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 –

MANUSCRIPTof Therapeutic Knitting conference

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.


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