Knitting Leaves a Mark

The way I live my life is stamped on my body. In the thick calluses from ill-fitting running shoes (although, to be fair, this is the best fit I’ve ever found. My feet are just oddly shaped). In the slight hunch of my desk-job shoulders (I’m working on it). And lately, I’ve been noticing something new.

Knitting calluses. I’ve got a good one forming on my left index finger: the one I often use to nudge the tip of my needle after I’ve looped the yarn. Other knitters must get these too. Is this the sign of a bad habit? I’ve never made a study of proper needle use.

My left index finger with developing knitter's callus. The photo is a bit fuzzy, but you can almost see it. Do you have one?

Does knitting leave a mark on your body?


  1. It’s a common problem among knitters. My left index finger is now permanently scarred from knitting. To help the issue, I’ve switched to using less pointy needles (Addis are great) and if I’m using a fine gauge needle (eg socks), I now put on a plaster before knitting (and still I get these cuts – what’s with that??).

  2. i have one too, was figuring i should have my mom diagnose my knitting. seems like it Ought to mean too much yarn tension, such that i’m pushing a needle instead of having everything just slide. but i’ve done lots of other pairs of wristwarmers with size 0 turbos before, and the callus thing is new this month.

  3. This is a badge of HONOR, baby! Wear it proudly. Tho, to be honest, I have never heard of a knitting callous. How do you hold your needles? Are you a continental knitter or a shuttle knitter (a picker or a thrower?)

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