Knitting is perfect for those who focus on goals and want to set achievable tasks. Regardless of what you do, the success of your project can indicate the release of dopamine, which stimulates your reward center. Euphoria is similar to the feeling you feel after leaving the last piece of the puzzle. While it helps improve motor function and mood, knitting also stimulates the brain to stay healthy.
The more you use your brain, the healthier it will become and last longer. According to the Mayo Clinic, older adults who do crafts (including weaving) are 30 to 50% less likely to have “mild cognitive impairment” than those who don't. Knitting is good for the brain, but it can also be good for the body. Many older people experience difficulties with hand-eye coordination as they age.
When you knit regularly, you force your brain and hands to work together, maintaining your fine motor skills. It can also improve and maintain dexterity and strength in the hands, which can be great for those who want to improve their grip. Experts say the repetitive motions of knitting and crocheting are to thank the mental health benefits. Research on the effectiveness of therapeutic tissue reveals that its mental health benefits are remarkable.
A recent email from yarn company Red Heart titled “Health Benefits of Crochet and Knitting prompted me to explore what else could be known about the health value of activities such as knitting. The therapeutic fabric has been linked to the fight against depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, eating disorders and chronic pain, demonstrating that a wide variety of people could benefit from it. Rhythmic and repetitive movement and relaxation have the same benefits for the mind and body as a meditation session, except that in the end you get a blanket. Choosing to knit is a conscious decision with subconscious benefits due to the level of concentration required to move forward.
At Magnolia Gardens, the knitting club creates a storm all year round, and its work benefits everyone in the residence, as well as community members. Since the 1990s, the board has surveyed hundreds of thousands of knitters and crocheters, who routinely list stress relief and creative fulfillment as the main benefits of activities. The Craft Yarn Council, a trade association for yarn crafts, conducts surveys every year to find out who knits and crochets, why they do it, and to ask about the benefits they feel they derive from yarn craftsmanship, according to Sarah Guenther-Moore, spokeswoman for the group.