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New Pal

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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  09:03:30 AM  Show Profile Send Nanceann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been approached by a Lefty wanting to learn to knit. While I have assured her that anyone can knit, I need to be able to walk her through the beginning. Any suggestions besides mirroring? I do like that one...

knitting fairy
Warming Up

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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  12:34:43 PM  Show Profile Send knitting fairy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
First of all let me give you a big hug (((HUG))) for trying to teach a lefty. I took me years and years to find someone willing.

Even though she's left handed, she may not knit left handed. Maybe try right handed or continental style first, if that doesn't get it then try left handed (moving stitches from right to left with yarn in left hand). Especially if she already happens to crochet. She'll be used to holding yarn in her right hand anyhow.
If you look at the post you'll see lots of lefties knitting a lot of ways.
I taught myself to knit from a book with picture for lefties. But I learned to crochet first from a right handed woman. Everything she did I just did upside down and backwards. :OP That's probably the biggest part is being able to reverse everything in your head.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

Knitting Fairy

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck

It took me years and years of trial efforts to work out that there is absolutely no knitting triumph I can achieve that my husband will think is worth being woken up for. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
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New Pal

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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  3:29:23 PM  Show Profile Send Nanceann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We had our first lesson Tuesday night. As it happens, she has crocheted. I was fortunate, I have a leftie friend who was able to join us. We had difficulty with the cast on, until I resorted to crocheted cast on. She's working on her second row of knitting. I also loaned her a pair of bamboo needles, and some sugar and cream. She brought Boyles, that had to be a size 6 or 5, and finering weight acrylic. We both told her bigger is better when you are beginning.

Thanks for the encouragement!
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New Pal

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Posted - 09/13/2007 :  9:14:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit leftoutbutgood's Homepage Send leftoutbutgood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You might check out the web site I found:
It looks like it might help you.


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Guardian angel

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Posted - 09/14/2007 :  02:19:12 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've taught many lefties to knit and the majority of them prefer knitting continental style holding the yarn in their left hand in the usual way. Since controlling yarn tension is a major part of knitting, lefties have an advantage in using their dominant hand for it. By the way, I also show everyone I teach both ways to knit and let them choose the method they like best.

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Permanent Resident

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Posted - 09/14/2007 :  3:25:23 PM  Show Profile Send Tam a Private Message  Reply with Quote
my sister is left handed and when I taught her to knit, many years ago, it didn't even occur to me that a lefty might knit differently so I taught her to knit the same way I do.

Happy Knitting,
Tam in Melbourne

2007 Stats: 4 WIPs, 8 FOs
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 09/17/2007 :  06:18:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit franna724's Homepage Send franna724 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My daughter's a lefty and I'm a righty. She has pretty good use of both hands because her dad's a lefty and we tend to teach her to do things the way we do them. The same with knitting. I taught her the way I knit and she's never had a problem.
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