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