The Curse Of Knitting And Other Sedentary Hobbies

cropped-cropped-ascarf3.jpgWhile I have been knitting for almost two decades, it has only become an obsession for the past couple of years. As with many other needle crafts as well as sewing, reading, game playing on electronic devices, even blogging, this involves sitting. I’m astonished to find that many people don’t even take this into consideration.  Well, sitting a lot is a problem and you should care. It is very difficult for me not to rant about the amount of sitting crafty types do and how unhealthy it is, but instead I thought I’d write a few things down that I’ve done to keep me moving more and hopefully minimize the damage sitting does.

  1. Commit to getting up at least once an hour. Sometimes I’ll do 10 air squats on my way to get a drink of water or do lunges on the way to the bathroom. Even working through a few sun salutations helps loosen up my legs and hips and opens my shoulders a bit.
  2. Walk at least two miles a day. That is a  30-35 min walk. And while it is only half of the steps we should be taking in a day, I find it often inspires me to continue on to do a bit of weight lifting. Invest in a kettlebell or some dumbbells and internet search some beginning exercises if it is new to you. Or just stretch!
  3. Sit on the floor to knit. Horrifying to some, but it helps use more muscles to sit upright, gives us the opportunity to straighten our legs and stretch a bit while we knit, and requires an effort to get ourselves up off the floor.
  4. Get a doorway pull-up bar and hang from it to open up your shoulders. It also helps work on your grip strength. I can even do a couple of pull-ups now!
  5. Create a standing work station. I have a wood TV tray on top of a side table that I knit at, so no excuses. You could buy a stand-up desk if you aren’t into creating your own.

This is just a beginning of a list of how to incorporate movement into your crafting. The most important thing though is to start the conversation with yourself about how you are going to move more. And remember to be healthy you have to eat real food and move. There is no pill that takes the place of it.

I keep this book handy to refer to if I have a particular ache or pain. It has been an invaluable resource:  Becoming A Supple Leopard  It is a great addition to your health library.

Chunky Button Scarf – Free Pattern


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Size 15 Needles

Heavy Weight Yarn – I used Cascade Chunky wool and Mushishi wool & silk blend which is a DK/Lt. Worsted.

NOTE: This pattern as written is for a rather wide scarf and you can adjust the width by simply casting on few stitches. Reducing by 4 stitches at a time so you can maintain the pattern and adjusting the buttonhole role to fit your stitch count.


1             CO 26

2             *K2, P1* repeat ** until the last 2 stitches, K2

3             P2 *K1, P2* repeat ** through row

4             Repeat these two rows until you reach 2” shorter than desired length. Somewhere between 70-85 rows, depending on desired length. Shorter means a tighter fit around the neck. I usually hold it up around my neck to see when it is close to the length I want.

5             K two rows

6             –Button Hole Row–  K6, YO, K2tog, K10, K2tog, YO, K6

NOTE: You can choose the number of button holes you choose to make as they are a simple YO and K2tog for each button hole. I recommend doing this stitch more loosely if you are using a larger button or tighter for a small button.  Directions are for scarf as pictured with two button holes. You’ll have to do the math for three or more. 🙂

8             K3 rows

9             Bind off


10           Add I-Cord Trim in contrasting color with only the thinner strand of yarn. I did a 3 stitch I-Cord. (see video links to understand how to do I-Cord Trim as well as turning the corner in I-Cord trim). I started the I-Cord trim in the middle of one of the sides of the scarf. Take care when finishing the round to join as carefully and neatly as possible.

This is the newest technique I have learned and I love how it adds a nice finished look to any edge.



This is not the best quality video, but the easiest I found to help me understand how to make a nice 90 degree angle on the corner of the scarf. You can search on for additional videos to help you understand.

Cable Button Scarf – Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve posted this as a free pattern as it is my first attempt at pattern writing. Please feel free to attach your suggestions for improving the pattern to the comments. You can find me on Instagram @hahaknits and on FB as HaHaKnits Hand Knits. I appreciate Follows & Likes respectively. 🙂 Please read the whole pattern before starting your knitting.


  • Size 9-10.5 needles
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Row counter (whatever you prefer)
  • Cable Needle


Cast On 40

K 4 Rows

The pattern is worked over 40 stitches and consists of two braided cables with a six stitch spiral cable in between the two braided cables. The odd rows are all purl stitch as are the stitches in between the cables and at the edges of the work.


1-     P 40

2-     P4, K9, P4, [C2F] 3 times,  P4, K9, P4

3-     P 40

4-     P4, C6F, K3, P4, K1, [C2F] twice, K1, P4, K9

5-     P 40

6-     P4, K9, P4, [C2F] 3 times, P4, K9, P4

7-     P 40

8-     P4, K3, C6B, P4, K1, [C2F] twice, K1, K3, C6B, P4

Repeat until work measure at least 28 inches. The rainbow scarf was worked on size 9 needles and measured 28″. The grey and pink was worked on 10.5 needles and measured 31″. (See photos below.)

Button Hole Row:

K4, YO, K2tog, K13, YO, K2tog, K14, YO, SSK, K3

K2 rows

Bind off


I used the wet blocking method and attached the buttons after it was blocked.

Buttons are attached on the right side of their work per photo, taking care to match their spacing up to your buttonhole locations. You can decide which side to attach the buttons to. I’ve included photos of both sides to help you decide.DSCN1016.JPG