Learn To Knit (And Win A Kit!)

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Knitting is a centuries-old practice that has evolved from a necessity to a rewarding hobby. If you've never picked up a pair of needles, there's no better time than the present! That's why Curiosity has partnered with We Are Knitters to host a holiday giveaway. If you're located in the U.S., enter to win a beginner's knitting kit that includes everything you need to create a cozy scarf. The videos below demonstrate the basic techniques you'll need to make your scarf from start to finish.

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  1. Knitting can reduce anxiety by refocusing your brain. 01:09

  2. Knitting has the potential to slow cognitive decline in the same way as playing board games and learning to play an instrument. 01:34

  3. One study demonstrated that knitting has positive physical effects, including improved blood pressure, heart rate, and saliva production. 02:14

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  1. Knitting has been shown to provide health benefits similar to those of meditational therapy. 00:35

  2. In many parts of Europe, knitting was a pastime reserved exclusively for men. 02:10

  3. At the beginning of WWII, knitting goods was a way to show affection and support for Allied troops. 03:12

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