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Healthy Knitting & Crochet: Ergonomics, Activity & Maintenance

Alexis Hoy

Three years ago, we held a Yarn Club meeting where special guest Terri Rowan, RMT, talked about strategies for keeping our bodies in shape to keep us doing the crafts we love longer. Last month I asked Terri to help me revisit this topic from a perspective of specifically keeping our knitting & crochet habits healthier. At the link above you'll find Terri's post about posture and exercises for keeping our crafting muscles in shape. Here I've assembled some of the resources I used to inform the talk, and some of the links I referenced during the presentation.

Keep in mind the four key concepts we talked about throughout the meeting:

  • Keep moving - holding one position for a long period of time, regardless of the position, is detrimental.  Reposition, take breaks, get up & move.
  • If it hurts, change it - be aware of discomforts that develop and adjust accordingly. Take breaks!
  • Create routine - you are more likely to adopt as habit physical activity that is incorporated into your daily routine.
  • Vary your type of activity - even if this means knitting using a different technique, or working on a different-sized project, commit to change movements more frequently.

Carson Demers' book is seminal on this topic, not to mention a great resource for help in other areas such as office work. In Canada you can order it from Indigodragonfly.


DIY Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Polymer Clay

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

The Fabric Knitting Sheath – Uniquely American?

If there's anything I've missed that you're looking for from the meeting, please let me know and I'll post an update! Happy crafting.

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