Crochet PainsBy Claire Ortega-Reyes – 33 Comments
When I really started getting
heavily addicted into crochet, I started to to feel all sorts of aches in different parts of my body after lengthy crochet sessions. When you feel pain, obviously that’s bad–your body is trying to tell you that you’re doing something wrong. When you’re doing something you love (CROCHET!) though, you might become oblivious to it. We crocheters need to be more aware of our crochet habits, in order to avoid temporary aches (that might lead to a more permanent state).
If your back always hurts after a period of crocheting, you might be neglecting your posture and hunching down. It’s only natural of course–specially when the pattern is quite challenging! Some people tend to hunch closer to their work. Keep your back straight to avoid injury.
You just might be holding your hook wrong if your wrists start hurting. Either that, or, heaven forbid, it’s a symptom of much more complicated illnesses (arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome). Loosen up your wrists by shaking the tension out every once in a while. Wearing cuffs or putting something warm on wrists can also help ease the pain.
If your shoulders start hurting, you might be holding your work up too high. I know I feel that ache in my shoulders when I try crocheting while lying down (it’s bad, I know; I’m trying to be good now). If you’re still holding your crochet work too high even while you’re seated, then you might want to get your eyes checked! Or use thicker yarn so your eyes can take it easy.
This means just one thing: the pattern you’re working on is too difficult! Either that, or you’re trying to craft while you have a hangover. It’s good to push your limits sometimes, but if you can’t take it anymore, take a rest. Or an aspirin. … Or two.
Do you experience any other kinds of pain while crocheting? We have to be more aware of what our body is trying to tell us, so we can continue doing what we love. Take care, everyone!