Is Crocheting the New Yoga?

Anne Marie Whelan

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Crochet the day away!- Photo credit: DowDusbee (Flickr)

Generally speaking, crocheting is considered to be a past time that is boring, dull and has a limited appeal.  However, according to the Craft Yarn Council, CYC , crocheting is anything but dull or boring and it has a broad appeal because it can appeals to a diverse age group.  Who think that crocheting is an exciting way to explore their creativity.  And, apparently, crocheting is good for body, soul and mind.

Crocheting and yoga 

Is crocheting the new yoga? According to the CYC, crocheting is good for body, mind and soul and seemingly crocheting has the same benefits as yoga.  Crocheters say that they crochet because it provides the perfect pick me up when they are feeling down; is a perfect way to relax and is a great stress buster. And, crocheting appeals to people of many ages.   The CYC,  conducted a survey, the Craft Yarn Council 2014’s tracking study, and found that  crocheting appeals to people of different ages and these include the 18-34, 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 age group.

Other benefits of crocheting

The other benefits of crocheting include the fact that it improves confidence and it gives you a sense of accomplishment.   Moreover, other benefits includes the social benefit of crocheting because it provides those who crochet with the opportunity to get together, chat and interact, whilst exploring their creativity.  Also, crocheting is an ideal way to improve your mental health.  You can aspire to become a skilled crocheter and create inspirational, handmade haute couture fashion pieces:

Inspirational!-  Photo credit- Falling_Angel (Flickr)

Crochet Fact No.1

During  the Irish famine (1845-1869), women took up crocheting so as  to provide for their starving families, by selling their crocheted lace to the rich English Aristocrats

Get Creative

Crochet is a versatile and popular technique for making stylish and lovely gifts:

Crocheting can also provide endless ways to explore your creativity and design some eye catching fashion accessories that wouldn’t look out of place in a designer clothing boutique:

Making a fashion statement – Photo credit: TampaBayCrochet (Flickr)

Crochet Fact No.2

The word crochet comes from the French word croc or croche, which means hook.

Celebritity Crocheters

Crocheting has received the celebrity stamp of approval, whereby many celebrities have taken up crocheting. These include Cameron Diaz; Julie Roberts; Sarah Jessica Parker and Katy Perry, who loves nothing better than to get out her crochet needle and do some crocheting:

“I do a bit of crocheting now; I know, I’m the biggest nana on the block” Katy Perry.

For people who haven’t crocheted before and would like to know how, here is a beginner’s crocheting video:

Crochet Fact No.3

By holding the crochet needle in the palm of your hand – it will reduce carpal tunnel syndrome.

It’s Crochet-tastic!

Regardless of age or lifestyle, crocheting is a great way to unleash your creativity, whilst providing a stress free way to restore peace to body, soul and mind, as you come up with some fashion forward clothes, fashion accessories and/or gifts.

For further information on crocheting, go to How to crochet for beginners Irish Crochet Club  and 9 things that you probably didn’t know about crochet.

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Anne Marie Whelan