The left-handed crocheter

I think I may have cracked the problem of the left-handed crocheter.

Or, the problem of directions for right-handed crocheters that don’t take into account that left-handers will work in completely the opposite direction. Telling us to hold up the diagram to a mirror doesn’t solve the problem. You try holding up the pattern to a mirror and crocheting AT THE SAME TIME.

So what is actually happening when I follow a crochet pattern? I pick up the hook and I start working clockwise which is the same direction that diagrams indicate. BUT. That’s not what’s happening when a right-hander crochets. They read the directions clockwise and work anti-clockwise (take a minute to visualise the hook in your right hand and working right to left).

To get the same result, left-handers need to read the diagram anti-clockwise and work clockwise. We’re working the whole damn thing backwards.It’s okay while you’re working flat, whether it’s in the round or row by row. But a complicated garment with shaping and so on? That’s going to need practice and a lot of good red wine.

I don’t feel quite so bad about the crochet thing now.

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1 Comment

  1. Stomper Girl said,

    August 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I have enough problems reading any sewing or knitting pattern, all I can say is, if you have to read it backwards or anti-clockwise THANK GOD I’m not left-handed.

    Your crochet flars are luvly.


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