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Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting

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Imagine being told you have to stop knitting because of discomfort in your hands, arms, neck, or back. Imagine the sense of frustration and the longing to get the needles back in your hands. Imagine the lingering doubt you might have when you can pick them up again: “What was I doing wrong after all these years of knitting?” “Will I get hurt again?” “Will I have to stop kn ...more
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published by Ergo I Publishing (first published 2016)
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Annette
A seemingly first of its kind, self instruction to help knitters (and some computer workers) with ergonomic problems.
This book showed so many good ways to help the aches and pains of my knitting, especially since I do have arthritis issues. The explanations are well thought out with medical terms that were understandable and clear, problems that should have medical advice were well defined, and a method to see specific body areas impacted by ergonomic problems was brought out distinctly. (i.e./
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Anna Piranha
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great explanations of anatomy and how our posture and movements contribute to pain, how to fix those issues, and movements to alleviate pain from damage already done.

Meticulously written.

Of great benefit to knitters, other needlework artists, and those of us at a computer all day.

Well worth the price.
Frederike
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Knitting comfortably has lots of background information on muscles, bones and ligaments and provides the knitter (in pain) with many tips, swatchortunities and exercises (especially good) with a touch of humour
Lea
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Worth it for those who also find themselves a little too addicted to their new quarantine hobby
Julia Hendon
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of useful advice and information
Anne
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Chapter 11 was of most interest to me but it still didn't go into enough depth for me regarding osteoarthritis in the thumbs. The ONE exercise mentioned for hands is one of several I learned from the physical therapist for arthritis in the thumbs and tendonditis.

The book is $46.95 and I think hard to find. What about a cheaper paperback for those who can't afford a $47 hardcover? I don't think it's worth more than $25-30.
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Helen
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essential for knitters, working at a keyboard, needleworkers....
Becca
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really like 3.5 stars.

Pros:
Good tips on how to fix common issues we crafty people can experience.
Good generic ergonomic tips for both crafting and offices.
Good medical-ish info on why we crafty people might feel certain kinds of pain and how our bodies work - the images are helpful.

Cons:
Very repetitive (oh, the irony). Some of the repetitiveness is to hammer a point home or because it’s all connected (literally, your neck is connected to your back, etc), but more just seemed like it was to ma
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Alia
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of really useful tips for figuring out what aspects of your knitting could potentially be causing you pain, and how to change those things. I also appreciate that the author connects knitting to computing because many of the postures are very similar between the two activities, and he gives advice for adjusting your desk/computer setup as well. I think it'd be very helpful for any knitter who wants to keep knitting safely and comfortably. ...more
Carol
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reference for knitters. Explains the topic in great detail from every aspect. Then describes problems and solutions. Excellent self help section for when we've overdone it, or to help in our personal programs of maintaining wellness and fitness. ...more
Mary Stetter
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well researched. It has saved my hands and made it possible for me to return to fiber crafts after two operations and battling CRPS.
Sue
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, knitting
An eminently helpful read if you want to optimise your posture for hand work, or if you have problems and want to be able to help correct body imbalances that contribute to problems.
Leslie Ann
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knit-crochet
A lot of good info, but the hardcover seems unnecessary.
Martha
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
will slowly incorporate a few techniques
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