Recently Jen shared her knitting experience with me.  I found it interesting and thought you might enjoy it as well.

For years, Jen longed to learn to knit.  She took classes, and tried all the different techniques she could find.  Each time, eagerly looking forward to learning to knit, Jen left each course disappointed and feeling like a failure.  The classes just weren’t teaching her in a way that she could learn successfully.

Until . . .

One day she talked to the right person.  A knitter asked her one question that changed everything:

“Have you tried left-handed knitting?”

 

Jen’s response to the question came as a shock, and the resounding answer was a big “NO.”  Jen and her previous knitting teachers had never considered left-handed knitting, also known as mirror knitting.

Why?  Probably because most of the students were right-hand dominant.  Or, perhaps even if their left hands were dominant, they still could knit the traditional ways.

However, Jen is decidedly left-hand dominant. For her, the yarn and needles just would not work together using a right-hand method.  She’d felt defeated and alone, but many people that are left-hand dominant simply can’t adjust to right-handed methods.

Traditional knitting is designed by and for right-hand dominant knitters. If you watch a traditional knitter, whether she’s carrying the yarn in her left or right hand, usually most of the work is done by the right hand.

So what is mirror knitting?

  • It’s a knitting method that is the mirror image of a right-hand dominant knitter. When you watch a right-handed knitter in a mirror, you’ll see the left-handed version in the reflection. And that’s how many lefties learn to knit.  How easy is that?
  • In the mirror reflection, the stitches are formed with the left needle, and the stitches are moved from the right hand needle to the left: the reverse or mirror image of right-hand dominant knitting.
  • Even the loops on each individual stitch are reversed. So, the left side of the loop is forward instead of to the right.

Does it make a difference?

Well, a mirror knitter following traditional directions exactly will knit a mirror image.  If the knitted article is symmetric, like how many scarves are made, it probably makes no difference.  On the other hand, if it’s asymmetrical—like the front of a cardigan—the right side will be knit instead of the left.

Similarly, motifs in color work and cables will be mirror images.  Mirror knitters are amazingly adept at “fixing” patterns.  That is, adjusting the pattern to compensate.  And, some prefer knitting only symmetrical items to avoid the mirror image effect altogether.

Left-handed knitting

Left-handed knitting stockinette stitch

Jen is happily mirror knitting with help from her new teacher.

One of the fastest ways to begin mirror knitting is from a one-on-one expert knitting instructor.  So take advantage of the mirror knitting method and experience success.  Here’s how . . .

You can have your own personal knitting instructor, Norma Jean, take you step by step through the process.  Watch her instruction at your convenience—as often as you want!  Buy now through Amazon: Beginning Knitting for Left-Handed Knitters.

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