Crochet Pains and Some Solutions

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

19 thoughts on “Crochet Pains and Some Solutions

  • March 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm
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    I have never Crochet before and at the tender age of 60yrs I felt it was a challenge for me. I discovered your page on FB and have watched several of your videos and I have to say I have come away feeling quite comfortable and able to do more then I have ever thought possible. Thank you so very much for all your time and patience. Huge fan….

    • March 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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      Good for you! Proves it’s never too late to learn something new.

  • March 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    Mikey, I also remind my students to work below their heart. Working above your heart restricts blood flow which is why many people get numbness or tingles in their hands. Our fingers are running a marathon when we crochet. In addition to sitting upright, not hunched in a couch, I also have to remind my students to breathe. Sometimes we get so focused we forget to breathe.

    Question for you: I was teaching a Crochet class at Michaels to new students and I had a couple students having a tough time just getting their dexterity down and holding the crochet hook correctly. There was an older lady looking in on us who said she also teaches crochet and said she knows an easier way to hold the crochet hook. I was kind of annoyed she was disturbing the class, so just kind of smiled her off and redirected my students, but REALLY??? Ever heard of an easier way to hold the hook (other than the traditional way) for maybe older students or people with limited dexterity???

    • December 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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      I picked up crocheting again after a very long absence. My great grandmother taught me when I was younger and I hold my crochet hook just like she does. I never knew it was a different way until I joined a small knitting/crocheting group and they all said hmmm how do you crochet like that? I don’t hold my hook like a pencil but more like horizontal in all four fingers (like a toddler learning to hold a a spoon with his whole fist LOL) and use my thumb to manuever my chain on the hook. I really didn’t know there was a right and wrong way to hold it. I miss my Grandma Old One but have started crocheting again and think of her every time I make something. I also have noticed that after making the clay polymer handles on my hooks, my hands do not hurt like they did before. I can hardly crochet with a regular hook, it needs to have some ergonomic handle on it now. I just make my own to fit my own hand and so far as worked wonderful. Those older ladies sure knew what they were talking about…I can only hope I can crochet such beautiful things as my Grandma Old One did.

  • March 17, 2014 at 6:30 am
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    Wow, glad someone posted the yarn craft pain related issues…. I have had carpal tunnel, tendon release and numerous tendon injections in right hand, ouch!’

  • March 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    i am in the process of trying something new for the numbness in my left hand since that’s the had I use to crochet. I have purchased all the things I need to make polymer crochet hook handles. This is something new for me but badly needed to continue crocheting comfortably. When I get done with a few orders I’m gonna start on them. Wish me luck!

  • March 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    I’m glad you were able to figure out and work through your pain. There’s nothing worse than hurting and not knowing where it’s coming from and how much it can affect your life, including your career! In addition to the chiropractor, massage is a huge help too. It can help prevent and alleviate impingement (pressing of muscles) of the nerves and vessels that travel from your shoulders, back and neck down into your arms and hands. It can also help relieve pain associated with repetitive stress syndrome (you know, like the repetitive motion we crocheters use over and over and over again). It’s at least worth looking into, and from my own personal experience, it’s well worth the money too!

  • March 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm
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    I suffer with Psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. I have not seen the ergonomic hooks. Can you please tell me where I could find some? I bought the Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle but haven’t opened it yet. I guess I should try this before I go looking for something else but having two long term projects going, its difficult switching up between hooks.

  • March 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    This is a very interesting topic for me as I have fibromyalgia. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to crochet due to hand pains. Being an artist and do it myself-er I went about solving my problem by creating my own crochet hooks and many have had great success with them. I would love to share them where and when it is appropriate. Thank you for the great information. -julia

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  • January 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm
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    This now makes so much sense to me! When I am feverishly crocheting my neck and shoulders become tense, knotted, and sometimes I get migraines. I tried placing a pillow under my arm after reading this and there is a lot less stress on my shoulder and neck. Thank you so much Mickey for sharing your story!

  • January 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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    good advise on sitting, I tend to curl up and sit on my feet acckkk! On the couch while watching TV no less LOL!

  • January 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    Thanks so much for all your wonderful videos and information. I have recently been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I am going to looking for crochet hooks that are “fatter” to take the pain out of my hands. Do you have any suggestions on which ones are best and hofefully not too expensive?
    Thanks again Mikey!

  • January 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    I have a chronic pain disease called reflex sympathetic dystrophy and am in constant pain 24/7, 365 days a year. If I had to describe the pain I would tell you that it feels like someone ripped me open soaked my insides with kerosene, lit it and then stitched me back up. RSD has been labeled the disease which causes the most pain and there is a significant suicide rate. There is no cure and treatments usually include opiates which can make you drowsy. I was unable to crochet for several years because the swelling and pain were so bad.
    Now I am happily back hooking despite the pain. I wear Compression gloves, have a baby bop that fits under my arms to keep them at an appropriate level. I also use a music stand to keep patterns at eye level. I have discovered that the joy I get out of crocheting and completing a project helps me to keep my spirits up and helps to reduce my pain. I hope that others fighting this disease and others will give this a try. Crocheting has literally changed my life!!

    • March 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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      Thank you for your good advice. Sending you hugs and best wishes. When I broke my collarbone, I was focused on recovering enough so that I could continue to crochet. It took a long time and some physical therapy but I am recovered enough to crochet.

  • January 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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    Thank you so much for this video. I have found my most comfortable position is in my recliner, with my feet elevated, and a pillow under each elbow, and behind my neck. Right now I am recovering from a broken shoulder, and am still crocheting a few stitches at a time, all day long. I started the corner to corner afghan before breaking the shoulder, hoping to give it to my granddaughter for Christmas, but then had to slow down, so now it is the start of several for next Christmas. And even with the pain in my shoulder, I am able to crochet at least one row per day, which is slow sounding, but considering the severity of the break, I am just glad I can still hold the hook and the yarn, which is between my legs on the chair. I’ve had to find new ways to do everything, but as you said, crocheting is “me” time. BTW, love the yarn you are using. What brand and name is it? I’m collecting a stash for afghans for the family for next year now. Several years ago I made 17 of them in 8 months for my sibs, so now the grand kids are coming along and it’s time to make them their own afghans.

  • January 3, 2014 at 11:52 am
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    Thank you Michael, that was very informative. I have always used a straight hook and I too always worry about dropping the hook because my hands hurt so bad. I’ve never seen these types of hooks(except on U-tube, but then I was never looking for them. I just assumed they were designed too look pretty but that was all. Now I’m am interested in trying one, maybe it will improve my achy hand problem. I truly appreciate all the great patterns too.

  • January 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
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    What ergonomic hooks do you use? I get pain in my thumb joint close to my hand when I crochet a lot Helen (Hmdb@bellsouth.net)

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    • November 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm
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      That is exactly where I hurt when crocheting! Did he recommend ergonomic hooks for you?

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