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01-29-2006, 01:01 AM
Did anyone get a sore spot when they first started using double pointed needles? Where I hold onto the needle in my left hand, my wedding ring finger, behind the top joint. It's swollen and painful. It sucks because I have to wrap it in bandages to knit which doesn't give me full use of that finger. Just wondering if anyone encountered this as well.

01-29-2006, 01:05 AM
I haven't had that particular issue, but sometimes I get a pain between my thumb and first finger on my left hand when using double pointeds. I'm not sure if that's related, though. :thinking:

01-29-2006, 01:29 AM
Is that where the needle rubs when you knit?

01-29-2006, 01:33 AM
Depends on how I hold it. When I get totally lazy, I rest the point of one of the needles on my stomach and it doesn't rub. Sorry, I don't know a better solution.

01-29-2006, 01:47 AM
I haven't had it with just dpn's, but if I knit too much or too long my wrist starts hurting me.
I fractured it a year or so ago horseback riding and now, apparently, if I knit too much it hurts.

Not just with knitting though. But, it hasn't happened for a while.
I had to wear my wrist guard to work the other day.

Everyone laughed when I told them I hurt it knitting. :oops:

01-29-2006, 01:57 AM
If I knit with DPNs for too long, I'll get a sore spot on my finger from holding the needle. For me, it's from pressing down on the DPN on that spot that causes it. If I notice it happening, I just try to shift where on my finger the needle is pressing down and won't bother me.

01-29-2006, 02:19 AM
After awhile my hands start to cramp from holding them in akward positions, but other than that I'm fine with them.

01-29-2006, 04:45 AM
I usually don't have any problems when using dpns, but I often get a sore thumb when using 2 circs for knitting in the round, and sometimes when using large straight needles.


01-29-2006, 01:32 PM
Humm. I tried to shift where it hold the needle but then I can get the grip/control I want. I guess I'm just going to have to bandage it for a bit and hope it gets better. Can't stop knitting, that would be impossible!

01-29-2006, 03:01 PM
I get a sore spot in the same place; I've attributed it to holding the needles to tightly, particularly early in the project when they seem to want to fly off everywhere. Loosening your grip will help.

Also, I have noticed that adding a fourth needle (like for socks) and knitting with the fifth helps because the needles then aren't in that steeply angled triangle. Again, the first few rows are tricky, but the change in angle helps. You might try that, too.