Being left handed can be hard at times and never more so than when trying to learn crochet. There are instructions for left-handers yes but very rare do you find patterns specifically for left handed people.
If you happen to be the only leftie in the family such as myself, learning to crochet can be difficult to short of impossible. I felt sorry for my mom and grandma, they tried to reach me but I got so frustrated at having to try and mirror their actions that I just couldn’t do it.
Then my mom went and bought me a book with instructions for both right handed and left handed people and I’ve been crocheting since. I have managed to teach my kids to crochet and only one is a leftie like me. I can automatically switch patterns because I haven’t had any patterns for lefties to use but I know that not everyone can do that. I teach myself new stitches about once a month and use the month to get it down. I do patterns the same way, if I see a pattern I like I then work the pattern until I get comfortable with it and only then will I tweak it to make it my own.
Do not forget to take pictures of the finished work to keep track of everything you make, especially if you are going to give it away or making it for a special person.
Everything I make I usually do several times to make sure I get it right; where patterns for right-handed crocheters say go right to left, we lefties go left to right. I am always searching for leftie patterns that go left to right without success. I carry pattern books with me everywhere but they aren’t for lefties. I have noticed some web video instructions for lefties who crochet are starting to pop up but it brings me back to where there are no pattern books.