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heatherg23
08-01-2008, 10:24 AM
Hi,

I got a strange question. Is there something a knitter can buy to cover the right index finger & the left hand thumb. I ask because when I'm knitting with small needles (that have sharp tips) it kills my index finger especially. You know what I mean.....as your knitting you push the needle with your right index finger to transfer the new stitch to the right needle. I'm doing a cable pattern and it gets VERY tight and knitting the back of a cable row is painful.

I was thinking of a thimble but that would probably come off in a second.

Any other ideas?

Thanks so much!!

susi
08-01-2008, 11:48 AM
Hi,

I got a strange question. Is there something a knitter can buy to cover the right index finger & the left hand thumb. I ask because when I'm knitting with small needles (that have sharp tips) it kills my index finger especially. You know what I mean.....as your knitting you push the needle with your right index finger to transfer the new stitch to the right needle. I'm doing a cable pattern and it gets VERY tight and knitting the back of a cable row is painful.

I was thinking of a thimble but that would probably come off in a second.

Any other ideas?

Thanks so much!!

i had the same problem when i knit with dpn's. i usually just put platers on the effected fingers (a bit extreme i know, but it works). personally i think thimbles would get in the way of my knitting.plasters werent great as the needles would get caught on them and then rip them badly. so you then get sticky ends to the needles. a new problem to get over lol.

i'll be interested to see what people surgesta s well

Jan in CA
08-01-2008, 12:02 PM
i had the same problem when i knit with dpn's. i usually just put platers on the effected fingers (a bit extreme i know, but it works).
Platers? :??

ETA: Oh wait! I think you mean plasters which is what we call a bandaid right?

I just had to learn not to use my finger tips as much, but there are things available that might work. Take a look at these.

http://www.joann.com/joann/search/search_results.jsp?CATID=cat1110&keywords=leather+thimble&_requestid=444968

These are in the UK, but you can search the names.
http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/thimbles.html

suzeeq
08-01-2008, 12:38 PM
First, get out of the habit of using your finger to push the needle. If you have to, grasp the whole tip with a thumb and finger on either side and push that way. Second, knit looser and your stitches will move along the needle easier so you don't have to push it.

Crycket
08-01-2008, 12:44 PM
I am just knitting though any pain in hopes they will become slightly calloused...

Every girls dream....callouses....hmmm...

Mike
08-01-2008, 01:47 PM
I push until I get a hole then plug the hole with superglue.

Second, knit looser and your stitches will move along the needle easier so you don't have to push it.

suzeeq,
I'm also working on cables that can get very tight when crossing 6 over 6.
How do you knit loose enough while staying in gauge and not creating lace and ladders everywhere?

suzeeq
08-01-2008, 02:00 PM
Maybe it's easier for me because I knit on the needles I want, and don't try to knit gauge. I use my own gauge and adjust the pattern.

Mostly I meant don't pull on the yarn after you've made the stitch which makes the stitches tighter. Cables with more sts crossing can get very tight, but that's just from knitting that many out of order, not being a loose or tight knitter. If you only crossed 3 sts, they wouldn't be that tight. Also, the holes in cables disappear and the stitches even out when you wash or block the item when done.

Denise in Michigan
08-01-2008, 03:46 PM
I sometimes use 1/2" or 1" paper first aid tape to cover an area that is subjected to a lot of rubbing or chafing (like when I'm working with a stiff, scratchy fiber). A couple of layers of this might help!
It is very durable, edges don't come up, yet it is easy to remove and leaves no residue.

Knitting_Guy
08-01-2008, 03:51 PM
I normally do one of two things. I either push the needle tip with the other needle, or if I use my finger I do it on the tapered side instead of directly on the point.

susi
08-01-2008, 03:54 PM
Platers? :??

ETA: Oh wait! I think you mean plasters which is what we call a bandaid right?
oh yes i ment plasters :aww: , or should i correct to bandaids, sorry must remember different words.

RuthieinMaryland
08-01-2008, 05:25 PM
Hi -

Although adjusting your method of transferring stitches is probably the best solution, in the meantime you might try "liquid bandage" or "liquid band-aid". You just paint it on the affected part and let it dry and it forms a coating.

I used this years ago when I was doing a lot of quilting on a frame. Boy, did my fingertips get sore from the needle. The calluses that formed eventually helped, but meanwhile I used the liquid bandaid.

