What are the benefits of knitting and crocheting?

Both knitting and crocheting can challenge and strengthen our brain through repetition of complex stitches and patterns. In fact, this helps build new neural pathways that help with memory and can reduce the cognitive decline that comes with age. Whether you prefer needles or hooks or a combination of both, crafting can calm your body and fix your mind. Anecdotal evidence has proven this for decades and new research confirms this with science.

The benefits people report are endless. Here are the top 10 health benefits of wool manufacturing. Relief from depression is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. Repeated crafts have been shown to release serotonin, a natural antidepressant.

CNN recently reported that “in a study of more than 3,500 weavers, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy. I lost my son (1 year old) a year ago. It helps me throughout the day, through my depression, through my pain.

However, over time, trends changed. Now you can basically knit anything and everything, once you put your mind to this art and learn at least 3 to 4 basic crochet sewing techniques, you can make several items using just one stitch or a combination of several stitches. Knitting and crocheting produce happiness, increase self-confidence and help create a sense of well-being. It always makes me very happy to hear that therapists, psychiatrists and doctors are supporting knitting and crocheting as healing for patients.

Crochet is a relatively low-cost, portable activity that can be easily learned and seems to convey all of the positive benefits that knitting provides. However, if the puzzles confuse you and the paint doesn't call you, then maybe you can eliminate your stress by trying knitting and crocheting. Sharing this hobby connects different people locally, such as knitting and crocheting come together in wool shops, cafes, etc. And that wasn't the first time I dedicated myself to knitting to help me get through the stressful moments of my life.

Repetitive knitting and crocheting movements can also be used as a mindfulness activity, such as yoga or meditation. All these months in the hospital and in rehabilitation, I have been knitting and now that he is home, he continues to help me. Unlike fabric where many stitches are kept open at once, in crochet each stitch is completed before the next one begins. I taught myself to knit with commodity needles and an instruction book almost 27 years ago when my husband was deployed.

Both crocheting and knitting were initially considered as a hobby for people with a lot of free time. Although I usually have to rub anything woven while I'm half asleep, it's worth it to close my eyes. Ever since I lived totally alone for the first time in my life, I've been crocheting and knitting, producing a lot of things. As an added bonus, knitters and crocheters can proudly wear the garments and accessories they create, unlike other art forms that are only meant to be visually pleasing.

Jane MacDonald
Jane MacDonald

I am of the author and owner of I Love Knitting. I first learned to knit when I was around five years old, and stop doing it when I hit my teens! I than picked it back up when I had my first child, and have since taught all three of my children to knit.

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