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« on: April 28, 2007 12:34:59 PM »

My hands get really sore from crocheting so I am considering buying some of these tools to hopefully help.

http://image.herrschners.com/itm_img/WW012900.jpg
I found these cushions that sound nice but has anyone used them? I'm wondering if they make holding the needle awkward.

And then there's these things to help with tension:
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I would love to hear anyone's opinions on these! Do they work and help? or are they just a waste of money?

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007 01:13:25 PM »

I use the little rubber tubes over my crochet hooks. I use the "grab" grip rather than the "hold-a-pencil" grip.  It definitely helped having a larger size handle but it was still not enough. I primarily use F & G hooks so I asked my husband if he could insert my hooks into some wooden file handles (sort of like the latch hook handles with a rounded, bulbous end). He did and I'm happy now, with much less pain in my hand.
I've been thinking that maybe a round dowel could be drilled to the size and proper depth for a crochet hook to be glued in. That way you could choose whatever diameter dowel would be comfortable for your personal grip/pain factor.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007 01:27:03 PM »

I think I've seen hooks like that before! Or maybe it was someone on here that posted them. I'm not sure..

In my case, I think I need the padding. I do the pencil grip thing and the finger that the hook usually rests on gets really sore. Sometimes I put bandaids on just so I'll have some padding there. And then my other hand just gets really sore from holding the yarn so tight to keep the tension Sad
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007 01:34:10 PM »

Would those pencil grips that kids use on their pencils help? They come in foam and rubber. I don't know if they'd be too big for smaller hooks, but they might work on the larger sizes.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007 03:31:13 PM »

I almost bought some of those once to try! They'd probably fit a K hook or so pretty good! I need something for my smaller hooks too though. These are basically the same thing I think, just longer and the hole is smaller.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2007 03:43:39 PM »

Oh the pain!  I thought that I was just a wimp, glad to know that I'm not alone here!  Thanks for putting this up because I am curious too.  I know this is kinda silly, but do think there would be a way to crochet something to go on the crochet hook?  Silly I know, but if it was soft and maybe 2 yarns together it might work.  Hmmm...
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007 03:52:28 PM »

I don't crochet (yet?), but one of my lab partners put Floam on her crochet hooks to make them thicker.  From what I saw of it, it worked really well, didn't come off, and was pretty soft. It's like building a custom pencil grip. Floam air dries.

It immediately makes me think of those late night TV commercials, but I think I've seen little tubs of Floam or similar products at craft stores / Toys R Us.

Here's a thing for making Floam yourself (I have not tried it): http://www.beyondsatire.us/?q=node/82

I guess the downside to this vs those soft cushions is Floam does not sound very easy to remove if you don't like it.

I hope that helps Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2007 04:43:16 PM »

I think the grip would be good, but I think you don't really need the tension tool.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2007 06:41:22 PM »

I made my own grips for my hooks with Crayola's Model Magic.  I took a bit of two different colors (pink and yellow) and then wrapped it around my hook and rolled it back and forth.  I then held the hook with my newly formed grip like I was crocheting to make it fit my hand.  Then leave it dry overnight and you have the best and lightest grip ever!!  I tried Sculpty clay--the kind you have to bake, but that makes a heavy grip. 

Someone suggested placing an alphabet bead that corresponded to the hook size on the very end/tip of the new grip, since you will be covering the size with the Model Magic.  I didn't have any alphabet beads at the time, so I just used a pen to put a "G" on the end.

I will be making Model Magic grips on ALL of my hooks!!  Ok, well, I will leave my Clover soft grips alone!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2007 08:06:45 PM »

If you use metal hook just wrap fimo clay around them & grip it like you normally hold your hook, bake.....voila custom hooks

I find the long wooden hooks are less of a strain on my hands because I can hold them farther down on the shaft so the rotating motion I make isn't as much. (not sure if this will work if you hold your hook like a pencil though).



I wrap my working yarn once around my pinky finger then the index. I dont have to keep them in a cramped or bent position that way.
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