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

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

By Pauline

How I Learned to Crochet With My Left Hand

I taught myself to crochet and knit with my left hand; I couldn't make my brain work backwards. I have been crocheting for years but hadn't tried a pattern that said use the back loop only. (that is the loop I have always used) I have run into problems with stitches not working out. In crocheting, when it says to use the back loop only, the stitch involved does not work out the same as a friend who is right handed. And, in knitting, to try the seed stitch by K1, P1, K1, using my left hand I get ribbing. Has anyone else experienced this? It is really strange that some things don't work out and I have no idea why.

How I Hold My Crochet Hook and Yarn / Thread

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 is held in my right hand. I also hold the knitting needle in my left hand and insert it into the stitch to be used next. The work is in my right hand and for now, I am "throwing" the yarn over the needle.


  • There are instructions available at yarn stores that will show in detail what to do. The publication is called "Learn to Knit" by NOMIS. It was $6.00 when I bought it about three years ago. (That is how long I have been knitting.) The booklet shows left and right handed knitting and crocheting instructions.

Have You Needed Any Special Tools or Equipment?

Not to date.

Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

Thanks for the info, Pauline!

I can't say that I've personally experienced these issues, but here are my thoughts on troubleshooting them.

First of all, let's take a closer look at the difference between a back loop only stitch and a regular stitch.

When you crochet through only one loop, the fabric is structurally different than it would be if you were to crochet through both loops. The look of the fabric will be different. The amount of stretch you get will be different. Your gauge could possibly even work out to be different.

I have posted a couple of pages that will show you some of the differences:

I wrote a lot more about troubleshooting these issues, and posted it at my crochet blog: left-handed crochet and back-loop-only stitches - I thought it would be a good idea to open up a conversation and get input from others who have actually experienced this. I hope you'll visit the blog for more info.

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