I’m laughing at this conversation! NOT at Tiffany’s problem, but at myself. I’m also a lefty, and mostly self-taught (a friend taught me how to hold Continental style, which I find MUCH easier). I’m still a beginner as far as following patterns, but I can knit and purl either handed. For a stockinette stitch I knit every row, with alternate hands. Until I read this, it never occurred to me that I was doing something unusual.
So far have only made hats and scarves that don’t need patterns. I’m attempting to follow a pattern for the first time and found in the instructions the line “stop on a Purl row” and I realized I have NO idea which rows are technically “purl” vs. “knit”. They all look the same to me, and are all knit from the same side. I assume it means I will need to actually flip the whole thing over at some point, and work something from the back side. I’m sure I’ll figure it out when the time comes.
But I have to wonder, wouldn’t it just be easier if we were all taught to knit both-handed, and the patterns were written with the assumption that it WASN’T flipped over after every row? It seems to me that the patterns would be MUCH easier to follow that way. Or am I unusually co-ordinated to be able to do this? Being a Lefty does force a person to be more ambidextrous in order to live in a right-handed world, so maybe I’m overestimating everybody else’s dexterity? And with the videos linked above for the backwards knitting, is it any different from frontwards knitting? Isn’t it just the same thing in the other direction?