I hesitated to pose this question because it seems so…basic. I’ve always thought I am a lefty who knits right-handed but I was reading some “left-handed vs. right-handed” knitting articles today and I swear now I’m totally confused. One article contained this quote from Gertrude Taylor’s America’s Knitting Book: “If you are left-handed, you should not knit from left to right. Left-handed people write in the same direction as right-handed people do, so too, you should knit in the same direction as all knitters do, so that others will be able to help you.” I thought left to right WAS how righties do it.
When I started knitting, since I’m left-handed, I tried to do left-handed knitting as taught in some books. But I’ve been crocheting for years and I’ve always held the yarn in my right hand and the hook in my left hand and just couldn’t switch to holding the yarn in my left hand for knitting like the books said left-handed knitters should. In crochet I’ve always had to reverse the patterns and became quite used to doing so and figured I’d have to for knitting as well. However, after I started knitting by holding the yarn in my right hand and “throwing” it, with the stitches moving from the left needle to the right needle, I thought “great, I’m a right-handed knitter”.
Now I’m so confused. In “normal” knitting (a.k.a., right-handed knitting), do the stitches move from the left needle to the right needle? I’ve always thought they do from watching the videos on this site but now :??. Are there other criteria you must meet to be considered a right-handed knitter?
I’d appreciate any input that can right (pun intended) my world before I go back to work on the sweater for my brother and find out I’m knitting something that can only be worn by an inside-out member of the E.T. universe.