I am making a pair of magic loop socks on US size #2 needles. I had never knit with such small needles before. Since I am a tight knitter, a thrower, and the Addis are quite pointy, I am literally stabbing my Left index finger with my knitting needle with each stitch. I'm thinking of using a thimble over my index finger. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Try a looser tension to make the sts loose enough to move freely on the needles. If you pull the yarn after you make a stitch, you don't need to, making the next stitch will tighten up the previous one.
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I'm a loose knitter and usually use 0's for socks. I also knit continential... I know that for some, knitting continential helps to loosen up their stitches, you could give it a try. That or really force yourself to loosen your stitches (not easy when you are comfortable in your own knitting style)
You could also change needle style - I would recommend bamboo, however, if you knit tight, you might break them. You could try the Susan Bates - the yarn will slide, but they aren't as pointy as the addie's.
Worse case - you mentioned it, get a thimble. There are some really neat ones for quilters that only go onto the finger tip, so you don't lose mobility in your finger as you are working. They even have ones that stick in the tip of your finger. The leather ones will still allow some mobility in your finger, but will also protect it.
Good luck and I hope that you find something that works- it's no fun when you are getting stuck while working on a project.
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I am not a tight knitter but I have poked a hole in the end of my finger when using the really small size needles. I do use a thimble. I tried a band aid but it sometimes gets the needle sticky. The above advice about loosening up on your knitting would be very helpful if you can do it.
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i agree with the bandaid. Also, if you're a tight knitter you may want to go up a size. I would also switch to Susan Bates needles too.... they're less pointy than Boye (i can't use bambo... every time i feel the yarn slide on it it makes me want to grit my teeth!)
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