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Kimsart Is a Self-Taught Left-Handed Crocheter

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


How I Learned to Crochet With My Left Hand

I taught myself. I find it easier to read written directions that tell me how many times to yarn over and how many loops to go thru than charts but I don't pay attention to directions like left to right or right to left. I go left to right all ONLY.

How I Hold My Crochet Hook and Yarn / Thread

I hold the crochet hook in my left hand with the point of the hook facing me. My index, ring & pinky fingers of that hand curl loosely around the shaft of the hook behind my thumb which rests on the thumb rest of the hook.

I hold my yarn loosely in my right hand, pinching the crochet fabric between my righthand thumb & the pads of my right hand index & ring fingers. I feed the yarn up thru the middle of my hand thru the crook of my index finger (this is where I provide the tension on the yarn) and over to the hook.


  • I insert my hook into the next stitch worked from back to front which I think is backwards but I do it because it's easier for me. I figure if I have all the yarn over and pull thru repeats called for for a stick or pattern I'm doing it right.
  • Sometimes I have a hard time "getting it" and when that happens I set the directions & project aside for a while then try again.

Have You Needed Any Special Tools or Equipment?

Does caffeine count? No?

Seriously, I didn't need anything special. Just patience and persistence.

Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

Thanks for sharing your story, Kim, and for giving such a clear description of the way you work.

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