Left Handed Knitting in the Round

Left Handed Knitting in the Round

Hi Knitters! It’s Nancy from NobleKnits and today we are
going to learn how to knit in the round for left handed knitters. So lets get started. You’ll need a skein of yarn, a stitch marker,
and the required needle length. I’m using a sixteen inch 5 and a half millimeter
needle which I think is a size 9. That’s about what you would need for a hat,
but in this case we’re just learning how to knit in the round. I’m going to start with a long tail cast on. I usually grab a length that’s three to four
times the length of the completed circumference. If the hat is 20 inches long, I usually start
with a tail that is 60 to 80 inches long to get started. We start by making a slip knot. Then you’re just going to put that on the
needle and that’s going to go on the needle. The needle on your left hand, because you
are going to be working on to this needle. So the stitches will pile on going this way
and when we’re ready to start knitting in the round, we’ll start on this stitch over
here and we’ll knit from right to left instead of from left to right the way a right handed
person would knit. So your long tail is going to be in the front
and your skein of yarn will be in the back. You’re going to insert your thumb and finger
in-between the two strands of yarn. Grab the yarn and then lean your hand back. You’re going to go under the thumb, over the
finger and back like that. I’m going to cast on probably 80 stitches. Okay this is what 30 stitches looks like we’ll
need to get all the way around. Okay now I have 80 stitches on my needle
and I have a little bit of a tail left. So I’m just going to grab a pair of scissors
and clip that because I don’t want to accidentally pick up this long tail and start knitting
with that. I can tell you out of experience I’ve done
that way too many times. So I just cut the excess. A pattern will usually tell you to join in
the round being careful not to twist the stitches. So that’s really important. See how you have all the loops and then you
have kind of this backbone here to all of your stitches? It’s really important to make sure they are
all facing the same direction. If you happen to get a twist in your stitches
like this, what will happen is you’re going to create a moebius type cast on and its going
to put a big loop in your entire project, so you don’t want that. So make sure they are all facing down all
of that backbone is facing down and there’s no twist whatsoever in your cast on. Okay so that looks good. Now, it’s important to – so here’s where we
cast on now this is our first stitch – that first stitch we cast on is the first stitch
that we knit. You’re just going to kind of ease your stitches
around and before you make the first stitch, you’re going to place a marker so that you
know that is the beginning of your round. Now you’re just going to start knitting. Those first few stitches are always a little
bit of a struggle, but once you get past them, you’ll be sailing. I never love the first round after a cast
on, it’s always a little bit of a fight. But now you’ve created this join and you are
knitting in the round. So I’m going to get all the way around and
show you what it looks like when you finish a round and you move to the next round. Also, when you’re knitting in the round, you
are always on the front of your work. The knit stitch is always what shows on this
side. When you turn it and look at the reverse,
it’s always going to be the purl side. You don’t have to knit one row purl one row
to create stockinette stitch. When you are knitting in the round and you
are just knitting, it’s always creating stockinette stitch for you. If you wanted to create garter stitch, you
would have to do the reverse. You would have to knit one row purl one row
to create that same effect. It took me a long time to wrap my head around
that concept but once you understand what the stitches are doing and that you are talking
about the front and the back of the work it makes a big difference. So I’m about halfway through this round. As you can see I’m knitting Continental style,
I included how to do that in my last video. I just hold the working yarn in my right hand
and I allow the left hand needle to do all of the work. I kind of pick the yarn through rather than
making the large loop. Instead of doing this, it’s a lot more movement. Okay so we are wrapping up here. Here’s the last stitch. What you’ll notice is there’s usually a little
gap here between the first and last (stitches). You want to make sure that strand doesn’t
get twisted. It stays right there at the bottom. You don’t want it to get jumbled up. It will go away. So you will just move the stitch marker from
one needle to the other and then continue knitting. As you knit that little strand will go away. Then you have enough yarn here to weave in
the yarn end when you are done. That is how you knit in the round left handed. I hope you liked this video, if you did please
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5 thoughts on “Left Handed Knitting in the Round

  1. I am left handed and always thought I knitted lefty but after watching your videos I realized I don’t. I’m holding my work in my left hand. I’m will be 75 soon and my mom taught me to knit by sitting me in front of her when I was very very type. I think I’m to set in my ways to switch hands now. I really enjoy your videos and will continue to watch. Thank you

  2. Hi Nancy, I am looking for help with decreases and increases with continental left handed knitting. I knit socks and I'm having trouble with the gusset and toe decrease direction particularly. I am having difficulty converting the direction of decreases from English right handed to continental left hand! I would love it if you could do a video about this! Thank you again (you have replied to me before!) Eleanor

  3. I’m glad I found these videos! I’ve been trying to help my left handed friend learn to knit. Out of curiosity, how would you go about reading a pattern? Is it the same? Are charts still read from right to left? To knit a garment like a sweater, would you read the directions the same? Thanks!

  4. I was wondering if you had a video on how to do wrap and turn short rows as well as DS short rows – I am assuming that means Double Stitch? I have read instructions in a pattern but I just don't get it. Also, when doing that shaping with K1L and K1R does a lefties have to reverse that instruction – or does it not matter. Thanks. Hope I am asking in the right place.

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