Recently I was reading a book called Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton. Besides from the fact that the projects pictured in the book, in many cases, are not to my taste the book is filled with a lot of useful advice regarding knitwear design. I read something in the book that really shocked and worried me. It stated in this book that people who knit left handed almost always (or always) twist purl stitches. This statement lead to an obsession. Are my purl stitches twisted? Well, are they?? I have always thought that my knitting looked just like any other knitting I had seen but I wasn’t sure. Other than my Great Aunt Alice showing me how to cast on and do the knit and purl stitches when I was eight I have had no other personal knitting instruction. Everything I know about knitting beyond the very basics was self learned from books and trying to imagine everything in mirror image.
So I spent a bunch of time on the internet viewing videos of other left handed knitters.
My Great Aunt Alice was from Switzerland so I always assumed that I knit continental, but only left handed continental. I don’t. I don’t knit left handed yarn over either. I definitely do knit left handed but what I discovered from viewing dozens of videos is…
I don’t knit quite like anyone else. I am Odd.
Oh, and my purl stitches are not twisted even though I definitely knit left handed.
I also learned that:
- A lot of people who think they knit left handed because they are left handed don’t. They knit right handed.
- Some people believe that anyone can knit right handed and no one should knit right handed.
- In Germany (maybe other places too) they actually have speed knitting competitions! Some woman can knit so fast it is a blur.
I may not be a left handed orphan knitter for long though because my daughter’s fiancé, Mike, has agreed to let me teach him to knit. He is left handed. I have to wait for him to return from deployment next April.