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28 May 2010 @ 01:22 pm
How to hold your yarn .....  
Hi Everyone,
I have another question if you have time to respond. I signed up in my local knit shop for a lesson and the teacher told me that I should learn to hold my yarn at the top of my needles with my two fingers (thumb and index)holding the yarn as I knit.(Im right handed) She said this gives my work a more uniform look and I will have more control of my yarn. Im practicing, but I was just wondering if this is what most knitters do, or do you just do what is comfortable and be sure to pull some to make your stitches a bit tighter?
Just curious here what others do?
Smiles,
Dotty
 
 
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nimbrethil on May 30th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
If you're a super loose knitter, one quick'n easy solution is to switch to a smaller needle. I have the opposite problem, and occasionally have to use larger needles.

Also, you might consider getting some circular needles. I have a few, and find that I can knit for a much longer stretch before my hands get tired or start to ache than with straights. I have a number of needles with cables of varying lengths, that I use almost exclusively, including with flat knitting. The thing is that the cable is supporting the weight, rather than the needle, so there's a lot less stress on your hands.

There are also a number of exercises you can do to warm up your hands before you start knitting, and during. I generally go through a series of them prior to starting, and do them again after twenty minute intervals, roughly. This is a good idea for knitters in general, because knitting is a surefire way to give yourself a repetitive stress injury. It's practically a must if you already have CTS or arthritis!