The craft of Crochet has been around for 100’s of years. There has been evidence of it further back then knitting even. But more recently crochet and knitting have had a resurgence I would say for many reasons. I am going to talk about just some of the top ones here. I have taught crochet and knitting in the last few years for both adults and children and I can safely say these benefits affect everyone. No matter the age you are. A lot of these benefits I would say apply to knitting as well but today I am just focusing on crochet as it is my first love of the fiber crafts and the one I usually will gravitate to first depending on the project I am working on or deciding to work up. It was the first one when I was young and learned from my grandmother and mom a craft that made sense to me and I felt I could do well.
So what are some of the benefits you ask? Here we go.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Crochet is a relaxing activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety. You hear a lot of people say they do it while they are watching tv. The repetitive movements involved in crochet can be meditative, providing a sense of calm and focus. The act of creating something with your hands can also be soothing and satisfying, giving you a sense of accomplishment and boosting your mood.
Improves fine motor skills
Crochet requires a high degree of manual dexterity, making it an excellent way to improve fine motor skills. When I taught classes for Michaels craft store I had people that would take my classes tell me that they were told by their physical therapists to take a crochet or knitting class to help their fine motor skills after having had surgery, or recovering from an injury. The small, precise movements required to create each stitch can help strengthen the muscles in your hands and fingers, improving your overall grip strength and manual coordination.
Enhances Cognitive Function
Crochet is a mentally stimulating activity that can help improve cognitive function. Following a crochet pattern requires concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills, all of which can help keep your brain sharp and engaged. Learning new stitch patterns and techniques can also challenge your brain and improve your overall cognitive function.
This one tends to go along with helping relieve stress and anxiety in the way it can help prevent it. Crochet, like knitting, is a mindful activity that can help you stay present and focused in the moment. The repetitive motions of crochet can be soothing and calming, helping you to tune out distractions and stay grounded. Crochet can also provide a sense of mindfulness and meditation, allowing you to focus on the present moment and go of worries or stressors. It is definitely that for me. If I’ve had a tough day at work or at home, I will pick up a hook and some yarn and make something like a simple washcloth or a basic hat, etc and just try to focus on that. The simple rhythmic movements of the hook and yarn through my fingers.
Provides a sense of Accomplishment
Crochet is a tangible activity that allows you to create something beautiful and useful with your own two hands. Seeing your finished project can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment, boosting your self esteem and confidence. Crochet can also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, giving you a meaningful way to spend your time and energy.
Boosts Social Interaction
Crochet is a social activity that can help foster a sense of community and connection. Joining a fiber group that has crocheters in it or attending a class can provide an opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and share your love of crochet with others. Crochet groups can also provide a supportive environment where you can get feedback on your work and learn from others.
In conclusion, Crochet is a wonderful activity that can provide numerous benefits for people of all ages. Whether you are looking to reduce stress, improve cognitive function, or connect with others, or just to continue a craft that maybe one of your ancestors used to do, it is there. Crochet can provide a fun and rewarding outlet for your creativity and energy. So why not give it a try? You may just discover a new passion and a whole new world of possibilities.
Guest Blog Post by -
Jessica Kelly (thenexusknitter)