Health Benefits of Knitting

There are so many hobbies we can do that will improve our health. One which is becoming very popular with those old and young is knitting. From hats, to scarves, blankets to jumpers, there are so many things you can knit! Knitting can reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognitive function, boost your self confidence and help with depression. It gives you a sense of control and purpose and if you become good at it then you can also save money on your clothes as you can make them yourself!  

Knitting is so much more than just a craft, it a therapeutic activity that offers a multitude of health benefits. From stress reduction and relaxation to improved cognitive function and enhances mood, knitting has a positive impact on supporting your mental and physical wellbeing. By picking up the needles and embracing this creative pursuit individuals can experience so much joy and happiness from the process.  

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Here are some of the top health benefits that knitting brings!

1.Improving your concentration

Whatever your age, knitting is known to help those who have trouble focusing on one thing for long periods of time. It gives you something to focus on by shifting your attention to the present moment. In addition, as you see your progress instantly with what you’re making, your desire to concentrate is reinforced on the project you wish to complete. The more you knit then the more your concentration will improve

2. Improves good habits

Knitting is the perfect way of keeping busy, especially when you can get bored easily. It is the perfect hobby to take up as it has no negative effects to your physical or mental health and doesn’t interfere with your daily life. Choosing to knit is a conscious decision with subconscious benefits because of the level of concentration required to finish off whatever you are can also bring out your creativity and when you become faster at it, then then process wont take as long and you can knit garments quicker take in orders from family members!

3. Helps memory

To knit the perfect items takes a lot of dedication and practice to develop the perfect skills to help you in your future knitting projects. Therefore, the trial-and-error aspect of knitting teaches you to remember errors made previously to avoid them in the future. There are so many patterns and stiches to learn from cable, herringbone, seed, linen, moss, purl and hurdle stitch, these are just a few names of stiches that you can learn, - the more you advance in your knitting techniques, the more your memory will improve.

4. Building relationships

Even though knitting can be a solitary task there are many local groups, which you can join that are full of fellow knitters like you. Therefore, it will help you to make new friends who have similar interests, which will help with your mental health wellbeing. There's nothing better than joining like minded knitters, having a cup of tea together and socializing when you are doing something you enjoy. Check out the local community centre or church or find a group online and start to build a community of knitter friends. 

5. Help Improve on stress, depression and anxiety

The rhythmic actions of knitting can help distract you from the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. Sitting still and knitting reduces your heart rate as it’s a relaxing experience so whenever you start to feel anxious or stress and reach for those knitting needles to help calm you down.

6. Help to prevent arthritis and tendinitis

Knitting isn’t just good for your mental health but your physical health too. As knitting involves using your fingers it helps to build up cartilage, making them stronger instead of the cartilage wearing down.

At Chums, we have a wide range of knitwear – why not take a look and it can inspire you next creation! It's also a cost-effective hobby to start, with needles costing a couple of pounds and yarn can be inexpensive too. All you need is time and patience, and you can start to build up your scarf collection! 

Beyond its creative appeal, knitting offers a myriad of health benefits that promote overall well being. From stress reduction and relaxation to improving your memory. The act of knitting can have a profound impact on your mental, emotional and physical health. So pick up those needles, chose a colour of yarn and unlock the therapeutic power of this craft! Embrace the joy of creation, find solace in the process and stitch your way into a happier and healthier life.

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