Exercises to prevent hand fatigue for knitters

Posted by Melanie Cheripka on

Who doesn't love a good marathon knitting session with a glass (or bottle!) of wine while binging Netflix? Or maybe you have some serious catching up to do on your latest KAL. Suddenly all your friends are posting gorgeous pics of their FOs and you're all like "I knit a gauge swatch!" while thinking to yourself "damn, I really need to get going on that..." Well, a marathon knitting sesh is great and all but it really causes some major hand fatigue!

Lucky for you, I've got a few exercises that can help. My hands get fatigued quickly because I have carpel tunnel syndrome. Too much hard core gaming when I was a kid...damn Mario.

These exercises not only relieve your pain but also help with the circulation to your hands and maintain their flexibility.

Stretching Your Hands

  1. Interlace your fingers with your arms stretched out in front and palms facing you. Turn your palms out away from you and streeetcchhh your arms. Hold this for 5-10 seconds. Rest and then repeat a few more times.
  2. With one hand, grab the thumb of your other hand at the base and firmly tug all the way to the tip. Repeat this for each finger and then on the opposite hand.
  3. Place one hand, palm down, on the edge of a table with your thumb off of the table. With your other hand, manually rotate your thumb in both directions. Repeat for your other thumb.

Stretching Your Wrists and Forearms

This one is easy. When sitting at a table, extend your arms with your palms facing up and place your fingers on the edge of the table that's facing you. Gently push your arms forward, stretching your forearms and wrists. Your fingers should be pointing towards the floor. Hold this for 5-10 seconds. Rest and repeat.


So that's it! Not too bad right? I've found it's helpful to set a timer and do these stretches periodically, like every hour or so. Prevention is key! It also helps to do these exercises before you start your marathon knitting session.

Of course, if you have persistent pain you should see your doctor. They may be able to help you more than lil' old me.

Peace + Love,



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