Health benefits of knitting

I was reading the (rather extensive) article about knitting on wikipedia and was thrilled to read this, under “health benefits” (I’ve pasted it here and it’s not in breach of copyright as it is WELL under 10% of the whole article.

Studies have shown that knitting, along with other forms of needlework, provide several significant health benefits. These studies have found the rhythmic and repetitive action of knitting can “help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system”,[37] as well as create a relaxation response in the body which can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, help prevent illness, and have a calming effect. Pain specialists have also found that the brain chemistry is changed when one knits, resulting in an increase in “feel good” hormones (i.e. serotonin and dopamine), and a decrease in stress hormones.[37]
Knitting, along with other leisure activities has been linked to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Much like physical activity strengthens the body, mental exercise makes our brains more resilient


FINALLY!!! Something “science-y” we can use to PROVE we’re being healthy!!!


Yeah, we already knew that, didn’t we? LOL I liked crochet but it never seemed to have quite the same effects that knitting has. Twisting up yarn seems to untwist my mind.


Now if we could just get the scientists to prove that knitting also helps with housework, I think we’d be set for life to knit contentedly away with no distractions (at least until a new study comes out disproving all of the above)!

…at which point I’ll simply choose to ignore it! :slight_smile:

I have noticed that advice moms have given for years will surface as something newly discovered and beneficial by scientists and doctors. Just listen to mom, grandma, aunts…be ahead of the game. :thumbsup:

I know that knitting in the middle of a bad flare really helps me to use up the “fight or flight” hormones that get released during the flare, which sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes cuts down on the length of the flare.

Speaking of housecleaning…Years ago when my cousin had a baby I made her a crewel embroidery picture that said this-

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
Cause babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep


I’ve read that knitting is helpful for people with anxiety (me.) I find it soothing and keeps my mind kind of occupied.

I also feel that groping my stash feels excellent, too.

Also, check this out:

thanks for posting that article, N0obKnitter! Also, the little critter that crawls about your signature had me swatting my screen at first … ha ha

Interesting!..and thanks for the reminder. I already knew this, but It’s good to be reminded.

It is so true! When my Mom fell and broke her femur a few years ago, I would take something to knit while I sat with her. She was almost 89 at the time and her memory was starting to fade. She was always interested in what I was doing. Even if she asked the same thing again, it was ok, as she was not thinking about other less happy things. So not only did it keep me from being over anxious and having more tension with my family, it gave her a little distraction also. I made 20 hats over that period of time to donate. I felt somewhat productive and calmer. A win for everyone!


Thanks for posting this information!!

Back in 2004, Elsebeth Lavold (Swedish designer noted for Viking Knits) told us that she read a study that said knitting helps our brains re-order themselves. Kinda like a Magic Maid who comes into your home and straightens up your kitchen after you’ve cooked a 12-course dinner for 12 people!

I’m glad that you posted an actual article we can refer to! :thumbsup:

i know i read that crocheting and knitting keeps arthritic hands limber- so with the hand issues and anxiety issues- i jumped back into it- and i tell everyone that will listen :happydance:

You might like to read this. How Knitting Can Relieve Stress and Lower Blood Pressure It must work, the other day my BP was 107/74. Not too bad for someone who doesn’t really exercise and is over 50.

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The whole NK thing has me worried enough that I’m furiously knitting cloths, to manage my anxiety.


North Korea, maybe?


My friends tell me I’m worried over nothing but…9/11?

I don’t think you’re worried over nothing but worrying constantly doesn’t do much good. It can’t change the situation. Knit on! There are many other and much less productive things you could do.