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Top 5 Crochet Health Benefits – Heal Your Body & Mind with Crochet

Whoever said crochet is for sissies has been seriously misled. Not only is it a beautiful form of art steeped in tradition which requires patience and perseverance, but is incredible for your health as well. There are no less than 15 powerful and completely legitimate ways that crochet and knit benefit your health which we will outline here. So the next time you’re feeling guilty about taking time to create, think of these top 5 crochet health benefits and remind yourself that you are doing some important self care with each stitch you make.

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Dopamine. Yum. Our brains release dopamine when we do something we like. Dopamine is our natural anti-depressant. There’s studied evidence that supports crafting’s dopamine effect. In a study of more than 3,500 knitters, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than 50% reported feeling VERY happy.

Whether it’s a temporary illness or a mental block, there are so many things that can leave us feeling worthless and forgotten. Creating something beautiful and functional with your hands is extremely rewarding. Giving gifts and making others feel loved has been proven to boost our own sense of happiness and joy. So whether you experience the pride of crocheting yourself a beautiful sweater, or the love of being able to gift a handmade blanket, crochet has the power of lifting your soul out of the darkness.

When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Psychologist)


The repetitive nature of crochet helps your mind focus on the task at hand, slowing the nervous system. As the nervous system slows, so does the release of the stress hormone – cortisol. So not only is crochet a productive and positive distraction from anxiety producing thoughts, your physical body is also experiencing relief from stress producing hormones.

The repetition of stitching is soothing and meditative. This calms your mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep. Crocheters and knitters often describe how they can lose themselves for hours in a project and not realize how much time has gone by. So the next time you find yourself laying awake in bed with your mind racing 100 miles per hour, find a comfy chair, a warm blanket and stitch.

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Crocheting reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by 30-50%. By engaging in cognitive exercises and stimulating your mind, you can slow down or prevent memory loss. Crochet Therapy is being used with elderly struggling with onset Dementia and has become a highly researched, proven and accepted form of therapy for those struggling loss of cognitive functioning.


As humans, we are designed to be in relationship with others. Meaningful relationships are a critical factor to our mental well-being. It is common for yarn shops to host crochet and knitting groups where all are welcome. Just bring the project you’re currently working on and stitch with others who you instantly have something in common with. For those who don’t have easy access to local groups, the online fiber arts community is huge. Social media groups are searchable with the click of a button and you’re instantly connected with thousands of other people who also love crochet and knit.

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Our nervous system is only capable of processing a certain amount of information at a time. This is why you can’t process two people talking to you at once. So when you start creating, your awareness outside that activity becomes temporarily halted. The benefits of finding a positive distraction reach in so many directions for both the body and mind.

Grief, for example, is something we all experience at one point or another. It can feel like an impossible weight and can consume our thoughts. Chronic pain is another one that is almost impossible to ignore. Mindless eating and other unhealthy coping mechanisms are so easy to turn to when we are desperate for something to distract us from physical and mental pain. So using your hands and mind to create through crochet, causes your thoughts to drift away from fixation on things that you desperately need a break from.

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These top 5 crochet health benefits are just the beginning of a laundry list of physical and mental health benefits this incredible craft provides. Among the others are:

  • Keeps hands & fingers strong and nimble
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Is used as a form of group therapy
  • Is used as a form of tactile therapy
  • Is used as a form of color therapy
  • Helps with Insomnia
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces irritability and restlessness
  • Can be used in conjunction with prayer
  • Helps with grief processing

In the days of pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter remedies for EVERYTHING, the realities of the health benefits of crochet and knit are empowering and encouraging. And now, the next time someone gives you a hard time for all the hours you spend crafting with fiber, you will have these top 5 crochet health benefits facts in your defense arsenal. Go forth and make – knowing you are doing a good thing for your body.

