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« on: January 11, 2008 03:48:32 PM »

So I get how to knit, I taught myself how to do it though and only be swapping out every "left" with a "right" and vice versa. (This gets VERY confusing by the way, haha). Anyway, everytime I need to learn a new technique, I get very nervous and hope I can pick it up (so far, so good, haha  Grin).

But... I've always wondered if there is any source that EXISTS to translate knitting stuff for lefties.

I've heard knitting continental style IS knitting left-handed, is this true? I currently create new stitches from right to left (meaning all new stitches end up on the left needle when I'm done with 'em).

LASTLY on this topic, I was concerned about chart reading... I just noticed that it says to read the chart from right to left... do I need to REVERSE this to account for being a lefty??? AHHH! Yikes.


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Um, so how does this work?

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2008 04:01:33 PM »

I'm severely left handed, and couldn't learn right handed knitting.  I, too, knit right to left, and it's not a problem.  But yes, when I'm working from a chart or making an embossed image, it comes out reversed.  If I'm working from a chart, I copy it to paint on my computer and flip the image, if I can.  Otherwise, I just read it backwards.  It makes it a little harder, but this world wans't made for lefties.

As for resourses, I don't know of any.  I just sort of taught myself and worked out my own techniques.  I'm a little afraid of colorwork for this reason.  As I understand continential knitting, you hold the yarn in your left hand, as opposed to your right.  I'm not 100% on that, though.

Good to know i'm not alone, though!

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2008 04:11:37 PM »

hehe, yay for Lefty Knitters!!

Hmm, about the continental thing, I hold the yarn in my LEFT hand and knit from right to left. I think.  Roll Eyes
So I don't really know what the heck I do. I think I do half English (by wrapping the yarn with my opposite hand) and half continental by knitting right to left. If I understand the definitions, that is.


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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2008 04:22:05 PM »

With continental, you're still knitting from the right-hand needle onto the left-hand one, so it's the same direction as English knitting.  You're just holding the yarn in your left hand instead of your right.

I'm a lefty but I was able to get the hang of right-handed knitting, so I don't have any resources for you.   Sad
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2008 05:00:26 PM »

I learned from a bunch of different people.
I got my basics from a lefty who knit continental, but threw the yarn anyway.
I learned to cast off English.
I learned the long-tail cast on from a lefty.
I am a knitting amalgam!  Hear my roar!
But yeah, I'd have to say that the best resources are other lefthanded knitters.
I, personally am right-handed, so I can't be of much help there, but maybe check out your LYS?
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008 11:34:05 AM »

from what you've said, you're knitting english, but you're just doing it in reverse.  continental is where you end up with the stitches on the right needle, and you wrap the yarn with your left hand. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2008 11:50:21 AM »

What I was told is continental  is actually when you pick your stitches and do all the wokr with the tip of your needle,sliding it under the stitch, wrapping the yearn, and sliding the stitch off the tip.  You dont actually use your hand to wrap the thread around it when you are making new stitches. at least this is my understanging. I think being left or right handed is just the direction in which you go.

but I could just be on crack.

To do normal knitting I just change all directional references from left to right, and likewise. so if it read left, then I would go right. (its always opposite the pattern) if its a chart, I just go by the chart, I just change the way I do the stitches the same way I would if it was written out instructions.


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