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« on: January 11, 2006 06:45:18 PM »

i also posted this in the book section, but i thought it might get more play here...does anyone know of a book/books for a crochet beginner that is good for left-handed craftsters?  i'm having a hard time learning, and i can't find anyone to teach my themselves.  i found one book that had a whole left handed section, but it turned out it was kind of old and had some errors.  i was looking forward to the stitch n bitch crochet book this month because the knitting book was lefty-friendly, but it's gotten bumped back to april i believe.  i'm dying to crochet!  SOS!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006 06:59:34 PM »

APRIL?! ugh!

In the FAQ, there are links to tutorials for lefties

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006 07:02:35 PM »

I went on amazon and searched for left handed crochet book.  I can't exactly remember then name of the one I got, but it was something like "Learn to Crochet in a Day"  Left-handed version.  I haven't sat down with it and some yarn yet, but in looking through it, it seemed pretty good.  You might want to check it out.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2006 08:31:11 PM »

Try Encyclopedia of Crochet.
I was using it tonight and there are columns of illustrations for both lefties and righties on everything.

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2006 04:36:16 AM »

I went on amazon and searched for left handed crochet book.  I can't exactly remember then name of the one I got, but it was soimething like "Learn to Crochet in a Day"  Left-handed version.  I haven't sat down with it and some yarn yet, but in looking through it, it seemed pretty good.  You might want to check it out.

Yes! That's what I used. I had a right-handed friend teach me crochet originally, but it was kind of confusing and after a while I'd forgotten how to do it completely so I got this book and it worked well. The patterns in there are pretty grandma-ey but the instructions are sound.

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2006 03:09:10 PM »

thank you so much for checking that out for me!  now i feel like i a jerk, i totally could have done that myself.  i am going to go check both those out post haste!  you guys are the best!  and yes, i heard april, and then i looked at the publishing info on amazon and it said february something...i don't know what the hell the deal is.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2006 08:14:54 PM »

Also, Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin has some very clear instructions for lefties.  Barnes and Noble on-line for used books has some great prices for it, too. 
Here is a "customer review" about the book:
"This is an invaluable book for both beginners and experts; right handers and left handers. Since I am a 'lefty' finding crochet books are VERY limited. This book is a gem. I taught myself to crochet in a week and was on my way to crocheting an afghan the second week. This book will be one that you will be referring to as you crochet your way to enjoyment. I will be getting a second one just to 'have on hand'. Thank you Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin."

Hope you find one you like, and happy crocheting. Smiley
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2006 08:49:16 AM »

I am a lefty and used Crochet Your Way. The step-by-step illustrations were great. One of the authors is a lefty, so they've got lots of tips.   I didn't use any of the patterns in the book other than the learn-to-crochet afghan (and never finished it, but it was good for practice). Plus they have instructions for some obscure stitches, if you're feeling adventurous.

I would not wait for Stitch 'n Bitch - if the crochet one is anything like the knitter's guide, the instructions will pretty much leave lefties out. Stitch 'n Bitch (knitting) has only about two sentences on left-handed knitting.
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2006 09:30:18 AM »

Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet[/i] does leave lefties out in the cold:

"For lefties, you can either try and learn to crochet this way, or reverse everything - and I mean everything - in this book"  - page 27 Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2006 04:51:22 PM »

I use "I  Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!" which is one of those floppy leaflet books that you can buy at places like Joann Fabrics. It has left-handed pictures for everything and gives you the basics. Still, I'm not exactly a big "hooker" and this book is about basics and so lacking inspiration or great projects. It's greatest appeal (aside from having left-hand pictures for everything) is its extremely cheap price ($6.50).

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