We all know that hobbies are a great way to relax and escape from the day to day stresses of life. In case you ever wondered just how good enjoying your favourite hobby could be, we’ve put together a list of ways that knitting can make you healthier and happier!

From providing a craft-focused mindfulness to gentle muscle toning, we can guarantee that there will be a number of unexpected benefits to knitting that never crossed your mind!

1. It improves your concentration

Knitting involves high levels of concentration, ensuring you don’t stitch off the beaten track and stick to your pattern! It also requires imagination to visualise your finished product, so is a great way to give your brain a work out across your motor cortex, frontal and occipital lobes.

2. It’s a great stress-buster

If you need to unwind after a stressful day and really want to take your mind of things, there’s nothing better than letting your mind relax and enjoying the calming and methodical powers of knitting!

3. It’ll make your memory better

Forget sudoku, knitting is a far better way to keep your memory in check! By using different techniques and patterns that involve memory recall, you’ll feel younger than your years.

4. It provides a reachable goal

There’s nothing better than setting yourself a challenge – and then completing it! The added bonus is that knitting provides some beautiful items that become a testament to your creativity and perseverance.

5. It can help you to set other goals – and reach them!

Once you’ve completed a knitting project you’ve been working towards, you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment. You can use this dedication to following a task through and apply it to a variety of other goals you might need motivation to reach!

6.It strengthens upper limbs

You might not have thought that knitting would be a form of exercise – but it really is! You can knit at your own pace, so there’s no need to worry about keeping up with anyone else’s fast pace. Its rhythmic actions can even aid in the prevention of arthritis and tendinitis. 

7. Helps you to get your ‘digital detox’

Time away from technology is rare in this day and age, so knitting provides the perfect means of escape from your screens! Give your eyes a rest and refocus them on a better perspective, your new knitting project. 

8. It’s proven to make you happy

It has been scientifically proven that knitting is good for you, as shown in a study of 3,500 knitters by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy with 81% of participants saying that they felt noticeably happier after knitting. 

9. It keeps you busy 

Keeping your mind active and your hands busy can be a great way to distract yourself from other habits (smoking or snacking!). Even if you’re just looking for something to take your mind off other stresses, knitting is a brilliant distraction! 

10. It gives you some beautiful designs that you can cherish!

One of the best things about this hobby is the fact that your efforts are rewarded with beautiful evidence of your creativity and time. Not every hobby can give you wonderful hand-crafted items you can wear and enjoy – so knitting is a win win!