Knitting backwards or left to right

Crafty Andy's picture

Just a short video to share with the guys, thanks for stopping by!

Here is the link

Knitting Backwards or Left to right:


SAPBrown's picture

Thanks for the link.
I've heard of people knitting flat pieces without turning. At the end of the row just working backwards, always looking at the right side.

Crafty Andy's picture

That's exactly what it is, but think of it more as if you were left handed. Left handed people usually have things with a different orientation or "reversed"

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's quite true - we left handed people do have a different orientation. Still, for me, knitting backwards is left to right. Either way, though, it takes a bit of a mind warp to get used to the motions. LOL

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MMario's picture

The weird thing is I normally knit "standard" English throw, yet I have had people come up and observe me for a minute or two and remark "Left handed, interesting"

I don't know what I do differently. I could see that remark if I was knitting backwards (which I tend to do on return rows if it is stocking stitch)

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ronhuber's picture

Thanks for making the video and sharing it with us.

MMario's picture

but not all of us....*grin*

learning to work both ways is very useful in certain situations though...

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

michaelpthompson's picture

Interesting technique Andy. I noticed you also have to be careful how you wrap the yarn from front to back, not back to front.

I did this left to right knitting once when I was teaching school children to knit, and a left-handed girl was having trouble. I tried sitting across from her and telling her to copy what I was doing, but her mind automatically reversed it. So I knit "backwards" and it made a lot more sense to her. Strangely enough, she finally decided to knit the standard way just a right hander. There are plenty of different theories about how left handed people "should" knit, but I have found that there is no right answer; different people prefer different ways.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Crafty Andy's picture

I agree with you, great observation.