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Hi I have a question. I started knitting when my daughter became pregnant with my grand daughter =) Anyways I am left handed and I have made booties, hats, and blankets, so now I am hooked. My question is I watched a video on youtube saying that if your left handed to either learn to do it right handed or give it up. So is this true? I mean I can see that some of the patterns would need adjusting but is it really that serious? Thank you to anyone that answers =)
 

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I am a right handed knitter so I can give you advice other than to say, don't give up. I am positive there are lots of left handed knitters on KP who will tell you about their knitting experiences.
 

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I'm a left-handed writer but I switch-hit on my cross-stitch, right hand the crochet and knitting. My only addition for you would be to have a pair of matched size circulars if you don't like DPN for more socks and hats. I cannot see a change for the blanket.

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Hi I have a question. I started knitting when my daughter became pregnant with my grand daughter =) Anyways I am left handed and I have made booties, hats, and blankets, so now I am hooked. My question is I watched a video on youtube saying that if your left handed to either learn to do it right handed or give it up. So is this true? I mean I can see that some of the patterns would need adjusting but is it really that serious? Thank you to anyone that answers =)
 

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So you do knit right handed? I have knitted everything I have made so far left handed but I am willing to try to teach myself to knit right handed there are so many projects that I want to try lol I just don't want to attempt a sweater and then realize I have messed it up because of the differences in knitting right handed apposed to left handed. Thank you for your reply :)
 

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I warn you in advance...you may not be able to go back to left-handed...except for cross-stitch/eating/writing.

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So you do knit right handed? I have knitted everything I have made so far left handed but I am willing to try to teach myself to knit right handed there are so many projects that I want to try lol I just don't want to attempt a sweater and then realize I have messed it up because of the differences in knitting right handed apposed to left handed. Thank you for your reply :)
 

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That's ok I would rather be able to do the more complex patterns with out worrying that I am messing them up then worry about going back lol I have never been able to crochet properly so maybe if I can learn to knit right handed I can also tackle crocheting.
 

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As a died-in-the-wool leftie I've done everything, including knitting and crocheting, left-handedly for over 70 years, all sorts and all patterns, without encountering a problem. Comparing my works with those of righthanded knitters, it has shown impossible to differentiate. So don't listen to all those righties - they're just jealous! []Hi I have a question. I started knitting when my daughter became pregnant with my grand daughter =) Anyways I am left handed and I have made booties, hats, and blankets, so now I am hooked. My question is I watched a video on youtube saying that if your left handed to either learn to do it right handed or give it up. So is this true? I mean I can see that some of the patterns would need adjusting but is it really that serious? Thank you to anyone that answers =)[/quote]

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Have you considered continental or combined styles? I hold the yarn in my left hand, don't throw, and both hands do about the same amount of work. I move the needle with my right, but I manipulate the yarn with my left.
 

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I was not suggesting anyone switching hands they started working with. Just recommending the 2 circular needle method of hat and sock knitting. Blankets only need the one long circular. I'm in firm agreement that the stitches look the same for either knitter given enough practice.
 

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I am left handed and I crochet left handed because I hold the crochet hook the same way I hold a fork.

But when I learned to knit, I knew I was going to have to use both hands for the craft, so I learned to knit right handed. I knew back then that it would save me a lot of heartache in the long run by not having to adjust patterns. I have never been sorry and honestly don't see why anyone would even try to knit left handed. Not trying to offend anyone, just my opinion since you are going to have to use both hands anyway.
 

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I'm right handed but learned to hold the yarn with the left hand when I started knitting with circular needles. So, I'm not sure if this is what you call left hand knitting, but most people ask me if I am left handed when they see how I knit. Anyway, it works!
 

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I'm right handed but learned to hold the yarn with the left hand when I started knitting with circular needles. So, I'm not sure if this is what you call left hand knitting, but most people ask me if I am left handed when they see how I knit. Anyway, it works!
No, I think what you are doing is called Continental as opposed to throwing (which is what I do). Left-handed knitting is knitting from right to left. Rather than moving the stitches from the left needle to the right needle as you knit, left-handed knitting is moving the stitches from the right needle to the left needle.
 

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I have kbnitted left-handed for 45 years..and there has never been a pattern i have not figured out. i now just automatically switch the pattern in my head...right to left...left to right etc... i have never had a problem myself.
 

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dotrob34 said:
Hi I have a question. I started knitting when my daughter became pregnant with my grand daughter =) Anyways I am left handed and I have made booties, hats, and blankets, so now I am hooked. My question is I watched a video on youtube saying that if your left handed to either learn to do it right handed or give it up. So is this true? I mean I can see that some of the patterns would need adjusting but is it really that serious? Thank you to anyone that answers =)
I have never heard anything so ridiculous!!! I am left handed and knit and crochet to a good standard. I have never had any difficulty whatsoever. I would be very interested to hear the reasoning behind this opinion to know if there are any reasons.
 

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I AM LEFT HANDED AND I CAN KNIT ANYTHING PLEASE DONT GIVE UP PEOPLE ENJOY SEEING MY THINGS.I WAS NEVER TOLD THAT I COULD NOT DO THE THINGS THAT RIGHT HANDERS DO IN FACT MY FATHER ALWAYS MADE IT AN ISSUE THAT I DID IT MY WAY AND HE WAS RIGHT HANDED.IF YOU FIND IT ENJOYABLE BY ALL MEANS CONTINUE .I DID AND STILL DO AND I'M A GREAT GRAND MA
 

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I am left handed I hold the yarn in my right hand. My fork I hold in my left hand. I believe I knit the English way and I find it suits me just fine. My Mom taught me when I was young and I've continued like that. On certain web sites i.e. for crochet they have instructions for left handed persons - likewise for knitting! I certainly wouldnt dream of doing it any other way. Good luck and happy knitting.
 

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I am a leftie, and I learned to knit right-handed. When it comes to crochet,I use my left. You will have to swap any shaping on a pattern- a left side(of a cardigan for example) becomes the right side.... Other than that, I find no real difference. Good luck with your crafting.
 
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