Learning Left-Handed Crochet

Learning left handed crochet can be a real challenge. When you are a lefty living in a right-handed world, you find that most things are designed for the right-handed majority, which includes crochet instructions. Here are the basics of learning left handed crochet to help you work with patterns.

To Begin         
Make a slip knot with your yarn and place the loop of the knot over the end of your crochet hook. Hold your crochet hook in your left hand, with the hook pointing toward your thumb and facing downward. Hold your yarn in your right hand, draping the yarn over your index finger, and holding the base of the slip knot between your thumb and middle finger.

Basic Chain
All crochet starts with a basic chain stitch. To make a chain, wrap the yarn around your hook from back to front, and pull it though the loop on your hook, then repeat. It's that simple. You'll notice that the stitches form what looks like a little chain. This chain will be the basis of all your crochet projects.

Single Crochet
To work a single crochet stitch, start with a chain. Insert your hook into the second chain link from the end. Wrap the yarn over the hook from back to front, and pull through. You will now have two loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn again, and pull it through both loops. You have just worked a single crochet.

Double Crochet
To work a double crochet stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook first, then insert into the chain and pull through. You will now have three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn again, and pull through the first two loops, then wrap again and pull through both loops.

Half-Double Crochet
To work a half-double crochet, wrap the yarn first, then insert into the chain, wrap the yarn again and pull through. You will now have three loops on your hook, as in double crochet. Wrap the yarn again, and pull it though all the loops at once.

Triple Crochet
A triple crochet stitch is sometimes called a "treble crochet." To work this stitch, wrap the yarn around the hook twice, then insert the hook into the chain stitch, wrap the yarn again and pull through. You will now have four loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over, and pull through the first two loops, wrap again and pull through two loops, then wrap again and pull through the final two loops.

Slip Stitch
A slip stitch is most commonly used to join rounds, or to join two ends of a foundation chain together to form a ring. To work a slip stitch, insert your hook into the required stitch, wrap the yarn over, then pull it through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.

All crocheting is some variation of these stitches. Once you master them, you will be well on your way to being able to crochet anything you wish.

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