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How to Crochet Left Handed



In this tutorial you can learn how to hold the hook and yarn with your left hand along with how to do a chain stitch and single crochet if you're left-handed. This is a great tutorial to follow if you're just learning to crochet.


  1. How to hold the hook.

  2. How to hold the yarn.

  3. How to begin. Form a loop. Insert the hook through the loop.

  4. Yarn over the hook.

  5. Pull the yarn through. One chain stitch formed.

  6. Photo shows a sequence of chain stitch.


  1. Begin the first row by inserting the hook into the 2nd chain stitch from the hook.

  2. Yarn over.

  3. Pull the yarn through the chain stitch.

  4. Pick up the yarn again. Pull it through both loops on the hook. One single crochet stitch formed.

  5. Insert the hook through the next chain stitch, repeat steps 2, 3, and 4. Photo shows a row of single crochet stitches formed.



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Apr 29, 2014

I have taught my self but hard to learn the stitches ,I'm a lefty I've done a few blankets with single,double and treble stitches... i've no became home bound n mostly bed bound from a surgery to lumbar in Oct. 2013 now starting back but would love to learn more stitches and different patterens for me to do .. any ideas to learn new things for me i just joined today


Feb 11, 2013

I learned to crochet left handed by watching my mother, who was right handed. She taught our Brownie troop how to make granny squares for an afghan we gave to a nursing home. I later taught myself how to knit by looking at an instruction book. I purled wrong until my cousin Barb asked what the twisted stitch was and I showed her how I did it. She said I was throwing the yarn the wrong way over the needle! My question is: why do right-handers knit and crochet from right to left [we read from left to right] and say lefties are backward!!


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Nov 16, 2011

I learned how to crochet from my beloved grandma, who devised an ingenious method of helping me learn how to follow right-handed directions. She put two chairs close together at her dining room table, then placed a large mirror on the table. She, being right-handed, naturally couldn't crochet "backwards," so when she started off with making a simple chain, she positioned her hands, the yarn, and the hook so that I could see them all in the mirror. The image looked exactly how a southpaw should follow the pattern. In just a few days I mastered single crochet, and my first project was to make two dishcloths - one for my wonderful mom, and one for my patient, loving grandmother. Years later, I was granted the honor of crocheting my niece's christening outfit. After the service was older and my sister handed her baby daughter to Grandma, you could tell that the look of pride in her eyes was not just for my niece, but for the very special dress I had made for this special day. I am now working on designing prayer shawls, and I still give Grandma all the credit for the great joy I still get from taking a ball of yarn and turning it into a beautiful thing.


Nov 2, 2011

I'm left handed, and like most "southpaws", I do a lot with my right hand. I also crochet and knit right-handed. I could probably learn to do it left handed, but I'm not interested right now. It is possible, though. I am ambidextrous if I want to be. :)


Nov 1, 2011

I'm left handed for writing, eating, and a few other things. I knit, crochet, do embroidery and use scissors with my right hand. I forced myself to learn to do as many things as I could right handed. It worked and I'm glad. Don't ask me to sign my name or do any type of writing with my right hand though. That's one thing I was never able to do right handed. : )


Oct 31, 2011

I beleive I was about 7 or 8 when I sat with my grandma, who was from Russia, asking her to show me how to crochet. She was right handed but so loving in trying to show me simple stitches. After learning basics from my grandma, I learned more on my own (self taught). I am still learning to this day: new stitches, patterns, etc.


Oct 30, 2011

I don't know at what age i learned to crochet, but i know that i sat across from a right handed person and learned that way. Knitting was very hard and i just didn't like it and still don't. But i have enjoyed crocheting and have made many different kinds of things from afghans to toys and clothes. I always had difficulties reading patterns and now i can understand them much better as i get older.


Oct 30, 2011

My wonderful mom taught me to crochet when I was ten. She would sit on the other side of the table and I would mimic her right-handed movements. It worked like a charm. And as an adult, I was able to teach my left-handed niece how to crochet, which was very fulfilling.


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