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« on: January 29, 2006 06:52:07 PM »

I just taught myself to knit this weekend, so I've been working on my first project -- a scarf -- for about 3-4 hours each day. It's so relaxing! But my wrist has started to hurt... Am I doing something wrong? What can I do about it? By the way, I'm an English knitter. I mean, I knit in the English style, but I'm American from the colonies.

That's my scarf after Day 1. It's currently Day 3, so imagine it three times that length! I'm making it out of Wool-Ease Chunky. I've absolutely fallen in love with the color and texture. Wow, I'm gushing about yarn...
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2006 07:30:25 PM »

Knitting is like anything else- you need to stop for a break every hour or so. It helps to stretch a bit, too.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006 07:30:26 PM »

What size needles are you using?
If you are knitting to tight it might be causing some of the problems.

I try to stop every could of rows and shake and strech my hands.
I've over done it more than once....you will learn how to pace your self.

« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2006 07:33:52 PM »

I've knit the English way for the last 5 years. I recently taught myself Continental and I can't believe the difference! I don't get wrist pain the way I used to. Learning Continental can be tricky, especially after doing it the English way, but I'd recommend trying.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006 08:34:28 PM »

Like any activity, it helps to stretch first - I learned this the hard way from hideous blue book essay finals in college - nothing like writing longhand for two straight hours Wink.  Just google 'wrist exercises', and it should give you some good ideas.  Also, keep your posture in mind - I've had a couple of problems with wrist pain that actually turned out to be from strained muscles in my shoulders or upper back (very thankful my doctor actually checked instead of just sending me in for carpal tunnel surgery like some of my co-workers)


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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006 12:20:14 AM »

Another vote for taking breaks. During the Christmas rush to get presents done I managed to give myself a serious bout of carpal tunnel - fingertips were numb & tingly, wrist hurt like all heck, and maintaining a grip on anything with that hand was extremely painful. Bought a brace and didn't knit for a couple weeks (was nearly crazy by the end, heh) and it's fine. Now I try and make sure I stop and take breaks, and if I'm around him my boyfirend tells me to take breaks more often than I remember to on my own.
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006 01:27:18 AM »

having a tea break every now and then serves 3 purposes: it makes you stop, you get to have a refreshing cup of tea, and nursing the warm cup is very nice on sore hands  Smiley
You can also do this awesome stretch a dance teacher showed me. 
Stand next to a wall, so your shoulder's facing it. Reach out to the wall till your arm is straight across from your shoulderand place your hand flat on the wall with fingers spread and the thumb up, then twist away from the wall.
It feels soooooooo good, it stretches all the way from your shoulder to your thumb

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2006 02:44:15 AM »

Make sure you give yourself breaks, and try not to knit too tightly.  I started knitting recently, and I found that I was putting a tug after each stitch, so my tension was very tight - I've stopped doing that now, and things are a lot better.

http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yogaindex.html has exercises for people who type a lot - you may find some of these are good to use in knitting breaks.

Congratulations on the scarf as well, and yarn is addictive, isn't it!

« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2006 03:07:31 AM »

i'm a music major, and piano majors OFTEN get wrist pains - severe ones. it's the same type you get when knitting (from my experience anyway)
what our teachers tell us to do is stop before you get them badly and do a completely different workout for your wrists - eg, go lift free weights in the gym, play a joystick game, etc... it helps  work out the other muscles in your hands/wrists and really does wonders

one of my favourite things to do is go kayaking - your hands are used but your arms do most of the work... if you don't have access to that, another option is doing some yoga or dance - paying careful attention to the line in your arms and the fluidity of your wrists/hands

i swear it works.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2006 06:43:48 AM »

I see that you're using straight needles with a sort of chunky yarn. That could be the main reason your wrists are hurting because the needle with the chunky yarn adds the weight to the wrists. If you start using cirlcular, then the weight of it will be less.  Also if you use a wrist bandage, it will help keep the wrist steady....I hope this info helps.

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