The Benefits of Crochet and Knitting

Crochet and knitting are some of the fun skill arts. It’s not just about being creative but it contributes a lot of benefits to us in a variety of ways. Probably many others still do not know the benefits of knitting, especially if it is first learned since childhood.

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In most foreign countries such as America, Europe, Japan or Korea, they encourage this kind of handicraft by sending their children to knitting classes. In our country Malaysia, there are also basic knitting classes from childhood, but they receive less response or support from parents.

Did you know, knitting does a lot of good for the brain? Studies from some teachers and lecturers from western countries such as Judith Symonds, Cat Bordhi as well as psychology doctors like Howard Gardner from the Harvard Graduate School of Education proved that knitting benefits our small muscles involving the movement of the hands, fingers and eyes simultaneously through repetitive movements. In addition, it also trains to improve reading, counting and problem solving skills. This means that the benefits achieved do not change as we play the piano, which is to increase one’s cognitive power. For example, by knitting with two hands (knitting), able to connect both the right and left brain that is needed in the process of coordinating daily tasks such as writing or hitting a softball (Vercillo, 2015).

The study conducted by Rockman, an independent researcher and educational consultant for the Crafts and Hobbies Foundation on primary school students, was written in his journal The Academic Value of Hands-on Craft Projects in Elementary Schools found:

  • 96 percent of teachers agreed that students showed a higher curiosity about knitting learning units
  • 90 percent of teachers say that knitting projects help students understand the basic ideas as well as concepts of knitting more broadly
  • 85 percent of teachers say students work together to produce knitting projects
  • 85 percent of teachers say that handicraft projects help students find new information in different situations

One book that caught my attention was Crochet Save My Life written by Kathryn Vercillo recounting how she worked with the Waldorf School to help elementary school students in knitting projects. The content of the book states that knitting or knitting yarn benefits primary school students in a variety of ways. Among them is that they are able to express themselves in a distinctive and unique identity based on the presentation of their associated projects. In fact, he added, by knitting it can increase the focus in learning as well as less thinking about the stress faced, especially children who face difficulties in life as a result of the divorce of their parents.

What are the benefits to mental health? The following are the results of the study conducted Lion Brand in 2014:

1. Reducing Depression (Depression)

Reducing depression is the most widely reported and studied benefit of the effects of knitting or knitting yarn. Repeated knitting methods have been shown to release serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant. The results of a CNN study of more than 3,500 knitters published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy stated, 81 percent of respondents with depression reported feeling calm after knitting. While the rest felt happy.

2. Crafts Help Reduce Anxiety

Craft in this context is diligent and has a passion for knitting. It is said to be able to help reduce feelings of anxiety or worry. This is because you always feel focused. Indirectly it brings your inner mind to a calmer space. Studies have also proven that knitting serves as a productive way out especially for those who have problems with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Surely you have heard of someone suffering from anxiety has a very high appetite. This is because they want to forget the problems they face.

3. Helping to Build Low Self Esteem

Did you know that those who feel low self -esteem have a negative impact on health? When feeling diligent knitting, it indirectly helps increase self -esteem by building new skills, becoming productive, more enthusiastic, making gifts to give to others and more.

4. Reducing Dementia

Several studies show that knitting/knitting can slow down the process of age -related memory loss. In fact, it also soothes those who suffer from symptoms of dementia. Researcher Yonas Geda, a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic has completed a study showing that knitting is a neuroprotective capable of reducing dementia by up to 50 percent.

5. Helps with Insomnia Problems

Insomnia is a horrible feeling. You feel tired but you can’t sleep until you feel very upset. Knitting has proven to be effective in helping this problem because indirectly the mind will be more focused on a soft, soothing, easy and repetitive knitting project. The New York Times reports a study conducted by the professor Herbert Benson from the Institute of Mind and Body Medicine found that 90 percent of insomnia patients reported better sleep as well as a reduction in taking sleeping pills after taking a knitting program.

6. Meredakan Kemarahan

CNN Health also reporting knitting can also help you anytime you feel angry, anxious, frustrated or bored. This positive art activity can help stabilize your mood to be more balanced.

7. Meditation and Prayer

Meditation and prayer have been shown to have a variety of health benefits. This knitting or knitting can be used as part of your meditation or prayer process further reducing the effects of stress in your life.

8. Developing Communities

No matter what health problems you face, it’s good to have a supportive community around you. For example small knitting gatherings together, online craft community classes and so on. In addition to enhancing healthy social relationships, it also helps you feel cheerful in a community that always wants to learn and support each other.

That is one of the benefits of mastering the art of knitting or knitting yarn. In addition to benefiting mental health, it can also help generate economic resources through creative handiwork. If you are interested or want to send your child to learn to knit, you can visit local pages such as Crochet My Hobby, Pinky Frog Shop, or Daknityarnshop.

During my crochet workshop collaboration with Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Sibu in August 2020

With the latest technological developments, many are taking the opportunity to organize online classes either for free or for a fee. However, most online tutorials use English. Similarly, the knowledge of knitting and choosing certain categories of yarn is also provided in the online tutorial.

Interested in buying yarn?

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Hopefully one day, our country will not miss recognizing the art of knitting or knitting this yarn as an important skill subject or co-curriculum in primary and secondary schools. I’m excited to see such knitters and fashion designers Helen Rodel, Katie Jones Knit, Anna Kosturova, Dolce dan Gabbana, Jonah Hands, as well as many others who produce their designs using knitting methods. In fact, what amazes me is that Jonah Hands is among the youngest knitters to be 13 years old. What about our generation?

Happy Reading & Happy Crocheting! 🙂

Wisz Limbi

Wisz Limbi

Wisz Limbi

I am a lifestyle blogger, who loves craftwork, cats, books and travel. I hope my blog would inspire readers, give them a creative idea and find happiness in living well. Let's be creative and inspired!

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