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October 04, 2010


Shelly Kang

I know this is not the answer you're looking for, but I'm going to tell it to you straight. Even though you're left-handed, you should be knitting exactly the same way as all other knitters. (with the various variations including Continental vs. English). I'm left-handed, and can vouch for the fact that knitting is an ambidextrous sport. Without sitting down and watching you knit to see what you are doing exactly - mirror image knitting? Are your stitches mounted normally? etc. it would be very difficult to give you good advice.

That said, I'm an equal-opportunity knitter, and if you have developed and independent knitting style that works for you, go ahead and have fun with it. You've figured out how to make the technique work so far, so you can probably do socks following the same formula.

Good luck!


As a lefty who knits from right to left, I haven't had to change anything when knitting socks.

There is a group on Ravelry dedicated to left-handers, but not all of them knit mirrored. Feel free to ask me for any help--my username there is lazychick.


Another lefty here. The only thing I've had trouble with is the Kitchener stitch for the toe. I've had to learn to do it right handed. Other than that, I'm with the rest of the comments. I knit English style and I knit just like right handers.


Another lefty here who knits left-handed, and has for more years than I really care to count. I don't have any problems with socks. Even the patterns that are mirrored seem to work out.


I'm very left-handed. There are only two things I can think of that I do right-handed: use a can opener, and knit. English-style, because I learned to crochet first and am more comfortable with the yarn in my right hand. I decided it was too much brainwork to figure out how to make "left-handed" knitting work, particularly wrt decrease slants, and I'd be on my own when it came to questions I had.
That said, I've figured out how to "knit back backwards" for entrelac-type work. It's good to know how to do both!

Sarah R.

Hello Fellow Lefty,
I knit left handed and haven't had too many issues except that my cables twist the opposite way as the pattern if I forget to reverse them. The thing I find trickiest when learning a new stitch is always exchanging "left needle" for "right needle" in my head and vice versa. I'm a new sock knitter and haven't had any problems following the patterns but haven't tried anything too complicated yet. Good luck!


I'm a righty but my 7 year old son,Duncan, is a lefty. He really wanted to learn how to knit- so I taught him... Righty style. He has no problem (other than regular old 7 year old fine motor control issues)and now considers himself ambidextrous.

I did not teach him the usual song(the one about the fence) but taught him Under, Over, Under, Off!! He got it right away.

I know this isn't specific to the topic but I thought it might help.

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