Friday, July 11, 2008

Crochet 101: Left Hand Crochet

I have done six of the basic tutorials for left handed crocheters. I decided to put them all on one place so they are easy to find. If you know of a lefty that would like to learn how to crochet, please feel free to share the link to my crochet blog or any of the tutorials.

My suggestion for a lefty that would like to crochet symbol instructions. In an image editing program or your printer program, mirror your symbol instructions so they are heading to the right and then print them out. Custom instructions for a lefty.

Video Tutorials:

Crochet 101: Left Hand Crochet Chain

Crochet 101: Left Hand Slip Stitch

Crochet 101: Left Hand Single Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Half Double Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Double Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Triple Crochet

20 comments:

  1. I am always looking for new stitches and I am so glad to find your blog.
    Thank you for sharing an I am sure that is a great number of people who appreciate those pictures of so lovely stitches.

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  2. Teresa...thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been looking online for lefty instructions and finally found your blog! The whole story is on my blog, but I just finished my first beanie hat and my 8 year old son is thrilled. So, thank you! You're my new hero! :)

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  3. Keela,
    You are welcome. I do not want to leave out lefties from crocheting so I came up with a way to provide video tutorials and instructions as a left handed person should see crochet. Did you see the stripe beanie video tutorial that I created for lefties?
    Left Hand Crochet Stripe Beanie

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  4. I did see it! I also just did my first brim! Now, I'm looking at the ribbon flowers. I think I can do it just with the instructions now! I will take photos of this hat when I'm done. It's for my friend's little girl. :) Thank you again!

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  5. Teresa, thank you so very much for your videos. Being left-handed it has always been a challenge for me to learn crafts. I love your crochet videos and I just completed a scarf. I wish I could get your videos on a DVD so that I can still play it on my computer when I do not have Internet access.

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  6. I was just watching your basketweave hat, could you do it for us lefties? It would be nice to have a hat to go along with my new scarf.

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  7. This is going to sound kind of silly but here goes... I am left handed (actually I use my right hand for more than my left) and crochet left handed not real good at it but have made a few things and the instructions that I have found on the internet always say we lefties have to reverse the intructions.This is where I am lost. I haven't ever reversed a pattern mostly because I don't know how but really want to know what or how to do it and why. Hope you don't mind telling me about this. I love to crochet and want to get better at it. Marge

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  8. Marge,
    Since you crochet with both hands, you are probably aware that you go in the opposite direction when you crochet left handed. Written instructions apply to both hands for the most part. If you have language that says, "Insert the hook to the right", you would reverse the language for a lefty to "Insert the hook to the left". If you like symbol crochet, that would be something more of what a person is talking about when it come to reversing the pattern. Most scanners have the capabilities to reverse a pattern so it will go to the right, so a lefty can follow along.

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  10. I am 36 years old. My mother who is right handed has been trying to teach me to crochet for 20 years. I finally decided that I was going to learn to or bust. With my Mom's help and your video I think I finally have it. Thanks so much.

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  11. Thanks so much. I tried to teach some of my students to crochet today who are left-handed. It was frustrating for both of us. I can now sort of crochet a chain. I'll keep working until I can show them your way. I've posted you on my facebook page, The Irresistible Ewe.

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  12. mantThanks a hundred times over for doing this site. I have been searching for something to help me, as I (age 70, retired nurse, crafter...plus crochet class teacher for my church) do get leftys in and am so unsure of myself in helping them learn. I believe your site is the best I have seen and have saved the link to give to others so they can watch the video. Before I found it, I spent over an hour and a half trying to figure out the very basics, ...of how to left hand crochet, so I could teach someone else. This will help me and them so much. God bless you for your effort in doing this. Vickey Stamps

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  13. I'm a lefty and I've been crocheting for years with no problem. Now all of a sudden I'm having a brain freeze. When crocheting through the back loop is it still the back loop or is it the front loop?

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  14. Vicky, thank you for your kind words! I appreciate it!

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  15. maaa,
    It is still going to be the back loop. Back loop is the same for right and left hand crochet.

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  16. Thanks so much for this wealth of information! I am an avid right hand crocheter, but am trying to teach a lefty and am really confused and want to do it right so please excuse my questions: Can a left handed crocheter follow a pattern written for a right handed person and complete a successful project? Or, do they have to reverse the written directions? I'm having trouble with this because I work right to left, but lefties obviously work left to right and it has me totally confused. Thanks in advance for any guidance on the issue!

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  17. OMG I HAVE LOOKED ALL OVER FOR A SIMPLE BABY SWEATER CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS, PATTERNS SOMETHING FOR LEFT HANDED PEOPLE. I HAVE YET TO FIND SOMETHING! HELP, PLEEEASE!

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  18. I am a lefty, I got a book from Walmart, a few years back that had the directions and pics for both hands. Also, the thought of you are looking in a mirror. The lefty should mirror you while sitting across from you. Hope you understand my meaning. :)

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  19. Your video for left handed crochet was sent to me recently as I have been trying to crochet for years!!!!! Thank you soooo much for this first chain for lefties and the slow motion just brought it all home to me this morning!! I am trying, without success to upload your videos to my laptop so that I can follow them without having to be connected to the internet but perhaps you do not allow this to happen - I do understand copyright etc., but I am forging ahead with the next stitch - so fingers crossed!! Am a frustrated lefthanded crocheter. Any tips you can give on uploading would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for being there.

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