Ready to start boosting your health? Here are a few of my most beginner friendly crochet patterns:

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40 Gift Ideas for Crocheters – Unique + Practical

Making your gift giving intentional and meaningful makes the giving so rewarding. Gift giving can be stressful when you hear the voice of obligation in your ear pressuring you to buy a gift for everyone you know and their uncle. What’s the point? No one wants a gift that’s given out of obligation rather than heart. So, let’s say goodby to the obligatory gift giving, and put a smile on your loved ones face by giving them something that is both practical and thoughtful. Whether for a birthday, or Christmas, or just for fun, here are 40 gift ideas for crocheters!

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I’ve organized this list of 40 gift ideas for crocheters into categories. If you need to narrow down your search straight away, here’s where to find what you’re looking for:

  1. Ideas 1-15 are “essentials“. The items I suggest here are 100% practical items that crocheters often won’t “splurge” on themselves. We have hooks, we have yarn, we have what we need to get by. BUT, these are essentials stepped up a notch. These are things that every maker deserves but often won’t spend the money on themselves.
  2. Ideas 16-20 are ideal for STOCKING STUFFERS. Small and practical, snatch all of these and pop them into the stocking! You’ll get a wink from Ol’ Saint Nick.
  3. Ideas 21-25 are extra unique. These are ideas that might not even cross the mind of a maker, but are guaranteed to put a smile on their face. These ones will be surprising and so fun.
  4. Ideas 26-30 are personalized. A crochet item with their name inscribed!? These ones scream special.
  5. Ideas 31-35 are BOOKS. You really only need a small handful of books to perfect your crochet game. These are the ones I love and recommend.
  6. Ideas 36-40 are just plain funny. Perfect for any occasion, the crocheter in your life will get a real kick out of these.

1. Yarn Bowl

A yarn bowl is a crochet tool that takes so much frustration out of handling your yarn. It prevents snags and tangles and keeps the yarn from rolling underneath the couch where god-knows-what lives. Tired of animal hairs all over your yarn? Yarn bowl.

2. Clover Amour Crochet Hook Set

I’m a HUGE advocate for using incredible crochet hooks. I’ve written an entire e-guide on this subject. Give your loved one a hook upgrade. A set of these ergonomic hooks by Clover are a luxury to have. They make finding the flow so easy and give fingers, hands and wrists a welcome reprieve with the ergonomic grip.

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3. Yarn (not the “standard” stuff)

I’m passionate about sustainable crochet which includes using sustainable yarn. Splurge on a gift of some really delicious yarn that is 100% organic cotton or some Peruvian Highland wool from sheep who are humanely raised, roaming the majestic highlands of Peru. There are so many incredible options out there that you might want to include your crocheter in this decision making.

4. Tulip Hook Set

I couldn’t skip my personal favorite crochet tool. It’s taken me years to one-off collect these incredible hooks. They are ergonomic and lightweight. The yarn glides beautifully on and off these hooks. You cannot go wrong with Clover Amour mentioned earlier as well, but if I HAD to choose, these would be the winner. If you’re looking for the perfect hook for yourself, reference my Ultimate Guide to Crochet Hooks to help you find your perfect hook-mate!

5. Yarn Storage

If you live with a crochet lover, no doubt you’ve had every surface of your home covered in a project involving yarn. Give them this clever bag which has compartments not only for yarn, but all the crochet tools and gadgets used for every project!

6. Yarn Winder

Have you ever heard explatives coming from the other room as your crocheter madly frogs their project? Yep. It’s inevitable, but a yarn winder makes this job 100x quicker, plus it re-organizes the yarn so it’s ready to be used again immediately.

7. Yarn Swift

A yarn winder and swift are like Gumby and Pokey. One is lost without the other. But this especially holds true for the yarn swift. You can’t use the swift without the winder, so if you’re going for the swift, be sure to buy the winder too.

8. Gauge Measurement Tool

Proper gauge is critical in crochet – especially when it comes to apparel. This beautiful gauge tool makes it a breeze to measure the gauge of a project to make sure it will turn out perfectly.

9. Digital Scale

A kitchen scale? Yes. Weighing yarn is a great way to see how much of a skein you’ve used and how much is left over. This is a must-have for crochet designers.

10. Blocking Mats

Blocking mats make blocking crochet projects a breeze. Gone are the days of trying to tack projects to the wall or other homemade DIY blocking device. Take it from me.

