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Old 12-31-2008, 12:29 PM   #11
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when I first started knitting I used to get sore finger tips too I realized the reason I was pushing enough to get a sore finger was because I was knitting too tight once my knitting loosened up naturally (as yours will too) your finger will still be there but your start to notice that your really not 'pushing' just 'guiding' I have noticed that I donít need the finger at all for knitting until I make a mistake because it will feel different sometimes you see your mistakes others your feel, and some neither (oops )
Buy what you want do what you want and your fingers will adapt.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:33 PM   #12
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I just had to knit a wee bit to see what I do. I knit English style, but I just touch the right needle with my left finger to push it back. I knit a little loose so maybe you're too tight. I mainly use the grey plastic coated aluminium needles that are more common here, sometimes my Denise set, but I think they're slightly "grippier". I tried to change to my mum's knitting method ("lever-action" English) but my tension is way tighter that way so I haven't quite changed over as I keep slipping back to my old way
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:12 PM   #13
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I tend to do that also. I have never had any problems. I use Addi turbos.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:47 PM   #14
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If you can loosen your tension a bit it can help. I use the left needle and lift the exsisting stitch on the left needle over the yarn looped around the right needle and then slide the left needle out of the new stitch. This way I don't have to touch the tip of the needle with my finger.
I think as you get more comfortable and relaxed with your knitting you will find a technique that works for you without discomfort. Knitting looser does seem to help in many ways though.
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I hae developed a calous on that spot on my finger and it doesn't bother me anymore.
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I am definitely a tight knitter, but Ive noticed it "loosening" a bit already. After making my first project , a hat with ribbing, I tried desperately to figure out continental and it looks so easy on the videos, but I will be darned if my left hand will do that at ALL.

Im going to keep trying the continental and try to loosen up a bit too. I ordered the Harmony set today plus 2 nickel tips in 7 and 10 to try those out too. I am SO completely hooked.

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Originally Posted by utcarsons View Post
I am definitely a tight knitter, but Ive noticed it "loosening" a bit already. After making my first project , a hat with ribbing, I tried desperately to figure out continental and it looks so easy on the videos, but I will be darned if my left hand will do that at ALL.

Im going to keep trying the continental and try to loosen up a bit too. I ordered the Harmony set today plus 2 nickel tips in 7 and 10 to try those out too. I am SO completely hooked.

Jodie
My best advice is just to do what feels comfortable to you, as far as holding the yarn. I could never get it right with the yarn in my right hand, so I manually wrapped the yarn around the needle. Later on, come to find out, it just feels more comfortable in my left hand. Hope you like your harmonies. I just got my options last week and love them. Good luck on your knitting!
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I am a Continental knitter and I knit very tight and that's why I hate Options.I literally had holes in my finger I tried band aids and hated that,tried a leather finger tip and that kept moving,nothing seemed to work so I just stopped using my Options.To sharp for me
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:40 PM   #19
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Hey all,
As I have already said somewhere on the forum. If you do put your fingertip on the end of a needle... BE CAREFUL. Especially with aluminium small needles. I wore a hole in my finger, and as a result had to change my knitting style -that I still use. I also have changed from a aluminium knitting needle to wooden, which are kinder to my finger tips.
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