Knitting and crocheting can be time-consuming, but the skills have several benefits.
- As with coloring, which has recently risen in popularity for adults, it can be relaxing. Once you have the basics down, you can de-stress by focusing on what you are making.
- You can make an endless variety of items that you’ll won’t find in stores. This would apply to sewing as well. Because you are making the clothing, bags, or accessories yourself, they are fully customizable and exactly as you want them.
- You can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, or music while doing it. I can even watch a show, movie, or video while crocheting. It’s an easy thing to multi-task once you are familiar enough with it to not have to devote all your focus to it.
- It is immensely satisfying to finish a project and hold it in your hands, thinking “I made this.” And the more you do it, the better that project will be.
- Hand-made items make great gifts for friends and family. It takes planning, realistic estimation of the time commitment, and dedication. It’s so worth it, though, to give someone something you made specifically for them.
- You can exercise your creativity. After you have a basic understanding of knitting or crocheting and have made a few things, you can create your own patterns or freestyle projects.
I’ve been crocheting for about ten or eleven years and knitting for two. These are the benefits I’ve seen from the activities in that time.
If you want to start crocheting, there are excellent beginner tutorials on the Youtube channel All Free Crochet.
For knitting, I recommend Studio Knit.