11. Pom-pom Makers

Pom-poms add some fun flair to all kinds of crochet projects. I used to use homemade pom-pom makers out of cardboard which got the job done okay, but not great. I finally upgraded about a year ago. Make it easy on your crochet lover with these pom-pom makers!

12. Zipper Pouch

Mobile crocheting is a WHOLE THING. Everyone needs a zipper pouch to carry all the essentials for your projects on-the-go. I love this one because it’s cylindrical rather than flat. It makes it super easy to root around and find that stitch marker you’re looking for at the bottom of the bag.

13. Crafters Gloves

Whether from chronic pain, or just finger fatigue from long crochet sessions, these gloves are a makers best friend. They reduce pain and inflammation. These are a must-have for your crochet tool bag.

14. Grid Notebook

Perfect for designers, these mobile-sized grid notebooks make it easy to keep track of designs – both written and doodled.

15. Gift Cards

Gift cards are a great option if you’re in a pinch to find something great. If you know where your crochet lover likes to shop, gift cards are an instant winner.

16. Stitch Markers (stocking stuffer friendly!)

Stocking stuffer alert! You cannot go wrong with stitch markers. They are essential; they are constantly disappearing. They run away quicker than socks from the dryer.

17. Tapestry Needles – Bent-tip (stocking stuffer friendly!)

Another great stocking stuffer are bent-tip tapestry needles. Sadly, I didn’t discover the bent-tip version until way too late. They revolutionize the tedious and often dreaded task of seaming.

18. Retractable Measuring Tape (stocking stuffer friendly!)

Measure twice, stitch once. An essential crochet tool, these retractable measuring tapes are super compact and convenient.

19. Scissor Snips (stocking stuffer friendly!)

Snips are a definite step up from the traditional scissor design. Grab them and snip – it makes snipping quicker and closer. These ones are super sharp & compact!

20. Stitch Counter (stocking stuffer friendly!)

Make counting rows foolproof with this finger stitch counter. Just hit the button each time you complete a row. These save time by not having to go back and count again and again.

21. Crochet Hook Earrings – Upcycled Handmade

I’m excited to include a hanfdul of SUPER fun and unique gift ideas on this list of 40 gift ideas for crocheters. These earrings are so creative! Subtle, but a definite fashion statement, your crochet lover will LOVE these!

22. Crochet Hook Bracelet – Upcycled Handmade

Another super fun option for upcycled crochet hook jewelry.

23. Crochet Hook Ring – Handmade

Crochet hook jewelry is creative and makes a crochet-lover fashion statement. These rings aren’t actually made with crochet hooks, but use precious metals (of your choice) molded to look like a size G crochet hook. This one is a splurge and will be EXTRA special for your loved one.

24. Upcycled Handmade Crochet Hook Suncatcher

If your crochet-lover isn’t all that into jewelry, but would still appreciate the artistic expression of up-cycled crochet hooks, this is a really fun, unique and special option.

25. Yarn Tension Ring

Help prevent finger fatigue with this yarn tension ring! It takes the work out of keeping tension on your yarn between your fingers.

26. Personalized Crochet Hook

Order a personalized crochet hook for your crochet-lover! Whether it’s their name or a cheeky saying, this will be a keeper forever!

27. Personalized Handmade Tags

Does your crochet-lover love making gifts for others? Make their gift giving extra special with these personalized hang-tags with their name on them!

28. Personalized Stitch Markers

These personalized stitch markers will add a special touch and a smile every time they’re working through a project!

29. Personalized Project Bag

This personalized project bag is adorable + hilarious. Make their mobile-making fun! Your crochet-lover will LOVE carrying their projects in public with this eye-catching personalized tote.

30. Personalized Crochet Notebook

Everyone who crochets makes notes – whether it’s on a written pattern or in a notebook. Make their note-making special with this personalized crochet notebook!

31. Amigurumi Book: Animal Friends of Pica Pau

This is the first crochet book I ever purchased and it made me fall in love with crochet – especially amigurumi. It is well laid out and the patterns are super easy to follow. It even has a “how to” section in the front. I’m including 5 books on this list of 40 gift ideas for crocheters. If you buy just one, this is it!

