7 Great Health Benefits of Knitting

Are you looking for a positive pastime? The benefits of knitting include mindfulness, social connection and mental stimulation.

7 Great Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, across all age groups. As a hobby to get us through the long, colder months, knitting offers huge benefits, from mindfulness to social connection and mental stimulation. Driven in part by lockdown, other factors have contributed to the knitting trend too.

Sustainability - Knitting and other crafts that rely on natural materials, like wool, have seen an increase in popularity as people look for ways to reduce their environmental impact.

Mindfulness - Many people are turning to activities such as knitting to relax, focus and de-stress, as it requires concentration and can be meditative.

Nostalgia - For some people, knitting is a way to connect with the past and to traditions, it may be seen as a comforting and nostalgic activity.

The renewed popularity has led to a number of knitting groups and communities to emerge, which may also have helped to spur more interest. Plus, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have made it easier for knitters to connect with each other, share patterns and ideas, and showcase their finished projects.

Knitting offers several health benefits

Knitting is a great way to stay active mentally and physically. It requires focus and concentration, which can help keep the mind sharp. The repetitive motions of knitting also provide a gentle form of exercise for the hands and fingers.

Here are 7 top benefits of knitting – but there are many reasons to pick up your needles and wool!

  1. Improved cognitive function: Knitting requires focus and concentration, which can help to keep the mind sharp and improve cognitive function.
  1. Increased dexterity: The repetitive motions involved in knitting can help to improve fine motor skills and dexterity in the hands and fingers.
  1. Reduced stress and anxiety: The repetitive motions of knitting and the focus required for the activity can help to take the mind off stress and anxiety. Plus, the sense of accomplishment from finishing a project can be very satisfying.
  1. Improved emotional well-being: Knitting can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, which can contribute to overall emotional well-being.
  1. Decreased risk of depression: Knitting can also be a way to socialize and connect with others, which can decrease the risk of depression.
  1. Improved hand-eye coordination: Knitting requires coordination between the eyes and hands, which can be beneficial for seniors who are looking to improve their coordination.
  1. Increased muscle strength and flexibility: Knitting can help seniors to maintain muscle strength and flexibility in the hands, wrists and fingers.


In addition, knitting is a great way to socialise and connect with others. Many communities have knit and natter craft groups that meet regularly (including Alfriston and Holdenhurst), providing a chance to make new friends and share tips and ideas.

Knitting can even help you to save money and keep warm! By knitting accessories for yourself, family and friends, you can save money on buying new ones and have the satisfaction of knowing that you made them yourself. And they can keep you warm and cosy.

Looking for a positive pastime?

So, if you're looking for an engaging and rewarding hobby, consider picking up knitting. Join famous celebrities such as Ian McKellen, David Beckham, Michelle Obama and Tom Daley who have all spoken about their love for the craft. Not only will it keep you active and engaged, but it can also provide a sense of accomplishment and connection with others.

Some of our houses host regular groups for tenants: