Yay happy me!

I can knit!!! Well at least i hope so, lets not jinx it.

Anyway yesterday I went on Youtube and just searched how to hold yarn knitting or something like that and came across this video and I thought " Oh my god maybe that’s the problem" So I got my knitting needles and just tried to hold the yarn like the video shows and yay after doing so I felt no strain in my right hand and started knitting a bit more and yay no pain anywhere!!! Yay me!!!

Well sort of. While there is no pain anywhere on my right, somehow I am straining my left hand, although i dont really use my left hand much so how i’m straining it I have no idea. I have tried to hold the needle on my left a bit looser but i’m not sure if its helping much…any tips?

but the good news is yay I can knit now :slight_smile: no pain - sort of lol! Yay! And it means no doctor visit either - I hope!

PS I know i’ve been going on about my hands since i joined up here, sorry! I promise this is the last hand thread…well again ,I hope!

Yay! I wrap it little bit differently, but it’s still English method. How have you been holding the yarn? Left hand or right? I can knit continental (left), but I still find English easier.

Ah, good. I’m glad you’ve found something that works. Enjoy your knitting!

Congratulations on finding a method that helps with your right hand pain!:woohoo:

If you’re holding the needles the same way as in the video, and you’re naturally right handed, it may just be that your left hand musculature is getting exercised in a way it’s not used to.

You may want to take breaks to rest that left hand just as you would rest your legs when walking more than you’re accustomed to doing. Endurance will come.

Just for the record since it often comes up…I’m right handed and was a crocheter, but I still am happy and quite fast when I want to be with English knitting. :thumbsup:

English is def easier for me. Tried continental but its not easy when you are a righty lol. show me how you do it?

Spoke too soon!!! Index finger pain is baaaack doh! I jinxed it. Maybe I should go back to trying knitting with bamboo?

So sorry that didn’t work for you either. But there are lots of ways to hold the yarn and needles and to knit. Check out this video of a woman who does Portuguese knitting. She claims it requires very few hand movements, so perhaps it will work for you. If not, there are other methods to try. Take a look on YouTube and see what you find.

I will knit! LOL!

I’m gonna see if working with Bamboo is better…or maybe I should buy circs…

I’m right handed and I can’t knit American/English style if you put a gun to my head.

I’ve started trying to crochet, too.

I don’t think handedness, right or left, or crocheting first has much to do with the preferred method for knitting. I’m right handed, crocheted for years, couldn’t manage to knit English, didn’t know there was another way and kept trying to knit more like I crochet and then found out it’s Continental knitting. Others who crochet first prefer English style. Here’s something to throw into the mix, I’m left eye dominant and most right handed people are right eye dominant or so said my optometrist. Maybe that’s why my right hand has a hard time tensioning and not dropping the yarn. Probably totally irrelevant! My point is, we can find all kinds of explanations for why one person knits one way and the other knits the other way but all that really matters is: Do you knit? Do you enjoy it? I can now knit English style and sort of purl English style, knowing both comes in handy.

I think the only reason I CAN’T knit continental is due to my CP. I have mild CP and my left side of my body (my leg and my arm) is like, the weakest, so trying to knit continental doesn’t come easy for me.

I guess I’m going to try the bamboo needles again (I’ve said that 3 times now, feel free to throw a ball of yarn at my head) and If there are still problems I am going to have to go to the doctor see if theres any thing wrong with my stupid hands and then I’m going to see if he can refer me to anyone like a hand therapist or someone who can help me continue to stop knitting…if there is such a person…

Try everything you can. Circs with a flexible cable so you’re not fighting it (Knitpicks, Webs, etc.). The cables that look like their made with weed whacker cable are to stiff. Also bamboo may help because it’s softer and warmer than metal.

I feel awful…my sis bought me all these plastic needles for christmas 2 years ago…now i may actuallly not be able to use them :frowning:

They are good to learn on, but I’d give something else a try. KP has a try it set with one of each type which is a good way to test them. Many people prefer the bamboo for arthritic hands because its naturally warmer. I think circs are more comfortable than straights. They hurt my hands for more than a few minutes, too.

What Jan said. I think Harmony or Sunstruck from KP or their counterparts from WEBS might have some of the qualities of bamboo as far as being warmer goes, but are smoother and a little more like the metal ones in that regard. A bit of the best of both?

There are people called occupational therapists who your doctor can refer you to. They can help you strengthen your hands, if it comes down to that. I saw one when I had a complicated finger fracture, and my favorite part was when she put my hand in a warm paraffin bath, and then massaged it! Yow! It was awesome!

I know this sounds stupid, but I feel a little silly walking into the GP and going “Hi yeah my hands hurt from knitting. Refer me to Occupational Therapy wont you?”

Just to add:tried the bamboo and all i can say is they dont help either. aaah

We’re the bamboo straight needles?

Hi Jan - yep. Straight 4.5 mm bamboo needles.

Ad2knit, I admire your perseverance!
You’re getting lots of good suggestions here. I hope something can work for you!

I think Jan is onto something, if you are using straight needles. Try a 24" long circular needle, which you can use like a straight needle, but requires less torque. With a straight needle, much of the weight of the knitting ends up down the shaft of the needle, and with every stitch you are lifting that weight, which is made more difficult because of it jutting out from the hand. Circular needles carry the weight of your knitting on your lap, relieving much strain on your hands. I suggest a 24" length because then you will have a needle shaft that is long enough to hold easily. The shorter shafts of the 16" needles require a modified hold for most knitters, which might be a strain for your hands.

Still, I’m wondering: is there another root source of your pain? Different causes require different solutions. If it’s arthritis in your index finger, for instance, you may need to address that directly. (Grumpy Grandma, did you say you take turmeric for inflammation?) A modified yarn or needle hold may be in order, as you have tried. Another idea, and it doesn’t seem to me like index finger pain would necessarily benefit from these, but check these out (scroll down to the bottom of page).