Review & giveaway: Crochet Therapy by Betsan Corkhill

Personally, I think crochet is one of the most relaxing crafts out there, and a lot of my hooky friends are of the same opinion – even mistakes are (usually) fairly easy to fix! This new book by Betsan Corkhill and published by Apple Press, builds on this aspect of crochet and suggests ideas for using crochet to improve your mental health in a more structured way.

Review of Crochet Therapy by Betsan Corkhill

Whilst I was reading through the introduction, this paragraph really stood out:

Crochet can be an effective tool to help you on the way to whole-person health. It can teach you valuable life skills such as patience perseverance and planning. It gives you a tool to manage your emotions when times get rough. It can lift your mood when you feel down, make you smile when you feel sad and be your friend when you feel lonely.

The book addresses each of these life skills and how crochet can be used to enhance them in 10 different sections – Calm, Energy, Relax, Explore, Refresh, Dream, Focus, Persevere, Find Joy, and Friendship. and each section has a couple of crochet patterns that could be used as part of the exercises or to back up the ideas that Betsan shares.

Here’s another great quote:

Crochet therapy isn’t about getting you to sit down all day crocheting. It’s about taking responsibility for your own health and well-being and using crochet as a convenient, effective tool as part of your well-being toolbox.

Blue comfy cushion from Crochet Therapy
This gorgeous cushion pattern in is one of the projects in the ‘Calm’ section. Betsan reminds us that comforting objects can be a great help in rediscovering places of calm. And it’s a fab pattern too.
Yoga floor cushion from Crochet Therapy
Here’s another really pretty cushion pattern – this time for a meditation seat cushion. This pattern is easy and soothing to make, as well as being a great aid and a reminder to sit and do your meditation/mindfulness practice every day. This project is in the ‘Relax’ section of the book.

Betsan gently reminds us that each of us has the power to change our body’s chemistry – even the wiring of our brain, so we don’t have to stay stuck in our old habits of mind. Crochet has so many benefits… its calming rhythms stimulate the release of serotonin, which enhances happiness; its cross body movements engage the brain so that it can’t dwell on negative thoughts; it can encourage mindful focus with ‘everlasting’ projects such as ripple blankets; it can encourage daydreaming to give you space to grow; it can bring people together in friendship groups; it is great for brain health as you learn more crochet skills.

Colourful coasters from Crochet Therapy
These colourful coasters are based on mandalas which represent harmony and wholeness. Using them in your home will give you a daily reminder of the importance of balance and managing your stress. They remind you that you don’t have to stay stuck in your old routines.
Flowery friendship throw from Crochet Therapy
I love the idea of getting together with friends in a crochet group to make this beautiful friendship quilt. I know from experience how valuable crafting groups can be for mental health and this is such a lovely way of celebrating those friendships.

If you are a total beginner, and interested in taking up crochet to improve your mental health and as an aid to relaxation and refreshment, you will be glad to know that there are also full detailed instructions, with pictures, on how to crochet and how to read a crochet pattern. Backed up with a few YouTube videos and maybe a helpful friends too, you will soon be happily crocheting away.

I found this a really interesting read, with some really useful ideas, and I liked a lot of the projects too –Β Β it’s definitely one for your mental health toolkit.

Giveaway

If you’d like a copy of this book, I have one to give away. Just leave a comment on this blog post before tomorrow (Friday 30th July) at about 8ish, and you could be in with a chance of winning. I am happy with a ‘pick me’, or if you like, do share your favourite positive thinking/relaxation tip.

I’m happy to post worldwide, so the competition is open to anyone anywhere.

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47 thoughts on “Review & giveaway: Crochet Therapy by Betsan Corkhill

  1. Hoping you meant Sat 30th and that I’m still in with a chance. Would love a copy of this book for lots of reasons, so pick me please.

