In hurting my hand a few months ago, I had to go to an occupational therapist to do some work on fixing it up. In talking to her I discovered that my knitting style has me on the fast track to royally effing up my hand. Let us explore, shall we?
I knit in an modified Continental style (yarn in left hand). Modified in that one day when I was trying to speed up switching between knit and purl (for an awful series of K1 P1) I figured out I could just move my index finger up down up down. So, I knit for about two years like this; not moving my left hand, just moving my left index finger up down up down. With that motion my knitting got faster and I could easily breeze through ribbed sweater bottoms.
This up down with your finger is a recipe for disaster. My occupational therapist told me that the repetitive motion will result in trigger finger. This was not a maybe. She told me flat out: if you keep doing this, you will get trigger finger. What is trigger finger? This is a condition where your finger can either be in an upright or curled position, snapping between the two instead of gliding gracefully. Not exactly awesome.
I'm not a fan of crochet and I don't really want to have a crochet hook for a hand, so I've been taking a break from knitting while I have been healing. This is proving to be pure torture for me, as I do love knitting, so I know it is only a temporary solution. I have to relearn how to knit properly so as not to have an effed-up hand. I'm looking into different styles of knitting, weighing the pros and cons of certain techniques. I'll talk about what I've learned and what style I'm leaning toward next week in part II of this post. In the mean time, have any of you had knitting-related injuries?