If you thought knitting or crochet was just for old grannies…think again. We have comprised a list of nearly three dozen health and well being benefits you can receive from engaging in hand knitting & crocheting.
People of all ages from 6 or 7 year olds to mid-life and beyond can learn to knit or crochet and gain confidence, increase hand – eye coordination, memory, learning, overall brain function and so much more.
1. Increases math and arithmetic skills
2. Increases reading comprehension
3. Increases memory function and retention
4. Facilitates hand, eye, and brain coordination
5.Increases coordination between the left and right hands and help to develop a focal point between them – skills crucial for reading and writing
6.Encourages communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain
7.Promotes fine motor skills and encourages brain cell growth
8.Provides a sense of accomplishment and increases problem solving abilities when difficult parts of the project have been worked through
9.The rhythmic movements have a soothing and calming effect and help to relieve stress and lower blood pressure
10.By undertaking a project and then consistently working on it and seeing it through to completion, a person builds confidence and self esteem
11.Provides hope, motivation, and inspiration by setting and completing project goals
12.A positive way to facilitate behavior modification and to handle negative emotions
13.The rhythmic and repetitive motions enhance meditative and contemplative prayer
14.Provides a way to be calm in the midst of chaos or upheaval
15.Most people find it delightful to work with colorful yarns, various textures, and stitch patterns
16.Many find great satisfaction in working with simple objects like yarn, needles & hooks and their own hands and mind to create beautiful and useful items for themselves or others.
17.Helps you learn a balance between being TOO perfectionistic or TOO slack. Knowing when something is good enough and when we really ought to fix it.
18.Helps to develop patience by enjoying the process of making the project and not just racing to get it finished so that you can get on to the next thing.
19.It’s a portable hobby/craft that takes very little space and you can take it anywhere (enjoy stitching while waiting for an appointment, during sporting event practices, while standing in line, while riding in the car, bus, train, airplane, etc)
20.Maximizes your time and activates your mind while traveling, watching TV, or listening to music
21.Provides a connection to older family members (mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc) and to all the men and women of the past who knit or crocheted before us
22.Adds balance to a fast-paced and high-tech lifestyle
23.Cost effective hobby, very inexpensive to get started and then the additional expense is dependent upon the type and cost of additional yarn and tools
24.This craft makes it easy to undo or fix mistakes we have made (wouldn’t it be great if life was the same way?)The errors can be fixed in such as way that they leave no sign of what was previously incorrect.
25.Increases your level of creativity
26.Provides a way to give “hand made with love” gifts to others
27.Wonderful way to express individuality, creativity, and artistry through the colors, textures, patterns and design of the items being created.
28.Enhances personal growth by learning new techniques and skills and then practicing them until you can confidently perform them.
29.Provides a way to share with others by teaching them how to knit or crochet and passing down these ancient methods of fabric creation
30.Provides a way to make beautiful and one of a kind hand-worked clothing to wear (hats, socks, sweaters, tops, skirts, slacks, handbags, shawls, caplets, ponchos, slippers, gloves, mittens, scarves, vests, ruanas, belts, jewelry, etc.)
31.Provides a way to make beautiful and decorative home items (tea cozies, pillow covers, afghans, throws, lap robes, blankets, place mats, doilies, pot holders, trivets, hand towels, face cloths, ornaments, table cloths, curtains, bed spreads, canopies, throw rugs, bath mats, etc.)
32.Provides a way to make beautiful and one of a kind hand-worked infant and baby items (blankets, bonnets, caps, mittens, sweaters, gowns, dresses, leggings, socks, booties, stuffed dolls or toys, etc.)
33.Provides a way to make creative and useful items (handbags, check book covers, laptop and notebook computer sleeves, messenger bags, iPod cozies,grocery totes, dog sweaters, pet beds, pet stuffed toys, etc.)
This list has been compiled over many years and unfortunately we do not have a listing of sources from which this information was gathered.
Did you learn anything new from this post? Do you knit or crochet? Have you wanted to learn how? Share your thoughts, we’d love to hear them.