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The cure for what ails you may come in the form of a needle — not a hypodermic, but the knitting kind.

Multiple studies have found evidence knitting or crocheting can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and even improve memory and brain function as you age.

Medical researchers believe the relaxed, repetitive motions of the crafts are akin to meditation. At the same time, the creative process keeps fine motor skills honed and your mind sharp as it does “real world math” as you work on a project.


A University of British Columbia study showed 74% of women with anorexia nervosa saw improvements in their eating disorder after learning to knit.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, found people who took up knitting and crocheting late in life reduced their chances of suffering memory loss or other mild, mental impairments.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic argued in that study that the crafts helped keep the neural pathways functioning properly.

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The UK website Stitchlinks, which focuses on “therapeutic knitting” asks knitters to submit their stories of how knitting has helped improve their health. The non-scientific survey shows that 54% of people with depression say knitting helps them feel better while 60% of people with chronic pain reported the craft lets them focus attention away from it.

Regardless of their effectiveness on a person’s health, knitting and crocheting gives the patient the comfort of something soft and warm to wrap around themselves and others — something other medicines can’t offer.

(WATCH the video below from the Craft Yarn Council) — Photo: derya, CC

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