Learning to knit left handed has several benefits over forcing yourself to learn to knit right handed. First off, as a left handed knitter, you will come to understand the construction of your knitting much quicker than a right handed knitter. Right handed knitters will, for the most part, simply recreate a pattern exactly as written. Where as a left handed knitter very quickly learns when we knit a pattern exactly as written we do not get a reproduction of the pattern but a mirror image (and in some cases an inverse image.) This makes us notice how certain stitches slant to the left or right for us but for a right handed knitter they slant in the opposite direction. Why this happens is not important right now. Just realizing that it does and which stitches go in that direction or the other sits in our minds. We then realize in order to reproduce the pattern we will need to substitute certain stitches to do so. This is something right handed knitters do not consider unless they begin to make their own patterns. Who'd have thought being a lefty in a right handed world would be so educational?
I realize this can sound a bit overwhelming at first. The truth is, whether you're a left-handed or a right-handed we all start at the same place. We learn a basic cast on, then the knit stitch followed by the purl stitch and then a cast off. After that we learn the amazing variation in the textures we can create from alternating knit and purl stitches. My advice is take your time learning in the manner that is comfortable for YOU. Try both styles of knitting (Continental and English) from the left handed perspective. See which one feels right for you and go from there. Remember, in the end the hands are attached to your body not anyone else's.
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