Michigan State University

Crochet and Knitting

While crocheting and knitting can be soothing, that same motion can cause repetitive motion injuries including tendonitis and carpel tunnel syndrome. Plus you can get blisters. Ouch!

What can you do for crocheting/knitting?

  • Limit the amount of time you knit or crochet. Do other things. *gasp*
  • TAKE BREAKS. Take a break every 30-45 minutes. Get up and move.
  • Rest your eyes.
  • Relax.
  • Try different hooks. They do make ergonomic hooks/needs. Lightweight and fat are better. * Use circular needles for large projects.
  • Try different yarn. Heavier yarn makes you work harder. Some can also irritate your skin.
  • Switch hands.
  • Stretch your hands.

Sources and More information:

http://crochet.about.com/od/crochetsafetyinformatio1/Crochet_Safety_Information.htm

http://www.tricksyknitter.com/pages/posts/knitting-health-repetitive-stress-and-you-300.php

http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2012/08/29/ergonomics-for-knitters.aspx