Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric; it is used in many types of garments. Knitting may be done by hand or by machine.

Knitting creates stitches: loops of yarn in a row, either flat or in the round (tubular). There are usually many active stitches on the knitting needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of connected loops that intermesh with the next and previous rows. As each row is formed, each newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row and placed on the gaining needle so that the loops from the prior row can be pulled off the other needle without unraveling.

Differences in yarn (varying in fibre type, weight, uniformity and twist), needle size, and stitch type allow for a variety of knitted fabrics with different properties, including color, texture, thickness, heat retention, water resistance, and integrity. A small sample of knitwork is known as a swatch.

Participants' Comments

  • I passed my time joyfully in the hospital. You learn things that up until yesterday you wouldn’t even imagine you could learn!!! You learn a lot of new things!!!
  • Very creative and psychotherapeutic
  • Amazing experience. Particularly interesting. I am very excited.
  • It was the nicest thing that could happen to me during my stay at the hospital. I hope you continue this project
  • I had a lovely and creative evening. I learned how to knit and crochet and I had the opportunity to communicate with other patients
  • I had a great time. I learned new things and I passed my time joyfully. The teacher was amazing, helpful, polite. Thank you very much!!!!
  • thank you very much, continue this nice project, I felt lonely and now I feel delightful
  • You learn, you create, you make good use of your time at the hospital, you forget why you are there. You learn new things and meet pleasant and polite people.
  • Amazing experience, I felt nice and I would like to do it again
  • Very nice and creative
  • Being creative is a joyful way to pass your time whilst waiting for therapy
  • It is a unique idea, I hope you continue offering this service
  • I felt very creative for my children’s sake
  • Creativity distracts me

Knitting produces a decrease in depression, in stress, and reduces perceived chronic pain. It also increases brain function

The Health Benefits of Knitting