Am I creating a bit of a bad habit?

I am a complete beginner (four days now) :woot: Ive tried to learn to knit before and was a total disaster, but this time with the videos here and a gift of good starter supplies from hubby, I have it!!! Anyway, started working on my first real project today… I have done lots of little samplers and practice pieces that hopefully noone will ever see :wink:

Anyway, I am English knitting, and I find that I tend to push my right needle back through with my finger on the tip of the needle and often do the same when pushing my work up the needle. Im just much faster that way than if I try to be coordinated enough to pull the needle back and through. I was considering getting those Knitpicks interchangeables, but man Im guessing those sharp tips are gonna smart… Anyone else do this? Is this a major faux pas?

Thanks for the great resource!!! Hubby even bought me beginner lessons, but I think Im going to use the gift cert for some goodies instead and take a more focused class later.


Lots of people do it and lots of people complain about developing a sore finger. And you’re right, the Options are sharp.

We all push the needle, but what I do is either use the other needle or if I use my finger I push along the side of the point instead of the end. Takes a bit of practice but after a while it feels perfectly natural and avoids poking holes in the finger.

If it works for you, and produces fabric you like, then there’s nothing wrong with the way you’re knitting. About the sharper needles–I’m guessing if they bug you, you’ll quickly adapt to a different way of knitting. :slight_smile:

That’s awesome that your husband is encouraging you. Enjoy!

Wow! You guys are FAST. I will try the pushing on the side of the point and see how that goes. Im sure if not, I will change when I get those “sharpies”. Thanks again!

put band-aids on your fingers it helped me when I first started. The calus’ develop over time give it a couple of weeks it won’t hurt any more after that :smiley:

I’m an English knitter, too, and I certainly did do the pushing thing for quite some time when I was learning. My Harmony and Options needles pretty well broke me of the habit of pushing with the pads of my fingers - not just because it [B]hurt[/B], but also because it just isn’t necessary, they are so nice and slick and pointy! :smiley:

I never push my left needle with right hand at all now, but I do tend to sort of guide the right needle with the side of my left pointer finger. It’s getting an awesome callous, just as Mason commented. Note, however, that this is a [U]really[/U] bad thing to do with the Options dpns! I bought those when they went on sale for $19.99 at KP a while ago, and I find that I do not particularly care for them. Not only are the a bit heavier than my Harmony dpns (which I [I]adore[/I]), they are also the pointiest darned things since sewing needles! I actually [B]cut[/B] my finger from the guiding-with-the-left thing! (Oy!) Luckily, I hinted some completely broadly to husband that I wanted the full set of Harmony dpns for the holidays that he did actually provide those as a gift (along with “No Sheep for You”, a must for this wool-allergic knitter, and “Sensational Knitted Socks”! Woot!)

I throw my yarn… and I’ve had people look at me funny, but it works for me… so I say, whatever works for you and produces even stitches and is comfortable for you - that is what counts!:thumbsup:

You know, I used to do this too … now that I think about it. Yup, the Options are sharp. That may be when I unconciously figured out another way b/c my finger was so sore. Not sure what I do now, but I will try to remember to pay attention the next time I pick up my knitting and let you know! LOL

Hi! :waving:

Been there, done that, for sure!

But, I love my Options (wouldn’t trade them for anything!) so I adjusted. Sometimes, when I revert to pushing the point, I use my index fingernail. It’s just long enough to work, but not so long that it hurts! :slight_smile:

You could also try a couple of coats of Liquid Bandage. That’ll give you some protection without being bulky.

But, best yet, somewhere along the line you’ll probably make the adjustment to not pushing the point and naturally find a more comfortable way to maneuver your stitches.

Whichever you choose, just enjoy! Knitting is so super!

Good luck and happy knitting! :knitting:

Ruthie :clink:

You might also check out a quilting shop for adhesive finger pads. Something like this;jsessionid=ZVFHQWBWWPNEQP4SY5LVAFR50LD3UUPU?CATID=cat2812&PRODID=prd12974&_requestid=608832 (they’re out of stock, but you can see what you’d be looking for). I did this a lot when I first started knitting but I noticed I do it less and less the longer I knit.

when I first started knitting I used to get sore finger tips too I realized the reason I was pushing enough to get a sore finger was because I was knitting too tight once my knitting loosened up naturally (as yours will too) your finger will still be there but your start to notice that your really not ‘pushing’ just ‘guiding’ I have noticed that I don’t need the finger at all for knitting until I make a mistake because it will feel different sometimes you see your mistakes others your feel, and some neither (oops ;))
Buy what you want do what you want and your fingers will adapt.

I just had to knit a wee bit to see what I do. I knit English style, but I just touch the right needle with my left finger to push it back. I knit a little loose so maybe you’re too tight. I mainly use the grey plastic coated aluminium needles that are more common here, sometimes my Denise set, but I think they’re slightly “grippier”. I tried to change to my mum’s knitting method (“lever-action” English) but my tension is way tighter that way so I haven’t quite changed over as I keep slipping back to my old way

I tend to do that also. I have never had any problems. I use Addi turbos.

If you can loosen your tension a bit it can help. I use the left needle and lift the exsisting stitch on the left needle over the yarn looped around the right needle and then slide the left needle out of the new stitch. This way I don’t have to touch the tip of the needle with my finger.
I think as you get more comfortable and relaxed with your knitting you will find a technique that works for you without discomfort. Knitting looser does seem to help in many ways though.

I hae developed a calous on that spot on my finger and it doesn’t bother me anymore.

I am definitely a tight knitter, but Ive noticed it “loosening” a bit already. After making my first project :happydance:, a hat with ribbing, I tried desperately to figure out continental and it looks so easy on the videos, but I will be darned if my left hand will do that at ALL. :mrgreen:

Im going to keep trying the continental and try to loosen up a bit too. I ordered the Harmony set today plus 2 nickel tips in 7 and 10 to try those out too. I am SO completely hooked. :heart:


My best advice is just to do what feels comfortable to you, as far as holding the yarn. I could never get it right with the yarn in my right hand, so I manually wrapped the yarn around the needle. Later on, come to find out, it just feels more comfortable in my left hand. Hope you like your harmonies. I just got my options last week and love them. Good luck on your knitting! :mrgreen:

I am a Continental knitter and I knit very tight and that’s why I hate Options.I literally had holes in my finger:help: I tried band aids and hated that,tried a leather finger tip and that kept moving,nothing seemed to work so I just stopped using my Options.To sharp for me:nails:

[FONT=“Georgia”][B][I][COLOR=“Navy”]Hey all,
As I have already said somewhere on the forum. If you do put your fingertip on the end of a needle… BE CAREFUL. Especially with aluminium small needles. I wore a hole in my finger, and as a result had to change my knitting style -that I still use. I also have changed from a aluminium knitting needle to wooden, which are kinder to my finger tips.