I decided quite some time ago that those tiny (23cm) sock knitting needles were not for me. Everyone I knew who tried them, reported that they were too small for their hands and their hands/wrists hurt when they used them. Having HUGE hands, I concluded that however cute they looked, tiny sock needles wouldn’t work for me. Anyway, I was very happy magic looping, so if it ain’t broke why fix it?
However, a couple of weeks ago I fell upon a conversation about sock needles on the Ravelry NoNylonSockKAL group – I blame you, my lovely readers, for encouraging me to talk to people. Although larger hands were cited as being a negative, it was also mentioned that they’re worse for continental knitters. This planted a seed that, as I’m not a continental knitter, I might get on with them.
From then on, every time I picked up my sock knitting, I began noticing the small amount of time it took to slip the stitches around the needles. Finally I gave in and ordered these – despite them being expensive, they seemed to a strong favourite in reviews.
The minute I slipped my sock knitting onto them, I knew I’d done wrong. It felt like I was constantly gripping two toothpicks between the thumb and forefinger of both hands. Sorry no picture – alone in house when I realised I need one, and only have two hands.
I messed about with them for about twenty minutes, thinking I might get used to them – but there was no pleasure ‘knitting’ with these and my wrists were beginning to hurt. I couldn’t believe anyone could prefer to knit socks with them.
I pulled out a sock I was knitting on a longer needle and examined how I held a longer circular needle.
No wonder it’s more comfortable, I barely apply any pressure to either needle. It’s more a case of the balancing them in my hands while I move the wool around them. I’d have to have the hands of a two year old to hold the sock needles like this.
I’m sure long-term the tiny needles can’t be good for even the smallest of hands – unless you’re a two year old who knits – because of the need to constantly grip them between forefinger and thumb. So, unless someone can explain a better way to hold them – a different style of knitting maybe? – they will remain, in my opinion, a ridiculous and very unhealthy invention. I have to say, I actually felt rather conned – not by that specific maker, but by whoever invented the idea in the first place.
So, apart from being cross with myself for wasting the money – especially since I’ve seen many people come to this conclusion before me – I’m very happily going back to magic loop.
Have you tried tiny sock needles? How did you find them? Do you think, like me they’re more likely to cause RSI than knitting with longer needles?