View Full Version : Perfect knitting chair?

05-06-2005, 01:59 PM
Hello all. Well, I'm recovering from my birthday and still amazed by how sweet and supportive everyone is on this forum. :heart: Since I had my massage yesterday and discovered all the stress in my shoulders and upper back, I realized I'm not comfortable when I'm knitting. So, I wondered where other folks knit.

Have you found the perfect knitting chair? :?? I've been knitting on my sofa, and it is very uncomfortable. I'm thinking of buying a chair. Any suggestions on type? Rocking chair? I know I need something with a straight back. I thought this would be an interesting discussion.



05-06-2005, 02:02 PM
I found that putting my feet up (and I don't know why or how!) make it tons more comortable. I got an ottoman (big fluffy oversized one :heart: )

05-06-2005, 02:05 PM
I agree... I have a reclineable couch and putting my feet up and leaning back makes it much easier. For one thing, I'm less squirmy, and the project rests on my chest, taking a lot of the weight off of my needles. It helps to have huge knockers but I suspect normal size mamos will support it as well. :happydance: ~re-edited for humor~ heh..

05-06-2005, 02:11 PM
whoda thunk???? hehehehe...mamos???? gosh I love this place!!!

I like to actually knit in bed with lotsa pillows around me....I guess that would go with the feet up thingy....there might be something there. Rather than a whole new chair, you could try a footstool.

05-06-2005, 02:13 PM
lol I thought I could remove that before anyone saw it.. maybe I should put it back so the others don't scratch their head at your post :lol:

05-06-2005, 02:18 PM
KEEP IT...it made me smile today!!! :heart:

05-06-2005, 02:23 PM
I, too, find that putting my feet up helps - and I normally put pillows under my arms as well..

05-06-2005, 03:33 PM
I currently have two "chairs"....

My king size bed and the sofa. :)

05-06-2005, 03:55 PM
I have a huge sectional sofa, and the corner peice is a big, 6' curved section. That's my favorite place to knit.. all cozied up in the corner with pillows, watching DIY network. :)

05-06-2005, 04:09 PM
Our 30+ year old La-z-boy recliner is the most comfortable place I've found. :D

05-06-2005, 04:18 PM
Usually I knit in the computer chair. :rofling: It's not that comfy but I love to multi task and read my e-mail/the news while I knit. As long as it's something simple I'm working on.(my mindless project). I also love my new couch. But the best spot has to be this big old overstuffed chair we've had forever. I recently bought a slip cover and footstool. It is heaven. :inlove:

Contiknitter Kelly
05-06-2005, 06:18 PM
Besides :XX: in bed, my most favorite place in the whole wide world is... my oversized lazyboy rocker that has heat and massage :drooling: built into it. Once in though, it's rather hard to have to stop and get up for any reason, like....... my knitting :rollseyes:. So I gotta make sure I have everthing I need before I have a seat.

05-06-2005, 06:41 PM
My favorite place is the couch with my feet proped up and a pillow under my elbow.

05-06-2005, 07:03 PM
I knit in a glider rocker chair, sometimes with feet up, in front of the boob watchin movies. But I've also been seen knitting on the bus, knitting in class, knitting at stich N bitch, knitting while waiting for the bus, in doctors offices, etc. But nothing is as comfy as my glider.

05-06-2005, 09:49 PM
Now that its nice outside, I like to knit on my patio, but when I knit on my couch, I find that changing positions often helps my back. My feet are flat on the floor, then up on the coffee table, then crossed indian-style, etc.

05-06-2005, 10:15 PM
I don't think I've found my perfect chair, but I do like to have my arms 'free' - no pillows or armrests for me. I like to knit on the couch with my supplies next to me, basket o' yarn on the floor - sometimes my legs are up, sometimes I sit cross-legged. I notice that fellow snb'ers at get togethers put their ball on the table in front of them and some rest their arms and/or project on the table. I tried this when setting up a dpn project and resting the needles seemed to help.

05-07-2005, 09:11 AM
My favorite and most comfortable spot is a large upholstered rocker with a footstool. I have a couple of small pillows, one I put in the small of my back and the other under my left elbow. It tilts back a bit as well and keeps me from bending my neck at an awkward angle to look down. My back rarely bothers me no matter where I knit but my neck can get mighty creaky.

05-07-2005, 10:41 AM
OH! That's RIGHT! I also have one of those tubular "squish" pillows (its supposed to be a "neck roll") that, when Howie is not curled up on it, I use for the small of my back.

