A study in ergonomics

Well, great news! I don't have carpal tunnel syndrome! Yay!

Although...I DO have wrist tendonitis. Thankfully, my employer is more than happy to help me make my cubicle all ergonomic and whatnot.

But my question is...how exactly does one KNIT more ergonomically???

Did I mention how much I hate this retrograde Mercury business???


You learn the eastern combined method of continental knitting.
(AKA purling the easy (wrong) way. )

chunkiejunkie's picture

Another option is to learn how to knit backwards; knit across with your strong (usually right) hand and knit back with your weaker (usually left) hand. This splits the repetitious movements 50/50 across both hands. The other advantages of this technique are that it keeps the right side facing you the whole time and knitting is generally faster than purling for most people.

kiwiknitter's picture

I am just now learning to knit with the knitting belt and I am amazed how little wrist movement there is in this technique. The left arm (not wrist) moves the left needle which makes the stitch and the right finger flicks the yarn over the needles. The right needle is stationary. I can feel other muscles in my upper arm now but my wrists are quiet. It seems to also be a bit quicker but I'm just a bit uncoordinated and spastic still but once I get the hang of it I think I'll knit more quickly. I didn't know how I'd like giving up my Addi Turbos for DNP's; I think the less stress to my wrists will be worth the change.

I'm glad to hear you don't have CTS but tendonitis is nothing to ignore and it would be a shame to have your knitting career cut down in the prime of your life!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

steve_c's picture

I'm not sure if this really pertains to your condition Joshua, but changing to bamboo needles if you are use to using metal ones (it's all in the flexibility) or, better still, knitting with circular needles (even if not knitting in the round - it takes all the strain out of having to support the garment). These strategies have definitely enabled some people to take up knitting who had previously had to give up due to conditions such as arthritis.

kiwiknitter's picture

You might want to also consider wearing a pair of Hand-eze gloves. They are readily available (check ebay for example) just be sure you're purchasing a pair and not just a single glove. These are lightweight, thin, very flexible and fingerless. I have a pair which I will wear from time to time to relieve some wrist pain as well as hopefully to prevent it. I didn't think that they inhibited my knitting at all and are comfortable to wear.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly