The reel and needles are no longer reserved for our grandmothers: knitting has become more popular in recent years, and its benefits are numerous. Even for children!
I remember the evenings I spent with my grandmother, reading a book in the living room while she was knitting.
Like most women of her generation, my mother was not interested in this craft, and I did not learn to knit either. One might have thought that knitting was somehow destined to disappear… and yet, the business has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years.
The benefits of knitting
Did you know: knitting is said to be the new yoga! It has been proven that knitting is soothing. It is that the repetition of a gesture activates the same areas of our brain as when we engage in meditation or yoga. Knitting is therefore a very effective way to combat stress, as shown by a study published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy and conducted by British physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill in 2013, which came to the joyful conclusion that knitting has the power to bring happiness into the lives of its practitioners.
But that’s not all: knitting does have several benefits.
- Increases resistance to chronic pain: it has been proven that knitting can prevent joint pain.
- Decreases heart rate and blood pressure: knitting is excellent for fighting anxiety.
- Helps to eliminate muscle tension.
- Keep your brain healthy: a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic showed that manual knitting activities stimulate cognitive activities and thus reduce memory loss.
- Excellent forself-esteemThis was suggested by another study, conducted in 2009 in Canada on a group of women hospitalized for anorexia. Thus, patients reported that the activity provided them with a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, but they also suggested that the practice had made them feel less concerned about their weight.
- Reduces the effects of depression: at the very least, this is what Dr. Barry Jacobs of Princeton University has shown that repetition of the same action increases the presence of serotonin (a mood regulating chemical) in the nervous system.
In short, our grandmothers were right to knit!
An activity that appeals to children
Of course, all these benefits can also benefit children, who, boy or girl, will benefit from an activity like this. It is estimated that it is around the age of 7 or 8 that children can begin to be taught knitting. Since care must be taken with needles, it is usually recommended to start knitting with your hands. Moreover, finger knitting helps the child to concentrate.
If you are knitting yourself and want to teach your child, it is best to start by showing him or her the foam stitch (a technique with all the stitches in front). Simple, this point will still allow your child to make a scarf, usually the apprentice’s first achievement. Another tip: use very thick wool. Thanks to it, your child will be able to see the results better, and the work will progress more quickly.
If knitting, on the other hand, remains a mystery to you, why not take advantage of the days when you take a babysitter and ask her to schedule a knitting workshop. Many babysitters know how to knit and will be happy to teach it to your children. Besides, to easily find a babysitter in Toulouse, I recommend the Bsit application!
More and more shops and workshops offer knitting classes specially designed for children. There are probably some near you! Of course, you will also find a lot of tutorials on the internet.
For equipment, contact a specialized store, where you can be well referred. There are also starter kits, in which you will have access to needles, wool, an initiation manual, and patterns. You can also find children’s knitting kits in art and craft shops