How about some good news? Knitting helps the brain

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How often are our hobbies good for us?  There’s great news for people who knit:  Knitting is good for the brain.

How Knitting Helps the Brain.

There are several ways in which knitting stimulates our brains.

  • Knitting is a challenging activity that requires the brain to constantly remember what line to stitch and what part to pick up from after a break.  This engages the brain, thus boosting its cognitive ability.
  • Multiple parts of the brain have to work together to generate the required pattern, thus making the brain sharp. If you keep forgetting little things, a little knitting could help reduce this effect.
  • While knitting, some people report having a calm sensation like that generated from meditation.  That’s because when knitting, the brain focuses on a single thing and perfects how to do it. Within no time, the brain appears relaxed and carried away by the repetitive movements, as if in a trance. This rhythmic repetition allows the brain to zone off and yields an effect similar to meditation.
  • Knitting also helps people to occupy their brains with something other than the obvious. For those addicted to television and phones, knitting occupies their brain with a new activity and makes them productive.
  • One tends to think more clearly and concentrate easily (Corkhill, 2014).

Comfort and Aging, How Knitting Can Help.

Knitting is also an excellent way of alleviating the brain of symptoms of depression, stress, or anxiety. While sitting still and following the arm movements, the brain loses its ability to focus on the issues weighing on it. It will pay less attention to anxiety or stress. Your heart rate also tends to normalize, and you achieve normal blood pressure.

Knitting can also help to improve motor functions of the brain (DEĞİRMENCİ). It stimulates numerous parts of the brain simultaneously, the parietal lobe dealing in sensory information, the temporal lobe associated with memories, the cerebellum associated with precision, and the frontal lobe responsible for planning. For patients with painful symptoms, knitting can distract them from their pain for a while. Lastly, knitting serves as exercise for the brain, thus slowing down the aging process. A busy brain tends to age more slowly than an idle one.

Sources and Credits.


Corkhill, B., Hemmings, J., Maddock, A., & Riley, J. (2014). Knitting and Well-being. Textile, 12(1), 34-57.

Bria Communities. (2018, June 29). 5 Health Benefits of Knitting for Seniors: Bria Communities. Bria Communities | Senior Residence Homes.

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Deborah lives in rural Arizona, near the New Mexico border. She has a variety of interests, including water rights, writing/reading and web development. Her goal this year is to write consistently on things that she finds interesting.

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