The once-considered traditional pastimes have experienced a surge in popularity for those seeking a creative and relaxing outlet
When was the last time you took up crochet or knitting needles? Junior Cert Home Economics?
Well, prepare to dust them off and reignite any residual passion you may have had for either hobby because they are set to become two of the biggest pastimes of the new year.
According to Irish digital marketing agency, VROOM Digital, online searches related to crochet and knitting have witnessed a recent increase, with some search terms experiencing unprecedented spikes.
Over the past week, ‘crochet patterns’ have soared by an impressive 700% and interest in learning through ‘crochet tutorials’ has spiked by 190%, demonstrating a keen desire for guidance and expertise in this craft.
However, if you’re feeling intimidated, don’t be, as many people want to start with something simple. ‘How to crochet a granny square’ has seen a significant uptick of 70%, while searches for creating a ‘crochet blanket’ have surged by 110%.
Knitting is also having a moment, with ‘how to start knitting’ jumping by 110%, revealing a renewed love for the calming and therapeutic aspects of the mindful hobby. ‘Knitting patterns’ have experienced an astounding increase of 200%, suggesting a serious interest in creativity.
Finger knitting, a simple and creative method that doesn’t require traditional knitting needles, has seen a rise of 100% in online searches, highlighting a growing curiosity for alternative crafting techniques.
The benefits of both
Whether you choose to take up crocheting, knitting or both, you’ll be delighted to learn that as well as learning a new skill, you’ll also feel the benefits in other ways too:
- The repetitive, relaxed motion reduces stress
- Decreased risk of cognitive impairment
- Keeps your fingers supple as you get older
- Increased mindfulness as you focus on the pattern or stitch
- A potential new social circle if you find an online or local group to join
- Encourages you to stay off your phone and process your feelings
- A sense of accomplishment that may even turn into a side hustle for your fabulous creations!
Sharing your talent
Naturally, many enthusiasts are showcasing their crochet and knitting projects online – Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok are teeming with vibrant images and tutorials, fostering a sense of community among crafters and inspiring others to join the movement.
Whether it’s the satisfaction of creating handmade gifts, the joy of learning a new skill, or the therapeutic benefits of these crafts, it’s clear that crochet and knitting are not just traditional pastimes—they are emerging as trendy and sought-after hobbies for the new year in Ireland.