I have written many times about the health benefits of crochet and how it helped me in my own battle with depression. But my view isn’t the only one that counts, of course, and I always love seeing how other people phrase it when they talk about how crochet has helped them in their own struggles.

A little while back Tangle with Tami had a blog post that I noticed because it actually mentioned one of my posts about crochet for depression. Tami articulated her own struggle as she was going through a really tough time. Here are five things she said about how crochet was helping her:

  1. Picking out the perfect yarn with the perfect colors is comforting.
  2. The repetition of counting helps with the OCD tendencies.
  3. “The feel of the yarn soft in one hand and metal hook in the other gives me a sense of order.”
  4. It gives me a great feeling of self-worth to be able to do something productive in the face of depression.
  5. “Being creative, that is my soul.”

These things all ring true for me and it’s very validating to hear other people saying them as well. How has crochet helped you through a difficult time?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. I know where you are coming from, it helps with my depression….

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  3. o my gosh! This is how I have been secretly feeling for such a long time! I’m not going mad then! Or if I am, at least I am no longer alone. Thank you so much.

    • Kathryn Reply

      You’re not alone at all. I thought I was alone in it, too, until I started the research for my book Crochet Saved My Life and let other people know and got so many stories in return about how crochet was helping people!

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  5. I definitely feel that crochet helps me with anxiety. It lets me clear my mind in the same way that meditation does. I even started blogging recently, and it helps me feel more focused, and overall more content :) I’m glad it helps others the way it’s helped me! By the way, love the blog.

  6. Verinalda Mendes Reply

    Hello Beautiful People!

    Crochet has always been present in my life. I am a person very lonely at the beginning of my professional life I was doing pieces that absorb me. Use pictures to run, I can not crochet with recipe. At home I have a few pieces for most of my work was to give or sell to buy more lines. When checked depression was in a state of just stay in bed, taking sleep medicines, until one day it looked a little piece that was at home and my youngest daughter asked me a beach output, then I started to look for lines that had at home and resumed.
    Always I used the white thread in my work and two years ago I found the colors. Our long lost with white. Now unsecured depression, I sure that she.
    A big hug to all and continue investing in crochet.

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  8. Crocheting or knitting a pattern that is interesting enough to keep me entertained but also repetitive gives me a sense of order when there are other things that are a hot mess.

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