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Old Yesterday, 04:29 AM   #1
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Knitting Ergonomics
Hello, everyone. NanaGenie here. I am new to this forum and would like to have a discussion about knitting ergonomics; specifically for those with physical challenges. I have arthritis in pretty much all of my body, and I am finding it hard to find just the right position in which to knit. Yes, I'm a senior citizen. I have many skeletal issues, and I am diabetic. Could anyone offer advice or suggestions on specific chairs, etc., that you might have found helpful in situations similar to mine? I have tried many things short of buying yet another piece of furniture, but still haven't found the right one. I just want to say I appreciate your participation and thank you. Love this forum. I learn something new everyday.
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I don't know of a specific chair. I try to change where I knit so that I'm in different chairs, all with good support. It's also good to take frequent breaks, get up and do something else, if possible.
I've also heard that continental knitting (picking) is easier on hands than English knitting (throwing).
I'm hoping there are others with first hand experience who can help.
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
I don't know of a specific chair. I try to change where I knit so that I'm in different chairs, all with good support. It's also good to take frequent breaks, get up and do something else, if possible.
I've also heard that continental knitting (picking) is easier on hands than English knitting (throwing).
I'm hoping there are others with first hand experience who can help.
Thanks so much for your response. I do all the things you suggested, and they do help, but, alas, not enough. It's not so much my hands, as it is my spine! Happy knitting to you and thanks again.
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I have arthritis in my cervical spine, but fortunately I found diet helps so I'm not in pain often. (I'm 63)

I echo what Salmonmac said, but you said you already do that. Knitting with a different method may help with more than hands since some ways of knitting may have less stress on arms and shoulders which can also affect spine. Or alternate them if you can although that can affect gauge if you do it within a pattern.
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