Wednesday, 17 April 2013

My attempts on left handed knitting

I grew up in a tropical climate; so knitting was not something I often saw, but crochet I have seen plenty. My grandmother knows how to crochet and so was an aunt of mine. I used to watch my grandmother making crochet lace to use as edging for blouses and slips, doilies, table cloth etc. I so wanted to learn; my grandmother tried teaching me the basic chain but I never got  the hang of it, me being left handed may have been the reason.

When I came to live here,one of the things I wanted, was to learn either to knit or crochet. It was fascinating for me to see ladies knitting/crocheting while taking bus/train. Since, no one was really able to teach me, and I did not come across any left handed knitters,[I used to sit and watch a  group of ladies who did knitting/crocheting in my building] it was suggested that I find instructions for left handed knitters.

So, I found Susan Bates guide book which has special instructions for left handed knitters and with help from those ladies I met, {a very BIG thank you them} I started...... Oh! how many times I had to rip and start all over again....knit, purl ..knit purl :)

This is the first project on the book [a vest] which I am keeping as a souvenir. I know it has mistakes such as missed loops and not even tension.

The red one is the first scarf I did, now almost 9 years old, also in my pile of souvenirs .

Here are few of the other scarves I did over the years. I have worn them quite a lot. I have done some for my friends and family too. But I never ventured into other projects as I found instructions little too complicated to read and I would become frustrated while trying to do so.  

Although, I have limited  my knitting to scarves, I still have crocheting in my  'todo' list :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,



  1. it is good that left handers can now get instructions, it must be so frustrating otherwise, Plenty of scarves you have done, I find knitting is too painful to the knuckles but can do crochet and needle tatting, problems following instructions though.

  2. You really did a lot of scarves and beautiful they are.
    Thanks for stopping by. Interesting: Left hand knitting - I never thought about that.

  3. This is wonderful Gaia! I'm so glad you tried your hand at knitting. I know how frustrating the instructions can be (even for right-handers like me). It seems everyone has a slightly different terminology for their stitches. I get so far in a pattern and then I get stuck on something and cannot figure it out! My mom was left-handed, but she knit right-handed, but she seemed quite comfortable with it. Your scarves all look beautiful, and I like how you embellished some of them with your embroidery :) Hat are fairly easy to knit too, and if you feel like giving double-pointed needles a try it becomes even easier. Good luck with your future knitting, and with crochet!! Wendy

    1. Thank you,Wendy. I did start a hat from one of patterns that come with yarn [an easy one] got stuck when it came to shaping the top. I will give it try again :)