Mairzy is a left-handed crocheter who just posted the following question in response to our pages about experiences with crocheting left-handed. Mairzy writes,
"I would love to RECEIVE some advice on making clothes. It seems that all patterns are written for right-handers and the translation does not always render the same results as what a right-hander would have. I've considered trying it right-handed but I think I would lose interest and get very frustrated."
Thanks so much for your submission to our website. I really appreciate it.
I'm going to ask our left-handed crocheters to step in and help me answer your question, because I guarantee you that they can do a better job of it than I can. Being a right-handed crocheter myself, this is not something I've personally experienced or had to deal with.
I do know a couple things you'll have to take into consideration, having been told by other left-handed crocheters. One is that your buttonholes may end up on the "wrong" side, depending on how a pattern is written. See this page for some further insights about crocheting buttonholes left-handed.
Another is that any charted designs may come out reversed -- which is OK if the chart is symmetrical, but not so great if it's an alphabet chart or something that only looks good in one direction. For that reason, I try to include left-handed versions of my charts on our website whenever that would be an issue.
My understanding is that asymmetrical shaping could also get to be an issue for left-handed crocheters in certain circumstances.
My suggestion would be to start with making symmetrical clothing designs, which I would think should be reasonably hassle-free for most left-handed crocheters. I can't think of any good reason why a symmetrical design wouldn't turn out right no matter which direction you crochet it from. (I'm hoping someone will jump in and correct me if I'm wrong in suggesting that, especially if your experience has been otherwise.)
Anyone else with insights to add? Please, let's see 'em! We'd be especially interested in hearing about your tips and tricks for overcoming these annoying little hurdles. Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes a comment.
See Also: left-handed crochet.