Knitting back in vogue, claims author

Unfinished knitted artworks on display in Norwich (iStockphoto)

As anyone with an interest in knitting and crocheting will no doubt have noticed, yarncrafts are currently very popular.

Enjoyed by men and women of all ages, these hobbies are very much in vogue, with no sign that the interest in them will wane anytime soon.

This is according to lifelong craftswoman and author of Yarn to Go, Betty Hechtman.

Speaking to Echo Press, Ms Hechtman said that the rise of the internet has caused the industry to boom.

"Pinterest and Etsy are two of the hottest websites online today, and they're brimming with hand-knitted items, from socks and scarves to purses and pretty much anything that can be made from yarn," she explained.

Ms Hechtman said: "The hand-knitted caps and sweaters that might have embarrassed us as kids are now a hip expression of artistry. Young adults appreciate originality and craftsmanship, and they're an innovative bunch. They're doing amazing things with yarn!"

She added that it was a little surprising that crocheting is in fact more popular than knitting in the US, coming in at number three on a recent top ten list compiled by the Craft and Hobby Association.

Crocheting was found to have 17.4 million devotees, while knitting was in ninth place with 13 million fans.

Citing a Craft Yarn Council survey of more than 5,000 knitters, Ms Hechtman went on to say: "What's interesting is people say they're drawn to yarn crafts because of the creativity. But once they get into it, they say they realise it also helps with stress."

Other benefits of knitting and crocheting include mood-boosting and reducing stress hormones, while lowering blood pressure.

She also suggested that the calming repetition of these crafts can help you to relax and sleep better if practiced before bed.

Knitting and crocheting were found to be helpful for people looking to give up smoking or biting their nails, allowing them to keep their hands out of trouble and, as cited by many, these crafts bring great opportunities for socialising and making new friends.

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