You may think that knitting is still seen as an old fashioned pastime and that you should take up more modern hobbies. However, knitting is seeing a big resurgence at the moment and has become popular among people of all ages. There are many new designs and patterns which are easily accessible either in shops or online. There has also been a rise in the number of knitting circles around. Perhaps you used to knit and would like to rediscover the joy of knitting or are just a beginner. Either way there are many benefits to the hobby.
Knitting is very relaxing and the satisfaction of having created something yourself is much more than you get from buying something in the shop. If it’s been a long time since you last picked up the needles or if you’ve never tried, there are many video tutorials, guides and tips available online for free. These can help you get started if you’re feeling a bit unsure. Sites such as Knitting Help provide lots of tips and tricks for producing some fantastic designs with ease.
2. Social Activity
The main force driving the return of knitting to the modern day is in the form of a social activity across local communities. Knitting groups having been appearing all over the country and are becoming widely successful. It’s a great opportunity to get out, meet new friends and learn and improve your skills. If you’re looking for a group in your area, browse the UK Hand Knitting Association site. You’re sure to find one nearby or you can even look into starting one yourself.
Knitting can be very therapeutic once you get the hang of it. It can easily be paired with other entertainments like watching TV or listening to the radio. You’ll find that you’ll never want to stop! It may take you some time to build your skill enough to multitask but you’ll be moving along with ease in no time. Try out some simple patterns first to build your confidence.
4. Mental Exercise
People often think that crosswords or puzzles are the key to keeping your mind healthy. What about knitting? Knitting helps to keep your mind stimulated even when paired with watching TV. Your subconscious is constantly thinking about the next stitch. Following a pattern is a great mental exercise and helps to keep your brain healthy in your later years.
5. Stress Relief
Many people have found solace in knitting as a sort of stress relief. A survey of over 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, shows that 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. If you are going through a stressful and difficult time, something as therapeutic and relaxing as knitting can help to focus your mind on something else and have a great effect on your happiness.
If you are in need of some inspiration and an idea of where to start, try having a look at some great blogs such as Inspiration Knits. For some great modern patterns, look at One Sheepish Girl’s blog for some truly unique tutorials. These provide some beautiful ideas and patterns which will inspire those from beginners to experts.
Other sites such as Craftsy, create and share their own designs with other knitters free of charge. A fantastic hub of information about all things knitting can be found on the UK Hand Knitting Association site. You can find information on everything from craft clubs in your area, to reports on who won knitting textile awards.
Knitting can be a great hobby for home and with friends. If there isn’t a group in your area, consider setting up your own weekly meet. There’s nothing better than catching up and helping each other. There are so many online resources available to you so it’s easy to get started straight away.