Keep on crocheting?

Sara - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,

I am a beginner to intermediate crocheter - and love, love love to do it but over the past 2 years I have been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arththrits *which is like Rheumatoid Arthritis* and it has been very difficult for me to pick up the needle and do any real work. I have a baby afghan laying in a corner b/c the needle is too thin and little.



I was wondering if anyone out there with arthritis in their hands could offer some help with finding products to make it easier to crochet and some afghan patterns that are quick and simple?



thanks for all your help

sara

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Christine - posted on 02/22/2009

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My husband has Psoriatic arthritis. A few years ago he could barely walk and now he helps coach my son's baseball team thanks to Enbrel. Have you tried that?? He swears it is a miracle med. I also know there are some support gloves that quilters use, perhaps they might help with the crochet too. I am currently making an afghan for my daughter with six-sided "snowflake" motifs. I am finding it to be quite easy and quick. Here is a link to a pattern, but I stick to two rounds and then connect the motifs.
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visopp...

Good luck.

Tabatha - posted on 02/22/2009

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I have seen both the ergonomic hooks and the interchangable ones at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Some walmarts carry the ergonomic ones. Also you can buy foam tubes that have a hole in the middle that you can put on the hook to make the handle part thicker. Another good way to find something to work is to see an occupational or physical therapist hand specialist. You can request to have hand therapy in an outpatient clinic through your primary care physicians. Just tell them the arthritis is causing you to not be able to fully function with you hands.

Susan - posted on 02/20/2009

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Sara there are ergonomic crochet hooks out there. I think you could find them at Michael's stores. Also I have seen sets that are interchangeable hooks onto one handle. So the handle/shaft stays the same size and the hooks interchange. You maybe able to find these in stores also but I have seen them in crochet and craft magazines you may have to do some looking around. Hopefully either one of these maybe what you need to get back to those projects.

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Eileen - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi:

I've been crocheting since I was about 12 or 13 (which is about 22 years). I'm self taught and have done many projects from doll clothes to afghans. I make a lot of afghans and have a waiting list...

12 hour afghans are great for that - generally they use a bigger hook (by the way crocheting doesn't use needles it uses hooks) and they are generally easy patterns which aren't overly intricate. If you are looking for a better way to do afghans - use a bigger hook - even if the pattern calls for a smaller hook (A, B C or whatever) bump it up to a larger hook like a J or even an N or P... now this will mean that the afghan will be bigger and take more yarn but it will also be easier on your hands.

I too have arthritis in my hands (well pretty much everywhere) and my best advice is to keep moving your hands... Do you stretch your fingers and hands regularly?

My grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis, her fingers were bent and gnarled. I have a number of the items she made which are lacy intricate doilies and to be honest I have no idea how she managed that...

Dee - posted on 12/17/2009

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LionBrandYarn.com has a lot of support items for arthritic hands . . . ergonomic hooks, those fingerless "gloves" others have mentioned.
I too agree that consulting w/ occupational therapy would also be beneficial. Occupational therapy is not only for work, but also for life in general. It has been extremely beneficial to me after a serious accident.
Best of luck!

Beth - posted on 12/08/2009

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Just wanted to send you [HUGS]!

I have had psoriasis since I was 13 and have on a few occassions had twinges of pain in my hands and feet and have wondered if it may be Psoriatic Arthritis, I can only imagine how difficult it is for you right now with a partially finish project and in too much pain to pick it up to be able to finish. I pray that you find an answer to your problem.

Angie - posted on 10/04/2009

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I have found that using the "Q" hook, which is much lager than most helps with projects that you want to do rather quickly. The stiches themselves are also larger, but if you hold two, three or even four yarns together, you get a firmer fabric in the end.

Kelly - posted on 03/05/2009

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I agree w/ the eronomic crochet hook idea.  There are also elastic hand braces that they sell through Herrschners that may be helpful.  I also read in Crochet Today about some exercises that can help stretch the muscles and joints that you can stop and do them periodically as you crochet.  I have tried them and they help me.  I only have problems w/tendonitis, though and possibly carpel tunnel.



Bigger hooks w/thicker yarn may be a better option for afghan patterns.  They go quick.  Homespun by Lion Brand is nice to work with.

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