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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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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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Thank you all for your replies :D I have started a basic shall and I started it right handed but I just find it so uncomfortable that i switched back to left handed and am knitting along. =) I agree I am just going to continue to knit in the way that is more comfortable for me. It will be quite a while before I attempt anything to fancy maybe later I will try to learn right handed but right now I am having to much fun doing it left handed. :-D
 

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peachy51 said:
Redkimba said:
dotrob34 said:
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 =)
Oh, my word - that youtube poster is a confirmed idiot. I'm left-handed, taught by my right-handed grandmother. I don't have any problem being or knitting left-handed. (and I have a very rude response towards any right-hander who thinks I need to change so I can fit their universe...)

<rant now over>

Just give knitting left-handed a try. You may find that it works for you OR you may find that knitting the right-handed may work better for you.

PS - sorry, but it grossly annoys me that we still have right-handers who believe that all lefties are raised on a left-handed planet and therefore have no concept how to deal with anything right-handed.
Actually, it's us left handers who are better adapted. We have had to adapt to a mostly right-handed world. My mother used to say that she might as well not have a left hand because it was useless to her. I think a lot of right-handed people feel that way.

Whereas, those of us who are lefties have had to learn to adapt.

And we are also discriminated against to a certain extent. When I went to buy a pair of sewing scissors, I had to pay twice as much for a left-handed pair. (I realize the concept behind this as they don't make as many of them, but it still chaps me.)

Fortunately for me, I don't do everything left handed. I eat, write, crochet left handed. But I bowl, knit, throw a ball right handed. And if I broke my left arm, I could still do all those things right handed (it would just be slower).

That video is the exact reason I don't go to youtube first for video instruction. They are my last resort if I can't find what I need on any of the knitting sites. Even tho I can't understand anyone learning from the beginning to knit left handed, I would never presume to tell anyone that they should change the way they are doing it. If they already knit left handed and have the ability to make pattern adjustments, they I say go for it!
Thank you for your reply, I taught myself how to knit when my daughter found out she was pregnant with my new grandaughter. I learned from a beginners book and the videos I found on the internet so I did learn left handed. I have made lots of baby booties, hats, and baby mittens along with a couple of blankets. I knitted my first baby dress just a week or so ago and as I look at the clothing, toys, scarfs, etc. that I want to knit...I got worried about following the more detailed patterns. But I believe I will continue to knit the way I have taught myself lol at least until I feel I really need to change, but I am so new to knitting that I believe that as I get better at knitting and reading the patterns that I will be able to adapt. Like you I do a lot of things right handed so I'm sure if I had to I could knit right handed too. :)
 
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