Crochet Instructions for Left Handed People

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Crochet Instructions for Left Handed People
Crocheting is an enjoyable, relaxing hobby. (crochet image by Lytse from

Crocheting is an enjoyable hobby, but since more or less 80 per cent of the world's population is right handed, nearly all crocheting instructions are geared toward right handed people. While in the past, lefties were required to learn to do everything right handed, today, more and more people are recognising the need for left handed craft instruction and equipment. A crochet hook can be used in either hand, and a left handed crocheter can simply mirror the basic right handed hold.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn

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  1. 1

    Pick up the crochet hook with your left hand, palm down. Hold the stick between your first finger and thumb. The hook should be pointing down toward your hand.

  2. 2

    Use the thumb and middle finger of the right hand to manipulate the yarn, controlling the tension by wrapping the yarn once over the index finger of your right hand.

  3. 3

    Create a slip knot in the end of your yarn and slide the loop over the hook with the working end of the yarn on the far side of the hook. Using your right hand, loop the yarn over the hook.

  4. 4

    Keep tension on the yarn while twisting the hook away from you, catching the yarn in the hook. Use your left hand to pull the hook down and back, drawing the yarn through the slip knot loop. This will create your new loop. Repeat the process for each stitch.

Tips and warnings

  • It is possible to change the way your right hand manages the tension of the yarn. Try holding the yarn between the thumb, middle and ring fingers. You can also hold the yarn with your thumb and middle finger, then wrap the yarn back up and over the index finger and down around the pinky. Play around with different holds until you find one that is most comfortable for you.
  • When you are first learning, tension and gauge are not important, but when you are following a pattern, stitch size is very important. Always check your gauge as directed in your pattern.

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