If you are anything like me, when you learned to crochet, you were immediately hooked! Crocheting is quite addicting and finishing a product is so rewarding. But, a few months later, I started to get wrist pain, then pain up to my elbow. I was using Boye hooks, which I loved, just like the top hook pictured below.
Once you get going in crochet, you may have deadlines to meet for Christmas or other gifts, you may choose to sell your work at craft shows or online, I loved to test patterns and there were always deadlines to meet for designers, or you may just really want to finish a project that you love. In any of these situations, where you are crocheting frequently, watch carefully for pain. The repetitive motion of crochet can cause wrist, forearm, and elbow pain but there are many things you can do to protect yourself.
- Take breaks: Put your hook down and stretch your fingers and wrists. Roll your wrists gently and then alternate between stretching your fingers as far out as they can go and making a tight fist. This will help alleviate pain.
- Your hook makes a BIG difference! The hooks pictured above force you to squeeze your fingers tightly. Overtime, that creates stress in your hands, wrists, and arms.
The great news is that many hooks now come with more ergonomic handles! You can take your favorite Boye or Bates hook and order a clay handle for it in any size. The thicker polymer clay handle is much easier to hold and helps you relax your grip. My favorite hook company is Happy Hooks! Just look at some of their beautiful work:
Each of these beautiful hooks allows your hands to be more comfortable while crocheting AND since the designs are so gorgeous, you will automatically take your needed breaks to admire the craftsmanship of your hook. ;)
But in all seriousness, make in investment in your hands and your health with Happy Hooks. You want to be able to crochet for years, not have your time cut short by pain.
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