The Perils of Being a Lefty

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When I first began to crochet I found there was very little in way of resources to guide a left-handed novice around the basics. Learning to crochet is hard enough to begin with: studying videos to learn how to hold the hook, learning a new language and trying to memorise how each stitch is created. But alongside that, there were very few tutorials on how to deal with this as a left hander.

The thing is the more I began to crochet the more I realised it makes very little difference whether you’re left handed or right handed. Ok yes, everything’s in reverse but really that’s where the differences end. When reading a basic pattern you can simply follow the instructions as written; the only difference I find is that sometimes a project might benefit from being turned inside out when finished, particularly shoes. Occasionally a pattern will say something along the lines of ‘continue to the left’ when as a left hander I continue to the right.

When following a crochet diagram you simply follow the stitches in the direction you crochet: so you’ll follow in a clockwise direction. From a crocheting point of view, once you have a basics you shouldn’t notice much difference from a right handed crocheter.

So all in all in all don’t be discouraged if you are left handed and you think crochet will be more difficult. Pick it up and have a go because once you have the basics, it’s easier than you think!

Have  a wonderful day, here is a picture of a tiny turtle!

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