In June 2012 we held a Therapeutic Knitting conference in Bath, UK. Hosted by Professor Paul Dieppe, Professor of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter Medical School. You can download a manuscript of the days proceedings from the link below –


THE KNITTING EQUATION - Click here for the benefits at a glance


Paper published in the February 2013 issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. For reference purposes please look for –

Riley J, Corkhill B, Morris C (2013) The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Wellbeing in Adulthood: Findings from an International Survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 76(2) 50-57.

We received an amazing response to this online survey with over 3,500 responses from 39 countries in just two weeks. Dr Jill Riley and Betsan Corkhill presented the preliminary results at the Annual Conference for Occupational Therapy in Brighton, UK (June 2011) and at the International Wellbeing Conference in Birmingham (July 2011). A BIG thank you to Professor Griffel for offering her help in sifting through this vast amount of data.

Exploring the Effects of Knitting on the Experience of Chronic Pain. Betsan Corkhill, Stitchlinks; Carol Davidson, Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management Unit, Royal United Hospital, Bath.
A Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society April 2009. Click here to download pdf of the poster.

Knitting and Free Recall of Words – a pilot study. Jeni Hewlett, Dr Ulrich von Hecker, Cardiff University.
Results showed a difference between knitters and non-knitters but this wasn't statistically significant. However, findings showed a positive trend which suggests that after knitting, memory performance, as measured using Free Recall, may be enhanced by a short period of knitting that immediately precedes the recall attempt. A further study under more controlled conditions is needed to explore this effect further (see below).

Knitting and Memory. Dr Ulrich von Hecker, Cardiff University and Betsan Corkhill, Stitchlinks.
This study took place at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University in June 2010. A BIG thank you to the forty knitters who volunteered to take part. Results at this stage were inconclusive although did suggest a difference between knitters and non knitters. The decision was therefore taken to extend the study to include more knitters. Thank you to I Knit London for enabling us to use their premisess and helping us out with finding knitters. Unfortunately results were still inconclusive so it was decided to abandon this line of investigation in May 2011.

Thank you to all those involved in this work so far. They have all given their valuable time free of charge.

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