Yarn therapy

The art of knitting & crocheting produces many benefits…

at Punto Art Design we call it Wool therapy or Yarn therapy

The Benefits of crocheting and Knitting

Knitting and crochet are a social phenomenon that many are calling “wool therapy” or “yarn therapy”.

Below are some of the most important benefits.

It gives satisfaction and improves self-esteem

To turn a simple ball of yarn into a unique and unrepeatable finished project, although it is not perfect, gives self-confidence and satisfaction. With practice, the quality of the projects would grow, giving more satisfaction and increasing self-confidence and self-esteem.

Reduce levels of tension and stress

When the brain is paying attention to an activity so complete such as knitting or crocheting, leaves aside what is not relevant at the moment. While the brain synchronises view with left and right hand, estimates how many stitches you have to do before changing the stitch, and counts how many rows until decrease, it just don't have time for personal problems, worries and anxieties. Therefore, to knit or crochet periodically, reduce levels of tension and stress.

Promotes tranquillity and good mood

Any creative work, however simple, demands that our brains check and strengthen its neural connections. Some tasks may seem difficult at first, but then as they persevere in achieving their objectives more skills are gained. Mainly we get self-complacency. Knitting and crocheting greatly improves tolerance to frustration because with the completion of various projects, skills are being improved as experience is gained and capacities developed and all this promotes the good mood.

It helps to physically and mentally recover after a workday

A good physical and mental rest is necessary to keep up with the daily routines. But it's not easy if we usually take work home. Neither is easy to stop thinking, the brains turns to worries over and over and the only way to trick it is to keep it busy. Knitting and crocheting is such a complete activity it won’t let us think about anything else, it brings mental recovery and easy physical rest and sleep, because it's easier to fall asleep thinking about your project than about your work. And when you don't have enough time to knit or crochet, it helps to talk about your projects, organise your yarn, hooks and needles, or search for new patterns.

Improves fine motor skills

Fine motor skills includes all those activities in which high accuracy and a high level of coordination is needed. The development of this capability allows a greater dexterity in the precise movements, which translates as an increase in the ability to develop a certain task. To develop fine motor skills it is necessary to do precision repetitive movements which settle into our brains, fixing patterns that will be recorded forever. This is what allows us to easily do something which initially cost us much effort. Knitting and crocheting highly improves fine motor skills through repetition of precisely coordinated movements.

Encourages communication between people

There are certain factors that promote communication between people, many of them are present when we knit or crochet. As speak naturally of what we are doing, share the same codes, feel comfortable with the work done, among many others. When knitting or crocheting is important to understand and use the same codes to accurately interpret the transmitted information, either from reading a pattern or trough verbal transmission. From the moment that we read and interpret a pattern to sharing our experiences with the people around us, we are developing the ability of communication. It improves with the level of difficulty of the patterns and practice.

Awakens our most creative side

Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas or concepts, a ball of yarn and a pair of hooks or needles are like a blank canvas and the knitter or crocheter has endless possibilities to develop many projects. To choose what to knit is necessary to create new associations between ideas, concepts and known skills to be able to adapt or modify acquired knowledge to develop new creations. But what boosts our creativity the most is to combine the already known techniques with the available materials and the idea we have in mind, in order to transform a simple ball of yarn into a unique piece.

Help to concentrate and relax

Concentration is to control attention to get it focus at a single point. This is a very useful skill, which, when trained can apply to work, study or to perform any other tasks more efficiently. It also allows relaxation and to enjoy more fully each situation that requires a little more attention. The act of knitting or crocheting also requires physical movement of a high concentration, which will vary depending on the complexity of the chosen project. It is recommended to start with a simple project, but when it becomes repetitive is time to increase the difficulty. This may be adding colour changing, complicating the stitch, by incorporating open stitches, cable stitches, etc. The idea is to increase the difficulty of our projects.

It brings clarity to thoughts and feelings

To be able to feel through our hands the softness and texture of wool is a very pleasant feeling which directly influences the mind. The colours are also very important. Yellow, for example, stimulates the nervous system and is associated with joy. The blue sky provides calm and rest, encourages healing and relieves pain. White means purity, cleanliness and fuels the imagination. Knitting and crocheting makes thoughts become more positive thanks to the relaxation and tranquillity that provides a manual labour like this.