How to Teach a Left Handed Student to Crochet

When I first started teaching one of my first challenges came in my second class of teaching. A left handed student wanting to crochet in my class? The thought had never occurred to me! I was fortunate that she was not only a friend of mine, but she also was patient with my trials and errors as I learned what to do and not to do. Little did I realize how important that session became for both of us until many , many , many day past. Since then I have successfully taught many left handed students.

There are basically only two things I do different when teaching a left handed person;e

First, I Create a Mirror Image. This is very easily done by sitting across from the student you are trying to teach. Keep in mind they will hold their hook and yarn in the opposite hand from you. For example: Your hook will be in your right hand – their hook will be in their left hand.

Secondly I stand behind the student as they crochet. When I am teaching a left handed student. I always sit in front of them to show them how to do the stitch and behind them when I am guiding them through the stitches. This makes it easier for me to see what they are doing and to spot their mistakes.

This is really all you need to know. They are no special tools or skills when a right handed person is teaching a left handed person. These two techniques are proven methods and over years of teaching have worked for me and will work for you.

I would love to hear about your experiences in teaching. What worked for you and what did not. Or are you a wannabe crocheter who is left handed and gave it up because you were discouraged? Drop me a line. If you are in my area I would love to help you.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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5 Responses to How to Teach a Left Handed Student to Crochet

  1. dmpeachey says:

    That’s how my mom taught me when I was younger. I tried to do it that way to teach my right-handed niece, but it didn’t work so well for some odd reason. 😦 Works just the one way, I guess. Lol.

  2. I have no experience with a left handed person teaching a right handed person. I do know that this works with a right hander teaching a left hander. I am sorry it did not work for you. I have used this process successful for years.

  3. My 9yr old grandson keeps asking me to teach him how to crochet. Thank you for your ideas on how to do this. When he stays next week I will now try your suggestion.
    I will let you know how I get on.

  4. It is a wonderful feeling to teach someone to crochet. Since your grandson is 9 you might want to also read the post on How to Teach Children. https://crochetwithpassion.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/tips-on-how-to-teach-children-to-crochet/ The most important thing is to enjoy the time you will be spending together.

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