Why should you learn to knit or crochet when you can just buy a hat or blanket already made, and likely cheaper than the cost of yarn and supplies? There are actually numerous benefits, both physical and emotional.
I stumbled into the hobby of knitting when I was in grad school. I was studying English Literature, and I had a lot of work to do, especially while writing my thesis. I am also prone to stress and anxiety, and I needed an outlet, a way to relieve stress while still feeling productive. I’ve always liked art and making things, so I decided to try knitting.
At first, I found it overwhelming, and the results were less than fabulous on my first few attempts, but I quickly found it to be a rewarding, ever-evolving source of peace and fulfillment. Naturally, I had to learn to crochet, as well, which has produced many of the same results.
Without further ado, here are my top reasons to learn knitting or crochet:
1. It relieves stress. They have actually done studies on this, like the one found here. The process of knitting or crochet keeps your hands and your mind busy while producing a tangible result for your efforts. It is very soothing in that respect.
2. You can do it (almost) anywhere. If you’re like me, and you don’t enjoy idle time, knitting and crochet are great hobbies. They are portable, so you can do them while riding in a car, on a plane (if regulations are followed, of course), or while watching TV. Unlike other arts, such as painting or quilting, for instance, you can get your creative outlet on the go.
3. You can make pretty, unique things. If you get the hang of knitting or crochet, you can make beautiful things with even basic stitches. You can make yourself a new hat and scarf set, or you can create matching cable-knit sweaters for your children. Soon, friends and family will be requesting all sorts of items for birthdays and holiday gifts.
4. It keeps your mind sharp. Research has shown that knitting can actually keep your mind sharp. Once you have a handle on the knit and purl of it all, you can start creating your own patterns, which only ups the brainpower used during the stitching.
5. It’s fun. Last, but certainly not least, knitting is fun. It is really cool to see something come to be from yarn and two sticks. You can express your personality in what you make, and it is enjoyable to see what you can create.
So, there is really no reason to hold back. Pick up a set of needles, a skein of yarn, and get knitting. If you’re looking for a great place to get started, check out the Lion Brand website‘s tutorials. They are very helpful.Knit unique items for special occasions.