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Sep 30, 2012 22:57:37   #
desilu3131
 
Does anyone else get a really sore pointer finger when using smaller knitting needles? I really like larger needles and don't seem to have trouble when working on a project with them. I just finished a baby hat using #7's and wowzers is my finger sore. Any ideas on what might help with this? I was told there is some type of finger cover that quilters use but I have no idea what it is called. My finger gets really rough in one spot too and likes to snag my yarn. I think I knit a little tight so maybe that is part of my problem.
 
Sep 30, 2012 23:02:33   #
ltyler65
 
Quilters use leather thimbles. Cross stitchers use self adhesive patches that cover the tip of your finger. I've used both with success. The leather thimble is stiff but gives more protection.
desilu3131 wrote:
Does anyone else get a really sore pointer finger when using smaller knitting needles? I really like larger needles and don't seem to have trouble when working on a project with them. I just finished a baby hat using #7's and wowzers is my finger sore. Any ideas on what might help with this? I was told there is some type of finger cover that quilters use but I have no idea what it is called. My finger gets really rough in one spot too and likes to snag my yarn. I think I knit a little tight so maybe that is part of my problem.
Does anyone else get a really sore pointer finger ... (show quote)
Sep 30, 2012 23:06:11   #
desilu3131
 
Thanks Ityler65. I'm certainly going to check out some sort of finger cover. I also get belly needle point marks, lol! Any cure for those? ;)
Sep 30, 2012 23:08:47   #
Peggy Beryl
 
You can also buy finger tips at an office supply store which slip over the tip of your finger and soften the point prick. I use these with bamboo dpns as the stitches don't slide as easy as on metal--which is a good thing to prevent them sliding off when you are working with multiple needles.
They are not as sturdy as some of the other products but are cheaper and more comfortable to use. You can buy two different sizes and slip the larger one over the smaller to provide two layers of protection.
Sep 30, 2012 23:32:14   #
jayniet
 
Desilou, how do you get the belly marks? Is it from the ends of the needles? If that is the case you might find it more comfortable to use circulars for all your knitting.
Sep 30, 2012 23:52:01   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
You're better off going to the quilting section of Walmart or other yarn/thread supply store that has Thimble-It (R) supplied. Between the lightweight batting for large areas and the Thimble-It for spot trouble I keep from having more than the acceptable callous from gripping the knitting or crochet needle.
 
Oct 1, 2012 06:16:05   #
HelenF
 
I wear a plaster on my index finger of left hand (thats where I get sore). I find that if I use bamboo needles it is worse. Fabric plasters seem to have more "cushion".

You could try one of those rubber "thimbles" that tillers use to count money. I presume you would be able to buy one in a Stationery Store.
Oct 1, 2012 07:46:36   #
scottishlass (a regular here)
 
desilu3131 wrote:
Does anyone else get a really sore pointer finger when using smaller knitting needles? I really like larger needles and don't seem to have trouble when working on a project with them. I just finished a baby hat using #7's and wowzers is my finger sore. Any ideas on what might help with this? I was told there is some type of finger cover that quilters use but I have no idea what it is called. My finger gets really rough in one spot too and likes to snag my yarn. I think I knit a little tight so maybe that is part of my problem.
Does anyone else get a really sore pointer finger ... (show quote)

This may help
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-finger-hurts-from-pushing-back-left.html
Oct 1, 2012 08:04:10   #
yourmother306 (a regular here)
 
I was just complaining about that myself. So, I switched to crochet, until my finger feels better
Oct 1, 2012 08:28:38   #
julietremain
 
You might also consider using an Addi circular....they are not quite as pointy as some other needles...and may be more comfortable to manage.....I recently needed a smaller needle and was not able to get an Addi (out of stock at my LYS) so I bought a GhiagoGoo.....they are very good needles, but very pointy.....and it was difficult to get used to them....
julie
Oct 1, 2012 09:22:55   #
Ronie
 
a pillow or a throw that is folded... you must get those on straight needles... I had to make myself to stop pushing the needle tip but instead I just put my finger on it and push the stitch off when I have to.. I have not been knitting too long so it was a easy correction for me... I still need to use my pointer at times but I have loosened up my stitches and its not as hard anymore... I did decorative dishcloths on size US4 needles and I swore my finger would never be the same...LOL
desilu3131 wrote:
Thanks Ityler65. I'm certainly going to check out some sort of finger cover. I also get belly needle point marks, lol! Any cure for those? ;)
 
Oct 1, 2012 10:10:48   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
I don't care whether you're talking about knitting, sewing, crochet needles...all hurt if they manage to sneak under your fingernails.
Oct 1, 2012 13:42:39   #
desilu3131
 
Thanks for all the replies & suggestions!

jayniet-the belly needle marks are from using double points...apparently I use my belly to help push the needles....looks quite funny!
Oct 1, 2012 18:38:18   #
Floozie
 
kaixixang wrote:
I don't care whether you're talking about knitting, sewing, crochet needles...all hurt if they manage to sneak under your fingernails.


Oooh don't they just.
But I have always used short needles as I have very tiny hands (imagine the size of the average 8yr old) :oops: but they don't seem to cause me any problems, although on checking my fingers I do have harder skin on there and that is where the fingers are turning with the arthritis. Osteo arthritis at 53 is not right!!
Oct 1, 2012 19:02:42   #
ladybuys
 
Hello,
The finger cover works great but I do think if you are knitting too tight you will continue to have this problem. Try loosening your stitch a little. I know, habits are hard to break but, this one will really work in your favor.
:-)
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