While I have been learning to knit, I’ve noticed a sense of calm once I am able to fall into a rhythm with my stitches. I was curious about the possible health benefits of knitting, and I found even more than expected!
Evidence-based research has found knitting to have various physical and mental health benefits, including:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Provides similar relaxation benefits to yoga
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Increases sense of well-being
- Slows the onset of dementia
- Increases sense of usefulness
- Reduces feelings of loneliness
- Provides opportunities for creativity
This research has been compiled by the Knit For Peace initiative. The full report can be found here.
Although this research was compiled with benefits for the elderly in mind, I think that teaching knitting in the classroom would be a useful skill for a number of reasons. While I was reading the research, I couldn’t help but imagine the community connections that could be made across various generations of young students and the elderly members of the community. There are so many possibilities and possible benefits!