Left Out Knitter
What does Left Handed Knitting mean?

Left Handed Knitting means that you are working the knitting from the right needle onto the left needle.  You may or may not hold the working yarn in your left hand.  There are four distinct ways to knit left handed.  The first way I talk about is with the leading leg of the stitch sitting on the back of the needle.  The reason I do this method first is that it is my preferred way to knit and is "backward knitting" meaning if a right handed knitter wanted to learn to "knit back" instead of purling, this method would work.  The second way I teach left handed knitting is with the leading leg of the stitch on the front of the needle.  The third and fourth way to knit left handed are combinations of the first two; knit with the leading leg on the back, purl with the leading leg on the front and vice versa.

In my DVD I show four or more ways to start knitting; casting on.  I think the easiest cast-on is the backward loop, but it's quite sloppy so I actually teach first time knitters the knitted cast-on.  After they have cast-on they already know how to knit.  It saves time, they only learn on thing and they remember it better.  Whether someone knits right to left or left to right, the most important thing is how they wrap their stitches.  People who knit with the leading leg on the back of the needle need to wrap from the back of the needle to the front.  People who knit with the leading leg on the front of the needle need to wrap from the front of the needle to the back.  And combination knitters are setting up for their next row so they really need to know their knitting and how to read their stitches.

 I think it is easier to show than to write, which is why I made the DVD.  For only $25 you will have a teacher at your side going over the basics and you can always come back here to suggest more items for the site or ask specific knitting questions. 

Happy Knitting!

Diane

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 May 2010 00:15
 
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