As a left-handed crocheter, one of the most daunting tasks can be reading crochet patterns. A lot of left-handed crocheters think that designs written by right-handed designers won’t work for them or will be backwards when they make it. This is not the case. I am a left-handed designer and I’ve had many right-handed crocheters make my patterns. Most people don’t even know that I’m a lefty. So the same applies for all the lefties out there with any pattern.
There is one exception, however. When a pattern has specific left and right sides, it will be the opposite for a left-handed crocheter. So say there are panels in the project, and you start with the left panel. For a lefty, that panel will be our right panel. Since we work right to left, it will be the opposite for use.
Everything else is the same for us. Right side and wrong or back side is the same. Stitch counts are the same. The steps it takes to make the stitches is the same. The end result should look the same. Even if a right-handed designer wrote the pattern and didn’t specify any adjustments for left-handed crocheters.
How to Tell if You Need to Make Adjustments
The best way to tell if you’ll need to adjust your left and right sides is to read through the pattern thoroughly and note the changes in the left and right side. Remember that the RS, called the right side but meaning the front side, is not affected. Just right and left sides, panels, parts of the pattern.
That is literally all the adjustments you will need to make note of! How nice is that?! So conquer all of those patterns you’ve been wanting to try! You can do it! Reading patterns doesn’t have to be scary or impossible because we are left-handed.
For a more detailed explanation and a walk through of one of my own patterns check out the next video for How to Crochet Left-Handed! For more Left-Handed Crochet Basics check out my Stitch Tutorials page!
Michelle has been crocheting for over 8 years and has been designing crochet patterns for 6 of those years. She specializes in modern garments and accessories for your handmade wardrobe. Michelle has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, thehooknooklife.com, wecrochet.com, ourmakerlife.com, and several other websites. She is committed to providing the highest quality crochet information and patterns that instill a true feeling of pride, enjoyment, and accomplishment when completing a project.