Lefthanders sometimes struggle with making knots that are designed for creating right-handed – anything from simple knots like a bow for tying shoes to more complex and specialist sailor's knots.
We are gathering information on left-handed knot tying techniques and will add it to this post as we find more – if you know any good resources or can advise on any particular knots please add comments below.
Tying shoes left-handed
|If you and your child are both left-handed, sit beside each other so the child can copy what you do. If you are right-handed, sit opposite so they can “mirror” what you are doing. We have produced a detailed guide to tying a left-handed bow for a pair of shoes that you can download.There is also a good article on left handed shoelace typing here|
Left handed Bowline
Bowline knots are used when you want a secure, non-slip loop at the end of a line, such as for hanging a hammock from a tree or mooring a boat. Although this is a fairly simple knot, it's confusing until you have a system for making one. For left-handers, it's even worse. There is a “backwards” version of the knot called a “Dutch Marine bowline” or “left-handed bowline knot“, that is as safe as the ordinary bowline, but easier for lefties to make.
We found this book of knots that has detailed left-handed instructions and illustrations for every knot included – well done to the author for thinking of us lefties!
|Amazon UK||Amazon USA|
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