Wellness: Breaking down the Top 3 benefits of knitting

Life is stressful and everyone needs an outlet to escape the overwhelming situations of day to day, so why not put down your phone, quiet the noise and pick up some knitting needles.  Third Piece is breaking down the benefits of knitting for you to explore this powerful outlet to relieve mental, emotional, and physical pain.

  • Helping Your ♡ - After wrapping up a productive knitting session, you will feel really good about what you’ve made and most importantly, you will feel relaxed.  Knitting has been known to lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) because it prompts relaxation, help slow down your heart rate and decrease blood pressure.
  • Your Body - Knitting is like yoga for your fingers. The repetition of motion keeps your finger joints limber and flexible, not to mention, toned! However, it’s important to take breaks so you don’t cramp up and over work those hands.  For those who suffer from chronic pain, knitting could help alleviate it. Are you the type of person that eats when you’re bored? We’re all guilty of it! But knitting is a way to prevent that idle mouth from eating. If your hands are preoccupied with knitting a masterpiece then you can’t go for a handful of that buttery popcorn! 
  • Your Mind - One of the most powerful and unexpected benefits of knitting is the benefits it has on your mind.  Knitting allows the mind to stop and readjust your focus, which can soothe any mental state. Aside from aiding mental health, knitting sharpens your memory.  There is a ton of thought that goes into reading patterns, focusing on your stitches and remembering which steps you have to do. The act of knitting forces your brain to rely on its memory, and the more you use your memory, the stronger it becomes.  By focusing and concentrating on your project it can be a great distraction from the chronic pain. 

Knitting is for everyone!  Regardless of your age, background, experience level, anyone can enjoy the benefits of knitting.  Put down the stress and pick up the yarn! Create something unique with love by you and for you. Interested in learning how to start?  Here are a few options:

  • In Boston, join us in the Knit Studio for a Learn to Knit Class
  • Feeling ambitious - check out our YouTube Channel for quick guided videos to learn the cast on, knit stitch and more tutorials!
  • Grab a learn to knit kit

We’re always here to help, feel free to email us at hello@thirdpiece.com for any questions to get you started.

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