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Old 08-01-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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How to protect finger tips from needles
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!!
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by heatherg23 View Post
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
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by susi
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/se...questid=444968

These are in the UK, but you can search the names.
http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/thimbles.html
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:44 PM   #5
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:47 PM   #6
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I push until I get a hole then plug the hole with superglue.

Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Second, knit looser and your stitches will move along the needle easier so you don't have to push it.
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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?
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:00 PM   #7
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Platers?

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

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