Which way do you stitch, i.e. do you stitch /// followed by \\\ on top, or the other way around \\\ followed by ///? Are you left- or right-handed and do you think that this affects the way that you stitch?
I stitch /// followed by \\\. I'm left-handed, but I don't think that matters much for cross stitch -- although I've been told that I do my French knots "funny" because I usually pull the thread tight with my right hand and hold the needle with my left! Funny anecdote -- my grandmother is constantly marveling that I can "stitch such pretty things....being left-handed, even!" She has never done much embroidery, though, mostly quilting and crochet. And being left-handed *could* create more issues when learning to crochet or knit, I would imagine.