  2. I love crochet and couldn’t agree more. It’s like meditation for those who fidget and can’t sit still. This is a great idea for a book.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I’ve always used craft to carve out a bit of headspace but am struggling to do so now as I don’t have anything ‘portable’ as runnin around two small boys makes that aspect pretty much a necessity!
    I’d love to win a copy – fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Ali this has been the worst year of my life and I am definitely interested in this form of therapy, I hope it can help me. Thank you for such a lovely blog.
    Hope I am lucky πŸ™‚Xx

  5. I learned to crochet from grandma when I was about 10. I couldn’t have made it through high school math and history without the comfort in my hands stitching away (oh.. is that why I had to go to summer school?!) I use to practice with my eyes closed because Grandma’s friend was blind.. and I needed to make sure I would have something to do. Crochet books are like science math and history all in one…

  6. The book looks really interesting! Crocheting is something big for me… fighting with chronic illness that keeps me away from a “real job”, I kind of started seeing myself as this useless person who doesn’t contribute to society too much… or to the family budget unfortunately. Discovering crochet again helped me feel creative again, and realise that I am able to make something beautiful, something that others enjoy and like… well not to go into details, crochet therapy sure exists πŸ™‚

  7. The book looks amazing πŸ˜€ I am still a beginner in crochet and would be very happy to improve my skills through these adorable projects ❀ I'd love to win it.

  8. Oh, I’m all for mindful craft of any kind. Hand sewing is my restful craft of choice, but crochet and knitting are right up there too. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  9. This looks a beautiful book and think it makes perfect sense that all kinds of crafting is beneficial to our heath and I would love to win it!

  10. Oh I so want this book. I believe, whether it be crochet or quilting or just enjoying doing crafts, can be a stress reliever. Would love to see the different areas for relieving stress!!

  11. I have been crocheting since the age of 12 and have always enjoyed crocheting gifts for family, my friends, my children’s friends, teachers and every other person that has crossed my path over the years. Crocheting has been my best companion in times of stress too! I would love to have this book as crocheting is a dying craft in my part of the world which is Malaysia!

  12. I would love this for my daughter who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and has been using Crochet as her therapy to an extent. It would really help her. I sew and quilt – she crochets. Craft is such a brilliant way to support positive mental health, whatever your age or ability. Thanks so much for promoting this.

  13. Hi, I have stumbled upon crochet recently and have found it both relaxing and a distraction. My eldest son died 14 months ago and crocheting has defiantly been part of my coping toolbox. This book looks perfect for me to continue my healing through crafts and I would love to pass it on to my mum, a knitter but new to crochet. Julie F.

  14. My Grandmother taught me to crochet many years ago but I haven’t done any for a long time. Would love a copy of the book.

  15. What a lovely book – I’m just learning to crochet and would love to have a go at the mandala coasters. We occasionally colour in mandalas in my yoga class which is very relaxing.

  16. I love crochet! Definitely relaxing with the rhythm of the hook, especially once you get in the zone πŸ™‚

  17. A great idea, as someone who uses mindfulness at work I love the idea of looking after yourself and creating.

  18. Crochet is definitely therapy for me when I need to “Not Talk To People”. What a great idea for a book. X

  19. A lady after my own heart. Knitting and crochet have definitely calmed my emotional state on more occasions than I can count. What a fabulous book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. I’m disappointed to find that Crochet Therapy isn’t about sitting down all day crocheting! How easy that would be, don’t you find that you do just lose all concept of time when you do sit down to do some crochet. I think if I win this book it would make me more disciplined about it.

  21. Crochet has been so important for me over a difficult few months at work – I’d definitely agree that it’s great for mental health. I think one of the benefits is that a project can be completed fairly quickly, so you get a sense of achievement over something that you have created from scratch. Hurray for crochet!

  22. I love doing adult colouring in for my anxiety, so definitely believe how craft of any kind can help your mental health. My other favourite”therapy”, is 1″ hexies! I’ve always found learning to crochet quite stressful, so maybe if I won this book, I would find it a bit easier to learn. Thanks for the giveaway 😊

  23. What a gorgeous book – and it’s interesting that it has really brought into focus the benefits to your health from practicing creative arts. I’d love to win this book (and will add it to my wish list in case I don’t πŸ˜€ )

  24. I’m definitely of the opinion that crochet (and other yarn arts) are very good for mental health. It’s my go to mindfulness and meditation activity…
    Oh and…pick me for the giveaway please 😜

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