05-07-2005, 01:28 PM
In the winter months i knit on my couch where i have lots of room to spread my arms out. In the summer i take my knitting outside to my big swing. The swing has nice cushions plus a canopy top. I swing and knit.

Oh, some of you might remember i was going to make an Afghan with every row starting with a new yarn. I bit the bullet and am well on my way.

It is going to be beautiful when finished. I stewed over :XX: this due to the fact i did not think i could do it.... :frog:

It is so easy to :XX: :thumbsup:

So far i have $336.00 in yarn..... I better finish it so i can post a picture of it when i am finished....

Thanks to all of you who incouraged me to get started :thumbsup:

05-07-2005, 06:09 PM
I don't really have a favorite chair, but I've noticed that I really have to concentrate on not tensing up my shoulders when I knit. I was having neck and shoulder problems and realized that I was kind of shrugging my shoulders when knitting for some reason. Now that I am aware of it it's not so bad.

I always end up having a kitty or two on my lap though, which doesn't really allow me to knit in the most comfortable position, but who can resist a kitty on your lap?! :D

Yay Anne! Can't wait to see your afghan! :thumbsup:

05-07-2005, 08:21 PM
I don't have a truly comfortable place to knit. Like Brooke, I knit at my computer alot. I find that I am fairly comfortable sitting here, and I also like to multi-task, stopping every couple of rows to read e-mail, post on my message board (I co own a christian homeschooling support website), or read the messages and post here. :D

I like to sit in the living room with my dh while he watches tv, and knit, but I can only sit for so long in the recliner before I start getting really stiff in my hip joints. The couch isn't comfy to me at all (for knitting, anyway). I do sit outside in the early evenings with my dh and knit some, but once our temperatures start warming up, that won't be an option.

I've been thinking I'd like to buy a new ladies sized recliner. It's not in the budget right now, but an elderly lady I sometimes sit with has one, and I often knit in it when I'm staying with her. It's sized for a shorter person (like me :mrgreen: ). My feet touch the ground, and my neck rests at a comfortable place on the back of it. It also reclines for when I want to put up my feet. It is truly a knitter's chair. :thumbsup:

05-08-2005, 06:15 PM
A few months ago my husband and I went to a little town in our area and wandered into an antique store. We were 'just looking,' but came upon a beautiful wood rocking chair that had been reupholstered. Neither of us liked the pattern of the upholstery, but we loved the chair. I sat down and it was so comfortable!

We didn't have it in our budget and, really, it wasn't the style we were intending to put in our living room (where I usually knit), so we slowly dragged ourselves away from it. Later, walking around the town, we both started talking about it again. So, brilliant me, I said, "If we get a new chair, I have to be able to knit in it." I was fairly new to knitting, so hadn't really found a good 'spot' yet. So, in I go to try 'the' knitting position. Lo and behold, the arms were low in back, leaving plenty of space for my elbows and was per-fect for knitting. {Sigh} So, we bought it and I begged a friend to take us back the next weekend in his truck to pick it up.

I love it! But...I still hate the upholstery. (We call it 'grandma print.') But I decided that, when I'm finished with the trillions of other projects I'm dying to do, I'll knit something for it. Oh, well. It *does* match the room, colorwise. LOL

I also have an older wooden rocking chair with a broken arm that is impossible to knit in, so I've decided to take off the arms and move the rocker to the tv room. I think I'm a rockin' knitter... :roflhard: :oops:

05-09-2005, 10:48 PM
Kdavies, that's hilarious! Sounds like you got a god find though!

I, too, often knit with my feet propped up. We have a boomerang-shaped coffee table, and it's the perfect height for our 15 dollar ugly-orange-70s-flower-print auction chair (that i LOVE).

05-12-2005, 10:14 AM
Rock On Kathy! -- my favorite spot is an antique rocking chair next to my bedroom window. I put it at an angle near my bed, and then use the corner of my bed as a foot rest!


05-12-2005, 12:36 PM
I have a reclinable couches too, so feet up is great. Also sit, well slouch is more like it, on the patio in a wonderful 1920s chair/desk, kinda like the desks you had in school, but it has a shelf next to the seat (great for beverages) and a magazine type rack on the side too. I like the desk part cuz I can put my pattern on it and it holds an ashtray too!!! Yes, I'm one of those nasty smokers. :help: