I'm smart enough to have figured out how to knit as a lefty. Amazing stuff.
 
May 22, 2012 10:23:14   #
DeeDeeF
 
Certainly, but don't be surprised if she starts to do it her own way; whatever makes her comfortable. How lovely a time you will have!
May 22, 2012 10:24:23   #
luckyA
 
I have a Susan Bates LEARN TO KNIT book from 1989 that has instructions for right and left hand knitters beginning with how to cast on.
May 22, 2012 10:27:13   #
Louise13
 
4pins wrote:
Hi

Can anyone tell me if I, as a right-hander can teach a child of 8 who is a leftie, to knit?

I really would like to pass on my knowledge and keep this wonderful craft going through the family.

All advice welcome.


Yes you can. My grandmother taught me and I'm a leftie. But she show my the right handed way and I just pick it up as I did'nt know the difference. Good luck
May 22, 2012 10:28:46   #
jersgran (a regular here)
 
I'm a lefty. Can't do anything with my right hand, except knit. Patterns are easier if they don't have to be switched. Teach her to knit the way you do. She's eight - her mind is a sponge! I crochet left handed, and patterns are sometimes a problem.
May 22, 2012 10:49:54   #
MarySandra
 
I am left handed and learned to knit right handed and I'm so glad I did. Remember no matter what learning to knit is awkward. At this point of my life I fight carpel tunnel in my left arm but I can still knit because I knit right handed.
 
May 22, 2012 11:12:51   #
Dlclose (a regular here)
 
Dornar wrote:
I am a left-handed person and I knit as if I were right handed. In this way I can follow stitch instructions and other crafting visual aids.

Right hands can be taught to do their jobs. I also iron right handed, I play the piano right handed. Everything else is whatever feels comfortable (left handed scissors, left handed pencil/pen/brush holding doing fine work, etc.)

Some left-handed folks are granted special super powers, too. I can read upside down and read backwards printing, too. I could always read what a teacher had written about me as I was called up to stand before her desk and her notebooks were open in front of me.
I am a left-handed person and I knit as if I were ... (show quote)

Oh you were ornery weren't you?!
May 22, 2012 11:57:56   #
Woolyouknitwithme
 
I am a leftie and I knit just like right handed people continental style like my mother and grandmother. I learned to knit at 38 years old because my mother thought a leftie could not knit right handed. Your daughter has to knit right because other wise the patterns are backwards. Just teach her the basics of knit and purl and give her a small project and let her teach her self. Left handed people use their right hand for a lot of their daily life.
May 22, 2012 11:58:15   #
Woolyouknitwithme
 
I am a leftie and I knit just like right handed people continental style like my mother and grandmother. I learned to knit at 38 years old because my mother thought a leftie could not knit right handed. Your daughter has to knit right because other wise the patterns are backwards. Just teach her the basics of knit and purl and give her a small project and let her teach her self. Left handed people use their right hand for a lot of their daily life.
May 22, 2012 12:30:57   #
gma11331
 
I am primarily right-handed but find I use my left a lot for picking up things, etc. When I had surgery on my right wrist I was able to write legibly with my left hand--went to the bank and made a new signature card for check-writing while my right hand was incapacitated. Sort of "ambidexi" I guess. I've never tried knitting left-handed and can't really picture it...One granddaughter is a lefty but she's shown no interest in knitting so far.
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