I think crochet might have been my first try when it comes to craft. I will never forget how I was supposed to learn crocheting in school from a teacher that I guess wanted well, but that caused a small trauma in me when she forced me to learn.
I am left-handed. That is almost never a problem to me, but it was when I should learn how to crochet. We all had to do what I guess we can call the first crocheting for beginners’ project: a square pot holder.
I was left-handed but my teacher told me it was impossible for her to teach me crochet if I did not use the right hand, and my problem started! I could not even hold the crochet hook properly with my right hand, much less try to use it.
But I struggled with my potholder. I tried and I tried and it went okay. After a while. I mean it should have been a square but it come out more like triangle, but any way – I did manage the instructions, and it was, well…okay.
But I hated to crochet with me right hand – I wanted to use my left.
But then, the second project could have turned me off from ever wanting to even look at a crochet hook. Everyone in our class should crochet a bag for balls. You know the ones with holes, like a net.
This bag became a nightmare to me, because of my left hand problem. For some reason it did not work. My brain could not turn from being used to work with my left hand to now work with the right one. I could not get my brain to understand the pattern that told me to crochet some chain stitch and then attached it to the row before, and then continue to create the net.
I all the time I turned the project and started to crochet the other way and the whole bag become a mess and I could not get out of it.
I cried and cried, and wanted my mother to help me out. And she did, but then I was back again, wanting to use my left hand and wanting to turn the bag and crochet the other way.
That was a trauma. I was angry at my teacher, I cried and complained, but she never backed off on her conviction that I should learn how to crochet, but learn it backwards.
And guess what. Today I have passed my fifties, I have crocheted tons of items, and all the time I have used…exactly; my right hand!
So now the only things I do with the right hand are to crochet and play the guitar! Otherwise I am still a full blooded lefthander!
If you need some basic crochet instructions, you can visit My-favorite-craft’s crochet page: Crochet Stitches Instructions – And you are aloud to use which hand that you want!