Psychological Aspects Of Crocheting


Article, Crochet News / Friday, December 6th, 2013

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CROCHETING

Some of our days are demandingly busy, and some are free to be used any way we choose. During those busy days we often find ourselves waiting. Waiting for a vehicle to be serviced, waiting to see a doctor, or waiting for a lecture to begin. Some people use that time to crochet as it passes the time in a pleasant manner and removes the angst of clock watching.

Crocheting brings some health benefits, too. The repetition of crocheting is soothing and is similar to meditative repetition of a word, a sound, a phrase, prayer or musical activity which brings about the relaxation response, decreased heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.

Some believe that crocheting, and other creative social activities, can keep our brains nimble. Regular participation in social or leisure activities such as traveling, odd jobs, knitting, crocheting, or gardening were associated with a lower risk of subsequent dementia.

Not to be overlooked is the satisfaction of connecting with the past, creating something useful, and visually nice. It is one of life’s tactile pleasures; the feeling of wool or cotton yarn and the steady repetition of stitch after stitch is a restorative tonic, producing not a virtual something that can be altered with a single click, but a real and tangible product.

In my case, “Crocheting was less expensive than a psychiatrist.” as it gave me solace, a method to block out stress, and the reward of a complex and lovely doily. Some health risks do surface, mostly with the marathon crocheter: carpal tunnel syndrome. I will address this matter in a future “How to Hold Your Hook” article.

The University of Washington offers crochet and knit sessions to relieve stress.
Book: Crochet Saved My Life: Kathryn Vercillo
Academic Medicine – Knitting: Lisa R Dittrich

 

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3 Replies to “Psychological Aspects Of Crocheting”

  1. This is so true! I first learned to crochet as stress relief during my A levels (at nearly 18) then forgot about it for years, til I relearned this year. Now I keep a hook and some yarn in my handbag constantly and I’m so much less anxious when I’m out and have to wait for appointments! Just get into the rhythm of the work and I’m settled!

  2. I have always known of the meditative quality of crochet or knitting(any hand work really)
    My mother knit & crocheted since before my first memories. She would be seemingly ‘lost ‘ in her work..which of course was always works of art. She taught my sister and me…and countless others how to do the mechanics, but the meditation was ours tonlearn on our own. I am centered and peaceful when I crochet…and I thank my mother.

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