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Best Books for Learning to Crochet Left-Handed

Share Your Story: Tips and Advice From Left-Handed Crocheters

By shazzade

How I Learned to Crochet With My Left Hand

My mother tried to teach me crochet but she was right-handed and short tempered. All I could do was chain. Then I found Learn to Crochet in 8 Easy Steps - For Left & Right Hand Crocheters. I never looked back. This book was copyrighted in 1979 by C.J. Bates & Son, Chester, Connecticut 06412 and was the best thing that ever happened to me. I could finally understand HOW to crochet! There are three or four others I could mention, Crochet Unraveled by Claire Bojczuk, Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet and Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy & Susan Levin. All excellent for lefties!

How I Hold My Crochet Hook and Yarn / Thread

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 around my hand and through my fingers. I have never got on with that and so I don't do it. I grip the work in progress with my right hand.


  • Get a hold of books that show you the left-handed stitches. There are a couple of web sites that have left hand tutorials that I have found very helpful. I have never been able to put a mirror in front of a book and learn that way. I've always been too cack handed for that.

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Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

These sound like fantastic books, so I took a look to see which of them are still available. Here are some links in case anyone would like to check them out:

I also looked around to see if I could find the Learn to Crochet book by Bates. It appears that perhaps this book, or at least a very similar one, has recently been reprinted and packaged as part of a kit for beginning crocheters. The product overview does mention instructions for left-handed crocheters. If you'd like to check out the kit, you can compare prices on it as well.

More Book Recommendations

Several of our other left-handed readers have also shared their opinions about which books would be helpful for lefties who want to learn how to crochet.

If we've missed any good books that left-handed crocheters should know about, please be sure to mention them when you share your story about crocheting left-handed.

To Shazzade: Thank you so much for this valuable contribution to our list of resources for left-handed crocheters. This information is very much appreciated. Thanks for sharing your story!

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