There was an interesting article in the Hillsboro Star-Journal recently about the benefits of occupational therapy for a patient’s quality of life. The article caught my eye because it mentioned crochet and I recently did some research into crochet as a form of occupational therapy. It turned out that the article wasn’t about this at all but it was an interesting article nevertheless.

The article discussed a woman named Myrtle Geisbrecht who suffered a stroke in 1995. The entire right side of her body was completely paralyzed. Through physical therapy she was able to gain some function on her right side. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to gain enough function to be able to crochet, something that she loved to do before the stroke.

Her occupational therapist made an effort to help her out. She created a special brace for Geisbrecht’s right hand that was designed specifically to aid the woman in working crochet backwards. With the help of this device, and through some concentrated effort, she was able to switch to left-handed crocheting.

Crochet is known to be a relaxing and soothing craft with numerous benefits. I would argue that being able to continue this craft in the wake of a stroke could be highly beneficial to the quality of life of the patient.

Are you a left handed or right handed crocheter? Do you think you could make the switch if you had to?


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  1. Martha Winger Reply

    My good friend is left handed. Her step mom learned to crochet left handed to teach her. How sweet is that?

  2. I’m left handed. Tried to learn right handed (as everyone around me was right handed) to no avail. Picked it up pretty quickly once I started using my left hand. Only troubles I have are with patterns that specify a specific side (ie. Left wrist warmer, right foot).

    Would I make the switch? Absolutely! Though I don’t think I would ever be nearly as fast, nor as good as I am with my left hand. But I’d still do it.


    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks for sharing. It makes sense to me that it would be difficult to flip specific-side patterns. My mind has so much trouble doing that!

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