:waving:
Ruthie

Knit4Pie
08-01-2008, 06:17 PM
I was thinking about liquid band-aid when it happened to me, but wasn't sure if it would work. Then I realized that my dd wants "real" band-aids when she has a boo boo, so I dropped the idea LOL

knitasha
08-01-2008, 06:42 PM
I try to remember to push off with my left thumbnail.
If I forget and start using my right forefinger (happens mostly with slip stitches), I stick on a small round leather patch that quilters use to avoid stabbing their fingers. It protects the finger and also reminds me to push off with the thumbnail.

Lisa R.
08-01-2008, 07:02 PM
I had that problem when I first started knitting, though I notice it's not an issue as much any more.

What I did was go to an office supply store and buy those rubber thingies you use on your fingers to help you in sorting papers...sort of like a rubber thimble. Mine were bumpy, which snagged the yarn, so I turned them inside out, and it was perfect!

Here' (http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/964478/Acco-Swingline-Rubber-Fingertips-Diameter-Amber/)s what I'm talking about!

Andres
08-02-2008, 10:30 AM
I just waited until a callus appeared.


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Jan in CA
08-02-2008, 12:12 PM
oh yes i ment plasters :aww: , or should i correct to bandaids, sorry must remember different words.

No problem! It was the typo plus the new word that confused me. I am learning new words, too. :thumbsup:

TammyK
04-29-2013, 09:34 PM
All replies to this thread were very helpful and gave me additional ideas which I tested. I recently came across some 'corn pads' while searching thru the first aid closet which is the reason for my query (I burnt my finger tip on a scalding hot roasted marshmallow). Anyway, I took an adhesive 'corn pad' (round little disk with a hole in the center) and put a fingertip bandage over it. It provides the extra cushion I was looking for. Or, you could take a cotton ball and then wrap a fingertip bandage over it, also provides extra cushion!:happydance:

GrumpyGramma
04-29-2013, 10:06 PM
Interesting topic. I had this problem when I was using sock skewers (DPNs). I put a bandaid on my finger, hated having it there, and it's best purpose was to teach me not to do that anymore. I still sometimes slip up and poke myself. Sock skewers draw blood and I don't want to ruin my yarn so I really try not to do it even with larger needles. Learning a new habit is better than patching up my fingers.

salmonmac
04-30-2013, 05:24 AM
Hi Tammy and welcome to Knitting Help!
Ouch. Blisters, paper cuts on knitting fingers, what an added hurdle. Thanks for the tip. Anything to keep on knitting.

RochesterKnitter
04-30-2013, 08:10 AM
1) finger cot - rubber cover available in office supply departments. They do wear out/through with use.

http://www.amazon.com/FINGER-COTS-RUBBER-MEDIUM-PACK/dp/B0014RDQG8

2) pet finger toothbrush - harder plastic. Won't wear out. Bristles might be bothersome to some knitters but could be snipped off.

http://www.amazon.com/Petrodex-Finger-Toothbrush-Dog-Cat/dp/B0002AQB60

Paulaque
04-30-2013, 08:17 AM
knit looser, use your fingernail instead of your finger, use your needle on knit stitches to slide them off, learn to move the yarn on the left needle like a catapillar's body, stop and push the yarn to the end of the needle with your hands not fingers, you just have to learn not to use those fingertips, they can be too painful!

N0obKnitter
04-30-2013, 08:21 PM
Interesting topic. I had this problem when I was using sock skewers (DPNs). I put a bandaid on my finger, hated having it there, and it's best purpose was to teach me not to do that anymore. I still sometimes slip up and poke myself. Sock skewers draw blood and I don't want to ruin my yarn so I really try not to do it even with larger needles. Learning a new habit is better than patching up my fingers.

Owie!!! I'm getting finger tenderness from my knitpicks sock dpns (kinda hate them, too sharp and slippery! )

GrumpyGramma
04-30-2013, 10:06 PM
Aluminum sock DPNs were what made me realize that there has to be a better way. I really did learn to keep my fingertips clear of the points most of the time. No more bloody socks.

Marina1109
04-30-2013, 10:26 PM
Funny that I came across this thread today.......... I've had this little round peeling patch on my left index finger (I'm a Continental knitter). Since I check my blood sugar every couple of days or so I thought that was the cause. But the more I thought about it, I decided that wasn't the case because I never poke/stick my index fingers for glucose readings.
I peeled it off a few days ago, and it healed nicely.
Today I noticed it again. I started thinking "what is causing it?"
LOL I realized it was my knitting.
So maybe tomorrow I'll take a walk to the office supply store and see what goodies I find.
Thank you all for the great advice and suggestions on this. :thumbsup: