I personally believe that, left- or right-hand dominant, knitters should discover for themselves which way feels most natural. As Sally Melville says in The Knit Stitch (XRX Books, 2005):
- “Knitting is a two-handed activity; we simply choose to do more of the work with one hand or another, depending on our handedness.
- “In this work, we hold a needle in each hand but we have a choice of hands in which to hold the yarn: right-hand carry or left-hand carry.”
Melville suggests that, in the earliest stages, knitters carry the yarn in the dominant hand, but ultimately she comes back to the idea that “knitting is a two-handed activity.” “Try everything, then do what works.” This left-handed knitter casts on and knits with the yarn in my right hand. It may not be what every left-handed knitter does, but it’s what works for me.