Author claims crochet saved her from depression

War veteran reveals new passion for crochet (thinkstock)

The therapeutic benefits of crafting are well documented, with participants often citing their hobby as a great way to relax, unwind and learn a new skill.

For some people, however, the positives are a lot more profound.

Kathryn Vercillo, author of a new book called Crochet Saved my Life claims that her particular craft helped her deal with her difficult depression.

In an interview with The Examiner she explained that she learned to crochet as a child, then in the worst throes of depression she tried desperately to find an interest that would keep her attention and motivate her to get better.

"I had read somewhere that a good way to identify what you might like to do as an adult is to think about what you enjoyed doing as a child so crochet came to mind and I decided to teach myself again," Ms Vercillo said.

When she first revisited crochet, the author admitted that she didn't know that it would turn into her lifeline, however she added: "It worked for me for a number of reasons including that it was a productive, creative craft that I was able to do from home in short bursts of time."

Inside the book Ms Vercillo calls on other contributors to share their stories of how crocheting helped them to get their lives back on track, providing inspirational tales and tips to anyone in similar situations.

However, it could also be helpful for those with physical conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as it can keep the hands warmed up and limber.

In order to focus your mind, she recommended that simple repetitive patterns, such as square blankets or patchwork bags could be extremely therapeutic.

But Ms Vercillo told the site "there are times when a more intricate pattern is required for me emotionally. In some cases, my mind is going crazy, and in order to get my mind outside of itself I need a detailed pattern that requires a lot of attention".

Finally, the author praised the healing ability of crochet, as "it allows someone who is depressed to feel like a productive, useful, creative person even if they aren't able to do many of their normal activities because of the depression".

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