I hear it all the time…”Why does my arm/hand hurt so much?”
In fact, I was just teaching a class at my local yarn shop and a knitter, who wanted to learn a bit more about Tunisian crochet, told me it was quite painful and difficult to get used too.
Crochet can hurt. “Can” being the operative word. For many, it doesn’t. For most, it does.
Why is this? Well, I’m not exactly a medical professional. Dropping out of community college kind of disqualifies you from giving medical advice. However, I am a crocheter, and have been crocheting most of my life.
Crochet can hurt but, it doesn’t have to.
Today I’m going to give you a few of my ways to combat the general aches and pains that come along with crocheting.
It’s the number one advice that I give. Crocheting, especially if you’ve never done it before/in a long time, uses a whole set of different muscles and you may not be used to using them. So, take breaks. You’ll thank yourself later. I crochet for about 8 hours a day, most days. So, every hour (or an episode of Gilmore Girls) I get up, walk around and stretch. That’s all you need to do. That little bit of movement gives your hands the break they need.
Okay, so, not like your whole body. That’s crazy. But a good ice bath for your hands does wonders. It improves circulation, gives you the blood flow that you need to your fingers, and is very refreshing. I’ve used Ice Baths for years and they really do help. Especially for pain management.
Take Longer Breaks
Sometimes, you can overdo it. Sometimes, that means you need to take some time off from crocheting. Right now, I’m on a break. Why? Well, I’ve been working on a bunch of Tunisian crochet projects. This means, my forearms and fingers are quite numb and in pain. Why? Well, I’m testing out new Tunisian hooks and SPOILER, I don’t like them. Not one bit. So, I won’t be crocheting for at least a week.
Hand and finger stretching is a routine you should be getting into each day. Most people don’t think they need to stretch. You do. Finger and hand pain can be easily relieved by simply stretching in some cases. Here is the exact routine I use. P.S. want to treat yourself? Get a massage!
Choose a Different Hook
Choosing ergonomic crochet hooks can be the best option for many crocheters. Often, the pain we feel is because we’re not used to holding that thin object in our hands and working with it. So, when we use a hook with a large handle, it can make life a lot easier. Skip the skinny metal hooks and go with a wooden or plastic ergonomic hook. These are lifesavers.
And there you have it! My top tips to combat the aches and pains associated with crochet. Have you tried any of these? Do you have any tips? Share them in the comments below!