Can Knitting Improve Your Health?

Betsan Corkhill on the benefits of knitting

December 6, 2015
a knitted purple heart on a wooden table

Flickr user staceyjoy

Betsan Corkhill founded Britain's therapeutic knitting movement -- the clinical application of knitting to treat a variety of mental and physical ailments.  She teaches knitting to patients through the National Health Service and coordinates medical research on its benefits. 



I have recently learned to crochet, and am finding that it relaxes me, an seems to correlate with reduced skeletal/muscle aches. Is knitting significantly different than crochet for health benefits?

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