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My fingers hurt....from knitting
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Nov 22, 2011 18:14:13   #
karen2835
 
what do you do to keep your fingers from hurting while knitting? as i'm pushing the yarn up the needle my finger is always pushing on the knitting needle and they do start to hurt after a while which is not good because then i have to stop knitting........i didn't have this problem with crocheting.
 
Nov 22, 2011 18:18:13   #
ompuff
 
karen2835 wrote:
what do you do to keep your fingers from hurting while knitting? as i'm pushing the yarn up the needle my finger is always pushing on the knitting needle and they do start to hurt after a while which is not good because then i have to stop knitting........i didn't have this problem with crocheting.


Probably part of your problem is being a 'newbie' and tense as you knit. Try to relax---as you become more proficient the hurting should be gone. Unless, as a lot us oldies, you have arthritis which is a 'whole nother animal' and can come and go.
:thumbup:
Nov 22, 2011 18:23:38   #
Dreamweaver
 
Are you resting your finger against the point of the needle when pushing stitches up? It isn't necessary. Do you feel that your stitches are tight and requiring extra Umph to push toward the tip? Also, I think youare knitting with cotton right now. I find that tiring to my hands. It does not slide on needles well. If you have metal needles, use them. Stop frequently and do some hand exercises, move and wiggle fingers all around, turn wrists in and out and shake hands occasionally. You are not holding crochet hook as tightly since you have been at it longer and you are using a metal hook -
Nov 22, 2011 18:24:12   #
BrattyPatty (a regular here)
 
Karen, try making your stitches closer to the point of the needle. It will slip off the needle easier and you won't be poking your finger all the time. Slide your stitches on the left needle up so you can avoid that pushing motion. If that doesn't work for you, try a leather thimble. BTW nice haircut! Dreamweaver had a good tip in stopping every so often to stretch and relax your hands
Nov 22, 2011 18:34:14   #
Cheryl_K
 
Good advice so far. Also, it could be that you're just not used to the motions involved with knitting like you are with crochet. I do both, and sometimes I switch crafts to give my hands, shoulders, wrists a break. Hope this helps.
Nov 22, 2011 20:36:22   #
karen2835
 
Yes, I do tense up, Lord how I tense up, lol, my shoulder tells me that all the time but not in a nice way, lol....i'm getting so much better and just a tad more relaxed, but.............I just so afraid that my stitches are gonna fall right off the needle if I'm too close. I try to keep them about an 2 inches from the tip and then push up as needed........either way, pain or no pain, it's not going to stop me, lol..........
 
Nov 22, 2011 23:54:12   #
grandmann (a regular here)
 
Karen,

What kind of yarn are you working with? I have been doing some wash cloths myself using Sugar'nCream. I notice the yarn wasn't moving as smooth as I wanted. I switch to a cotton blend the knitting is moving faster.
Nov 23, 2011 07:52:10   #
jltrask
 
When I knit socks with tiny needles they rub against the ring finger of my left hand. I have used many things to remedy that - even a folded piece of facial tissue just taped around my finger. But I also found some small gel pads that self-stick to my fingers and help protect pressure spots.
Nov 23, 2011 08:11:24   #
mbard3731
 
I found needles that help...Bryspun.Made by T.C.Forge, Inc. Salem, Or. I googled and found them.
Nov 23, 2011 08:12:45   #
Leonora
 
You just need to try and relax a bit more Karen, it seems like you are gripping the needles too tightly. Try putting some soothing relaxing music on while you knit, it may help you to relax more. Leonora.
karen2835 wrote:
what do you do to keep your fingers from hurting while knitting? as i'm pushing the yarn up the needle my finger is always pushing on the knitting needle and they do start to hurt after a while which is not good because then i have to stop knitting........i didn't have this problem with crocheting.
Nov 23, 2011 08:39:46   #
Debiknit (a regular here)
 
Karen, I have the same trouble, even poking holes in my finger. I have found knitting looser helps, as does slowing
down. Trying to knit fast, tighter tension and sharper needles was really hurting my finger. I tried rubber fingertips, leather thimbles etc. The only thing that worked
was knitting looser and switching to less pointy needles on
long projects. Good luck. I also found my gauge tension was
actually closer to required.
 
Nov 23, 2011 09:13:30   #
Wilma43
 
I have rubber finger tips all over the house and vehicle. It does help, if I can find them at whatever time I really want them.:)
Nov 23, 2011 10:22:18   #
iris925
 
I have very sensitive fingers and my solution was to get some soft leather, mine is called 'blacksmith apron' leather. It is about 1/8" (0.32 cm)thick. I cut with a sharp scissors in a shape that will fit around the finger part that needs padding. I add a small amount to the overlapping end and sew it together. I use a medium needle with carpet/button nylon thread and push the needle through the leather with a small pliers. I don't know what I would do without my 'finger guards'.

PM me if you would like more details and a couple of patterns.
Nov 23, 2011 10:52:33   #
e.ridenh
 
karen2835 wrote:
what do you do to keep your fingers from hurting while knitting? as i'm pushing the yarn up the needle my finger is always pushing on the knitting needle and they do start to hurt after a while which is not good because then i have to stop knitting........i didn't have this problem with crocheting.

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The first thing I'd do, Karen, is examine your yarn choice, needle material then the needle size..........are they all good to go.......I can't see what these are, what you're making, but I've had a few folks waltzing in here using:

100% cotton
undersized needles
trying to learn a new technique.....

Bam, I swapped them out to correct every thing......

If you're practicing only, upsize your needle, eh? Don't work with cotton to start as it has less give than acrylic.

Try 50-50% cotton/acrylic yarns, too.....Much more give as you work.

Those stitches advance somewhat naturally, too - more than you think.......try not pushing so hard, also.

If you've not knitted long, also your tension will average out in the long run, you'll be more relaxed and you won't notice this as much if all systems are go.

Job one right now.......? Upsize your needle one size......even two...........swatch away.

Have a great TG, sweetie!

Donna Rae
Nov 23, 2011 11:16:56   #
Buff
 
Tylenol :-)
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