crochet heals 2

Inspired by reading Love in Every Stitch, I decided to go through my archives and review all of the articles I’ve written over the years about how crochet has helped people. Of course, I love the personal stories the most but I like anytime I can share about the mental and physical health benefits of crochet. Then I got to wondering – why haven’t I collected all of these articles in one place? Well, I ask that no longer – here is the archive of crochet health stories to date. Looking for crochet patterns to help your healing? Check our selection here.

General Articles on the Health Benefits of Crochet

Crocheting through Depression

Crochet specifically helped me through depression (and anxiety associated with depression). Here are articles about that topic:

Grief and depression have overlapping qualities although they are different things. Crochet helps with grief as well.

Other Specific Health Issues Helped By Crochet

Crochet helps with much more than depression. Links to people’s personal stories can be found later in this post but first here are some basic articles about how crochet helps with specific illnesses or issues.

Crochet in Therapy

Mindfulness / Meditation Crochet

Personal Stories of How Crochet Heals

Here are the links to all of the stories people have generously and bravely shared about how crochet helps them heal.

And More!


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


  1. Pingback: Rainbow love… | Inspiring Crochet

  2. Pingback: Recent Crochet Health News Roundup |

  3. Maschelle Mashburn Reply

    I’m just so shocked to learn about wink! Your post really touched me. Thank you for the way you honored Wink, insured your own feelings that are surfacing because of her suicide. I’ve struggled with depression for years. The only reason I’m here today is because my adult children made me promise kid never ever try that again, and to never leave them with the hurt I’m taking myself away from the world. I had to quit drinking, because I noticed a direct correlation between my scars and alcohol. I first learned of mandalas on Winks blog, “a creative being” . I wanted to learn how to make them so much! So far I’m still doing coasters, having difficulty crocheting in the round because of a chronic illness that affects me neurologically. But I loved her blog, and I never knew of her depression. Her creations were so full of joy! I have my scars, I used to hide them. Now when people comment, I tell them they are my battle scars. They tell the story of my battle with depression, and my victories. I feel fear as well, but having lived through it and come out the other side doing alright, enjoying life and being truly happy again always reminds me when I am in the darkest depths of depression that I WILL live through it, I HAVE lived through it, and it will get better. That is what helps me to honor my promise to my children. I’m sending you a great big hug, and share a sad heart at the loss of a beautiful soul. Our Wink.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thank you for this comment as well. I’ve seen your messages around the web and really appreciate your voice. The way that the community has come together to support each other during this tragedy has been hugely inspiring to me.

  4. Pingback: Gayle's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke |

  5. Jeanie Turnbow Reply

    I sm a recently retired teacher. I have a new baby granddaughter and I hsve fallen in love with baby crochet.

    • Jeanie Turnbow Reply

      I find myself loving my grandbaby as I make things for her, also as I pin ideas on Pinterest,

  6. Pingback: Crochet Saved My Life: E's Story |

  7. Pingback: Merril Hawkins: 1970's Crochet For Health |


    Hi just read some messages are very interesting, I have 48 years and newly unemployed, at this age it is difficult to maintain a steady job, I love you used to crochet once in a while, but now I'm thinking of doing as a craft business, I have some ideas and I like to invent, Sewing is something but are not as estádar measures (s-m-l)crochet to make clothes, please could help me with these details, Thank you.

  9. Pingback: CyberMonday Sale: Buy Crochet / Craft Cell Phone Case to Support Needle Arts |

  10. Pingback: Hook To Heal Kindle Discount + Crochet Health Articles 2015 |

  11. Pingback: 20+ Amazing New Crochet Patterns and Other Crafty Finds |

  12. Pingback: Support Crochet Concupiscence and Indie Writing Through Patreon |

  13. Pingback: I love Crochet | Katie-Lou Makes Stuff

  14. Kathryn, thank you so much for this website and your work!
    This is close to my heart, crocheting is heals and is a lifesaver.
    I can’t wait to read all the PURE content you shared and read your book.
    If you do another series I would love to contribute.

  15. Pingback: Lynda @LoveAGoodYarn Shares Her Crochet Mandala + Thoughts on CALs |

  16. Pingback: 10,000 Crochet Patterns Curated for National Crochet Month! |

  17. Pingback: How Making a Crochet Mandala Helped Natasha |

  18. Pingback: Knit and Crochet Lemons Bring Stress Awareness To Tax Payers |

  19. Pingback: Don't stop knitting and crocheting

  20. Pingback: I got flowers! Podcast notes Episode 8 - Crafternoon Treats

  21. Pingback: Colorful Crochet (book review) |

  22. Pingback: How Crochet Helps Erica Dawn Rackett |

  23. Pingback: Crochet To Calm (book review) |

  24. Pingback: Excerpt from Interview with Crochet Artist Deanna Gabiga |

  25. Pingback: 2016 in Review: Crochet Health and Benefits |

  26. Pingback: Interview with Craftsy Crochet Teacher Beth Graham |

  27. Pingback: Crochet Helps Syrian Refugees in Greece Cope |

  28. Pingback: A Comprehensive Resource on Crochet For Stress Relief |

  29. Pingback: Crochet Your Way to Better Mental Health • LoveCrochet Blog

  30. Pingback: Looking for new yarns … | Word from a bird

Write A Comment