Avoid Pain and Strain with Yoga for Crocheters and Knitters

The pain began after a 5 hour crochet-a-thon – I was all curled up on a comfy chair crocheting like a fiend. I noticed my left shoulder twinging with pain, but ignored it and kept going because the “one more row!” chant inside my head was too enticing. What a mistake!

After that first injury, my shoulder has NEVER been the same. Every time I crochet in a weird position or when I work on a tiny project, the ache pops up. Now I practice better crochet posture, use pillows underneath my arms, and visit a chiropractor when the pain gets too bad. But one of the best (and easiest!) things I started doing was using specific yoga techniques for stretching before, during, and after my crochet sessions.

Lion Brand Yarn has a great YouTube playlist with videos of specific yoga poses for crocheters and knitters. They focus mainly on the shoulders, wrists, and back to target the problem areas when you crochet and knit. The shoulder opener stretch is my favorite!

Click here to see the Yoga for Crocheters and Knitters playlist!

I’d love to know if you have any other techniques for keeping crochet or knitting pain at bay! Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

xo kristina

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The Invisible Increase and Decrease – Amigurumi Crochet Techniques You Need to Know!

The Invisible Increase and Invisible Decrease Crochet Techniques you Need to Know
If you’ve ever tried your hand at amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting stuffed dolls), you are likely already a pro at increasing and decreasing your crochet.

When crocheting amigurumi, increase and decrease stitches are used to expand or shrink your piece. Using an increase stitch INCREASES the number of stitches in your round by 1 stitch for every increase you do. If you begin with 7 stitches and your increase once, you will end up with 8 stitches.

Using a decrease stitch DECREASES the number of stitches in your round by 1 stitch for every decrease you do. If you begin with 8 stitches and you decrease once, you will end up with 7 stitches.

Here’s the problem – standard increase and decrease stitches tend to leave small holes in your doll where the stuffing can show through. That’s no good!

One of my favorite tricks for improving amigurumi is to make those increase and decrease stitches INVISIBLE! When you use invisible increases and decreases, your stitches sit closer together and less stuffing shows through. I use invisible increases and decreases for all of my crochet dolls.

Click below to learn how!

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Party Snail Free Crochet Pattern

Party Snail Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Little known fact – snails are total party animals.

Snails have long been seen as boring, slow, and slimy. While there is no denying their slowness or sliminess, snails are anything but boring.

Have you ever wondered why snails only come out at night? It’s because they are out there raging! Then they have to sleep all day because they were out partying all night! The inside of a snail’s shell is filled with disco balls, confetti, and cake!

Now you can make your very own Party Snail and spread the truth about snails to all! I’d love to see what you create – tag your Party Snail pics on Instagram with the hashtag #TinyCurlMakes and tag me @tinycurl!

Don’t want to make your own? There’s a few I’ve made available in the Tiny Curl Etsy Shop!

Click “Continue reading…” to make your own!

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