32. Stitch Collection Book: Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

This book includes 200 stitch patterns that are taught using row by row explanation as well as in picture using stitch chart symbols. It is nicely organized into categories with similar stitch types. This book was recommended to me early on.

33. Crochet Book: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs

With 500 stitch patterns, you will never be lost for ideas for your next design!

34. Crochet Tips & Techniques Book

Filled with easy-to-follow tutorials, this book is great for beginners. It’s not just another stich idea book, this one is filled with techniques and tips to take your crochet to the next level.

35. Crochet Granny Squares Book

Would crochet be the same without the granny square? No. This book will teach you all about this classic skill.

36. Cheeky Crochet Mug

These last 5 ideas on this whopping list of 40 gift ideas for crocheters are just to make them giggle. If it doesn’t make sense to you, it will make sense to them. Trust me.

37. Funny Crochet T-Shirt

38. Funny Crochet Bag

39. Funny Crochet Sticker

40. Cheeky Crochet T-Mug #2

That wraps up my list of 40 gift ideas for crocheters. I’d love to hear your gift ideas! Leave a comment with any additional gift ideas for crocheters!

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How It All Began – How I Got Into This Sustainable Crochet Business Anyway

For the love of a child. As a parent we all want what is best for our children. We all want to give them everything to make them happy. We all want to be their hero.

I’ve always been an advocate for clean, natural and sustainable living. I admit I am one of those moms who obsesses over all the things related to kid health and wellness. What products touch my child’s skin (Parabens? – gasp!). What foods go into their bodies – only organic, not too much sugar! What cleaning products am I using? He’ll be poisoned the moment his perfect, unpolluted nose inhales a whiff of bleach!

Geez, how are any of us kids from the 80’s even alive!? I was sustained by snow white bread, Cream of Wheat, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (still my guilty pleasure!).

I jest.

My son, Benjamin – not unlike many 4 years olds I’m sure – LOVES stories. Almost every night as we tuck him in, he gets a fresh story with our usual characters going off on some fantastic new adventure. He looks forward to these stories with the most intensity and is always disappointed when we announce that tonight will be a “song night”. God knows it takes a great effort to invent a new, exciting adventure on the spot every night – those song nights are always a welcome reprieve to the brain.

I introduced story time to our morning routine as well. I thought about how fun it would be to have walk-on characters join in our morning story time, just like they do in our bedtime stories. So a love of stories on his part, combined with a drive towards natural and sustainable toys on my part, I began to MAKE the characters for him.

Enter: CROCHET. I made one toy and was hooked.

I’ve always been a huge fan of making things with my hands. I scrapbook, build, cook, craft, etc. So, I wasn’t necessarily surprised that I became hooked on crochet. It’s challenging and it gives my hands something to do during an otherwise idle moment. Also, there’s always something new to learn and the results are ALMOST always rewarding. But after a while I found myself changing a pattern or tweaking it to achieve some preferred result in my head.

Enter: crochet pattern design.

That’s when I started writing my own patterns. My crochet Elephant pattern: Kiwi the Elephant was my very first one!

I realized that I enjoy the creative process of designing a new and never-thought-of-before crochet pattern. Also, there was this building frustration I had with how terrible so many of the patterns out there are! So many are busy, ugly, confusing, too-small-of-font, no pictures, trying-to-cram-it-all-onto-one-page, mess! CAN I GET AN AMEN!?

Introducing: Off the Beaten Hook.

I’m committed to making fresh, inviting patterns that are easy to approach and fun to follow. I’m all about making practical crochet items for your home. You won’t find any knick-knacks or things that will just end up in a box somewhere. Everything I design has a purpose and use for your home and family.

And that’s how it all began.

Since the original writing of this article, we’ve welcomed a little girl to the crew who is finally at a stage where she, too, can enjoy all the crochet characters, fruits, vegetables and toys we have in our playroom! It is the greatest joy of my life to be a mama bear to these cubs. I have updated the original article photo to include her in the fun as well!