Knitters of the world, I need your advice.
So there’s this thing, on my finger. It goes away when I stop knitting, it comes back when I start again. It gets a lot worse when I knit something on small needles, for example these socks I’ve inexplicably just cast on.
It gets red and sore, and then hard and unyielding, and I’m reasonably sure it’s the beginnings of a callus. What I’m not sure about is how to handle it.
Now, I can’t be the only knitter in the world who has this going on, but a quick Google seemed to only find people who have issues with the tips of their fingers (from pushing the needle through). Mine, as you can see, is on the side of my ring finger and the cause is pressure from the right needle as I knit.
Am I the only person this happens to? I’ve tried for a couple of months to learn to hold that finger away from the needle. No luck, I just can’t do it. So right now I’m resorting to wearing a sticking plaster over the affected area in an effort to give it a bit of extra padding and reduce the friction. This does help but I don’t think it’s a long term solution, some soreness still happens anyway. I’ve also considered learning to knit more in the continental style instead of just using it for fair isle like I do now. That doesn’t really appeal, and for all I know would just end up causing the same problem on a different finger, but if it’s the only solution I’ll go for it.
One thread that I read on the subject of the fingertip calluses included the suggestion “wear it with pride”. There is a certain allure to the idea of just letting it harden up and become more permanent, and being rid of the soreness. But that would be unsightly and even I, with my distinct lack of vanity, would feel even more uncomfortable about people seeing my hands than I do now (read: habitual nailbiter).
Another thread suggested holding the right needle under the armpit, which works great for people who knit with straights a lot of the time but not so much for magic loop sock knitters. Hrmm. Help?