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« on: September 12, 2011 08:08:54 PM »

This is my first post, and I was wondering if anyone has arthritis and finds that it interferes with their knitting. Any tips/ideas to help? I've tried hand braces, but they get in the way more than they help. My arthritis causes me to drop stitches and makes my tension either too tight or too loose, as sometimes I cannot judge my grip.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2011 09:09:21 AM »

I don't have arthritis but I read a lot of knitting magazines and it seems like a common issue. They have come out with square or triangle shaped knitting needles instead of the normal round ones and they're supposed to help a lot.
Here's a link: http://www.kollageyarns.com/needles.html
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011 11:58:31 AM »

Thank you very much. I've never heard of those; I'll have to give them a try. That's really helpful. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011 02:48:58 PM »

Glad I could help Smiley I plan on getting some for myself to see if they make a difference. I get wrist pain from knitting too long.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011 05:11:47 PM »

I use a style of knitting that involves moving my hands, rather than my wrists, and this helps with my arthritis and lessens wrist strain.  It's hard to describe, but it's how my grandmother taught me to knit.  It's a bit slower than folks with all the twisty wrist movements, but it works good for me.
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011 11:25:51 PM »

Thanks. That sounds interesting. Smiley Would it be the continental method, perhaps?
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2011 12:03:19 PM »

Sounds like continental. It's supposed to be easier on you and I've been told to switch but if you're not already knitting continental you should look into it. Paired with the square needles you should be a bit better off.

Anything thing, I just though of that could help. Don't knit with straights if you can help it. Get your square needles as long circulars (so you can do magic loop and knit anything on them) The cable supports most of the weight instead of your wrists unlike straight needles which puts more pressure on your wrists.

Also, just work up your knitting stamina. Start with 30 min and increase when you can do that. And remember to take lots of breaks. Giving your wrists and hands a but of a rest make a big difference. (I remembered reading this when my wrist was injured from knitting and couldn't knit for 2-3 weeks.. that killed)
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2011 12:48:02 PM »

 I almost always use circular needles. I'm currently looking into the continental method, and those square needles. Sorry about your wrist. I've had mine broken, and a lot of problems with my hands; it sucks.  Thanks again for your help. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011 04:57:00 PM »

I found these: http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-needles-knitters-pride-cubics/
Knitter's pride INTERCHANGEABLE square knitting needles! I'm going to get a few sizes for my ami's and see if they help. They only have dpns in sock sizes though. Sorry to keep posting here but I keep finding more stuff that could help.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2011 11:28:13 PM »

I bought one of the Kollage soft cable circulars a couple weeks ago and I would advise against them unless you can touch them in person. The join on mine (size 8 ) is terrible and kept catching my fingering weight yarn. The soft cable also bends back (parallel) to the needle tips sometimes, which is annoying. The cable does seem like it would be amazing for magic loop though. I plan on taking mine back to the yarn store and seeing if the join on mine is uncharacteristicall y bad or not (the website does say that they have upgraded the joins).
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