I have noticed that my ring finger on my right hand has been hurting when I crochet from holding the crochet hook. I know it is just arthritis. I think this would hurt less if the hook was larger. I have done some looking online and have found a set of hooks that fit into an egg shaped end but that is $25. I was just wondering if anyone has found a simpler solution to a problem that must be common to more people than just me.
I found an egg shaped product at Michaels for 9.99 or so. Worked good for awhile, then the rubbery part the hook fits into stretched and now it's hard to get the hook to stay tightly in it. Might be worth it to pay a bit more, but I'd make sure you don't run into the same problem. Good luck, I know the pain you speak of, and I cannot seem to hold the hook any other way!
Hi working in a nursing home, we used to come across this problem alot.. we solved it by buying those sponge sleeves you put on pens or pencils to cushion your fingers when writing.. if you can not find them a simple piece of sponge taped around the needle works great.. to ease the pain we used to melt para wax, let it cool!!!! and dip the affected finger into the wax, leave it on for 10-15 mins.. doing this at least once a day did ease the pain and swelling in the joint. Also rub pure peanut oil on your hands at night and wear light cotton gloves.. peanut oil is the only oil the body absorbs and will relubricate the affects joint. works great on knees too.. we cut the feet from socks and pulled them up over the knee .
I molded Fimo clay around the handles of my most used crochet hooks (D - G), then set them by laying them on cotton batting in an oven for 20 mins. I was able to embed the hook size using a small size rubber alphabet stamp. Be sure to extend the clay close enough to the hook.
Go to WalMart stationary section and buy a pkg of the rubber sleeves to put on pens and pencils. If your needles are very skinny you can wrap some gauze etc around it first so the sleeve can stay on. I usually slide on 2 side by side. Works so good with my arthritis.
I had some hand discomfort also, And I invested in the Clover hooks. And I love them. ANd I can crochet for hours without any pain. It took me awhile to get the set. I used my 50% coupons to get them at Micheals/Joanns. And they are all I use now.
Give them a try.
in a pinch you could wrap some ribbon or rubber bands around the handle to build it up and make it bigger. i buy my hooks with a handle on them at the local department store for just a couple of dollars each.
i make dolls and when you do the hair you hold a felting needle.. so your hands get sore.. so the rubber band/ribbon trick is what we use there.
My grandmother would wrap and crochet wool yarn up and down the crochet hook, then she dripped boiling water on it, the yarn pulled together very tightly around the hook, ended up with a cushy feel to the crochet hook, this was back in the 1940s. None of the fancy stuff on the market then.
I did the same thing years ago for my sister. She had so may hooks I put a different color for the different sizes, so she knew by color the size of the hook
Very clever solutions ladies! any ideas for relief for knitting? I think I'm going to try the peanut oil. Sounds simple and I'm not allergic to peanuts.
Tulip hooks bought on ebay. Soooooooooooo soft, sooooooo comfortable to use. Wouldn't go back to any other brand.