Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities

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This page is my experience of knitting the left-handed way, the backward way, or the wrong way. Personally, I believe there is no wrong way to knit. I have always enjoyed crafts especially yarn arts. I started my yarn affair in college with crocheting.  I really enjoyed the meditation of crocheting. I also enjoyed the simplicity of the one hook and the multitude patterns; however, I have always want to knit.

Being an artistic child has always been easy and hard… I am a musician (non active) and have learned as well as self-taught myself many different instruments.  I have always self- taught myself something… it’s apart of my introverted-ness. After a long hiatus from crocheting I began to fall back in love with yarn in 2009.  At this times, I was also exploring myself as a person and found (or utilized) YouTube. This is where I began my journey of knitting. I am a right-handed person… as long as I can remember I have always done things with my right hand. At the age of 20, I found out that my mother force me to go right and that I was born left-handed. Needless to say a lot of things were explained. So trying to learn knitting the right-handed way (moving stitches from left needle to right) just did not work for me. I was so frustrated and confused as well as extremely discouraged. I took a break… read more, focused on the knits and purls… until one day it clicked. I made my first Gator stitch scarf. I was so over joyed!

Although I had enter knitter-vile, I didn’t fully grasp what I was doing, until one day I realized I was knitting “wrong.” I went to my LYS (local yarn shop) and they assured me that as long as the end result is the same there is no “wrong”way. However, I began to struggle with evolving my knitting, due to having to translate patterns and techniques  The more I research and consulted, the more people urged I learn the “right” way… I am not opposed to learning a different technique .. but I am easily confused. I rather perfect my skills in this style of knitting before learn a completely different way. Beside, I have always been different and always embraced my weirdness.

So this blog was born, to be a diary of my ups and downs of left-hand knitting. I also want to provide a source of explaining and translating techniques for left hand knitting. So come along for this arduous ride! Hopefully, It going to be a lot of fun and not too much swearing! 🙂

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