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Reader Stories: Tips and Advice From Left-Handed Crocheters


Left-handed people face an extra challenge when learning how to crochet: crochet instructions are typically written for right-handed people.

Here's an opportunity to learn from the experiences of left-handed crocheters; lefties share their methods for learning how to crochet with your left hand. They explain:

  • How they hold their crochet hooks and yarn
  • What resources they used for learning
  • Their advice for the best ways to learn how to crochet with your left hand

Nancy's Tips for Left-Handed Crocheters

Being a lefty, my left hand holds the hook: I put the "butt" of the hook in the bottom of the palm of my hand, wrap my bottom three fingers around the hook and pinch the middle of the hook with my in…More

Learning How to Crochet Left Handed

I hold the hook in my left hand and thread/yarn( I hold with the thumb and first finger,I close my last 3 fingers and the thread goes throuth here,the tension is mostly my little finger. I've watched…More

A Book Taught Lorrie How to Crochet Left-Handed

I hold my crochet hook in my left hand like I am holding a pencil and the yarn is looped over my right index finger I can keep better tension that way I always keep a pad of paper with my project and…More

Debi's Tips and Advice for Crocheting Left-Handed

I hold the hook like I'm holding the a handle of a bicycle.I do not wrap the yarn around my finger for tension. I tend to have what ever I'm making pinched in my right hand and the yarn hanging down …More

Best Books for Learning to Crochet Left-Handed

I hold my hook in my left hand with either the knife grip or the pencil grip depending on the yarn and the project. I hold the yarn with my index finger on my right hand. I do not wrap the yarn aroun…More

Helpful Advice From an Ambidextrous Crocheter

I hold the crochet hook knife style; perhaps once in a while I hold it pencil style.I usually just zig zag the yarn about my fingers. Only if my tension/gauge is off do I wrap it around my forefinger…More

Pauline's Story - A Self-Taught Left-Handed Knitter and Crocheter

I hold my hook with my left hand and the yarn with my right. I hold the hook between my pointer finger and my thumb. I use my left hand to insert the hook into the stitch to be crocheted. The project…More

Dee's Story - Practical Advice for Learning How to Crochet Left-Handed

I use the pencil hold, have tried the other way, it's uncomfortable, though, at times, works better for some projects. Using the hook in my left hand, my right hand holds the yarn/thread woven betwee…More

Moonwillow Learned How to Crochet Left-Handed by Watching a Right-Handed Person

Grip it over handed i guess you could say. Kind of hard to explain. My left hand holds the hook while the right hand holds the yarn. I work from right to left so my patterns may look a little differe…More

Pat Explains a Method That Can Be Used to Teach Left-Handed Crochet

Being the teacher, and right-handed I hold my hook in my right hand and my yarn across my left fingers. Naturally in a mirror of the size for shaving in, the whole thing becomes a left-handed demonst…More

Debbiejonathan's Method Reduces Problems With Separated Yarns

I hold the piece in progress between my right middle finger and thumb with the yard wrapped around my index finger, going under my ring finger and little finger which gently hold the yarn in place to…More

Doris Mills Easily Taught a Left-Handed Friend How to Crochet

Just crochet a simple block....to start off with while sitting across from a friend who crochets right-handed. Follow their guide. Hold your crochet hook in your left-hand like a pencil. Hold the yar…More

Cacshantih's Experiences With Learning Crochet From Left-Handed Mom

I hold the hook like a pencil and wrap the yarn once only around my left index finger as I tend to crochet tightly. I also go up one hook in size.I also start with clean hands that I've dusted with a…More

Kathy Shares an Excellent Technique for Learning How to Crochet Left-Handed

I hold my hook in left hand between thumb & index finger, my yarn is in right hand between index & slipped under next fingers, At first hands might hurt for a bit, just till you get use to holding th…More

Val2kyrie Was Self-Taught

I hold my hook in my left hand, like a knife with the forefinger supporting it. I hold the yarn in my right hand. I know you're supposed to move the hook, but I actually move the yarn to loop it arou…More

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