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« on: May 26, 2005 05:09:57 AM »

Hi Everyone!  I just started knitting, I am currently working on my first scarf.   I finally got my stitches down however and realized that my left hand is killing me, I'm knitting left handed and it feels like my left wrist was stepped on by an elephant.

I know the most obvious fix would be to teach myself right handed, but left handed just felt so much more natural. I already have a brace that prevents me from flexing my wrist down (I curse thee carpal tunnel) but was wondering if anyone has been using something else?
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2005 06:02:07 AM »

I went through the same thing when I began to knit socks.  I had been knitting for years but never ventured into socks. 

The sock knitting used a whole different set of wrist and forearm muscles...and these built up and I now have no issues. 

Keep at the knitting, give yourself time off, try to hold your knitting and yarn loosely.  Hopefully this will improve. 

HOWEVER, should it not, do check with a dr.  =)

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2005 06:42:23 AM »

i have been into as of november, and let me tell you........my pinky is the only thing that still hurts....all the time, i just have came to the fact, it wont stop! for the longest time my fore arm killed me!
im a right hand knitter, and my husband calls me a crotch knitter...hehe, i pretty much poke my left needle towards my crotch, and use my right hand to keep working....(if that makes sence!)

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2005 07:07:29 AM »

I have no intention of quitting yet Smiley There's too much stuff I'd like to make! I try to make sure I take frequent breaks to stretch my hand and I try not to hold everything loosely.  I may force my way through some right handed rows every now and then to give my left hand a break.  It could even be non-knitting related, I'm hoping in a few days it works itself out although it seems to be a reoccuring issue at certain times due to work, sleeping wrong etc.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2005 05:06:30 PM »

I keep a pair of braces in my knitting bag- during the school year my hands are so cramped from typing endless essays that it's difficult to knit without them.
The kind I have are peachy-colored. I got them at Hobby Lobby for about $11.  They're a pretty simple concept- tight spandex-ish material on the wrist portion, with looser satiny material (with holes left for fingers) on top.  I'm sure they'd be easy & cheap to make yourself, if you sew.  I just wasn't able to find proper fabric for them.
Good luck, & I hope your wrists feel better soon. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2005 07:06:54 AM »

IMHO, Futuro makes the *best* wrist and hand support gloves: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=69908&catid=10279&brand=7758&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=10279&trxp2=69908&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND&cmbProdBrandFilter=7758

« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005 11:08:50 AM »

Thanks for that link! That type of brace actually looks like it would support the top of my wrist and hand better which is the part that always bothers me.
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2005 03:41:05 PM »

I am currently working on a hat, and I have found that it's not my wrist, but my shoulder that hurts! Guess I'm getting too into it! I throw the yarn around the needles in a full arm movement! I must learn to stop this...
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2005 04:07:58 PM »

I agree w/ tinygoatsacker.  I have the same wrist thingies and use them when  I'm going to be knitting or working with seed beads.
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