Five Reasons to Take Up Knitting

  1. It’s relaxing. Whilst learning the basics of knitting can be frustrating, once you master the lingo and have the stitches figured out, knitting can be quite calming.  It’s just repetitive actions, so it’s the perfect companion to watching TV or listening to the radio.
  1. It’s productive. As a student, I feel like I don’t 'produce' a lot. I write a paper now and then, take a few tests, but at the end of the day, I don’t have much to show for my time and effort. After all that mental exertion with no physical product, it’s satisfying to come home and in a few hours, whip out a tea cosy or a pair of mittens.
  1. It’s fashion…for less! There is some initial cost to getting the right yarn and needles, but knitting can be a lot less expensive than buying knitted hats and accessories. Websites like Ravelry offer free knitting patterns, with sections devoted to patterns imitating those found in clothes stores, from Anthropologie to Burberry. On a student budget, it’s great to be able to spend £5-10 and come out with something identical to a product that is more than double the price. Plus you get to pick the colors!
  1. You won’t be alone! Afraid that you’ll just end up knitting pillows adorned with cats or baby-sized mittens? Don’t worry, there’s a substantial knitting community of young knitters out there who make everything from knitted cupcakes to gorgeous scarves and jumpers. There are plenty of blogs and sites made just to give ideas and inspiration to knitters in their teens and twenties. There’s even an internet meme for knitters!
  1. You’ll never have to worry about what to buy for friends and family for birthdays again. Instead of giving an impersonal gift card or awkward gift for that 'hard to buy for' friend, just take out your needles and knit something! Yes, it may seem a little corny, but a cute tea cosy for a tea-guzzling friend or alpaca scarf for the fashionista in your life, not only shows you put time and love into their gift, but may end up costing you less than a store-bought gift. There are so many free, online knitting patterns that you should have no problems finding a gift for anyone! 

Images sourced from Knitting School Dropout (Carrie Bostick Hoge), Smile Because It Happened and Not So Boring Life.