Left Handed Crochet

Welcome if you’re a leftie or would like help teaching a left-hander to crochet. I’ll add more info to this page as I go, but here’s some to begin with…

20140723-215851-79131293.jpgHere’s a link to a copy of a guest post I wrote about left-handed crochet for Kate Goldin’s Crochet Camp last Summer, 2013. It’s got tips and tricks as well as some general info about being a leftie:


A newer edited version of the original post can still be found on Kat’s

Slugs on the Refrigerator blog.

Useful Resources and Books for Lefties:

Crochet Unravelled: A Clear and Concise Guide to Learning Crochet – A very affordable booklet with clear illustrations for both lefties and righties available from Amazon and bricks and mortar yarn/craft shops. It’s what I mainly used to teach myself to crochet and I can’t recommend it enough.

Magazines: such as Inside Crochet and Simply Crochet are pretty good at including guides to crochet for lefties20140605-162359-59039215.jpg

YouTube:– an amazing wealth of videos, beware that the quality differs but if you want to see a leftie crocheting you’ll find lots and see the different ways people hold their hook and yarn. There is no right way, there’s your way!20140725-135538-50138051.jpg

Ravelry: There are several Ravelry groups for left-handed crocheters, where I’m sure you would be welcome to ask questions and seek advice.20140127-102459.jpg



An experienced crocheter: Try sitting opposite each other, you will hold the hook and yarn in opposite ways but can imitate them ‘mirror image’ style.

Use a mirror: Hold a mirror next to books and illustrations to reverse the image. If the illustration is online you may be able to save and reverse the image (please don’t ask me how!)

NB: You’ve probably noticed that people hold their mugs, pens, wands with their right or left hand, crochet hooks and yarn are no different – hooks can be held in either the right or left hand. I’ve heard of someone who holds BOTH in their left, but it hurts my head to imagine how this works! Some lefties might do exactly as righties, but most hold their hook in the left, yarn around the right hand, many of us wouldn’t be able to crochet any other way.


If you have any questions about crocheting left-handed please ask, or let me know if there’s something you’d like to see here.

8 thoughts on “Left Handed Crochet

  1. I’ve been knitting and crocheting left-handed for a long time, but am ready to branch out. My current interests are knitted lace and crocheted cables. I’m just getting started figuring out how to adapt patterns. Thanks for your tips. I will look at videos and experiment. Oh, how I hate ripping and starting over, but I will prevail.

  2. im a left handed crocheter ive been crocheting a long time but would love if someone as cant find anybody on site on internet to show hopw to do letters or numbers from a chart and also written directions do you have anything on that or could tell me for they dont come out backwards ivee been searching for a very long time thanks i have no problem with other stuff just want to do some letters or numbers maybe even on a dishcloth or towel or whatever thanks

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